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UN-WFP assesses impact of food distribution in Region 2

by Oliver Baccay

Tuguegarao City (24 March) -- Officials from the United Nations-World Food Program (UN-WFP) together with the officials from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) have conducted high level visit to the victims of calamities in the region to assess the impact of general food distribution conducted in the provinces of Isabela and Cagayan.

Mr. Stephen Anderson, WFP Country Director, said they monitored the impact of the general food distribution program that has been implemented in the two provinces for three (3) consecutive months that started in October of 2009, right after typhoon "Pepeng" that severely hit the region.

Anderson said the program was implemented to assist the families by means of providing foods they need, especially those whose houses were severely damaged.

In the report of DSWD Regional Director Arnel Garcia, 36,600 affected families were served in the joint relief assistance of DSWD and WFP after the typhoon with a total of 32.9 million pesos worth of food items and non-food items.

The group personally visited some families in the municipalities were the program was implemented to validate whether the relief goods really reached them and if they utilized it to its very purpose.

"We are glad that our program has served its purpose. We interviewed families who have benefitted from the program," Anderson said.

On the other hand, Anderson also stated that they are shifting their strategy from a food distribution scheme into a food-for-work program; a mechanism whereby affected population receive food rations in lieu of their labor for building community assets.

"The key objective of the food-for-work program is to meet immediate food need of targeted population and improve their food security, and initiate early recovery process to damages of calamities", Anderson said.

He further stated that the program will contribute to rebuilding lives, restore and maintain livelihood and create additional community and qualified individual assets. (PIA 2) [top]

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