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DSWD thanks US gov’t for rice aid to Marawi

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The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) expressed gratitude to the US government for the latter’s food assistance to around 9,000 families affected by the Marawi siege.

DSWD acting chief Emmanuel Leyco said the US government, through the United States Agency for International Aid (USAID) and World Food Programme (WFP) Philippines, would provide 50 kilos of rice for four months.

To identify the rightful beneficiaries, the DSWD will tap the Listahan and the Disaster Assistance Family Access card, he noted.

Leyco stressed the food aid of the US government would help the Philippine government in ensuring food security. “This will greatly help Task Force Bangon Marawi,” he said.

He added this would also complement the Duterte administration’s existing cash and food assistance.

“On behalf of the people of the Marawi and the rest of the Filipino people, we thank the WFP and the USAID for their generosity and continued assistance to our efforts to rebuild lives in Marawi,” Leyco said.

Other countries, such as Taiwan, have also showed the desire to help affected Filipinos in Mindanao.

Recently, Taiwan revealed the plan to allot P600 million in order to build 400 housing units and provide 10, 480 metric tons of donated rice.

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