By Wilnard Bacelonia

MARAWI CITY, March 28 (PIA-ICCC) – Pregnant and lactating women together with their children have gathered today at Sagonsongan Transitory Site’s covered court to avail themselves of nutrition and medical assistance extended by the World Food Programme (WFP), Marawi City Health Office (MCHO), and Medicins Sans Frontieres (MSF).

WFP Philippines Nutrition in Emergency Program Policy Officer Martin Parreño underscored the importance of the said intervention considering the high malnutrition rate in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) especially during crises and disasters.

“We are trying to provide them proper nutrition so they can regain their healthy physique and avoid infectious diseases,” Parreño said.

The Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM), Provincial Government and Integrated Provincial Health Office of Lanao del Sur, MCHO, and United States Agency for International Development’s Office of Food For Peace (USAID-FFP) have signed last week a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) at the Lanao del Sur Provincial Capitol to strengthen the commitment and implementation of the project in 22 municipalities and this city.

Parreño also encourages the local government units (LGUs) to have their own nutrition support program to address the high malnutrition rate not only in Lanao del Sur and BARMM, but also in the whole country.

“People are actually like priceless commodities and manpower who can contribute to the development of each community. We can invest not only in infrastructure, but also particularly with our constituents,” he explained.

WFP has been implementing its emergency nutrition support in Marawi City and Lanao del Sur since the siege and its early recovery nutrition support will last for five months. (WLBacelonia/PIA-ICCC)