United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Philippines Resident Representative Titon Mitra formally handed over 500,000 medical masks to Undersecretary Mario Villaverde of the Department of Health (DOH) to support the on-going efforts to protect frontline healthcare workers as the country continues to fight the COVID-19 outbreak. The ceremony was witnessed by Emma Sarne, Division Director handling socio-economic issues, of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).
METRO MANILA, PHILIPPINES - When India placed its entire population of 1.3 billion under lockdown, it took them merely a week to make payments to 204 million people. At roughly the same time, the Philippines began pushing out COVID-19-related payments to 18 million beneficiaries. A few months on, nearly 2 million are waiting for their money with 600 of the 1008 LGUs still in the process of making payments.
📺 WATCH how the DICT - Free Wi-Fi for All partnership between Department of Information and Communications Technology - DICT and UNDP Philippines will change the lives of a small farming community in the province of Isabela through free internet access! By the end of 2020, the partnership aims to have 6,000 live free Wi-Fi sites in remote and disadvantaged areas all over the country! 📱📡 A big potential for digital transformation to enhance teaching and learning📚, deepen civic engagement in government processes🔎📝, and increase opportunities for economic development 📈 in the Philippines!
Lanao del Sur – The Coalition of Moro Youth Movement (CMYM) conducted a community education and engagement campaign to fight misinformation on COVID-19 in the Bangsamoro Region. With support from United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Australian Embassy in the Philippines, the CMYM conducted its information dissemination efforts in Lanao del Sur and other areas in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) through social media to curb the spread of fake news and misinformation on the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Coronavirus Disease 19 (COVID-19) pandemic and the economic shutdown that it triggered could worsen poverty in the Philippines. A new report--#TawidCovid: A Pulse on Poverty through Application of Citizen-Centered Innovation--outlines the importance of an inclusive and timely response as it presents evidence on the detrimental impacts of the pandemic on the livelihood and income of the poor and vulnerable.
Cotabao City - The Joint Peace and Security Teams (JPST) in Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) received three-month worth of rice provision from the Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace Process (OPAPP) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). A total of 144 sacks of rice were distributed to 180 members of JPST deployed in conflict-affected areas in Mindanao.
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