Canada announces P7.25-M grant for 11 PH groups

Canada announces P7.25-M grant for 11 PH groups

By Joyce Ann L. Rocamora

MANILA (Philippines News Agency) — Canada has earmarked 185,000 Canadian dollars (around PHP7.25 million) to fund projects in the Philippines focused on advancing inclusive governance and human rights.

The Canadian Embassy in Manila said eleven organizations from across the Philippines will receive the grants from Canada Fund this year.

“By working with Philippines organizations through the Canada Fund, the Embassy of Canada is championing the values of inclusive and accountable governance, including by promoting human rights, women’s empowerment, gender equality, and respect for diversity”, said Crista McInnis, the Embassy’s Chargé d’affaires, in a statement Tuesday.

McInnis noted that advancing inclusive governance remains a strategic priority for Canada in the Philippines.

“We are partnering with civil society organizations in addressing barriers that prevent marginalized groups from realizing their full potential and participating in the development and prosperity of their families and communities,” she said.

The following organizations and their respective projects will receive the said Canada Fund grants:

– Active Citizenship Foundation’s Safe Campuses Project, which promotes safe spaces by establishing desks for women and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ+) students in five universities across the Philippines.

– Samahan ng mga Pilipina para sa Reporma at Kaunlaran Inc. (Spark! Philippines)’s Humanizing SOGIE, which aims to increase Filipinos’ willingness to accept and recognize the diverse sexual orientations, gender identities, and LGBT+expressions.

– Ateneo de Manila University’s Ateneo Human Rights Center, in collaboration with the provincial government of the Dinagat Islands, which seeks to improve access to justice in the province by empowering barangay officials to promote peace and order.

– Pakigdait Alang sa Pag-amoma sa Kalinaw, which is working with six communities in Lanao del Norte to sustain peace and prevent violent extremism by organizing community dialogues with Bangsamoro women and youth.

– League of Cities of the Philippines, which is establishing evidence-based mechanisms for its 145 member cities to share best practices for implementing gender and development (GAD) policies. The project will research examples of best policies and gather relevant statistics for publication in a database and guidebook for local leaders, which will allow cities to ensure maximum effectiveness of the existing GAD Focal Point System (GFPS).

– University of the Philippines Center for Women’s and Gender Studies, which will continue with Phase 2 of its Angat Bayi Women’s Political Empowerment Program that supports and expands a network of Filipino women political leaders committed to advancing feminist, rights-based, democratic governance.

– Foundation for the Advancement of Clinical Epidemiology’s Technological Intervention to Protect Teenagers Against Early Unintended At Risk Pregnancies and Sexually Transmitted Illnesses in the Philippines (PROTECT), which is in its second year of researching of developing an innovative chat robot on Facebook Messenger.

– Bahay Tuluyan’s continued work to empower marginalized youth by building their capacity to protect themselves from abuse and exploitation.

– Pambansang Kongreso ng Kababaihan sa Kanayunan, Inc.’s Women in Emergencies Network in the Philippines’ promotion of women’s capacity in disaster risk reduction management by boosting women’s leadership in decision making and participation in disaster risk reduction management, climate change adaptation, and peace and security.

– Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan’s work on a nation-wide project that aims to increase active and more meaningful political engagement of community-based and civil society organizations, parishes and schools by conducting political and civic education and advocacy campaigning, and building local support networks.

– Government Watch (G-Watch), which will continue to train and mobilize officials of the Sangguniang Kabataan (local youth councils) to effectively monitor anti-poverty programs in their respective barangays to enhance transparency, participation, and accountability and improve outcomes for beneficiaries.

The Canada Fund is a competitive grants program run by the Embassy of Canada in the Philippines, which provides direct financial support to local organizations for projects that promote inclusive governance, such as by empowering women and girls, strengthening democracy, advancing human rights and promoting the rule of law. (PNA)

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