Spain looks forward to increase aid to Mindanao, says envoy PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 28 February 2012 13:45

Spain is looking forward to increase its financial assistance to Mindanao, one of the two regions in the country that are in its assistance priority list.

This was announced on Sunday by Spanish Ambassador Jorge Domecq, who said Spain is planning to increase its aid to Mindanao once the Government of the Philippines (GPH) peace panel and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) finally forge a peace agreement.

Domecq was the guest of honor in the 75th Dia de la Ciudad de Zamboanga (Charter Day) celebration.

Domecq said the peace agreement is important for the development of Mindanao, especially in the aspects of agriculture, fisheries and mining.

GPH peace panel chief negotiator Marvic Leonen has declared the peace process has moved forward at the end of the 25th formal exploratory talks in
Malaysia last February 15.

Leonen likewise expressed optimism that the “government will meet its timeline to ink an agreement with the Moro group this year.”
The next round of formal talks is scheduled next month.

Domecq, without revealing an exact amount, said that Mindanao is one of the two regions in the country which are in the priority list for financial aid by the Spanish government. The other is the Bicol region.

Meanwhile, Domecq is also scheduled to inaugurate some Spanish-funded projects in this southern port city.

One of the projects the ambassador is scheduled to visit is the housing project of the Katilingban Para Sa Kalambuan Inc. in Barangay Sinunuc, west of this city.