WFP is scaling up food assistance to more than 220,000 persons displaced by conflict in southern Mindanao, delivering nearly 1,000 metric tons of rice – around one month’s ration -- to civilians caught up in the fighting between Philippine government troops and forces of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.
We have rice stocks at a warehouse in Cotabato, close to the affected area, and we’ve acted quickly to move food out to where it is most needed
Stephen Anderson, WFP Philippines Country Director
“WFP is responding to a request from the Government to provide food assistance to meet urgent needs among the hundreds of thousands of people affected by the sudden upsurge in violence in southern Mindanao,” said Stephen Anderson, WFP Philippines Country Director. “We have rice stocks at a warehouse in Cotabato, close to the affected area, and we’ve acted quickly to move food out to where it is most needed.”
Dispatching tons of rice
Despite the challenge of working in a conflict zone, WFP has so far dispatched some 650 metric tons of rice to 160,000 displaced families from Lanao del Sur, Lanao del Norte and North Cotabato. A further 250 metric tons of rice is being delivered to approximately 60,000 people in the provinces of Maguindanao and Shariff Kabunsuan, who have been newly displaced by the conflict.
While food distributions continue, WFP staff from sub-offices in Iligan and Cotabato City are conducting on the ground assessments in areas affected by the conflict to help determine a sustained and targeted response to the upsurge in violence in Mindanao.