THE BILATERAL COOPERATION PROGRAM OF THE AECID IN THE PHILIPPINES
The Country Partnership Framework (CPF) with the Philippines gathers all sectorial priorities of the Spanish Aid in the country for the period 2014-2017, which have been formulated in accordance to the IV Master Plan of the Spanish Aid. The following is a detailed explanation of the interventions currently being executed in accordance to each of the Strategic guidance and their Action Plans.
Strategic guidance 1: Consolidate democratic processes and rule of law.
Spanish Aid supports the Philippines in the area of democratic governance from a twofold, human rights-based approach: the improvement of democratic institutions and strengthening of civil society. Two Action Plans are currently being worked on, within this Strategic guidance:
Action Plan 2: Strengthening the structure and management systems of the public sector.
The labor is centered on the support to decentralization and institutional strengthening of local entities. Together with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) the AECID has been carrying out a Capacities Creation Project of Local Government Units (LGU) for poverty reduction, local governance and Self-Directed Community Development, which will end in April 2015.
In consolidation with public policies on gender equality and women empowerment, AECID is carrying out an Institutional Strengthening Project with the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW), in support of gender mainstreaming in national politics, in public institutions and in Local Government Units.
Action Plan 3: Working toward the Rule of Law and guaranteeing Human Rights.
Among the developed bilateral projects under this field, it is worth highlighting the Institutional Strengthening Project of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR). Launched in 2011, this project aims to contribute to the improvement of capacities of the CHR within its mandate, in areas such as supervision and guarantee of human rights, and community and institutional trainings at a local level. The multidonor initiative, KaSaMa, has been integrated into the framework of this project. Its fundamental objective is to support organizations of the Philippine civil society for the execution of innovative projects on human rights. AECID has been overseeing and financing the Technical Secretariat of this initiative since December 2014.
In support to the initiatives of peace process in conflicts experienced by the country, AECID began in 2011 a multiannual Project with the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP), titled An integration of the peace and development building approach in local governments of the Philippines). The Project supports the initiative “PAMANA: Resilient Communities in Conflict Affected Areas”, which goes after the strengthening of local governments and reduction of poverty and vulnerability in conflict-affected areas, through sustainable rural development, providing of infrastructures and betterment of basic social services.
On the other hand, an intervention on Delegated Cooperation of the European Union with the AECID is currently being formulated in order to strengthen the Justice sector in the Philippines.
Strategic guidance 2: Reduce inequality and vulnerability to extreme poverty and crises.
Within this Strategic guidance, Spanish aid will concentrate on its first Action Plan, in continuity with the ambitious projects on disaster prevention and preparation which were carried out in recent years in various provinces in the country.
Action Plan 1: Prevention policies as the best instrument in the fight against vulnerability.
The Humanitarian Aid Office of the AECID is currently developing a technical assistance, to be executed via the FIIAPP, in order to strengthen the capacities of Philippine local institutions in terms of disaster prevention.
Strategic guidance 7: Quality response to humanitarian crises.
As one of the most vulnerable countries in the planet in terms of natural calamities, Philippines is one of the main beneficiaries of humanitarian assistance of the Spanish Aid, and is envisioned as a Strategic guidance of our intervention for CPF 2014-2017.
Other interventions within strategic sectors:
From 2008 to 2014 a sectorial-approached budgetary support operation (SWAp) was carried out with the Department of Health (DoH) of the Philippines, aimed at the improvement of sanitary infrastructures in the rural areas Bicol and Caraga regions, as well as specific zones in Mindanao. The four phases of budgetary support totaled to 11.5 million euros worth of assistance.
AECID supports the Department of Education (DepEd) of the Philiipines in its Introduction of the Spanish language in Secondary Education Project, in accordance with the Memorandum of Understanding signed in 2012 between DepEd and the Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports, and the Instituto Cervantes.