President Rodrigo Duterte has signed an executive order creating an inter-agency task force to end hunger in the country.
Based on Executive Order no. 101, an inter-agency task force on zero-hunger will be created which will be chaired by Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles.
“Involuntary hunger, food security, undernutrition and child wasting, stunting, and mortality continue to be serious concerns in the country,” the executive order reads.
The task force aims to assure that all government policies, programs and projects are centered in maintaining zero-hunger in the country.
“There is a need to carefully coordinate, rationalize, monitor and assess the efforts of concerned government agencies and instrumentalities to ensure a whole-of-government approach to eradicating hunger and achieving food security,” it further reads.
The members of the task force include the secretaries of agrarian reform, budget, education, environment, health, labor, interior and local government, trade, science and technology, communications, National Economic and Development Authority director-general, and the head of the Commission on Higher Education.
The fund for the task force will be taken from the allotted budget of the members.—AAC (with reports from Rosalie Coz)