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DSWD & WFP Join To Strengthen Disaster Preparedness And Response In Philippines

MANILA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is partnering with the Government of the Philippines through the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to further build capacity for disaster preparedness and response in the country.

The collaboration will involve boosting DSWD’s National Resource Operation Centre (NROC) in Pasay City and its regional warehouses through the prepositioning of relief items and operational support equipment. The collaboration also includes development and implementation of government training programmes with emphasis on disaster response, logistics and supply chain management. “The Philippines experiences more than 20 typhoons a year, including Typhoon Hagupit, locally known as Ruby, which hit us this December,” said Praveen Agrawal, WFP Philippines Representative and Country Director. “These natural calamities continue to threaten the food security in the country which is why WFP remains strongly committed to work alongside the Government in its disaster preparedness and response initiatives.” “Strengthening DSWD’s response hubs is a step towards a more prepared Philippines so we can better reach affected people with food assistance. We look forward to this strategic partnership with the Philippine Government,” Agrawal added. “WFP has long been our partner in providing assistance to survivors of calamities,” said DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman. “This partnership strengthens our existing logistics and relief delivery capacities, and will surely improve our immediate response to any disaster”. WFP also has plans with DSWD and the Office of Civil Defense to build disaster response centres in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. Each disaster response centre will consist of two buildings constructed by WFP. The first building will be used for packing and storing family food packs while the second building will house search and rescue equipment. The centres will initially be managed by WFP and will be handed over to the Philippine Government after a two-year period. # # # About DSWD The Department of Social Welfare and Development is the government institution responsible for the protection of social welfare rights and promotion of social development. Website: http://www.dswd.gov.ph/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Department-of-Social-Welfare-and-Development/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/dswdserves About WFP WFP is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience. In 2013, WFP assisted more than 80 million people in 75 countries. Website: http://www.wfp.org/countries/philippines/home Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WFP.Philippines Twitter: https://twitter.com/wfp_philippines For more information, please contact: Department of Social Welfare and Development (Email: sms@dswd.gov.ph) Ms. Carina A. Javier, Information Officer III, Social Marketing Service (SMS) Tel. +63 (02) 931-8101 local 206/208 World Food Programme - Philippines Faizza Tanggol, Public Information Assistant, Tel. +63 (02) 750-2561 local 2420, Mobile +63 917-880-9368 FaizzaFarinna.Tanggol@wfp.org

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