WFP Philippines Country Brief, June 2017
As Marawi fighting continues, volatile displacement ensues in affected areas. WFP provides food assistance to displaced families and supports return of displaced children to schools through school meals. WFP also provides logistics support in establishing emergency operation centres.
Funding constraints are affecting livelihood support in Central Mindanao.
Lack of funding has seriously hampered WFP’s ability to fulfil its operational objectives. Pipeline breaks continue for nutrition and food assistance-for-assets activities. No food has been distributed since April.
In response to a government request for support to the emergency response in Marawi under both the PRRO and IR-EMOP, WFP distributed 9.72 mt of dates to 4,900 families and 7.85 mt of rice to 314 families of the Department of Agrarian Reform. Preparations are ongoing to distribute rice in July to 8,800 displaced families in evacuation centres as well as home-based evacuees in Lanao del Norte and Lanao del Sur.
WFP is co-leading both the Food and Non-Food Items, and the Logistics Clusters with the Government of the Philippines. WFP provided transport services support and donated a mobile storage unit in Iligan City,
Lanao del Norte. WFP is also supporting the set-up of Malabang Operation Centre in Lanao del Sur by providing logistics technical assistance, a generator, a pre-fabricated office and two mobile storage units.
In Maguindanao Province, WFP resumed its school meals programme with the start of school year 2017-2018 this June. In partnership with the Department of Education, WFP distributed 86.6 mt of fruit dates, rice, oil and beans to 42,000 schoolchildren to support their enrolment and school attendance.
WFP Philippines Representative and Country Director Praveen Agrawal met with newly appointed Department of Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano. WFP highlighted its long-term strategic partnership with the Government, reaffirming its commitment to support national priorities in achieving food security and nutrition.
WFP signed an agreement with the Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation, Inc., major private sector coordinator for disaster management, to collaborate in disaster preparedness, response and developing solutions to achieve food security and nutrition.
At the First Regional Dialogue Platform in Asia on Forecast-based Financing (FbF) in Hanoi, Vietnam,
WFP Philippines presented its project on developing preparedness actions based on early warning and scientific information.