Poor Towns Link Up with Donor Agencies
BAGUIO CITY - At least 14 poverty-stricken and conflict-ridden towns and institutions in the Cordillera have established linkage with 16 prospective foreign donor agencies in an effort to ensure continuous implementation of small-scale, poverty-alleviation projects in remote areas.
Juan Ngalob, regional director of the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) and acting chairman of the Regional Development Council (RDC) in the Cordillera, said that the recent donors forum has generated opportunities for selected beneficiary communities to seek assistance for their priority poverty-alleviation projects.
However, the beneficiaries will have to comply with the stringent regulations imposed by the donor agencies.
The donors forum was a joint undertaking of the Cordillera RDC, the Office of the Presidential Adviser for Cordillera Affairs headed by Tom Killip, and the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) headed by Secretary Jesus Dureza.
During the forum, it was agreed that Cordillera should pursue follow-through activities with the World Bank (WB) and the International Labor Organization (ILO) for future partnership, especially on the expansion of poverty-alleviation projects and other community development programs and projects. …