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PIA Press Release
2010/01/23

UN relief goods distributed through food-for-work scheme

Tabuk City, Kalinga (23 January) -- With the region now on the relief and rehabilitation phase following the devastations wrought by typhoons last year, continuing relief assistance from the United Nations World Food Program are given to beneficiaries through the food-for-work scheme.

Imelda Polig of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) said that so as not to spoil recipients just receiving goods, the DSWD requested charity institutions that the goods be only given to recipient families after a corresponding civic duty or community work has been rendered.

Such community work under the food for work scheme include clearing and repair of minor damages and destroyed government and private properties. Food is provided for those doing construction or repair of damaged houses, so is the UN purchased-rice to compensate any work done", Polig said.

Immediately after typhoon Pepeng in October last year, 827 sacks of NFA rice were distributed to Tinglayan and Pinukpuk. An additional 2,926 cavans were also purchased through the World Food Fund after some complained that they were also affected. The supply was distributed through December at 25 kilos per family, Polig said.

Polig said all municipalities are now covered by the UN World Food Program after the Regional Disaster Coordinating Council recommended to make the goods available to all affected.

According to a women group doing clearing activities here through the food-for-work, they are given half cavan rice for three days of work. Aside from rendering civic duty, you will have food for a couple of days", the group said. (PIA-Kalinga) [top]

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