UN Eyes $38M Action Plan for Conflict-torn Philippine Region in 2012

The United Nations is already devising its 2012 action plan, worth $37.9 million, for conflict-afflicted and flood-hit Philippine region of Mindanao.

This was announced Nov. 23, at the conclusion of U.N. Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Catherine Bragg’s five-day visit to the Philippines.

While in the country, Bragg checked on the plight of the thousands of people in Mindanao who have been displaced due to armed conflict and recent natural disasters. She visited several communities in Mindanao, including several humanitarian projects in the province of Maguindanao where she had a chance to speak with families affected by the so-called “cycles of displacement.”

“In Datu Piang, I spoke to a woman with four children, who had been displaced by armed conflict twice in the last five years. Recurring floods had added to her plight. Although her family’s original home was only seven kilometres away, the security situation meant they could not return, and their old family home no longer existed,” she recounted, as quoted by the U.N. News Center.

According to local authorities and relief agencies, about 700,000 people are in dire need of assistance in Mindanao.

The United Nations appealed for $33.3 million this year for the its humanitarian action pan in Mindanao. It will give priority to “protection activities” in next year’s action plan.

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  • Jenny Lei Ravelo

    Jenny Lei Ravelo is a Devex Senior Reporter based in Manila. She covers global health, with a particular focus on the World Health Organization, and other development and humanitarian aid trends in Asia Pacific. Prior to Devex, she wrote for ABS-CBN, one of the largest broadcasting networks in the Philippines, and was a copy editor for various international scientific journals. She received her journalism degree from the University of Santo Tomas.