Residents of Kalayaan town in West Philippine Sea facing food shortage


PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Palawan — Over a hundred residents of Kalayaan town in the disputed West Philippine Sea (WPS) are facing a food shortage, according to its Municipal Risk Reduction Management Office (MDRRMO).

MDRRMO officer Joel Rabanal said the residents of Barangay Pag-asa in Kalayaan fear that a “food shortage” might ensue if their supply is not replenished because regular trips to the distant island are almost nil.

Zabanal disclosed that residents currently have only 25 sacks of rice and other food items in stock, and these are good for only three months.

If no boat trips are scheduled in three months, Kalayaan town’s residents would go hungry.

Zabanal said the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (PDRRMO) of Palawan has already been informed about the matter; they are just awaiting action.

Incidentally, the PDRRMO is also training selected residents from Kalayaan for three days on basic life support and first aid.

He said they favor the training as it will enable residents of Kalayaan to cope during unexpected times.

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