U.S. Government Announces Food Aid for Families Affected by Marawi Conflict

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.

Ambassador Kim and (L-R) Assistant Secretary Purisima, Undersecretary Leyco, World Food Programme Country Director Gluning, and Deputy Mission Director Epperson of USAID Philippines holding the rice.

Manila, March 14, 2018 — The U.S. government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), announced new assistance of Php100 million ($2 million) to boost food security in Marawi and surrounding areas.  USAID is partnering with the World Food Programme 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 today, U.S. Ambassador Sung Kim said “The U.S. government 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 U.S. government contribution to the Marawi humanitarian response to nearly Php1.2 billion ($22.9 million).

Ambassador 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 Programme.

The U.S. 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.

About USAID:

USAID is the lead U.S. government agency for international development and disaster assistance.  In the Philippines, USAID partners with the national government to build a more stable, prosperous, and well-governed nation.   For more information, visit http://www.usaid.gov/philippines or email infoph@usaid.gov.