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GIZ doubles aid to Manila

Germany’s largest funding institution, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit or GIZ, has doubled its annual assistace to the Philippines from 10 million euros in the last five years to 22 million euros this year. GIZ-Decentralization Program manager Herwig Mayer said the unprecedented increase will finance anti-corruption projects as well as those dealing with preserving the country’s rich biodiversity. He said the increased fund assistance covers programs on sustainable environment, measures to address the impact of climate change, as well as conflict transformation and conflict avoidance in the CARAGA region. The GIZ will conclude in June its 8 million euro-fund assistance on decentralization program for local communities in Visayas and Mindanao to facilitate ease in real property tax collection and release of business permits for investors. The successes of the GIZ-DP program, which spanned for eight years, contributed to the dramatic increase of revenues for local government units in the Visayas and Mindanao. “The funding assistance of GIZ has never been this large as before because donors will go to potentially successful areas,” Mayer added.
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