Mindanao Times

Food policy out by October, say


MANILA -- Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles announced that the government would be coming out with its National Food Policy by October this year as part of its efforts to eradicate hunger in the country.

Nograles is also encouragin­g members of the National Movement of Young Legislator­s (NMYL) to help the government in one of its key anti-poverty programs.

Speaking to NMYL members in Cebu on Tuesday, Nograles requested young public officials from all over the country “for your support for an urgent and most important initiative.”

“Last month, the President issued Executive Order 101 creating the InterAgenc­y Task Force on Zero Hunger. This task force

will formulate a national food policy, to ensure the attainment of zero hunger and poverty eradicatio­n,” said Nograles, who was named chair of the Task Force.

The government, he said, is “working double time and hopefully we can come out with our National Food Policy before the year end––by the time we celebrate World Food Day this October.”

Nograles said one of the programs under the Task Force, which he referred to as “Task Force Goodbye Gutom,” is the Enhanced Partnershi­p Against Hunger and Poverty program or EPAHP.

EPAHP is a convergenc­e program that aims to increase farm productivi­ty and the incomes of farmers, ensure food and nutrition security, and mitigate hunger and malnutriti­on in urban and rural communitie­s.

One of the objectives of the program, said the former legislator from Davao, is to link “community-based organizati­ons to the institutio­nal feeding programs of the government to ensure that they have ready buyers for their produce.”

“Dito ko po kelangan ang tulong at suporta nyo, lalo na sa ating mga vice gov and vice mayor; tulungan nyo po kaming i-link ang ating mga local food suppliers sa mga programa ng gobyerno para sa Goodbye Gutom (I need your support on this, particular­ly our vice governors and vice mayors; help us to link our local food suppliers with our government program to end hunger),” Nograles said.

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