Spain's P215-M aid for RP’s cash transfer program launched Thursday

September 23, 2010 10:26 am 

By Gloria Jane Baylon

MANILA, Sept. 23 — Spain’s ambassador to Manila, Luis Arias-Romero, announced Thursday Madrid’s latest contribution of P215 million for the latest phases of the Philippine governmental conditional cash transfer program with the launching of the Bicol phase in Naga City.

The Spanish embassy in Manila said this allotment is released through Spain’s Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID), to develop school buildings, day care centers and barangay health stations in the Bicol provinces of Albay, Masbate, Camarines Norte and Camarines Sur.

Beneficiaries in the Caraga region are the provinces of Dinagat, Agusan Sur and Surigao Sur and Aurora in Central Luzon.

Ambassador Arias-Romero will be joined at the launching of ‘Poder 6’ by Social Welfare Secretary Corazón Soliman, whose agency will continue to implement the barangay-level empowerment program for the 2010 phase.

The Spanish intervention aims to complement the ‘Conditional Cash Transfer Program’ of the DSWD, which was initiated and began to be implemented during the presidency of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

AECID has disbursed Euros 8 million in the previous phases of the project, labelled as “Empowerment and Prosperity of the Community,” which have been successfully implemented, the Spanish embassy said.

In announcing the contribution, Ambassador Arias-Romero said the Philippines has been “a priority for the Spanish cooperation for many years” and the latest AECID disbursement “represents the continued commitment of the Government of Spain to development assistance towards the Philippines.”

Spain remains a large donor to the Philippines, contributing a total of P2.190 billion (Euros33.7 million) for official development assistance in 2009 alone.(PNA)

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