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Bayan Bayanihan

A food program for Filipino families

A partnership between the Asian Development Bank, the Government of the Philippines, and the private sector, in coordination with the Philippine Army, for families affected by COVID-19.

The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is creating hardships, especially for the most vulnerable in the Philippines. With longer-term programs likely to take some time to kick-start, immediate bridging assistance is needed for the most vulnerable households suffering from a lack of access to food supplies from quarantine or risk-exposure issues exacerbated by a sudden loss of income, especially among daily wage earners.

To address this, ADB has built a unique partnership that will deliver critical food supplies to up to 140,000 of the most vulnerable households in Metro Manila and neighboring provinces -- areas hardest hit by the pandemic. ADB has defined the composition of an essential food package per household to cover a period of around 7 days, based on Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) specifications. In addition, ADB has developed procurement chains and distribution logistics, in coordination with government agencies and the Armed Forces of the Philippines, for a rapid and effective delivery mechanism. A targeting methodology was developed in coordination with DSWD, which has identified the poorest barangays to be supplied, taking into account on-ground logistical issues.

ADB is also exploring partnerships with private and philanthropic entities to participate in this program to expand its depth and reach more vulnerable households for a longer time period.

The Rapid Emergency Supplies Provision Project, dubbed "Bayan Bayanihan," is based on the Filipino Bayanihan approach, or the spirit of sharing what one has with one’s community.

It will establish a template that might be replicable in other Asian countries confronting similar issues.

What We Want to Achieve

Bayan Bayanihan will provide essential food packs to the most vulnerable households impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and related measures. Around 140,000 households are targeted for food distribution over a 6- to 8-week period. ADB has approved $5 million in grants for this need, with a team from ADB and the government created to rapidly lead implementation of the program. Additional funds and in-kind contributions will be explored to help in expanding the scale and scope of the program.

Basic Goods Package

An essential number of food items to be included in a food pack per household have been identified and noted below, based on existing Department of Social Welfare and Development specifications, as well as practical logistical considerations. Each food pack includes canned and other food items to cover consumption of around 7 days per household, and rice to cover around a 4-day consumption period. Quantities per food pack ideally are around 10 kgs rice, around 35 assorted canned goods, and 20 milk/coffee/cereal sachets. Exact quantities can differ from time to time depending on supply constraints. More information can be provided by ADB.

Basic Needs Pack:

  • Rice
  • Sardines
  • Tuna flakes
  • Corned beef
  • Coffee 3-in-1
  • Powdered cereal

Add On/Substitute Food Items:

  • Instant noodles
  • Milk powder

For inquries please contact:

Rosemarie MARQUEZ (Ms)
  [email protected]

Asian Development Bank
6 ADB Avenue, Mandaluyong City 1550, Metro Manila, Philippines
  +63 2 8632 4444
  +63 2 8636 2444

Where We Delivered the Food Supplies (162,000 total households served )

Date of distribution* Barangay and city Beneficiaries
20 May 2020 Barangay Poblacion, Mandaluyong City 5,833 households
19 May 2020 Barangay 184, Pasay City 5,173 households
15 May 2020 Barangay Paglingon, Taguig City 3,994 households
9 May 2020 Barangay Western Bicutan, Taguig City 847 households
9 May 2020 Barangay San Agustin, Malabon City 3,454 households
9 May 2020 Barangay Gen. T. De Leon, Valenzuela City (Additional) 1,749 households
8 May 2020 Barangay Sta. Ana, Pateros City 2,443 households
7 May 2020 Barangay 775, San Andres, Manila City 3,496 households
7 May 2020 Barangay 773, San Andres, Manila City 1,218 households
7 May 2020 Barangay 772, San Andres, Manila City 1,102 households
7 May 2020 Barangay 770, San Andres, Manila City 2,818 households
6 May 2020 Barangay Perfecto, San Juan City 2,314 households
6 May 2020 Sitio Isla, Barangay Batis, San Juan City 500 households
6 May 2020 Barangay 90, Tondo, Manila City 398 households
6 May 2020 Barangay 261, Tondo, Manila City 678 households
5 May 2020 Barangay Addition Hills, Mandaluyong City 4,781 households
4 May 2020 Barangay Bagong Silangan, Quezon City 7,440 households
2 May 2020 Payatas (Lupang Pangako), Quezon City 6,876 households
1 May 2020 Barangay 22, Zone 2, Pasay City 1,200 households
1 May 2020 Barangay 1, Zone 1, Pasay City 1,498 households
30 April 2020 Barangay Gen. T. De Leon, Valenzuela City 4,348 households
28 April 2020 Sitio Kalayaan, Batasan Hills, Quezon City 9,247 households
27 April 2020 Barangay San Jose, Rodriguez, Rizal 2,300 households
27 April 2020 Barangay Marulas, Valenzuela City 6,500 households
25 April 2020 Barangay Malinta, Valenzuela City (additional) 3,204 households
24 April 2020 Barangay Malinta, Valenzuela City 5,488 households
24 April 2020 Barangay Coloong, Valenzuela City 3,745 households
23 April 2020 Barangay Almanza Dos Las Pinas City 6,000 households
22 April 2020 Barangay Panghulo, Malabon 5,397 households
20 April 2020 Barangay Palanan, Makati City 2,500 households
20 April 2020 Barangay Napindan, Taguig City 5,639 households
18 April 2020 Barangay 310 Sta Cruz, Manila City 4,856 households
18 April 2020 Barangay Tanza 2, Navotas City 4,793 households
16 April 2020 Barangay 185, Caloocan City 6,535 households
16 April 2020 Barangay 171, Caloocan City 300 households
15 April 2020 Barangay Manggahan 2, Paranaque City 404 households
15 April 2020 Barangay Manggahan 1, Paranaque City 267 households
15 April 2020 Barangay 186, Caloocan City 4,494 households
14 April 2020 Barangay Valley 8, Paranaque City 749 households
14 April 2020 Barangay San Dionisio, Paranaque City 704 households
14 April 2020 Barangay 187, Caloocan City 5,017 households
12 April 2020 Sitio Taniman, Barangay Batasan Hills, Quezon City 3,766 households
9 April 2020 Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City 1,300 households
8 April 2020 Barangay Dampalit, Malabon City 4,200 households
6 April 2020 Barangay Pinagsama, Taguig City 3,257 households
4 April 2020 Barangay Hulong Duhat, Malabon City 4,613 households
31 March 2020

Pasay City, Caloocan City, Quezon City, Manila City

2,000 households

*Food supplies distributed by the Philippine Army