The Philippines has contributed US$15,000 to a special Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Trust Fund to support the construction of a new facility, the OPCW Centre for Chemistry and Technology (“ChemTech Centre”), local media Mirage News reports.
The Philippines join 47 countries including China, Finland, Sweden, and Thailand that so far have contributed or pledged to contribute financially to the ChemTech Centre project together with the EU and four other donors.
To date € 33.6 million has been raised to the ongoing project to build the ChemTech Centre and the project seeks to strengthen the OPCW’s capabilities to fully address new and emerging chemical weapons threats, as well as to support capacity building in OPCW Member States.
The contribution from the government of the Philippines was formalized during a ceremony between the Permanent Representative of the Philippines to the OPCW, H.E. Ambassador Jose Eduardo E. Malaya III, and OPCW Director-General, H.E. Mr. Fernando Arias.
During the ceremony, Ambassador Malaya stated, “The Philippines is committed to disarmament and non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, notably chemical weapons. I commend the work of the OPCW and its vision to establish the ChemTech Centre, which aims to strengthen the Organisation’s capability against new and emerging chemical weapons threats and support capacity building among the OPCW Member States.”