WFP Philippines Country Brief, July 2017
As martial law in Mindanao is extended and Marawi fighting continues, WFP provides food assistance to displaced families and supports return of displaced children to schools through school meals. WFP also provides logistics support in augmenting government relief distribution capacity and establishing emergency operation centres.
Funding constraints are affecting livelihood support in Central Mindanao.
In response to government requests for support to the emergency response in Marawi under both the PRRO and IR-EMOP, WFP distributed 108 mt of rice to 4,300 displaced families in four municipalities this month. WFP also provided 47.4 mt of rice and kitchen utensils for emergency school meals. At this time, 37,500 students are targeted in 129 schools, allowing WFP to reach nearly 90 percent of tracked displaced students.
WFP is co-leading both the Food and Non-Food Items, and the Logistics Clusters with the Government. WFP is providing technical assistance and a mobile storage unit (MSU), a pre-fabricated office and a generator to support the set-up of an Emergency Operation Centre in Malabang, Lanao del Sur. An assessment will be conducted to decide on a request to set up another MSU in Saguiaran. WFP is also providing transport assistance and support services to enhance government relief efforts.
WFP Philippines expressed continued support to “War against Malnutrition” programme, launched by the Province of Maguindanao on July 7. WFP is providing technical assistance to the provincial government in formulating its food security and nutrition strategic plan, implementation of nutrition programmes, and development of information and advocacy materials.
WFP resumed its stunting prevention programme, which aims to provide specialized nutritious foods to 8,000 pregnant and nursing women and 12,000 children 6-23 months in 14 municipalities of Maguindanao under the current PRRO.
Lack of funding has seriously hampered WFP’s ability to fulfil its operational objectives. Pipeline break continues for food assistance-for-assets activities. No food has been distributed since April.
For National Nutrition Month, WFP and the Department of Health launched the first National Guidelines for Management of Moderate Acute Malnutrition. WFP provided technical and financial support for its development and launch.
At the First Southeast Asia Regional School Feeding Workshop in Cambodia, WFP Philippines and the Department of Education shared country lessons and experiences on national policy development and implementation of school meals programmes.
As Marawi conflict ensues and martial law is extended, WFP continues to support the Government of the Philippines in responding to the food assistance needs of the affected population. The Department of Health has called for intensified actions to address the nutrition security of affected population needs. The Government would also welcome international support to an eventual Marawi rehabilitation effort.
Funding remains a huge challenge and has already resulted in beneficiary cutbacks, non-distribution of food commodities, low programme implementation and organization restructure.