Foreign donors earmark US$2.7M anti-pandemic program for BARMM

Foreign donors earmark US$2.7M anti-pandemic program for BARMM

April 16, 2021 0 By The Sun Monitor
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COTABATO CITY—Two foreign donors have earmarked US $2.7 million for a 12-month COVID-19 prevention program in the Bangsamororo Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM).

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) of the United Nations and the Japanese government bankrolled the Strengthening BARMM’s Preparedness and Response Capacity for Effective COVID-19 Prevention and Control program.

Dr. Bashary Latiph, BARMM health minister, said Friday the program will boost the Bangsamoro government’s COVID-19 containment efforts.

Latiph and Hwahyun Kim, head of IOM sub-office in Mindanao, met Wednesday and discussed the modalities of the program. It will commence anytime soon.

The UN agency and the Japanese government provided the regional government last January with more than P20-million to support the regional anti-COVID-19 initiatives.

Kim said their 12-month regional anti-coronavirus program aims to strengthen BARMM on COVID-19 issues and concerns besetting its core territory. BARMM is an autonomous region in Southern Philippines.

The Bangsamoro region has 291 active COVID-19 cases as of April 15, according to the Ministry of Health. BARMM has a population of over four million, according to 2015 census.

Latiph said he is thankful to the IOM and the Japanese government.

The donors, he said, have actively complemented the regional government’s effort to contain the virus in the region.

“Our COVID-19 prevention and eradication efforts are on top of our priorities in the Ministry of Health,” said Latiph.

He urged the residents in the region to adhere to protocols meant to protect them from coronavirus infection.

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