WFP works with DSWD in helping victims
First of all, I wish to recognize and express appreciation for the Inquirer’s professionalism and comprehensive coverage that highlighted the humanitarian impact of Typhoon “Pablo” in the affected areas of eastern and northeastern Mindanao. We would like to also thank the Inquirer for giving prominence to the story “Storm victims get $4M in fresh aid,” under the bylines of Ayan Mellejor and Allan Nawal (Inquirer, 1/20/13).
The story covered the US government’s latest announcement of its humanitarian support for the Philippine government-led humanitarian response to Typhoon Pablo, in the form of a donation of $4 million from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), through the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP).
I would be grateful if the Inquirer could highlight the following, which is important in terms of drawing public attention to the greater context of the contribution, the Philippine government being an important participant at the handover ceremony. The World Food Programme does not work in a vacuum; it works hand-in-hand with the Philippine government, through the Department of Social Welfare and Development, in comanaging a single food supply pipeline that is meant to ensure there is an efficient and coordinated response to food needs on the ground.
As I emphasized at a press conference, the strategy of integrating WFP food assistance to the victims of Typhoon Pablo covered by DSWD’s ongoing relief and early recovery operations is the best way of reaching the affected communities, as it helps to ensure that no one will be overserved or underserved. WFP likewise has deployed its field staffs who are working with the DSWD, as well as with the provincial and local governments, to make sure that this concept is working in practice, and that the response is constantly responding and adapting to new needs as they arise.—STEPHEN L. ANDERSON, representative and country director,
World Food Programme-Philippines, 5/F GC Corporate Plaza, 150 Legaspi St., Makati City
Get Inquirer updates while on the go, add us on these apps:
Disclaimer: The comments uploaded on this site do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of management and owner of INQUIRER.net. We reserve the right to exclude comments that we deem to be inconsistent with our editorial standards.
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City,Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94