The World Food Programme (WFP) and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) to provide around P260 million (USD6 million) in cash assistance to some 500,000 food insecure people residing in 60 municipalities across Panay Island and the provinces of Leyte and Samar.
Panay Island is divided into the four provinces of Aklan, Antique, Capiz, and Iloilo, which were also heavily devastated by super typhoon “Yolanda” last November 8.
According to DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman, this partnership with WFP is a proof that during times of adversity, conditional cash transfer programs become a good avenue for humanitarian aid to reach its intended recipients.
A fixed emergency cash grant of P1,300 per household per month will be added on top of the beneficiaries’ “Pantawid Pamilya” cash grants for this December and January 2014.
“The local economy plays an important role in this recovery and in order to put it back on track, the people needs money that they can use to purchase goods – goods that they need in order to survive,” Soliman said.
The most food insecure households were identified in WFP’s post-‘Yolanda’ assessments among the vulnerable families already identified by the “Pantawid Pamilya” program.
In addition to the cash grant from WFP, each family will also receive a one-month supply of rice.
The agreement for cash support through the “Pantawid Pamilya” marks a step in the strategic evolution of the assistance provided by WFP.
To date, WFP has already distributed nearly 6,000 metric tons of rice, 190 metric tons of high-energy biscuits, and two metric tons of nutritional products for children, which have been distributed to some 3 million people, in partnership with DSWD and other non-government organizations.
“WFP’s response is centered on three principles: versatility, scale and partnerships. We need to provide the right kind of assistance as circumstance change, and at this point in time, our assessments indicate that a combination of cash support and in-kind rice is an effective approach,” WFP Philippines country director and representative Praveen Agrawal said.
“Pantawid Pamilya is a human development program of the Philippine national government that invests in the health and education of poor households primarily of children aged 0-14. PNA