Fil-Ams, intl peace advocates visit Pablo areas

Jul. 14, 2013

by Davao Today

A month after a United Nations body called for an increase in funding for rehabilitation of Typhoon-Pablo affected areas, 33 Filipino Americans and Latin Americans started a 4-day mission Saturday to look into human rights conditions in these villages and the impact of large-scale mining.

Hosted by the nongovernmental BALSA Mindanao and local protestant churches, the mission will also focus on the reported corruption of relief and “harassments” and human rights abuses allegedly committed by the military in the typhoon-ravaged areas.

Kuusela Hilo of the International League of People’s Struggles (ILPS) said the results of the mission are to be presented on July 19 in Quezon City, in a conference spearheaded by EcuVoice or the Ecumenical Voice for Peace and Human Rights in the Philippines, ICCHRP or the International Coordinating Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines, Peace for Life network and the ILPS.

Earlier last month, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs or UNOCHA pitched help from international sources to raise another $47 million to fund rehabilitation projects in the region. (

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