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22 October 2009

World Food Program executive director Josette Sheeran (center) and actress KC Concepcion, UN-WFP national ambassador against hunger, distribute relief goods to families affected by flooding in Candaba, Pampanga yesterday.


22 October 2009

The head of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today pledged the agency's full support to the Government and people of the Philippines as they seek to deal with the effects of the violent storms that devastated parts of the country last month."WFP is here to support the Government's efforts to help the people of the Philippines overcome this calamity. I have no doubt that together, we can," Executive Director Josette Sheeran said as she began her three-day visit to the country.


22 October 2009

Typhoon Lupit edged closer to the Philippines, bringing the threat of more rain and floods to the most populous island of Luzon (..). “I saw whole neighborhoods literally inundated with waist- high stagnant water and met people who have lost all of their belongings,” said Josette Sheeran, the UN World Food Programme’s executive director, who is assessing relief needs.


21 October 2009

(..) The chief of the United Nations World Food Programme, Josette Sheeran, will start a three-day visit today to assess the needs of more than 7 million people affected by Parma and Ketsana, the UN said yesterday. The WFP says it will provide 26,000 metric tons of food to 1 million people during the next three months.


20 October 2009

The military yesterday beefed up rescue personnel and equipment in Northern Luzon as near-super typhoon Ramil (international name: Lupit) nears the storm-battered region. (..)In a statement, Ambassador Christian-Ludwig Weber-Lortsch said that about P48 million would go to the World Food Programme and P7 million to Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe, a German humanitarian aid organization aiding victims of natural disasters, war and displacement.


20 October 2009

Three logistics operators - Agility, TNT and UPS - have joined international efforts to expedite food supplies to hundreds of thousands of people affected by natural disasters in Asia. (..) "By helping WFP ensure food supplies reach people affected by these natural disasters as quickly as possible, these companies are playing a lead role in helping save lives," said Peter French, WFP Deputy Regional Director for Asia.


19 October 2009

The United Nations World Food Program (WFP) is set to fly in its second shipment of relief goods on October 24, completing a record 200-metric- ton airlift, billed as the largest-ever into the country. The WFP will fly in the second batch of 100 tons of high-energy biscuits for the victims of the recent floods in the country. The first shipment arrived over the weekend.


19 October 2009

In a continuing cooperative effort to combat global hunger, TNT and the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) have joined forces to mount the largest airlift of food relief yet to the Philippines, flying in a total of 200 metric tons of high-energy biscuits for victims of the recent floods.


12 October 2009

The Philippines ordered imports of 250,000 tons of rice on Monday and lawmakers rushed to approve funding for immediate rebuilding of farms and roads badly damaged by two typhoons that killed over 650 people.
The Philippines, the world's biggest rice buyer, would hold a tender two months earlier than normal on October 30 for the shipment of the grain, which it wants delivered between January and April, the National Food Authority said.


12 October 2009

An economic adviser of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is urging her to acknowledge that the Philippines cannot recover from Tropical Storm “Pepeng” and Tropical Storm “Ondoy” on its own and that it needs foreign help to get back on its feet. (..) In Manila, the United Nations World Food Program said it received a $4.5-million donation from the Japanese government and would be using the amount to feed hundreds of thousands of flood victims in the Philippines and to provide financial support to WFP’s newly arrived helicopters.