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Bangsamoro gov’t, UNDP ink MOA for more resilient region

The Bangsamoro Planning and Development Authority (BPDA) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to create a more inclusive, secure, resilient, and sustainable environment for the Bangsamoro region.

BPDA Director-General Mohajirin Ali cited the significance of the MOU as a milestone in their joint commitment to fortifying the Bangsamoro communities against the impacts of natural hazards and climate change.

He noted that the Strengthening Institutions and Empowering Localities Against Disasters and Climate Change (SHIELD) Program played a crucial role in shaping the first Bangsamoro Spatial Development Framework (BSDF) 2024-2050.

The official said this framework aims to “provide the long-term direction of the region towards rationalizing the allocation and utilization of land and other physical resources for maximum social and economic benefits and enhancing resiliency and disaster preparedness.”

Meanwhile, UNDP Deputy Resident Representative Edwine Carrie expressed enthusiasm about the practical outcomes that this partnership could yield.

“We are very eager to see a practical manifestation of this partnership between the SHIELD consortium partners and the BPDA,” Carrie said.

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