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German gov't gives P1.3-M aid to Caraga

Germany is expected to provide a P1.31 million grant to the provincial government of Agusan del Norte to assist some 1,200 families that were heavily affected by natural disasters in early January, the German Embassy announced Wednesday.

German Ambassador Christian-Ludwig Weber-Lortsch is scheduled to hand over today a grant worth P1,312,200 (about 22,121 euros) to the provincial government of Agusan del Norte at the City Hall of Jabonga City, which will support the “Emergency Relief Operation in Caraga.”

It was gathered that the humanitarian assistance is funded by the German Embassy and will be implemented through its local partner, the Caraga Conference for Peace and Development (CCPD) and supported by the German Development Cooperation (GTZ).

The aid will provide necessary food assistance as well as non-food items including medicine, and to finance administrative costs including transportation to the devastated remote areas where services and assistance are difficult to avail, an embassy official said.

Among these areas are Esperanza, San Luis and Lapaz in Agusan del Sur; Jabonga and Tubay in Agusan del Norte; Soccoro Island, Mainit and Placer in Surigao del Norte; San Miguel and Carascal in Surigao del Sur.

The CCPD is composed of members from the religious sector, the government, non-government organizations (NGOs), indigenous peoples (IPs), the business sector, the academe and the media.

Representatives from these different sectors have come together for a common goal of genuine peace and holistic development.

It is also dedicated to an improved coordination of relief efforts for people affected by conflicts and calamities in Caraga Region. (CHARISSA M. LUCI, MB)

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