EU to fund anti-corruption work by civil society groups
for The European Union is offering up to P47 million in grants Philippine civil society groups engaged in anti-corruption projects at the local government level.
Worth €500,000 to €900,000 or about P26.5 million to P47.70 million, the grants are made available through the EU’s Call for Proposal funding instrument, the Non-State Actors and Local Authorities in Development (NSA-LA).
Aiming for stronger local governance and boosting anti-corruption efforts, the NSA-LA, will provide funding for 36 to 48 months, the EU Delegation to the Philippines said on Friday.
"The Call for Proposal reaffirms the commitment of the European Union to promoting good governance and reducing poverty in the context of sustainable development,” EU Ambassador Guy Ledoux said in a statement.
The funding initiative is “an expression of the strong and consistent support of the European Union to the efforts of the government of the Philippines in improving local governance, and a contribution to the attainment of the Philippine development plan in this field,” the EU official noted.
Ledoux said the EU chose to support civil society groups as they play an active role in enhancing local governance.
The funding “constitutes a great support to the work of the civil society organizations,” he said.
“I am confident that the EU's financial support will increase the capacity of non-government organizations in promoting accountability, transparency and performance of local government units in the Philippines,” Ledoux added.
Corruption has long been a major problem in the Philippines and blamed for contributing to poverty that affects more than a fourth of more than 90 million Filipinos.
The EU had voiced concern over corruption in the Philippines and remained one of the largest providers of development assistance and aid, particularly in Mindanao.
It has provided support to alleviate the plight of tens of thousands of villagers displaced by the fighting between troops and Muslim rebels.
Annually, it provides about P2 billion as grants for development and humanitarian assistance to the Philippines.
To achieve greater impact at the national level, Ledoux said the project proposals of grant applicants must show sustainability and demonstrate broad partnerships between them and municipalities in addressing corruption. — Michaela del Callar/VS, GMA News