This Operation has been modified as per Budget Revision 9 (see below).
Forty years of conflict have claimed 150,000 lives and displaced 2 million people in Mindanao; the latest escalation 2008/09 displaced 700,000 people in Central Mindanao, damaged infrastructure and undermined livelihoods. Most displaced people have returned to their homes but recovery needs persist and subsequent shocks such as flooding and violent feuds have exacerbated vulnerabilities such as food insecurity. Peace negotiations have stalled and are unlikely to be concluded in the next two years. This operation addresses the assessed needs using a flexible approach to respond to potential changes.
After closing in 1996, WFP is re-establishing a presence in the Philippines with programmes designed to support the ongoing peace process in Mindanao, the southern Muslim-populated region.
The agency will focus on providing assistance to areas affected by the conflict between the Government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), where there are...