TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte, February 18 (PIA) – In response to the growing needs of affected population for them to move on and recover their livelihoods, the World Food Program will transition its operation away from being focused on relief food and nutrition to become more effective in supporting early recovery and rebuilding efforts.
Ms. Cornelia Paetz, the WFP Information Officer in Tacloban said that to address recovery needs, WFP will now shift assistance to support communities on the road to recovery.
“Our goal is to lay the groundwork for long term food security and good nutrition to increase resilience to future disasters,” Ms. Paetz said.
Targeting the most food-insecure families in the worst-affected areas, WFP will work with families to clear small roads and agricultural areas from debris, clear canals for drainage and irrigation, establish nurseries etc.
In exchange for the time and effort spent on the projects, WFP will provide cash, which participants can use to buy nutritious food in their local markets.
At the same time, WFP will continue to support the most vulnerable, young children, pregnant women and nursing mothers, with specialized nutritious food to ensure they stay strong and healthy.
“WFP, alone, cannot meet all of the needs in Samar, Leyte and Panay. For this reason, we work closely with the Government, other UN agencies and NGOs to cover all communities in need,” Ms. Paetz said.
“In coordination with the Government, WFP will focus assistance on Eastern Samar and remote inland areas on Panay, while other partners cover the remaining areas. Together, we directly support the Philippine Government’s plan for Reconstruction Assistance on Yolanda.”
WFP has been in the Philippines since 2006, with offices in Manila and the Mindanao region. We are supporting the Government to end food insecurity and undernutrition in the Philippines.
After Super Typhoon Yolanda hit the Philippines, WFP initiated an Emergency Response in the most affected areas across the Visayas.
In partnership with the Philippine Government and NGOs, WFP emergency food rations reached close to 3 million people since Yolanda hit. (PIA 8)