UN World Food Program Partners with Globe Telecom

The United Nations World Food Program (WFP) has tapped Globe Telecom’s mobile technology platform for secure and low-cost delivery of its financial aid to Ondoy and Pepeng typhoon-affected communities in the country.

In a briefing, Stephen Anderson, WFP Philippines country director and representative, said of the 38,000 households targeted in its cash-for-work program in the National Capital Region, Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon (Calabarzon), and the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), 2,000 indigent households will be reached through Globe GCash distribution in selected areas in Metro Manila and surrounding urban vicinities.

GCash service is an “electronic wallet” that allows users to send and receive cash and make payments — including bills, donations and online purchases — via text messaging.

The CFW program is a cash transfer endeavor designed to assist the rehabilitation of disaster-affected communities in Luzon .

The cash is intended to enhance the purchasing power of families for essential and complementary food items that would improve the overall food security and nutritional status of disadvantaged Filipinos.

Carla Lacerda, WFP’s program officer, said the UN body’s total grant aid for CFW program amounted to P47 million, which was started last August until November, this year.

She said that CFW is expected to serve 175,000 flood-affected beneficiaries for the project’s four-month duration.

Rizza Maniego-Eala, president of G-Xchange Inc., said Globe SIM (subscriber identification module) will be distributed to beneficiaries for free this month.

Eala said the typhoon-affected beneficiaries can either cashing out money at any of the 18,000 GCash outlets nationwide or by using it directly at accredited GCash establishments.

Anderson said that Globe’s support in providing a mobile-phone based cash disbursement service for WFP’s pilot CFW program is not only a first in the Philippines, but a first WFP’s operations in Southeast Asia.

The program is in partnership with the Department of Social Welfare and Development and Community Family Services International (CFSI).

At present, WFP has assisted over one million typhoon-affected households in Luzon, through combined emergency relief and early reconstruction and rehabilitation activities. (PNA)

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