On the road: Philippines

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We're on the road with a consignment of high energy biscuits, bound for the flood-stricken Philippines. Martin Penner takes us along as he follows a consignment of the biscuits from the factory in Turkey to the Filippino beneficiaries on an island south of Manila.

Now playing: 9,000 km to Manila
Now playing: Mission accomplished
Now playing: The poor end of town
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1. 9,000 km to Manila

14 Jan 2010

2. Mission accomplished

28 Jan 2010

3. The poor end of town

12 Feb 2010
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Martin Penner

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Philosophy, pop music (British, from the 1980s) and potato chips. For some reason the things I like most in life begin with P. Used to be a print journalist but decided WFP and the web needed me more. Now I get kicks out of procurement pipelines and proxy servers.

9,000 km to Manila

On the first part of his voyage to the Philippines, Martin sees the high energy biscuits come off the conveyor belt in Turkey and travels with them on their 11-hour flight to Manila. Ever wanted to know what the seating arrangements are like on a cargo plane? Find out.

Mission accomplished

In the second part of Martin's 'biscuit mission', we visit the WFP headquarters in Manila to learn some more about the emergency. We see what happens on an assessment missions and we follow a ton of high energy biscuits to an island which has been hit hard by flooding. And we see Martin make his personal delivery.

The poor end of town

 In the third episode of On The Road - Philippines, Martin goes to Pasig, one of the poorest parts of the capital. It was hit badly by the flooding and even a month later there was still water everywhere. We talk to Joralyn, a mother of three who explains why her WFP rice ration is so important. We also see Martin narrowly avoid a swim in the Pasig river.

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