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Julie Bishop gives another $20M to Muslim Mindanao in The Philippines - $40m in March, $1M in June plus $90M in education funds


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Here's a recap from March


The Australian government, for its part, committed to support the peace process in Mindanao and announced it would contribute 40 million Australian dollars or P1.54 billion over the next six years for various projects in the area.

In return, Abella said Duterte expressed the country’s interest to learn responsible mining from Australia given its experience and expertise.

Bishop assured Duterte that Australia is willing to cooperate in building capacities for responsible mining and use of energy resources.

“It was a very warm and cordial meeting which reaffirmed the long-standing ties between (the Philippines and Australia),” Abella said.

“It sets the tone for a more positive engagement between the two countries as strategic partners,” he added.

Bishop said Australia would also provide 90 million Australian dollars (P3.4 billion) over nine years to support conflict-sensitive quality basic education services in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao through a program called Education Pathways to Peace in Mindanao (PATHWAYS).