On International Peace Day in 2021, the Philippines has a lot to celebrate. The Congress is close to passing the legislation that will extend the Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA) to 2025, giving it more time to fulfill its commitments under the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) signed in 2014, which ended four decades of violent civil conflict in the country’s far south. The BTA governs the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) created in 2019 under the peace agreement.
Around 30 members from selected sewing groups in the provinces of Basilan, Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao, Sulu, and Tawi-tawi were recently provided a series of trainings on how to manufacture various kinds of personal protective equipment (PPEs), while more than a hundred other seamstresses are learning the proper way of sewing them.
UNDP, in partnership with the Zero Extreme Poverty Coalition and the Analytics Association of the Philippines (AAP), unpacks two innovative research studies conducted by its Accelerator Lab and Pintig Lab to assess the socioeconomic situation of the Philippines in the time of #COVID19!
How does long-term economic resilience look like in practice? Thrown like some special ribbon, “resilience” has found its place in the vernacular of the development sector.
The recently released Socioeconomic Impact Assessment of COVID-19 in Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) undertaken by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in the Philippines indicated that despite logging relatively lower COVID-19 cases in the last year, BARMM—a region which registered a 5.9 percent gross regional domestic product growth in 2019 and was enjoying steady economic gains before 2020—was still disproportionately impacted by the pandemic in terms of its socioeconomic development and in aggravating existing and emerging vulnerabilities in the region.
Manila, Philippines – Despite the lifting of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in Metro Manila, majority of the micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) are still temporarily closed or are operating at decreased capacity—an indicator of the difficulties they are facing in getting back to their business operations according to the recent survey conducted by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on the impact of COVID-19 on MSMEs in the Philippines.
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