From the Philippine News Agency (Mar 14): US provides add’l P100-M aid to boost food security in Marawi
Ambassador Sung Kim (center) leads the ceremonial handover of rice to Undersecretary Emmanuel Leyco, Officer-in-Charge of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (second from left) and Assistant Secretary Kristoffer James Purisima, Spokesperson of Task Force Bangon Marawi (leftmost) during the ceremonial handover held in Taguig City. Also present are Stephen Gluning, Country Director of the World Food Programme (second from right) and Clay Epperson, Deputy Mission Director of USAID-Philippines. (Photo courtesy of US Embassy Manila)
The United States government, through the US Agency for International Development (USAID), announced new assistance worth USD2 million or about PHP100 million to boost food security in Marawi City and surrounding areas.
USAID is partnering with the World Food Program to provide 1.8 million kilograms of rice - enough to feed 45,000 people for four months - to families displaced by the conflict.
At the ceremonial handover of rice to Philippine government officials Wednesday, US Ambassador Sung Kim said Washington "continues to stand by the Filipino people as a friend, partner, and ally to support those affected by the Marawi conflict as they rebuild their lives.”
The assistance, which will help ensure an adequate food supply for families affected by the Marawi conflict, brings the total US government contribution to the Marawi humanitarian response to nearly USD22.9 million or about PHP1.2 billion.
Kim was joined by Undersecretary Emmanuel Leyco, Officer-in-Charge of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD); Assistant Secretary Kristoffer James Purisima, Spokesperson of Task Force Bangon Marawi; and Mr. Stephen Gluning, Country Director of the World Food Program.
The US government, through USAID, has been a key partner with the Philippine government in the recovery, stabilization, and rehabilitation of Marawi City and surrounding areas.
USAID continues to work closely with the Philippine government and development partners to deliver life-saving humanitarian assistance and promote long-term stability in Marawi, the US Embassy in Manila said.
USAID is America's lead agency for international development and disaster assistance.