The SPD, launched in 2020, is currently providing MILF commanders and community leaders an opportunity to play civilian leadership roles. SPD-BARMM is premised on a simple principle: The transformation from armed struggle to civilian leadership is ultimately that of the mind. And the mind responds best to what it is familiar with and trusts.
With the decision made in the very early morning of 18 August to revert to the General Community Quarantine (GCQ) in Metro Manila, we are again seeing social media light up with polarized views on whether we should prioritize the health of citizens or the health of the economy. Presented as a binary choice and wrapped in understandable emotion, it represents a conundrum of considerable significance to policy makers. It may take more than the wisdom of Solomon to balance the legitimate concerns of exhausted health workers and those who are seeing their livelihoods vanish before their eyes. But need it be so? Can more rigorous analysis of at least the key numbers underlining an issue of such importance help make an informed decision?
UNDP Philippines' Adaptable Digitally-Enabled Post-Crisis Transformation (ADEPT) Project supports the Philippine government in rolling out a transparent and reliable end-to-end digital solution for household cash transfers for national government agencies and local government units. ADEPT aims to reach more people and encourage contactless transactions in these trying times. In collaboration with the City of Pasig, we rolled out ADEPT in Pasig by providing vulnerable citizens digital wallets and implementing financial literacy programs during the lockdown.
Pikit, North Cotabato – The Embassy of Japan in the Philippines, the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP), and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in the Philippines turned over the Joint Peace and Security Teams (JPST) Station in Pikit, North Cotabato to the Joint Peace and Security Committee (JPSC) as part of the collective multi-stakeholder efforts to maintain peace and stability in the area.
In a virtual signing ceremony, Norwegian Ambassador to the Philippines, H.E. Bjørn Staurset Jahnsen, and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in the Philippines Resident Representative, Dr. Selva Ramachandran, launched a new partnership to support the peace-building and conflict mediation capacities of women and the active engagement of youth in the Bangsamoro 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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