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25 Jul 2009 description

by DFA-PISU

PR-566-09 - Committed to help restore peace and security in Somalia, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has approved the Philippines' US$20,000.00 contribution to a United Nations trust fund in support of Somali security institutions.

The funds will used by Somalia's Transitional Federal Government to beef up its security forces which will play a critical role in combating piracy on the sea and their principals on land.

Filipino seafarers continue to be victims of piracy in the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean.

To date, 44 Filipino seafarers remain in the …