Food assistance project for refugees launched

MARAWI CITY—The World Food Programme (WFP) launched the Protracted Relief and Recovery Operations (PRRO) Program last Tuesday in Piagapo, Lanao del Norte in order to provide assistance to internally displaced persons (IDPs), returnees and other food-insecure households in conflict-affected areas of Central Mindanao.

The program, which focused on immediate food needs of vulnerable IDPs and returnees during the critical transition period from relief to recovery as well as support in rebuilding the livelihoods of the returning communities, is being implemented in partnership with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the local government units (LGUs).

WFP Deputy Country Director Asaka Nyangara said the program, which has three (3) key components, will target five (5) provinces in Central Mindanao, including Lanao del Sur.

The other provinces are Maguindanao, North Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, and Lanao del Norte.

Nyangara said the first key component is the emergency school feeding program where WFP in partnership with various sectors will provide on-site nutritious meals cooked by the parent-teacher community comprising of rice, beans and fish to school children in day-care centers and public elementary schools.

This component, which is aligned with the conditional cash transfer and food-for-school programs of the government, aims to ensure that the children are enrolled in school, they are retained and they graduate as expected, Nyangara said.

Another component, Nyangara said, is the supplementary feeding program, which gives nutrition support to pregnant and lactating mothers while providing Plumpy Doz to children from six to 23 months.

Plumpy Doz is a brown paste supplement made from vegetable fat, peanut butter, sugar, milk, and other nutrients, and is designed to taste good to kid. Critically, it also has a longer shelf life than previous diet supplements and doesn’t need to be mixed with water.

Three teaspoons of Plumpy Doz three times a day provides each young child with additional energy, including fats, high-quality protein and all the essential minerals and vitamins required to ensure growth and a healthy immune system.

Nyangara said they will also encourage the communities to undertake communal activities under the food-for-asset component to promote self-sufficiency.

The launching, held at Bobo Elementary School of Piagapo town in Lanao del Sur, was graced by KC Concepcion, the National Ambassador Against Hunger. Albus D. Estabas


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