2,000 families receive rice

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Tuesday, November 26, 2013


THE 2,000 families from the village of Talon-Talon, east of Zamboanga City, who participated in the "work for food" program of the United Nations-World Food Programme (UN-WFP) received Tuesday their rice payout.

Mayor Ma. Isabelle Climaco-Salazar, who led the distribution of rice as payout, said each of the family received one sack of rice for a week's work.

Salazar said the 2,000 families were hired for coastal cleanup work. They were part of the 10,000 families affected by the 20-day standoff here last September.

The standoff started when hundreds of Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) rebels infiltrated Zamboanga City through the shore of Rio Hondo village and nearby villages.

Salazar said the "work for food" program is aimed to help families displaced by the 20-day standoff get temporary livelihood as rehabilitation efforts are underway.

Salazar has thanked the UN-WFP represented by Mishael Argonza for helping the City Government through the City Agriculturist Office in providing rice to the evacuees for works done.

City Agriculturist Diosdado Palacat said the rice payout will continue Wednesday for 2,500 families in the village of Mampang and Thursday for 1,500 families in the village of Arena Blanco for a total of 6,000 families to include the 2,000 families in Talon-Talon village.

Palacat is the focal person of the Emergency Livelihood Cluster of the Zamboanga City Early Recovery/Recovery Coordination Structure.

He said that 4,000 other families set to benefit from the program are from the villages of Mariki, Rio Hondo and from the evacuation centers in Taluksangay and Tulungatung.

He said these families will again be hired in December for tree and mangrove propagule planting and will receive one sack of rice each as payout.

He said they will get similar payout in January of next year for another job, which is environment cleanup. (Bong Garcia)

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