WFP launches food assistance program for IDPs in Lanao del Sur
by Apipa P. Bagumbaran
Islamic City of Marawi (07 December) -- The World Food Programme (WFP) launched yesterday in Piagapo, Lanao del Sur the Protracted Relief and Recovery Operations (PRRO) Program that will provide assistance to internally displaced persons (IDPs), returnees and other food-insecure households in conflict-affected areas of Central Mindanao.
The program which focused on the immediate food needs of vulnerable IDPs and returnees during the critical transition period from relief to recovery as well as support in rebuilding the livelihoods of the returning communities is being implemented in partnership with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the local government units (LGUs).
WFP Deputy Country Director Asaka Nyangara said the program which has three (3) key components will target five (5) provinces in Central Mindanao which includes Lanao del Sur.
The other provinces are Maguindanao, North Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat and Lanao del Norte.
Nyangara said the first key component is the emergency school feeding program where WFP in partnership with various sectors will provide on-site nutritious meals cooked by the parent-teacher community comprising of rice, beans and fish to school children in day-care centers and public elementary schools.
This component which is aligned with the conditional cash transfer and food-for-school programs of the government aims to ensure that the children are enrolled in school, they are retained and they graduate as expected, Nyangara further said.
Another component, Nyangara cited, is the supplementary feeding program, which gives nutrition support to pregnant and lactating mothers while providing Plumpy Doz to children from 6-23 months.
Moreover, the WFP deputy country director said they will also encourage the communities to undertake communal activities under the food for asset component to promote self-sufficiency.
The launching held at Bobo Elementary School of Piagapo town in Lanao del Sur province was graced by KC Concepcion, the National Ambassador Against Hunger. (PIA Marawi) [top]