MANILA – Permanent Representative Evan Garcia has announced the Philippines’ financial contribution to the Flash Appeal of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) to address the immediate humanitarian gaps in Afghanistan.
In his remarks on September 13, Garcia recalled the Philippines’ tradition and track record of welcoming and opening its doors to refugees and asylum seekers.
Just last week, the Philippines welcomed Afghan nationals, including women and children, who were seeking refugee status in the country.
“Following the recent political and security developments in Afghanistan, the Philippine Government was asked whether it is open to accepting refugees from the country. We reiterated that since time immemorial, the Philippines has always welcomed asylum seekers and refugees and will not hesitate to admit those fleeing their homelands because of fear of persecution,” Garcia said.
The envoy said Manila will remain true to its time-honored commitment to provide meaningful humanitarian response and humane treatment to those who are vulnerable, marginalized, and in need, including refugees.
The Philippines’ pledge was made during the High-level Ministerial Meeting on the Humanitarian Situation in Afghanistan, which was convened by United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on September 13 in Geneva, Switzerland to encourage international support for Afghan people. (PNA)
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