Philippines

WFP Philippines Country Brief, January 2017

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Highlights

  • WFP concluded its emergency support to the El Nino-affected populations in central Mindanao.

  • Pepsi Corporation donated funds for the school meals programme. The contribution will help provide hot, nutritious lunch meals to thousands of children from conflict-affected areas in Mindanao.

Operational Updates

  • WFP provided assistance to 100,300 individuals in Mindanao to enhance their resilience. Of this, 19,200 people received food through the asset-creation programme, while 8,500 pregnant and nursing women, and 10,000 children aged 6-23 months were supported under the stunting prevention programme. Additionally, WFP provided school meals to 62,600 school-age children in 269 primary schools in central Mindanao.

  • WFP supported the awareness of 210,000 families of disaster preparedness through the provision of information, education, and communications (IEC) materials. The LISTONG Pampamilyang Pilipino (alert Filipino families) was borne out of a partnership with the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and aims to build the capacity of households to become disaster resilient. The guide provides a checklist for planning and critical information on what to do at the household level during disasters.

  • Private sector partner, Pepsi Corporation, contributed USD 300,000 in support to WFP’s school meals programme currently being implemented in central Mindanao.

  • The European Union launched a coffee table book entitled “Ties that Bind” that features a story on EU’s support to WFP Philippines.

Gender

  • WFP will help facilitate the launch of the Ranaw Women’s Peace Table in Marawi City spearheaded by the Office of the President on the Peace Process (OPAPP). The peace table is an assembly of women leaders composed of various government and non-government agencies that puts women at the heart of peace-building efforts in Mindanao.

  • At the request of local authorities in the province of Lanao del Sur, the Country Office gender focal person conducted a gender mainstreaming training to government heads of agencies. Government partners agreed to have further gender sensitivity workshops and consequently for WFP to assist them in the utilization of their Gender and Development Fund, including the integration of food security and nutrition into local government plans.

Challenges

  • The combination of law enforcement operations and the recurring torrential rains in central Mindanao have yet again hampered WFP’s operations and caused delays in the delivery and distribution of commodities as roads become impassable or restricted for security reasons.