WFP helps ComVal in food security efforts

January 10, 2013 10:42 pm 

COMPOSTELA VALLEY, Jan. 10 -– The World Food Program (WFP) has committed help to the provincial government of Compostela Valley after the devastation caused by super typhoon Pablo.

WFP Head of Program for Mindanao Masanobu Horie said they will closely work with the province for its rebuilding effort especially in ensuring food security to the five hardest-hit municipalities of New Bataan, Compostela, Monkayo, Montevista and Laak.

“We are here in Comval because in emergencies we give food to where it is needed, saving the lives of victims of that of war, civil conflict, and natural disasters. After the cause of an emergency has passed, we use food to help communities rebuild their shattered lives,” Horie said.

The WFP is the world's largest humanitarian agency involved in fighting hunger worldwide. It is a part of the United Nations system and is voluntarily funded. It is looking at implementing three major initiatives that are aimed at achieving food security.

The first mechanism is the Food for Work program wherein the provincial government will offer food as payment when people render services like building roads, bridges, hospitals, schools, ports and other essential elements of their communities’ infrastructure. It is an effort to address the need of the people who are working to feed their families while they share effort to rebuild their place in the wake of natural disasters.

This particular initiative has already started in Tamia, Compostela Valley where typhoon victims work together in cleaning their community in exchange for food for their families. The local government unit (LGU) said the program will continue until everything returns to normal.

Meanwhile, the second mechanism is called Cash for Work. In exchange for the effort of people working (typhoon victims), WFP will provide cash incentives at P225.00 per day. This is 75 percent of the recommended minimum daily wage. This will take off by early February and will end in June or July of this year.

The third initiative is the School Feeding Program. While parents of typhoon victims indulge their time in food for work or cash for work, children from pre-school and elementary will be given free lunch during school days. This is in partnership with the Department of Education (DepEd) and the provincial government and will start soon.

More or less 8,000 schoolchildren will enjoy the free meal until the end of the school year. (PNA)



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