DAVAO CITY May 19 (PIA)- The City Government of Davao will follow the foreign policy of the national government regarding its decision to decline European Union grants.
“It really depends on the executive department on how they form the foreign policy of the country.” Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio said during an interview with members of the media shortly after the one-time, big-time anti criminality and terrorist operations press conference held at the Camp Domingo Leonor today (May 19).
The Mayor said she is not aware of any European Union assisted programs here in Davao City.
The country has decided to forego 250-million Euros (P13.9-billion) worth of aid from the European Union to prevent it from meddling in the country’s internal affairs particularly on its war against drugs.
“We will toe the line. If there are projects that will be affected let us see what interventions from the local government or national government can be given.” Mayor Duterte-Carpio said.
EU funded projects are focused in peace and development programs in the Autonomous Region for Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).
A EU-funded program in Davao Region was the previous Upland Development Program which ended in 2007 it was implemented in the provinces of Davao del Norte, Compostela Valley, Davao del Sur and Davao Oriental.
In the aftermath of typhoon Pablo in 2012 which hit Davao Region, the EU donated 10-million Euros in aid. (PIA/RG Alama)