On 8 November 2013, a category 5 typhoon “Haiyan” (local name “Yolanda”) made landfall in the Philippines with devastating effect and left in its wake destruction of unimaginable proportion to both public and private infrastructure. Roads, bridges, buildings, communication facilities, power, water supply, etc. have been partially destroyed thereby limiting access and hindering humanitarian response. The airport at Tacloban is currently operating only for the transport of relief goods and evacuation of the injured and commercial flights have yet to resume. On the basis of a report from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) dated 11 November 2013, a total of 9.84 million people (2.1 million families) have been most directly affected by the impact of super typhoon Haiyan.
After closing in 1996, WFP is re-establishing a presence in the Philippines with programmes designed to support the ongoing peace process in Mindanao, the southern Muslim-populated region.
The agency will focus on providing assistance to areas affected by the conflict between the Government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), where there are...