18 May 2009
Representatives of the United Nations (UN) World Food Programme (WFP) in the Philippines visits the evacuation center in Barangay Lumpong, Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao yesterday (May 14) to personally witness the situation of the evacuees in the area. (..) United Nation’s WFP is implementing programs designed to support the on-going peace process in Mindanao and focus on providing assistance to areas affected by the conflict between the Government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) where there are large numbers of IDPs and high rates of malnutrition.
14 May 2009
A United Nation representative to the Philippines yesterday said he was alarmed by the increasing number of families being displaced by continuous fighting between government troops and Muslim rebels in the restive southern region of Mindanao. (..) "We hope that the situation will return to normal. But in the last few weeks there's another upsurge of fighting in the region, which we are concerned about because this is causing new displacement," Stephen Anderson, United Nation's World Food Programme Country Director and Representative in the Philippines told Xinhua after a day trip to evacuation camps in the central Mindanao.
12 May 2009
The military dropped bombs on suspected lairs of Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) rebels in Maguindanao province on Wednesday, a military spokesman said. The air strike came a day before the scheduled visit of United Nation's World Food Program Ambassador against Hunger KC Concepcion to evacuation centers in the province.
12 May 2009
The hundreds of thousands of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in conflict-affected areas in Mindanao are likely to increase in number amid continued fighting between government forces and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), the World Food Programme (WFP) warned Tuesday. (..) Stephen Anderson, the WFP Country Director for the Philippines, noted that the renewed offensives between the government forces and the MILF, particularly in Maguindanao and Lanao del Sur, could not facilitate the return of IDPs.
12 May 2009
Hunger and malnutrition continue to be a national pandemic affecting thousands of school-age Filipino children. One province at a time, Knorr is making a dent in reducing the national malnutrition level among school children through its Makulay ang Buhay ng Batang Pinoy (MBBP) supplementary feeding program. Now on its seventh year, the MBBP feeding program has already nourished some 15,000 malnourished school kids, with the help of Kabisig ng Kalahi (Kabisig) and the UN World Food Program (UNWFP).
11 May 2009
I deeply admire KC Concepcion. I appreciate many things that she does as a young woman, and as a young citizen of the world. Currently the National Ambassador of the United Nations World Food Program, she is also giving her time and support to the Search for TAYO or the Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations.
31 March 2009
The ironies of life. We are an archipelago of 7,000 islands buffeted by 26 typhoons each year and yet half of the population have no drinking water. Now we are seeing millions of children starving for food, in the middle of a tropical paradise of seafoods and wondrous fruits. It has gotten so bad that multinationals like the World Food Program, Unilever and Mead Johnson have to be invited to partner with government and NGOs to feed our children. [...] We are talking not only about kids in some farflung barangay out there in the boondocks, we are also talking about children fainting in a classroom in Metro Manila at 8 o’clock in the morning because they have had nothing to eat for the last 24 hours.
30 March 2009
KC Concepcion, national ambassador against hunger for United Nations-World Food Programme (UN-WFP), visited the agency’s main headquarters in Rome, Italy over the weekend to discuss the situation in the Philippines, specifically in Mindanao.
29 March 2009
KC CONCEPCION, the eldest daughter of singer-actress Sharon Cuneta, flew to the headquarters of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in Rome last week to plead for more funds—at least $7 million (P340 million)—to help feed poor children in Mindanao. A rising star herself, KC (short for Kristina Cassandra) spoke to some 100 officials and staff members of the WFP as the national ambassador for hunger, a title she shares with actors Sean Penn and Drew Barrymore of Hollywood, soccer superstar Kaka of Brazil, and actor-musician Jang Dong-gun of South Korea. [...] KC was later brought to WFP executive director Josette Sheeran for a private meeting. [...] “Today has been an enormous experience for me. Of course, meeting with Madame Sheeran was a great honor. She listened as I updated her on certain issues concerning our program in Mindanao. To realize that she was aware of who I was, and also recognized my efforts truly surprised and humbled me,” she told the Inquirer.
27 March 2009
A hostage crisis involving three International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) workers may force agencies to stop bringing assistance to some areas, officials told IRIN, as humanitarian workers feel increasingly under threat in the hostile south. Stephen Anderson, the World Food Programme (WFP) country representative, said additional protection measures for his 60 local and foreign staff were paramount as the situation in Mindanao had become "dramatically more insecure". "We can still manage the risk, though we have taken a number of measures in terms of security," Anderson told IRIN. "It [the kidnapping] affects us because we are concerned about the welfare of colleagues who do the same type of work."
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