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Australia to PH aid totals P5.7B

Australian ambassador to the Philippines Bill Tweddell (right) with former Australian premier John Howard. Tweddel said the Australian government is increasing its aid to the Philippines this year. AFP FILE PHOTO/SAEED KHAN

MANILA, Philippines—The Australian government is increasing its aid to the Philippines this year to pour greater funding into basic services, education reform, public-private partnerships and community-based programs on climate change and conflict, according to Australia’s aid agency.

Australian Ambassador to the Philippines Bill Tweddell said in a statement that Australia’s total official development aid to the Philippines for the fiscal year 2013-2014 is at P5.7 billion (A$141 million), a P480 million (A$12 million) increase from the 2012-2013 allocation.

The amount aims to help the Philippines overcome poverty through targeted assistance “to help improve the lives of the poorest Filipinos,” the envoy said.

“Australia remains strongly committed to helping the Philippines to overcome poverty, as demonstrated by the increase in funding of Australian $12 million from last year,” said Tweddell in a statement.

“Australia’s aid program in the Philippines is focused on strengthening basic services for the poor and reducing vulnerabilities arising from climate change and conflict,” the envoy said.

Annual funding is expected to steadily increase with the Australian government aiming to raise its aid commitment to 0.5 percent of its gross national income, the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAid) said.

Among Australia’s aid priorities in the Philippines are programs for disaster preparedness and resilience, with the country’s vulnerability to natural calamities.

“With our Philippine partners, Australia will work to make Filipinos safer and more resilient to the threats of natural calamities and the changing climate, which drive people into poverty and threaten sustainable economic development,” Tweddell said.

AusAid will also continue to support the Kindergarten to Year 12 (K to 12) education reform program currently implemented in phases to improve the quality of Filipino high school graduates.

The flagship reform program adds two years to the current 10-year basic education cycle to unclutter the curriculum and give more time for students to learn, preparing them for either work upon high school graduation or further studies in college.

“Australian assistance will train teachers and decision-makers provide advice on curriculum development and help develop information technology systems,” Tweddell said.

Australia is also keen on supporting the Philippines’ public-private partnership program, seen to increase investments in health services, transportation and infrastructure development. The Australian government is also helping the country’s automation of its public financial management system for more efficient and transparent public spending.—Tarra Quismundo and Tina G. Santos

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  • kanoy


    • $26149191

      Chinese human trafficking inside of container van. D nagawa ng Pinoy nagawa ng Tsekwa. No 2 in economy tapos mga tao nila nasa container van para lang makalabas sa china.

  • kismaytami

    In exchange of metric tons of PH’s precious minerals. What help??? There’s no such thing as “free lunch”!

    • Garo Ungaro

      call what you want? What business does Australia wants here in PH…They’re better off…in any dealings true there’s no such things a free there’s always a string attach?…We can’t do it right?…its called entitlements…sometimes this is the baggage that we Pinoys are accustom too for a long time…

    • Crazy_horse101010

      if you dont want it dont take it then you dont have to worry. about it. im sure australia can find other places to spend their money. and other countries who want it.

  • disqusted0fu

    Basically, Australia is giving money to the PH only for the Aquino government to corrupt. Corruption now is even worse than before. After the destruction of typhoon “pablo”, Australia, along with other countries handed millions of dollars worth of aid to the PH, but up to now, the victims of the typhoon are still suffering from the devastation. The government could’t even give them sacks of rice, prompting the victims to ransack the DSWD office and take the sacks themselves

    • $26149191

      How come they corrupt because you don’t have position? That’s it? Filipinos was relocated from danger zone but most of them go back.

    • Marx Louis Wang

      Maninirang puri!

  • delpillar

    3 days ago, Australia started to cull 10,000 wild horses and cattle.

    Sana imbes na ni-cull nila, ibinigay na lang sana sa Pilipinas, kahit man lang sa Mindanao na lang na kahit sa bulubunduking kalsada ay SKYLAB at HABAL-HABAL pa rin ang main transportation. Pede sanang pamalit ang mga wild horses lalo na kung matrain ng maiigi at dumami pa.

  • boybakal

    Australia to PH aid totals P5.7B….

    With that large amount….we have not seen it, we have not feel it.

  • joboni96

    kulang pa yang kapalit sa
    oil wealth na nakuha sa atin

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