UN assures continued support

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Monday, December 16, 2013

THE United Nations’ (UN) World Food Programme (WFP) has assured the local government of continued support, especially to those displaced by the 20-day Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) attack last September in Zamboanga City.

WFP Deputy Country Director Asaka Nyangara said the projects they are undertaking are geared toward the recovery of the communities affected by the attack, which started September 9 after hundreds of MNLF rebels infiltrated the city.

Nyangara said among the projects they are undertaking is the “Work for Food,” which is designed to provide the evacuees a week-long work in exchange for a sack of 50 kilos rice per family.

The “Work for Food” program started a month ago and 6,500 evacuee-families have already employed for coastal clean-up in the adjoining villages of Rio Hondo and Mariki.

The two villages -- Rio Hondo and Mariki -- were among the villages greatly affected by the attack.

Some 3,500 families have also planted mangrove propagules last December 10 at the coast of Talon-Talon and Mampang villages.

They were joined by Nyangara, Mayor Ma. Isabelle Climaco-Salazar, Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs head Muktar Ali Farah and other officials. (Bong Garcia)

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