Barangay Embarcadero in Iloilo is located less than half a kilometer from the shore. Typhoon Haiyan heavily damaged the local infrastructure and fields, leaving inhabitants struggling to cover their food and nutrition needs.
In the first month after the disaster, WFP food assistance reached close to 2.5 million people.
When markets began to recover, WFP started to provide cash to enable people to buy a diversity of foods in their local community. Working together with the Department of Social Welfare and Development and international NGOs Action Contra La Faim and World Vision, cash distributions started in December and gradually expanded as markets became functional again.
Angelino and other residents of Barangay Embarcadero receive their money at a local remittance company, just like more than 87,000 other typhoon survivors across affected areas.
Another 500,000 people enrolled in the government’s Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, a safety net which supports the poorest families, get a top-up from WFP on the cash transfers they receive.
The residents of Barangay Embarcadero cheerfully pose with their cash transfer ID cards.
Through cash assistance, WFP not only helps to increase their food security and nutritional wellbeing, but also stimulates local markets and services, giving this and many other communities a kick-start on the road to recovery.