The Australian government continues its humanitarian efforts through a P42.7 million aid targeted to feed thousands of Filipinos affected by the Marawi Crisis.
The donation was directed to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), Australian Ambassador to the Philippines Amanda Gorely said.
She said the donation will focus to providing meals to 50, 000 students in the province for six months.
Meals for almost 23, 000 households and 8, 100 laborers and farmers will also be provided through this aid.
Gorely stressed Australia remains committed to its humanitarian assistance particularly to a “good friend and neighbor” such as the Philippines.
Aside from free meals, she said Australia’s support also seeks to promote peace and stability in the area, and allows students to finish the academic school year ending this March.
In July last year, Australia also extended rice assistance to over 57, 000 primary and secondary students in Lanao del Norte and Lanao del Sur.