Esmael Pasigan, executive secretary of the Bangsamoro Government, and Stephen Guiling, representative and country director of World Food Programme, have inked memoranda of agreement on Wednesday morning, May 22, in Cotabato City.

The Bangsamoro Government considers the WFP as its key partner in implementing programs that aim to improve household living condition in the Bangsamoro autonomous region particularly in food and nutrition security.

The agreements define the collaborations between the Bangsamoro Government and the WFP on projects focusing on food and nutrition security and disaster risk reduction management interventions.

It includes the usage of the port and warehouse services and open space of the Polloc Freeport in Parang, Maguindanao for the installation of mobile storage facilities to receive, store, and deliver humanitarian goods and emergency relief items.

Mr. Guiling discussed the WFP Philippines’ strategic plan for 2018 to 2023 which is designed to reduce malnutrition and build the resilience of vulnerable populations.

After the signing, Mr. Guiling met with Chief Minister Al-Hajj Murad Ebrahim to discuss the WFP programs across the region.

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