Emergency COVID-19 Food Supply Program Launched in the Philippines' Capital

Video | 1 April 2020

ADB has launched an emergency food provision program on 31 March, following the approval of the $5 million Rapid Emergency Supplies Provision technical assistance program. The grant is implemented under the Tagalog name Bayan Bayanihan, the well-known Filipino principle of sharing what one has with one’s community.

The program provides for essential food supplies to around 55,000 of the most vulnerable households in the National Capital Region and neighboring areas, affected by income losses for daily wage earners due to the enhanced quarantine to contain COVID-19. It will act as a 'bridge' support until ADB’s large-scale cash transfer program is rolled out. The program has a collaboration platform to attract private sector and philanthropic contributions for its expansion.

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Sacks of rice bound for Metro Manila’s poor neighborhoods - part of ‘Bayan Bayanihan’, a $5 million project launched by the Asian Development Bank.

The Manila-based ADB is complementing efforts of the Philippine government and private donors to bring badly needed food supplies to families affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

ADB plans to deliver food supplies to about 55,000 households in Metro Manila and neighboring provinces.  Beneficiaries include low-income families, informal settlers, and families who have lost their livelihoods due to the pandemic.

Each household will receive a bag of rice, and canned goods.

ADB says its ‘Bayan Bayanihan’ project is inspired by the Filipino spirit of sharing what one has with the community.

Last March 14, ADB gave the Philippines a 3 million dollar grant to help purchase emergency medical supplies and provide health care services.