About 7.6 Million Families suffer from hunger in the past few months according to the latest SWS Survey. Since the COVID-19 breakout, extreme hunger became one of the major problems in the Philippines. People need to observe strict community quarantine protocols that lead to local companies shutdown and higher unemployment rates.
The fact that the data shows, the government has now recognized the need to provide food assistance for the most vulnerable groups in the country: malnourished children aged 6 months to 23 months old and nutritionally-at-risk pregnant women. They will roll out its National Food Policy (NFP) on October 16th in time for the World Food Day celebration.
IATF on Zero Hunger Karlo Nograles stated that the first big meeting of the Inter-Agency Task Force on Zero Hunger will happen this month. “We will be identifying the different measurables, the different deliverables, the targets, the outcomes, the indicators. Para meron tayong mga target per year all the way up to year 2022,” he added.
Nograles also said the scheduled meeting among members of the task force on Zero Hunger would also pave the way for the creation of a technical working group that will take a comprehensive plan on the implementation of National Food Policy (NFP).