Duterte forms inter-agency task force to end hunger

Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 16 2020 11:16 AM

Children from Payatas join a boodle fight to commemorate this year's World Food Day, Oct. 24, 2018. Romeo Mariano, ABS-CBN News/File

MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the creation of an inter-agency task force to address hunger as well as the formulation of a National Food Policy to meet the Philippines’ goal to end starvation by 2030.

Executive Order No. 101, signed by Duterte on Jan. 10 but made public only on Thursday, mandates the formation of an Inter-Agency Task Force on Zero Hunger to be chaired by the Cabinet secretary along with the Social Welfare secretary.

“Involuntary hunger, food security, undernutrition, and child wasting, stunting and mortality, continue to be serious concerns in the country,” the President said in the order.

Members of the task force are the secretaries of Agriculture, Agrarian Reform, Budget and Management, Education, Environment and Natural Resources, Health, Labor and Employment, Interior and Local Government, Trade and Industry, Science and Technology, and Communications.

Also included are the director general of the National Economic and Development Authority, and the chairperson of the Commission on Higher Education.

Among the responsibilities of the task force are the formulation of a National Food Policy, which shall outline the country’s priorities and roadmap for achieving zero hunger.

“The National Food Policy should include initiatives for ending hunger, achieving food security, improving nutrition, and promoting sustainable agriculture,” Duterte said.

The task force is also ordered to coordinate with different agencies to ensure a whole-of-government approach to attain zero hunger, and submit annual reports to the President on the state of hunger in the country with recommendations.

Read the full executive order here: