Philippines: World Food Programme Clarification On Yolanda Response Funds

WFP Statement to offer clarification on recent media coverage regarding the use of its funds in the response to Super Typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines.

MANILA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) wishes to offer clarification on recent media coverage regarding the use of its funds in the response to Super Typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines.

WFP is an organisation funded entirely by voluntary contributions from governments, companies and private individuals. WFP takes accountability to its donors and beneficiaries very seriously.

Like all humanitarian organizations involved in the response to Yolanda, WFP worked in close coordination with and under the leadership of the Government of the Philippines, in particular in direct cooperation with the Department for Social Welfare and Development.

In partnership with DSWD, as well as through NGOs and other UN agencies, WFP reached nearly 3 million people with food assistance, nutrition support and cash transfers. The partnership was driven by a common objective of providing much-needed food assistance to typhoon survivors.

As a part of these activities, WFP transferred US$6 million to DSWD to provide assistance to some 500,000 food insecure people in 60 municipalities through the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, or “4Ps“, cash transfer programme. Families received PHP 1,300 on top of their usual Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program cash grant from WFP, plus a one-month supply of rice. WFP conducted standard monitoring activities – both through its own staff and through third-party monitors – to ensure that cash distributions reached their intended recipients.

Through the humanitarian community’s Food Security and Agriculture Cluster, WFP conducted regular consultations with relevant stakeholders including the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Agrarian Reform, as stated in WFP’s Situation Report #24 of 27 February 2014. However, no funds were channelled through these government bodies.

WFP would like to underline that its activities are related to the mandate of providing food and nutrition assistance to those in need, as well as organising logistics and telecommunications services for the humanitarian community during emergency response. WFP is not involved in providing shelter assistance under the Government’s Work and Financial Plan, which coincidently is also known as WFP.

Reposted from the website of World Food Programme

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DSWD on alert over Mt. Mayon

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) today said that 10,546 families from high-risk municipalities are preparing for evacuation as the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) raised  Alert Level 3 around Mayon Volcano in Legazpi City, Albay.

Level 3 status means that the volcano is showing relatively high unrest and that magma is at the crater.

The Albay provincial government already ordered forced evacuation of families living within the six-kilometer radius Permanent Danger Zone (PDZ), while assistive evacuation will be implemented within 8 to 10- kilometer radius PDZ.

DSWD-Field Office V  activated and dispatched the members of its Quick Response Team to closely monitor the situation and coordinate with local government units for needed preparations.

DSWD has enough resources to assist LGUs that will be affected by the looming unrest of the volcano. ###

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‘Luis’ exits PH, relief ops continue for affected families

Typhoon Luis already exited the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) yesterday morning but left 39,453 families or 186,536 persons affected in Ilocos Region, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, Southern Tagalog, Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), and National Capital Region (NCR).

According to Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman, DSWD has provided 630 family food packs worth P741,785 to Benguet and Mountain Province in CAR, and in Marikina City in NCR.

She also said that the agency has standby funds of P36.87 million and prepositioned 141,910 family food packs for augmentation to affected local governments units (LGUs) when needed.

Likewise, some 928,765 assorted food items worth P24.35 million and non-food items worth P26.21 million are also available.

In Ilocos Region, as of 4 am today, 12 evacuation centers are still open in La Union and Pangasinan providing temporary shelter to 126 families or 436 individuals.  Fifteen houses were reported damaged in the region.

In Cagayan Valley, evacuation centers were already closed as of reporting time. There were 166 houses totally damaged and 518 houses partially destroyed in the area.

In Central Luzon, the province of Bataan continues to experience heavy rainfall this morning. Thirty-seven evacuation centers are still open serving 2,057 families or 11,056 individuals.

In CAR, 55 families or 174 individuals continue to stay in four evacuation centers.

DSWD-Field Offices in affected regions continue to deploy members of their Quick Response Teams to monitor and assess the extent of the typhoon. ###

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DSWD ‘Kaya Ko Ang Pagbabago’ video story of Sustainable Livelihood Program Beneficiary

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NGO builds lofts in DSWD core shelters for ‘Sendong’ survivors

Cagayan de Oro City —  Kagayan Evangelical Disaster Response Network (KEDRN), a non-government organization (NGO) here,   built lofts for free as an added feature to the core shelter units constructed by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) for survivors of Typhoon Sendong.

“We want to help transform the lives of ‘Sendong’ survivors by providing for their needs. In our own little way, we realized that we too can be catalysts for development,” Pastor Alex Eduave, Executive Director of  KEDRN said.

According to Pastor Eduave, the loft, a space directly under the roof of the house which may be used as additional space for sleeping or storage, costs P15,000.

It uses the available space inside the core shelter without compromising its quality, and provides the family with more home styling or home use options.

KEDRN has already constructed 500 lofts for the Phase 3 houses in the 9.5-hectare Calaanan Resettlement Site in Barangay Canitoan. There are 1,262 core houses in Calaanan Phase 3.

The core shelters are structurally strong and can withstand wind velocities of up to 220 kilometers per hour and earthquakes of up to intensity four.

The NGO also provided double-deck beds for the family-occupants.

‘Sendong’ hit Northern Mindanao in December 2011 leaving nearly 400,000 homeless and more than 1,200 casualties.

Through these housing projects, the displaced families of ‘Sendong’ have been able to start their lives over in new homes and new communities. ###

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NGO builds lofts in DSWD core shelters for ‘Sendong’ survivors

The KEDRN displays a model of the loft inside its factory center in Calaanan, Canitoan, Cagayan de Oro City.

The KEDRN displays a model of the loft inside its factory center in Calaanan, Canitoan, Cagayan de Oro City.

Cagayan de Oro City —  Kagayan Evangelical Disaster Response Network (KEDRN), a non-government organization (NGO) here,   built lofts for free as an added feature to the core shelter units constructed by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) for survivors of Typhoon Sendong.

“We want to help transform the lives of ‘Sendong’ survivors by providing for their needs. In our own little way, we realized that we too can be catalysts for development,” Pastor Alex Eduave, Executive Director of  KEDRN said.

According to Pastor Eduave, the loft, a space directly under the roof of the house which may be used as additional space for sleeping or storage, costs P15,000.

It uses the available space inside the core shelter without compromising its quality, and provides the family with more home styling or home use options.

KEDRN has already constructed 500 lofts for the Phase 3 houses in the 9.5-hectare Calaanan Resettlement Site in Barangay Canitoan. There are 1,262 core houses in Calaanan Phase 3.

The core shelters are structurally strong and can withstand wind velocities of up to 220 kilometers per hour and earthquakes of up to intensity four.

The NGO also provided double-deck beds for the family-occupants.

‘Sendong’ hit Northern Mindanao in December 2011 leaving nearly 400,000 homeless and more than 1,200 casualties.

Through these housing projects, the displaced families of ‘Sendong’ have been able to start their lives over in new homes and new communities. ###

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‘Yolanda’-hit towns in W. Visayas to receive P31.6-M for Cash- for- Work

Eight towns in Panay Island which were heavily ravaged by Typhoon Yolanda last year will receive a total of P31.6 million for the Cash- for- Work (CFW) program implemented by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)-Field Office VI  in partnership with local government units (LGUs).

The towns of Anilao, San Rafael, Dao, Bingawan, Banate, and Ajuy in Iloilo, and Sapi-an in Capiz will receive P4.3 million each, while the municipality of New Lucena, Iloilo will receive P1.5 million.

“The amount is intended for those who engaged in CFW for building livelihood assets in their communities. Those who had totally damaged houses were prioritized,” DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman said.

For this year, DSWD has allotted a total of P384 million for the CFW of 84,000 beneficiaries from 84 municipalities in Western Visayas.

Aside from CFW, the Department is also providing livelihood assistance for various ventures such as oyster culture, purchase of tricycle, loom weaving, setting up of kalamansi plantation and mini-grocery, and vegetable vending amounting to P13.5 million sourced out from donations.

CFW is a developmental strategy of preventing dependency on dole-outs. It is a short-term intervention that will help victims of disasters by engaging them in rehabilitation projects to enable them to have an alternative source of income. ###

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