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Wednesday, 29 March 2006
Page: 211

Mr Albanese asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs, in writing, on 1 March 2006:

(1)   What was the value of Australian aid to the Philippines Government for 2004-2005.

(2)   Which agencies in the Philippines received the Australian aid.

(3)   What was the nature of the projects undertaken by the agencies which are funded by Australian aid.

Mr Downer (Minister for Foreign Affairs) —The answer to the honourable member’s question is as follows:

(1)   The Australian aid program to the Philippines totalled $54.5 million in 2004-2005.

(2)   Under Australia’s development assistance to the Philippines many agencies receive support. They include central government agencies, local government agencies at the provincial and municipal levels and over 100 non-government organisations, community groups and church based groups. Australia also channels development assistance through United Nations agencies, for example UNICEF, UNDP, FAO, UNFPA, and the international development banks (Asian Development Bank, World Bank) for joint programs. The attached table shows the major Philippine Government agencies which received support from Australia in 2004-05.

(3)   See attached table for details of activities involving Philippine Government agencies. Activities undertaken by non-government organisations involve income and employment generation, provision of community health services, microenterprise development and sustainable environmental management.

Australian Development Assistance 2004-2005, Philippines - Annex 1






1. Philippines-Australia Basic Education Assistance for Mindanao (BEAM)

A$27.7 million


Department of Education

BEAM contributes to enhancing the skills, knowledge and capacity of educational managers, teachers and teacher educators; developing learning materials; and providing opportunities for disadvantaged children in the target regions to access quality education. Part of the Program assists Muslim eduction in Mindanao.

2. Philippines-Australia Local Sustainability (PALS)

A$31.4 million


Local Governments of Misamis Occidental Province in Mindanao

Strengthening of community and local government unit partnership in resource planning and management and provision of resources for sustainable community livelihoods.

3. Partnership for Economic Governance Reform (PEGR)

A$30 million


National Economic and Development Authority

Department of Finance

Department of Budget and Management

Support to government implementing agencies to achieve the objectives in economic governance through sound budget management and expenditure and fiscal management.

4. Land Administration and Management Program (LAMP)

A$47.7 million


Department of Environment and Natural Resources

Department of Finance

Assistance to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of land administration, registration and titling.

5. Philippines Australia Human Resource Development Facility (PAHRDF)

A$59.6 million


Works with above agencies

Delivers long-term (in Australia) training and education awards and provides short term training in association with above agencies.

6. Counter-Terrorism Assistance Package

A$10 million


Bureau of Immigration

National Bureau of Investigation

Philippine Centre for Transnational Crime

Mindanao Economic Development Council

Philippines Ports Authority

Office of Transport Security

Package of counter-terrorism assistance to the Philippines in the areas of law enforcement, border control, port security and regional cooperation.

7. Philippines-Australia Technical Support to Agrarian Reform and Rural Development (PATSARRD)

A$9.1 million


Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR)

Institutional strengthening and human resources development initiative to provide support to the implementation of the Philippine Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP). Addresses rural poverty and provides assistance to DAR and local governments in involving farmer beneficiaries into the development planning processes.

8. Philippines-Australia Quality Technical Vocational Education and Training (PAQTVET)

A$31.4 million


Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA)

Technical assistance to TESDA in transforming Philippines technical vocational education and training sector into an effective and efficient industry-led, demand-driven vocational education and training system to meet local and global requirements.

9. Water Supply and Sanitation Performance Enhancement Project (WPEP)

A$3.1 million


Department of Interior and Local Government

Strengthening the capacity of agencies to enhanced the access of the underserved rural and urban poor to adequate water and sanitation services on a sustainable basis.

10. Foot and Mouth Disease Control

A$7.7 million


Bureau of Animal Industry

Assistance to strengthen the Philippines’ capacity to control FMD and declare the country as FMD-free.

11. Malaria Control and Prevention Project

A$3.9 million


Department of Health - Local Governments of Agusan del Sur Province in Mindanao

Control and prevent malaria using appropriate medical and community based control measures.

12. UNICEF Country Program for Children

A$22.2 million


Australia and UNICEF assist a range of government agencies (health, education) at the provincial level

Australia is the largest funder of the Philippines-UNICEF Country Program for Children covering education, health and immunisation.

13. UN Multi-Donor Program/Action for Conflict Transformation (ACT for Peace)

A$34.2 million


Local governments and organisations in conflict affected areas in Mindanao

Assistance to rebuild conflict affected communities in Mindanao through livelihood development, peace building and capacity building.