THE Philippines highlighted some of its recent actions to help resolve the refugee problem.
“We reiterate that we are deeply committed to the refugees and statelessness conventions and we stand with other States in working towards providing the appropriate measures of addressing the problems of refugees worldwide,” Philippine Permanent Representative to the United Nations and Other International Organizations in Geneva Ambassador Evan P. Garcia said in a statement at the annual meeting of states on refugee issues during the 69th Executive Session of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), which was held recently in Geneva, Switzerland.
He emphasized that the Philippine government attaches paramount importance to alleviating the plight of refugees, and cited that the Philippines created in October 2017 an Inter-Agency Steering Committee (IASC) Agreement on the Protection of Asylum Seekers Refugees and Stateless Persons in the Philippines.
The agreement provides the basis for institutionalizing mechanisms in providing assistance and services to asylum seekers, refugees and stateless persons in the country while creating a more favorable protection environment.
Garcia also cited that the country launched its National Action Plan to End Statelessness on November 24, 2017 which will be implemented until 2024. At the global level, the Philippines supports the enhance cooperation and action to improve protection of disaster displaced persons by actively engaging as a Steering Member of the Platform for Disaster Displacement.