UN agencies renew commitment to ARMM

November 26, 2011 12:59 am 

COTABATO CITY, Nov. 25 – Foreign donor countries renewed their commitment to help the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) with the visit this week of 23 key officials of the United Nations agencies, the ARMM acting governor said.

The UN officials, led by Catherine Bragg, assistant secretary general for affairs and deputy emergency relief coordinator of the UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), visited ARMM and renewed good relationship and solidarity with the region.

Speaking to ARMM officials, led by ARMM acting Governor Ansaruddin Adiong and ARMM chief of staff Atty. Ernie Masorong, Bragg said they came to see for themselves the real situation of ARMM inhabitants and the plight of people in conflict affected areas in Maguindanao.

Adiong was humbled by the UN team's visit and renewal of their unwavering support to humanitarian works on thousands of poor Muslims affected by man-made and natural disasters in the region.

In his message, Adiong said the UN's quick relief and humanitarian aid have greatly help the alleviation of internally displaced persons in Maguindanao as a result of both man-made and natural calamities.

The team's visit this week was preceded by officials of the UN Executive Board led by its chair, Jorge Charpentier, who also toured various humanitarian intervention centers in Maguindanao.

Charpentier has rated “very satisfactory” the coordinated efforts in conflict-affected ARMM villages and vowed to bring in more assistance even as he credited the current ARMM leadership for the improved UN initiated humanitarian action.

Bragg said her delegation's visit was a clear manifestation of UN's commitment to humanitarian concerns in various parts of the globe including ARMM which still reels from various calamities.

Along with Bragg were officials of OCHA, Food and Agriculture Organization, United Nations International Children's Fund, World Food Programme, International Committee of the Red Cross, World Health Organization, United Nations High Commission for Refugees, International Organization for Migration, and the Action Contra Famine. (PNA)



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