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German gov't extends food-for-work program in Lanao del Norte

by Raul D. Dinapo

TUBOD, Lanao del Norte (19 September) -- The German government has committed to extend until December this year the much-regarded Food for Work Program that enables local folks to initiate undertakings with free provision of food, specifically on the community level.

This program started during the administration of former Governor Imelda Dimaporo under the World Food Program (WFP) which has been handled by the Office of the German Technical Cooperation (GTZ) under the project called Emergency Operations Philippines-Assistance to Conflict Affected Mindanao.

Likewise, the German government propels this program to the needy families to far-flung municipalities especially to schoolchildren in public schools as recipients of the program. Now, WFP is still on the right track as Provincial Governor Khalid Q. Dimaporo backs the program's thrust and direction.

Provincial Social Welfare and Development Officer Federiza Samson said its office has just signed the second Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with WFP covering the period of July to December (Christmas time) this year. World Food Program has been very successful with its 1st six months of implementation which started July 2006. The provincial government considered the program as fitting to the needs of the people specifically to conflict-affected areas.

The willpower of GTZ to convert a conflict-affected zone into a peaceful and productive place bares its mission to achieve genuine development with lasting peace. Part and parcel of this WFP is the provision of productivity (livelihood), moral formation and physical development.

WFP has inclined this mass-based program as a worthwhile approach enabling to minimum basic needs of the masses food. Each school children would receive 1 kilo of rice per day. Based on observations one of the reasons of the students could not go to school is due to lack of nourishment.

However, last month WFP distributed 1,000 sacks of rice for the continuation of the program. The goods are now being kept at the WFP warehouse in Bacolod town. (Lanao del Norte LGU) [top]

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