Her Majesty Queen Sofia of the Kingdom of Spain (leftmost) listens intently as Philippine Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman (third from right) and United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Deputy Country Director Asaka Nyangara (rightmost) jointly brief her regarding emergency relief and rehabilitation activities mounted in response to Tropical Storm Sendong.
The presentation was made during Queen Sofia’s visit to the Climate Change Academy in Bicol province earlier this month. With Queen Sofia was Spanish Secretary of State for International Cooperation Jesus Gracia (third from left).
The Kingdom of Spain, through its Agencia Española de Cooperación Internacional para el Desarrollo (AECID) or Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation, is a major donor to the Philippines and strongly supports the fight against hunger and malnutrition in the country. Since 2009, Spain has given over USD4.5 million (Php190.6 million) to support various WFP programmes, implemented in close partnership with DSWD, that help ensure proper nourishment for children and pregnant and lactating women who have been displaced by conflict in Mindanao, as well as for relief and rehabilitation of communities affected by natural disasters.