Food for Work program resumes PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 17 May 2014 11:59

Internally displaced persons (IDPs) can look forward to another round of the food for work program, as the World Food Programme (WFP) has resumed the initiative as part of the recovery effort for those affected by the September siege.

The fresh program will cover a period of 3 months, specifically from May to July 2014, and will involve the downloading of a total of 18,000 sacks of rice (of 50kg. per sack).

A total of 6,000 families –4,893 of which will come from transition sites and evacuation center and 1,107 home-based families will benefit from the program every month. There will be a total of 7 days work per month which will be equivalent to one sack of rice for each IDP.

The work period for the first month is May 19-25. Distribution of the rice will be from May 26-30.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Office of the City Social Welfare and Development (OCSWD), Office of the City Agriculturist and Office of the Coordination for Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) are coordinating with the WFP for the implementation of the program.

The first Food for Work program started last November 2013 and ended February 2014 that benefited thousands of IDPs.

Mayor Beng Climaco has expressed gratitude to the WFP for the resumption of the food for work program saying it will greatly help the IDPs, as they bounce back from the destruction wrought by the siege.

The mayor hoped that the humanitarian partners and other international organizations will continue their assistance and support to the Zamboanga recovery and rehabilitation. — Sheila Covarrubias