Canada reaffirms pledge to help Philippines

The Canadian government has reaffirmed its commitment to assist the Philippines  in the area of sustainable development.

This was disclosed by National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) deputy-director general Rolando Tungpalan following a meeting with officials of the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).

Tungapalan led a delegation to discuss the country’s future development programs with the Canadian government.

He presented the Aquino administration’s directions in the drafting of the Medium-Term Philippine Development Plan (MTPDP) and medium-yerm public investment program to CIDA officials.

Tungpalan told them that these plans will be anchored on achieving inclusive growth, generating employment, and reducing poverty.

On the other hand, CIDA senior director Michael Brownell said that the Canadian government will be focusing 80 percent of its bilateral aid to 20 countries under the three priority themes of sustainable economic growth, securing the future of children and youth, and food security.

Once the MTPDP for 2010 to 2016 is finalized, talks will resume next year to further discuss program ideas between the two countries, said Tungpalan.

The delegation also met with officials from the Canadian Treasury Bond Secretariat, Finance Canada, and CIDA Headquarters that are involved in fiscal policy, expenditure management, program evaluation, accountability, and reporting.