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5 December 2013

Nearly one month after Super Typhoon Yolanda, generous donations and support for typhoon victims have still not ceased. (..)The National Food Authority (NFA), for its part, issued 713,307 bags of rice to agencies conducting relief operations for victims of calamities across the country. Most of the rice stocks, or 597,707 bags, were given to Yolanda victims and were coursed through the DSWD, National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, Philippine Red Cross, local government units, the World Food Program, and private charitable institutions.


5 December 2013

The most urgent needs are food aid, temporary shelter, clean water and improved hygiene. In support of the Government of the Philippines response effort, these needs are being met with the help of international and local aid organizations. In addition, The Philippines government, working with USAID partner WFP, has provided 2.5 million food parcels to those in need. These food parcels include rice that was purchased locally by WFP with funding from USAID.


3 December 2013

Philippine rice output is likely to grow 4 percent annually over the next three years, falling short of the rate needed to reach self-sufficiency in the grain due to a "new normal" of stronger typhoons, a senior farm official said on Monday. The Southeast Asian country may need to import as much as 2 million tonnes of rice in 2014, its largest intake in four years, as it failed to meet growth targets because of two strong typhoons this year, according to traders and farming experts.


3 December 2013

Just four weeks after super Typhoon Haiyan ripped through the Philippines, the United Nations and its partners, with the Government’s guidance, are making significant strides in helping the country recover and build back sustainably, a UN development official said today. “The way forward for the UN team in the Philippines is to continue working with partners and the Government to build back stronger, making communities more resilient and sustainable,” said Haoliang Xu, Assistant Administrator and Director, Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific, at the UN Development Programme (UNDP).


2 December 2013

The government intends to seek more foreign grants and aid for the rehabilitation and reconstruction of towns and cities devastated by Super Typhoon Yolanda. It is scheduling before the end of the year a donor pledging session where multilateral agencies like the World Bank and Asian Development Bank (ADB) and foreign governments would be invited, according to Budget Secretary Florencio Abad. “This will allow us to get more loans and grants,” he said. The UN World Food Program delivered 18 mobile storage units last week to Tacloban to increase warehouse space for relief goods.


28 November 2013

Increasingly, the aid community is finding ways to harness the power of local markets to feed, clothe and house a desperate community. “It’s about following the market,” says Puspa Indra, 35, a regional adviser for Oxfam International’s Emergency Food Security and Livelihoods team. (..) With the U.N. tracking $134 million in global aid for the Philippines and busily working toward a fundraising target of $348 million, this great wave of money could lift or crush local markets, depending on where it is spent.


28 November 2013

Filipino farmers face imminent financial hardship in the wake of super Typhoon Haiyan without further aid, the UN has warned. Dominique Burgeon, who directs emergency food relief for the UN, said that a lack of aid for farmers could force them to rely on humanitarian food assistance well into next spring. "The urgency of timing can't be overstated," Burgeon said.


27 November 2013

The 2,000 families from the village of Talon-Talon, east of Zamboanga City [Philippines], who participated in the "work for food" program of the United Nations-World Food Programme (UN-WFP) received Tuesday their rice payout. Mayor Ma. Isabelle Climaco-Salazar, who led the distribution of rice as payout, said each of the family received one sack of rice for a week's work. (..) Salazar said the "work for food" program is aimed to help families displaced by the 20-day standoff get temporary livelihood as rehabilitation efforts are underway.


27 November 2013

Two weeks after Typhoon Haiyan swept through the central Philippines, food, clean water, plastic sheeting and other life-saving supplies are being pushed out to affected communities, and humanitarian workers are beginning to shift their focus to recovery efforts. But survivors in hard-hit Tacloban city and other areas are worried that relief goods might run out before they get back on their feet. Nancy Lindborg, the assistant administrator for humanitarian assistance at the U.S. Agency for International Development, visited some of the worst-hit areas. (..) We really focused on, first and foremost, getting the logistical foundation in place for a full-on response. That’s the air bridge that the Marines did, the funding that we provided to the World Food Program, so that they could get their air bridge and the barges and the ferries operational.


27 November 2013

The United Nations is mustering planes, ferries and trucks to boost its relief efforts in the Philippines, with food still a priority almost three weeks after Typhoon Haiyan ripped into the country, killing over 5,230 people and affecting more than 13 million others, nearly 3.5 million of them left homeless. Since 13 November, WFP has dispatched more than 4,000 metric tons of rice and 127 metric tons of high energy biscuits for distribution by partners. WFP is working closely with the Government, which has distributed more than 1.3 million family food packs containing WFP rice. Rice and High Energy Biscuits (HEBs) are being delivered by airlifts to remote island communities off the coast of Guiuan and Iloilo. Some of these hard-to-reach locations are receiving food assistance for the first time.