Philippines

WFP Philippines Country Brief, February 2017

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Situation Report
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Highlights

  • In February 2017, WFP reached 73,732 people in Central Mindanao with a view to improving their food security.

  • WFP signed an agreement with the Office of the Vice President to fund a review that will look into creating an inter-agency commission for food security and nutrition.

Operational Updates

  • WFP supported 73,732 people in February – this includes 9,483 children aged-6-23 months and 1,641 pregnant and nursing women under the stunting prevention programme, who received specialised nutritious food. Additionally, 62,608 schoolchildren from 269 primary schools in Central Mindanao were provided with hot, nutritious meals.

  • The Office of the Vice President recently signed an agreement with WFP for a review on the need for an Inter-Agency Commission for Food Security and Nutrition. WFP will contribute USD 100,000 to support this review exercise, which will run for a year.

  • Taking off from the success of the first Forecast-based Financing (FbF) Regional Climate Forum for Luzon stakeholders last year, WFP held one for its Mindanao partners in Cagayan de Oro. FbF is an innovative approach using scientific data to indicate elevated risks and then to implement actions and release humanitarian funding for these actions before a potential disaster. WFP implements FbF in partnership with the German Federal Foreign Office and the German Red Cross.

  • WFP, in partnership with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), held a training of trainers for local government units (LGUs), national and regional line agencies on developing contingency plans and how to handle Risk Communication and Media Management in disaster risk reduction and management scenarios. The event, conducted by trainers from the University of the Philippines-Baguio, was attended by LGUs from provinces across Luzon.

  • WFP participated in a recent field testing of the Rapid Information Communication Accountability Assessment (RICAA), an assessment tool in gauging the immediate information needs and preferred communication channels of affected communities during emergencies. The OCHA-led Community of Practice gathered humanitarian organizations to discuss how to improve the tool and integrate it into various common service platforms such as IOM’s Community Resource Map, OCHA’s Kobo tool and EngageSpark’s voice messaging/text application.

Challenges

  • WFP’s livelihood support to food-insecure and vulnerable communities in Central Mindanao is at a standstill due to the continued resource shortfall.

  • Insecurity as a result of the Government’s military operations against armed groups in Lanao del Sur province resulted in the delay of monitoring activities and the delivery of food assistance.