A baseline survey was undertaken in five provinces of Central Mindanao namely, Maguindanao, Lanao Del Sur, Lanao Del Norte, Sultan Kudarat and North Cotabato from 20 February - 2 March 2013. The main objective of this survey was to create baseline indicators for projects under the “EU Aid to Uprooted People- Enhancing the Resilience of Internally Displaced Persons in Central Mindanao by Strengthening Livelihoods” programme. The baseline survey also fulfils requirements for monitoring changes in food security and other relevant indicators so that year to year comparison would be possible.
The key focus of the baseline survey is to understand the current food security and livelihood situation of the population. Information on demographics, displacements and current status, access to education, health status, housing and facilities, household and productive assets, access to credit, livelihoods and income, expenditure, food consumption and sources of food, disaster and coping mechanisms, assistance and needs were collected. The survey looked at past interventions and future preferences of the households to guide how to deliver assistance in subsequent programs and also examined the awareness of households about the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro. The survey also captured the status of WFP assisted community projects in previous years. This helps identifying which types of projects sustained, guiding follow-up and planning for new projects within the framework of the current EU support.