- The New Zealand government donated around P64.26 million financial aid to the Philippine government’s efforts against COVID-19
- The donation will be channeled through the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and will be used to help impoverished communities in Mindanao
- Department of Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. met with Ambassador Peter Francis Tavita Kell for the turnover of the donation
The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) confirmed that the New Zealand government has extended financial assistance to support the Philippines’ efforts against the spread of COVID-19.
The government of New Zealand donated NZD 2 million or about P64.26 million which will be channeled through the International Organization for Migration (IOM). The aid will be used to help impoverished communities in Mindanao amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Department of Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. met with Ambassador Peter Francis Tavita Kell to extend the country’s appreciation. Ambassador Kell has also expressed gratitude for the DFA’s assistance in repatriating over 500 New Zealand nationals since the imposition of community quarantine in the country.
“Ambassador Kell conveyed New Zealand’s support for the Philippine government’s measures to contain the health emergency,” the DFA said.
During the meeting, Locsin and Kell discussed bilateral issues focusing on cooperation in defense, trade, development, and people-to-people relations, as well as regional and multilateral developments involving peace and stability.
“Both sides reaffirmed their governments’ commitment to further elevating overall ties and cooperation,” the DFA added.
Aside from the COVID-19 donation, the New Zealand government had also earlier partnered with UNFPA Philippines for a P13.1 million project to help protect women and children in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM).
Ambassador Kell said the project is part of New Zealand’s efforts around the world to ensure the rights of women and children are protected.