April 7, 2006 · Posted in: General, In the News

Mindanao to get $27M food aid

THE United Nations is leading a $27-million food aid program for poor families in conflict-torn areas of Mindanao.

The UN World Food Programme (WFP) said the one-year program, set to begin in June, will assist more than two million poor families in communities of Mindanao ravaged by the military conflict between government and Muslim rebels. It also wants to reach former combatants and families that have been displaced by war.

“(We) look forward to assisting the Philippines and the people of Mindanao in bringing food security, improved health and nutrition and other tangible benefits of peace to the communities hit by conflict,” Anthony Banbury, WFP regional director for Asia, yesterday said.

Mindanao has disproportionately higher rates of poverty and malnutrition than the rest of the country.

While the national poverty incidence stands at 33 percent of the population, the proportion is 66 percent in the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao. (Click here for official poverty estimates.)

Mindanao provinces have also lagged behind in overall development: Of the ten provinces with the lowest Human Development Index (HDI), eight are in Mindanao. (HDI measures development through the variables of life expectancy, education access, and a decent standard of living. Click here for an HDI report from the statistics office.)

In terms of resources, the region has also been receiving a smaller piece of the budget pie. Groups like the Social Watch Philippines have often stressed that “inequities” in the budget have left ARMM with the lowest aggregate amounts, compared with other regions especially Metro Manila.

WFP was last in the Philippines in 1996. They decided to return, WFP said, at the request of the government and international donors “wishing to further the peace process in Mindanao.”

WFP is the world’s largest humanitarian agency, giving food to an average of 90 million poor people, in over 80 of the poorest countries in the world.

Food aid is not without issues, WFP itself admits, and one of those is the question of whether such programs are able to reach their intended beneficiaries. The issue becomes even more magnified in war-torn communities, where access to the families is hampered by the conflict. (This is a paper from a global workshop organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization, also a UN body, to discuss precisely those issues.)

But WFP reports, too, about the benefits that have been derived from food aid programs. In areas like Afghanistan, Colombia, the Republic of Congo, for example, food aid is used not only to provide for the immediate needs of target communities, but to assist as well in other livelihood programs whose benefits are longer-term.

3 Responses to Mindanao to get $27M food aid

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scud_1975

April 7th, 2006 at 12:37 pm

“In terms of resources, the region has also been receiving a smaller piece of the budget pie. Groups like the Social Watch Philippines has often stressed that “inequities” in the budget have left ARMM with the lowest aggregate amounts, compared with other regions especially Metro Manila.”

– It is because, espesyal ang mga taga “Imperial Manila”. Kumbaga sa pagkain..ang Food Basket of The Philippines ay isang simpleng lugaw,ang Imperial Manila ay Special Goto na may itlog. Mas maraming sangkap at mas malasa. Habang nag-iingay sa kabisera, lumulubog naman sa kumunoy ng kahirapan ang iba pang rehiyon gaya ARMM at Bicol. Kumusta na kaya ang mga politiko sa mga rehiyon na ‘to..Joker Arroyo, Escudero, Lagman, Salceda, Andaya..mga magagaling naman at may mga pangalan, baka nga sa sistema ng pamahalaan ang problema.

Ang mga nakokolektang buwis galing sa mga Pilipino ang mga taga Imperial Manila ang mas nakikinabang.
– Ang central offices ng DA at DAR nasa NCR na dapat sana nasa mga lalawigan dahil nandun ang mga magsasaka at mangingisda na nangangailangan ng makabagong kaalaman para mapaunlad ang kabuhayan.
– Ang mga de kalidad na “state universities” na gaya ng UP at PUP na dapat sana nasa mga lalawigan dahil nandun ang mga kababayan na walang pang-enroll sa mga pribadong unibersidad, walang pamasahe at walang pambayad ng board and lodging sa NCR.
-Ang mga government hospitals gaya ng PGH, National Kidney Institute, Lung Center, Heart Center na dapat sana nasa mga lalawigan dahil nandun ang mga umaasa na lang sa mga albularyo para magpagamot.
– Ang IBC13, NBN4,RPN9 na hindi inaabot ng signal ang mga nasa lalawigan kaya nagkukulang sa impormasyon.

Ang lahat ng pondong umiikot dyan hindi lang nanggagaling sa bulsa ng mga taga Imperial Manila. Kumusta na kaya kayo mga honorable Senators at Congressmen? Busy pa rin ba kayo sa mga usaping pampulitika?

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schumey

April 11th, 2006 at 9:26 pm

I agree with you scud. For a region so rich in natural resources to be so poor is incomprehensible. Instead of using the presidential funds for the Cha-Cha, why not use it for ARMM. Total presidential program funds for 2006 could reach as high as P651 bil. We do not need alms from foreign entities to help ARMM out. So Mdme. President, do what is just and right for the country, don’t waste these funds for your Cha-Cha, as your constituents badly need it now.

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Benedict Calandria

April 12th, 2006 at 3:50 pm

Recently I read about the job fair held in the World Trade, goverment officials are commenting that around 30,000 jobs are being offered but only 18,000 have so far showed up.They lamented that this attributes to the mentality of the job seeker of being choosy.
Maybe in some point they are correct but my analysis which is based in my own experience and being actually there in many countless job fair that the main obstacle is the “age requirement” . I hope and pray that our sincere government officials would consider that the most important requirement is if he/she is qualified and able to perform the needed job.
In other countries, job seeker are protected by “age discrimination” and it is always nice to feel that you can still be productive and can contribute to the progress of our country in regardless of your age.

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