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WFP provides more aid to ‘Yolanda’ victims

Tanauan, Leyte – The World Food Programme (WFP) is providing additional assistance to the victims of the super typhoon “Yolanda” who are beneficiaries of Social Welfare department’s Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps).

WFP-Philippines representative and country director Praveen Agrawal said in a press conference Tuesday that the agency has extended an “additional P1,300 per family per month on top of the regular DSWD cash support the beneficiaries receive for the months of December and January. The assistance covers some 60 municipalities in the province of Leyte, Samar and Panay Island.”

Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Corazon Soliman told reporters that at present, a 4Ps beneficiary receives P500 and additional P300 per child for a maximum of three children or a maximum of P1,400 for a month period.

Agrawal added that aside from the cash assistance, WFP also gave “ten kilograms of rice per person per household, specially in the provinces of Leyte and Samar to help affected families meet their minimum food requirements.”

He also announced that as of December 31, 2013, almost 10,000 households in Leyte have already benefited from the additional WFP cash grant.

Others in Eastern Visayas, he said, are scheduled to receive WFP cash grants over the course of January 2014.

He noted that WFP, to date, has distributed more than 14,000 metric tons of rice, 240 metric tons of high energy biscuits, and 14 metric tons of nutritious products through the DSWD and other non-government organization partners.

“We are encouraged to see that in the last two months, Filipinos have shown much resilience. They are slowly recovering and rebuilding. WFP and DSWD continue to find the right toolsat the right time for the people and in this way we can support the rebuilding efforts in the coming months,” Agrawal added.