Spanish Queen Sofia on Albay visit

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Queen Sofia of Spain. Photo courtesy: Telegraph.co.uk
Queen Sofia of Spain. Photo courtesy: Telegraph.co.uk

By Joey Natividad
Special Correspondent

LEGASPI CITY, Albay (BicolToday.com/03-July-2012) – Spanish Queen Sofia will be in Albay Province on July 4, visiting the Camalig School and Evacuation Center, Josefina Belmonte Duran Memorial District Hospital in Ligao City, and the Academy of Climate Change in Legazpi City. Albay Governor Joey Salceda will serve as host for the royal visitor.

The Queen will meet the Mayors of Albay, with whom she will exchange views on the Spanish programs aimed at strengthening local governance through training, participatory planning and infrastructures.

Financed by Agenda Espanola de Cooperation Internacional Para el Desarrollo (AECID), or Spanish International Cooperation Agency for Development, Camalig North Central School was renovated as an evacuation shelter during calamities that can house 60,000 people.

AECID is the main donor behind Albay government efforts on disaster preparedness, prevention and management, and has become a model in the field of disaster risk reduction.

The Josefina Duran Memorial District Hospital, part of Spain’s development assistance, is the centerpiece of the health emergency program in Albay, where AECID has provided equipment for different health departments, a training center and ambulances which serve the whole province.

At the Academy of Climate Change, the Queen will undergo briefing on the solid waste management program funded by AECID, and on the progress of the four UN Joint Programs which have been granted 18 million Euros (P958 million) for climate change, nutrition, water and employment by the Spanish Fund for the Achievement of the Millennium Development Goals between 2008 and 2012. [BicolToday.com]

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