Cabral orders release of P2.5-M to purchase food supplies for IDP’s in Mindanao

July 11, 2009 7:26 pm 

BUTUAN CITY, July 11 -– The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has ordered its regional offices to release P2.5 million for the procurement of food supplies for thousands of internally displaced persons (IDP’s) in some conflict areas in Mindanao.

Social Welfare Secretary Esperanza Cabral issued the memorandum order after the United Nations World Food Program (UN-WFP) reportedly suspended its relief operations due to the recent string of bombings in some areas of Mindanao.

Cabral was in Southern Mindanao on Friday to lead the groundbreaking for the DSWD four-storey building at Suazo Street, Davao City and also proceeded to San Jose, Monkayo, Compostela Valley to inspect the newly-refurbished DSWD Home for the Aged there.

The DSWD secretary said the relief and food assistance for the IDP’s in Mindanao, particularly in Central and Western Mindanao, as well as the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), will continue without letup even after the UN-WFP announced the suspension of its delivery of food to the evacuees.

It was learned that the UN-WFP temporarily suspended its operation in Mindanao due to concerns over the safety of its field workers after a series of bombings rocked Cotabato City, Iligan City and Jolo, in Sulu province.

In a statement, Secretary Cabral said the relief and food assistance being undertaken by the UN-WFP is implemented under the Emergency Operations-Assistance to Conflict-Affected Mindanao (EMOP-ACAM), a joint project of DSWD and UN-WFP since June 2006.

“We will continue, and we will work hard to continue, our humanitarian services to IDP’s,” Cabral added. (PNA)

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