National Food Policy to Address Hunger in the Philippines: Karlo Nograles, IATF Chief

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October 8, 2020

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7.6 Million Families experienced hunger in the past three months according to the latest SWS Survey. Amidst the pandemic, hunger is becoming one of the most pressing problems in the Philippines when businesses and companies are shutting down, unemployment rates soar high.  It is an altogether spiraling tragedy crippling the lives of the Filipinos, but let me say that there is hope. 

In a press statement, the government has recognized the urgency to conduct Food and Agricultural programs to augment the need for more feeding program activities for imp areas. When poorer families cannot afford to eat three times a day, the government under the leadership of Karlo Nograles, IATF member for Hunger, launches the “National Food Policy” which seeks to end hunger through massive food production, food security, food availability and accessibility, nutrition, and food resiliency.

Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles- Chair of the government's Zero Hunger Task Force declared the launching of the NFP that requires and incentivizes micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), LGUs, private companies, civil society organizations, and State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) to become partners and participate in fighting hunger congruent with the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Goal No. 2.

Along with this, the government has also set aside budget to fund house-to-house feeding programs in impoverished areas targeting kids who are enrolled in public schools. The budget will be allocated through the schools to which they are enrolled as well as social welfare nets under the DSWD.  Food distributed will include nutribuns, iron fortified rice, instant laing, pochero and growth mixes to also solve malnutrition and stunted children. 

As per IATF Chairperson on Hunger, Karlo Nograles, cites his commitment to meet zero hunger by 2030 and passed the Executive Order No. 101. “It may be more difficult (to achieve this) but we cannot stop trying,” he added. 

"We should never be deprived of food or any basic needs! With every meal that we miss everyday the light of hope also dims. We should step-up our game to alleviate hunger!"


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