Seven towns in Lanao del Sur benefit from WFP food assistance program
by Apipa P. Bagumbaran
Islamic City of Marawi (07 December) -- Seven municipalities in the province of Lanao del Sur will benefit from the Protracted Relief and Recovery Operations (PRRO) Program of the World Food Programme (WFP).
These towns are Piagapo, Balindong, Madalum, Madamba, Masiu, Butig, and Lumbayanague.
WFP Deputy Country Director Asaka Nyangara said the WFP assists 26,535 beneficiaries in 163 schools in the said towns under the emergency school feeding program as well as 3,483 children aged between 6-23 months and 2,336 pregnant and lactating women under the supplementary feeding program.
Under the emergency school feeding, hot nutritious meals of rice, beans and fish are provided to targeted returnee school children.
On the other hand, the supplementary feeding provides Plumpy Doz to malnourished children while pregnant and lactating women receive rice, beans and vitamin A enriched oil.
According to Nyangara, the purpose of the emergency school feeding is to bring children who have been displaced back to school and to establish a sense of normalcy in their lives and that of their families while the supplementary feeding aims to improve the nutritional status of children aged 6-23 months, pregnant and lactating women, as well as to encourage the increase of the number of pregnant and lactating women's visit to rural health units.
In addition, WFP also supports projects such as communal gardening, farm-to-market roads, and nursery development under its food for asset program to encourage self-sufficiency among the selected communities in the province.
A commitment signing was held to manifest the commitment and support of the seven municipalities and the provincial government to the program during its launching in Bobo Elementary School in Piagapo town yesterday.
The signing was witnessed by the WFP Deputy Country Director, Provincial Social Welfare Officer Liamen L. Laut and National Ambassador Against Hunger, KC Concepcion. (PIA Marawi) [top]