The Philippine government signed a Standard Administrative Arrangement (SAA) to facilitate the transfer of the country’s voluntary contribution to the UN Haiti Cholera Response Multi-Partner Trust Fund (MPTF), the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said on Monday.
Philippine Permanent Representative to the United Nations Ambassador Teodoro Locsin Jr., who signed the SAA, said the contribution is an affirmation of the country’s commitment to UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
“The Philippines’ modest voluntary contribution to the UN Multi-Partner Trust Fund was made in solidarity with the people of Haiti and in support for our collective responsibility under the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,” he said.
The signing done on January 12 was witnessed by Henriette Keijzers, Deputy Executive Coordinator of the MPTF Office.
The Trust Fund’s aim is not only to significantly improve access to care and treatment in the short term, but also to address issues of water and sanitation, and health systems in the long-term in Haiti, which are essential to the achievement of SDGs, especially SDG #6 (Clean Water and Sanitation).
To recall, the Philippines co-sponsored the General Assembly resolution on “the UN approach to cholera in Haiti,” which was adopted by consensus in July 2017.
The resolution invites Member States, regional, international and bilateral donors, financial institutions, the private sector and other donors, to provide further voluntary financial and other appropriate support to the new approach.
In January 2015, the Philippines also entered into a SAA with the MPTFO when it contributed to the Ebola Response Multi-Partner Trust Fund. (PNA)