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26 May 2009

Tens of thousands of people have fled their homes in the southern Philippines in recent weeks as troops step up an offensive against rogue Muslim rebels, aid and local officials say. (..) "We didn't expect the sudden rise in the number of displaced families in the last two weeks," said Mishael Argonza of the U.N. World Food Programme, pointing to lists of families fleeing from their homes and farms in Maguindanao, one of the six provinces. "We were actually expecting the numbers to come down from about 36,000 families to only about 20,000 families by next month. But, we're seeing more people flocking to our camps and many of them from villages not affected by conflict before."


25 May 2009

Dirty and cold, about 100 children huddle under a tarpaulin at an evacuation site on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao. With gun battles continuing daily, their prospects of returning home soon seem more remote than ever. (..) Many pitched tents by the roadside, in what has since become a major resettlement camp supported by UN agencies, including the International Organization for Migration and the World Food Programme (WFP), which make periodic food distribution trips here.


19 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.


15 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.


13 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.


13 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.


1 April 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.