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DSWD and WFP Philippines now begin the cash distributions for Yolanda survivors



Recently, our country's Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the United Nations World Food Programme (UNWFP) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which will provide 260M pesos or 6M USD in cash assistance to almost 500,000 food insecure people across 50 provinces of Leyte and Samar to Super Typhoon Yolanda survivors.

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 PHP1,300 per household per month will be added on top of the beneficiaries’ Pantawid Pamilya cash grants for the months of December this year and January next year.

The most food insecure households were identified in WFP’s post-‘Yolanda’ assessments among the vulnerable families already identified by the Pantawid Pamilya. In addition to the cash grant from WFP, each family will also receive a one-month supply of rice.

Now, WFP’s has already distributed nearly 6,000MT of rice, 190MT of high-energy biscuits, and 2MT of nutritional products for children, which have been distributed to some 3 million people, in partnership with DSWD and other non-government organizations.

WFP Philippines Country Director and Representative Praveen Agrawal said the WFP's responce centered into 3 principles 
versatility, scale and partnerships. They need to provide the right kind of assistance as circumstance change and the assessments indicate that a combination of cash support and in-kind rice is an effective approach.
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