Rejection of EU funding could affect Mindanao peace projects

Rejecting aid from the European Union could cut support to peace-building programs in Mindanao like livelihood assistance in Moro Islamic Liberation Front camps and the delivery of basic services to conflict-affected communities, Philstar reports says on May 19.

In December, the EU approved P200 million in additional funding until 2018 for the Mindanao Trust Fund, a multi-donor grant facility funded largely by the EU.

According to past reports, the money will be used to support the Philippine Government’s efforts in monitoring the situation, defusing tension and creating in inclusive political platform that will unite the people of Mindanao, Philstar said in its online article.

Some 70 former MILF combatants were recipients of a Mindanao trust Fund’s (MTF)-supported Alternative Learning Program.  The MTF also distributed cattle and funded the construction of water stations in Barira, Maguindanao.

The Sajahatra Bangsamoro, a joint development program between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front was financed and provided with technical assistance by the MTF. It helps the government deliver health, education and livelihood services to people in MILF communities.

The MILF is responsible for identifying beneficiaries and for monitoring the implementation of development projects (Source: Philstar, AP).