14 July 2009
Displacement levels on the war-ravaged Philippine island of Mindanao have risen to more than 430,000, according to data from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and other sources. (..) "With travel restrictions being lifted, WFP was able to begin distributions to just under 17,000 families in the municipalities of Datu Odin Sinsuat, Sultan Kudarat, Sultan Mastura, South Kabuntalan and North Kabuntalan in the province of Maguindanao, as well as in the city of Cotabato," WFP country director Stephen Anderson said.
13 July 2009
The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) resumed distribution of food on Monday to nearly 400,000 displaced people in conflict areas in the southern Philippines after it was stopped a week ago, officials said. (..) "All World Food Programme operations in the Mindanao region have resumed as of today because travel restrictions have been lifted," Stephen Anderson, WFP head, told reporters.
8 July 2009
A spate of deadly bombings has prompted the United Nations to suspend food distribution to hundreds of thousands of people displaced by fighting in the southern Philippines, a U.N. official said Wednesday. (..) The World Food Program acting director for the Philippines, Alghassim Wurie, said the decision to suspend food distribution was made out of concern for the safety of its workers. (..) "The U.N. in particular is very concerned about staff safety, so we decided to suspend our activities during this week to enable us to understand better the reasons behind these problems," Wurie told The Associated Press.
19 June 2009
The world’s largest displacement of people due to violence occurred in the Philippines in 2008, an international independent humanitarian organization said Thursday. (..) The large number of displaced persons also became a cause for concern for international aid agencies, with the World Food Program then describing it as an impending humanitarian crisis.
16 June 2009
Last year, the young actress was appointed by the UN- World Food Programme as a National Ambassador Against Hunger in the Philippines, with a special mission to highlight the need for effective solutions to hunger and to address humanitarian needs in Mindanao. (..) WFP in the Philippines has been using food assistance and hot meals to boost school enrolment and attendance especially in Mindanao. As a national ambassador, KC has been traveling within and outside the Philippines to raise awareness about WFP programs and operations.
10 June 2009
The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) and international aid agencies have set guidelines for the distribution of relief goods to civilians displaced by the conflict between the military and the Moro rebels in Maguindanao province, officials confirmed yesterday, following reports that the aid is being sold to commercial traders. As this developed, ARMM officials and representatives of the World Food Program (WFP) failed to start its probe on Monday on confiscated rice intended for the evacuees but allegedly landed in the hands of a private rice trader.
10 June 2009
Regional Governor Datu Zaldy Uy Ampatuan of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) who is also the chairman of the Regional Disaster and Coordinating Council (RDCC) on Tuesday ordered for an immediate probe into the alleged diversion of relief goods intended for the internally displaced persons (IDPs) or evacuees in Maguindanao province that ended up being sold in the public market. (..) The sacks of rice were printed with the logo of the World Food Program (WFP), one of the donor agencies supplying food assistance to the evacuees.
8 June 2009
Many children in the Philippines, especially in Mindanao, go to school hungry, according to the United Nations. Stephen Anderson, UN World Food Program (WFP) Philippines country director, said hunger is on the rise worldwide and in the Philippines. “The rice crisis last year, the ongoing conflict in Mindanao and now the financial downturn globally have an impact certainly in the Philippines,” he said. “These have unfortunately increased the number of needy people.”
8 June 2009
The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM)- Regional Disaster Coordinating Council (RDCC) has strengthened its coordination with partner humanitarian agencies, donor groups and Local Government Units (LGUs) involved in the distribution of relief assistance to the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Maguindanao and other areas in the region affected by the armed conflict. (..) The rice supply was found to be part of the relief assistance or ration intended for the IDPs for the month of May. The sacks bear the name of the World Food Programme (WFP), one of the donor agencies supplying food assistance to the IDPs. WFP is a member of the RDCC-TWG-Food Cluster.
3 June 2009
The Philippines discouraged on Wednesday aid agencies from distributing large amounts of food to internally displaced families on a restive southern island to prevent rice supplies from being handed to rebels. (...) Stephen Anderson, WFP country director, said his agency was aware that some displaced families may have been sharing their food ration with some combatants, but said these appeared to be isolated cases. "We have to work and devise a system to prevent them," Anderson said. "We're doing everything to ensure that food goes to its intended beneficiaries."
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