Excellent meeting with Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. touching on wide-ranging bilateral and EU-ASEAN cooperation issues ahead of the Secretary's participation in the EU-ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on 21st January.
Manila, 10 January 2019 – Following the widespread flooding brought by tropical depression Usman which hit central Philippines in late December, the European Union is allocating EUR 130 000 (PHP 7.836 million) in humanitarian funding to bring life-saving assistance to the most affected families. The aid will directly benefit 15 000 people in some of the most affected areas in Albay and Camarines Sur provinces of Bicol region.
"On the first day of the New Year my thoughts and prayers go to the victims, their families and loved ones, of the bombing in Cotabato yesterday and the victims, their families and loved ones, of the tropical depression of Usman.
The EU fully supports the on-going peace process in Mindanao. I frequently visit Cotabato and am impressed each time by the progress made, and the commitment of my counterparts to build a better future for the region. Peace and reconciliation is the the way forward. Violence and hatred will never succeed.
Today (13 December 2018), seven new contracts are signed between the European Union and civil society organisations, cooperatives, regional and local authorities, corporate social responsibility institutions and Universities, for the implementation of projects helping provide clean energy to 40,000 households in the Philippines. These projects will contribute to the implementation of the Department of Energy's objective to reach 100% of electrification in 2020 in the country.