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PH announces P11 million in donations to the UNHCR and other charities.

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The Philippine government has announced a voluntary donation to international humanitarian and refugee organizations in the amount of USD200,000 (about PHP11 million).

The announcement was made last week and in November 2022 during a series of appeals and pledging conferences hosted by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), and the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

Evan Garcia, the Philippine Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva, declared a voluntary contribution of $100,000 to the UNHCR during the UNHCR Pledging Conference 2023 on December 6.

Garcia claimed that this was in keeping with the humanitarian heritage of the Philippines, which has welcomed refugees and those escaping persecution since the early 1900s.

He stated, “We reaffirm our commitment to support the UNHCR’s significant job of providing international protection and long-term solutions to refugees, stateless people, asylum seekers, and other persons of concern.

The Philippines announced that it would boost its voluntary contributions to USD50,000 for each organization in 2023 in recognition of the ICRC and the IFRC’s substantial presence in the nation and positive working relationship with the government.

The decongestion of jails, the well-being of inmates, and disaster and displacement relief are among the areas of activity that the ICRC has prioritized in the nation that overlap with the government’s national priorities, according to Manila.

The Philippines praised the Red Crescent’s function in assisting local communities and vulnerable groups with humanitarian aid during disasters and other emergencies during the IFRC 2023 Global Plan launch on November 25.

The Philippine Red Cross was praised for supporting the government’s reaction to recent typhoons and disaster recovery operations in the Philippines.

One of the few middle-income nations that have consistently donated to significant humanitarian groups is the Philippines.

Additionally, it calls repeatedly for the assistance of these organizations by the world community as well as participation from all parties in global weight and responsibility sharing.

The Department of Foreign Affairs stated, “Our vision is for a wider range of stakeholders—governments, CSOs (civil society organizations) and private entities, large and small donors, hosting and non-hosting countries—to have their voices heard and contributions felt as active participants in the global humanitarian ecosystem.

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