WFP Philippines Country Brief, July 2020

Situation Report
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In Numbers

US$ 2.79 m six months (August 2020 – January 2021) net funding requirements

WFP currently has no direct distribution of food or cash. WFP’s support to the Philippines has shifted to prioritize capacity strengthening activities with the national, regional, and local government.

Operational Updates

• On 29 July, WFP and Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) signed an agreement to harmonize collaboration on sustainable agriculture and livelihood programmes, food security and nutrition, and disaster risk reduction and management in the region. The agreement was signed with the Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources, and Energy, the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Agrarian Reform, the Ministry of Interior and Local Government, and the Bangsamoro Development Planning Authority.

• In July, WFP continued to provide logistics support to the Government on its COVID-19 response: o WFP provided 12 trucks to the Office of Civil Defense to transport 104,000 sets of personal protective equipment from Metro Manila to Regions II, V, and VIII.

o WFP also supported the United Nations Children’s Fund in mobilizing five trucks that carried cleaning and disinfection kits from Metro Manila to Regions I, V, VIII, IX, XI, and Cordillera Administrative Region.

o WFP extended the loan of the mobile storage unit to the Municipality of Pila, Laguna. It is currently used as an isolation facility for probable COVID-19 cases.

• WFP contributed to the institutionalization of the school feeding programme in BARMM through the development of modules. These modules will be used by the Government as training material to facilitate a common understanding on the implementation and management of the programme from the regional level down to the school level. The modules will also strengthen the monitoring and evaluation systems and structures in the programme.

• Five sets of emergency telecommunication systems arrived from Dubai to Manila in July and are currently undergoing technical inspection. The sets are part of the Government Emergency Communications System – Mobile Operations Vehicle for Emergency (GECS MOVE) project of WFP Communications Technology (DICT). The project aims to improve disaster response through rapidly deployable communications systems integrated into custom-built vehicles. WFP will also provide capacity strengthening activities with DICT in the maintenance and operation of the GECS MOVE sets.