Philippine gov't to use electronic system in fight against hunger: Nograles

Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 25 2020 04:20 PM

Residents living under the bridge in San Andres Manila wait for volunteers distributing relief beside a signage they put up along Osmeña Highway, Manila on April 27, 2020. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - The Philippine government will use information and communications technology tools in its fight against hunger after more families reported experiencing it in the first 3 months of the year, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said Sunday.

Nograles, who leads the government's task force against hunger, said the Duterte administration is planning to use an electronic system--the "Supply Chain Analytics" (SCAN) system--that can help address issues on food availability and accessibility.

"ICT tools like these are a helpful resource for policymakers and implementers, which is why we are studying these properly as these can help us perform our duties," Nograles said.

A Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey released last week showed that more Filipino families experienced hunger in the past 3 months as the coronavirus crisis raged across the country and brought economic activities to a standstill.

The May 4 to 10 poll found that 16.7 percent of respondents, which translates to around 4.2 million families nationwide, went hungry due to lack of available food.

"We want to continue to build on the progress government had made to reduce hunger before the Covid-19 outbreak hit. Developing and maximizing ICT tools like SCAN are a huge part of this effort," Nograles said.