WFP Philippines Country Brief, October 2017

Report
from World Food Programme
Published on 31 Oct 2017

Highlights**

  • The Government of the Philippines has regained control of Marawi City and displaced families have started to return. WFP is coordinating with government agencies and non-governmental organizations to identify return and rehabilitation plans for the displaced population.

  • WFP has completed an Emergency Food Security and Nutrition Assessment of the displaced population in Lanao del Norte and Lanao del Sur. Data analysis is ongoing.

  • Funding constraints continue to affect WFP’s livelihood support to communities in Central Mindanao.

Operational Updates

  • WFP continues to support the Government’s emergency response to the crisis in Marawi through general food distributions and school feeding. In the month of October, WFP distributed a total of 142.45mt of rice to 2,849 families.

  • WFP has concluded the emergency school feeding programme which was operated with the generous support of the Government of Australia (Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade). The programme supported nearly 60,000 students in more than 170 public elementary and secondary schools in the provinces of Lanao del Norte and Lanao del Sur where the majority of the displaced population are taking refuge.

  • WFP signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement to implement forecast-based financing (FbF) projects in the Philippines. Since 2015, WFP Philippines has been implementing the FbF pilot project, generously supported by the German Federal Foreign Office, to help reduce the impacts and losses caused by climaterelated hazards through innovative approaches using scientific data.

  • WFP’s Emergency Food Security and Nutrition Assessment in Marawi City has been completed. Preliminary findings reveal that over 40 percent of the displaced population have borderline or poor food consumption scores.

  • WFP participated in the ABSCBN News Channel’s (ANC) “Bangsamoro and Beyond: A National Conversation” forum which discussed the Bangsamoro Basic Law, as well as the ongoing peace process. The law is being proposed by the Congress to establish the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region that will replace the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao.

  • In celebration of World Food Day, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and WFP, together with the Department of Agriculture, promoted Zero Hunger and the importance of investing in food security and rural development at the Quezon Memorial Circle in Quezon City on 18 October, and at the Salcedo Community Market in Makati City on 21 October.

  • On 24 October, United Nations (UN) agencies in the Philippines celebrated UN Day with the Government of the Philippines, through the Department of Foreign Affairs. The event was highlighted by public engagement activities featuring exhibits about the UN. The high point of the event was the ceremonial lighting of the Filipino Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) cubes to launch the 17 SDGs in the Filipino. The Filipino SDGs bring the goals closer to every Filipino in the country, fostering inclusiveness. UN Day 2017 was held in Taguig.

  • Lack of funding for PRRO 200743 has seriously hampered WFP’s ability to fulfil its operational objectives. A pipeline break continues for FFA activities.