Press Release: PBA Partylist Congressman Koko Nograles Refiles Zero Hunger Bill
Representatives of the National Food Coalition (NFC), a broad organization of peasants, fisher folk, informal settlers, women, elderly, indigenous peoples and youth, witnessed the re-filing of the Zero Hunger Bill today, July 8, 2019, at the House of Representatives by Rep. Jericho “Koko” Jonas B. Nograles. NFC supports the PBA Partylist congressman’s efforts to have this measure passed by the 18th Congress. The NFC appeals to all legislators as well as President Rodrigo Duterte to make this an urgent bill and be part of the 18th Congress’ legacy to help eradicate hunger and poverty.
Hunger remains a significant challenge to the country. With a Global Hunger Index score of 20.2 in 2018, the Philippines is considered to be suffering from “serious” hunger based on the level of undernourishment and child wasting, stunting and mortality. According to the Social Weather Stations, 9.5 percent of Filipino families, or about 2.3 million families, suffered from hunger in the first quarter of 2019, a slight improvement from 10.5 percent in the last quarter of 2018 and down from 13.3 percent in 2016. The latest figure still translates to about 11.5 million Filipinos experiencing moderate to extreme hunger. About 21.6% of the total population live below the poverty threshold of $1.25/day (FAO, February 2019). The 2018 survey by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute 2018 showed that 19.9% of Filipino children (0-5 years old) were underweight.
Once passed into law, the Zero Hunger Bill will make food a sustained priority and a legal right, not an object of charity. It will establish and sustain the right to adequate food for all Filipinos. Establishing the right to adequate food as a human right sets this proposed law apart from other food-related measures. It targets achieving zero hunger in 10 years by developing and implementing a national food program that will entitle all Filipinos to a minimum amount of food.
The proposed measure will establish a Commission on the Right to Adequate Food to supervise its implementation. Among the responsibilities of the Commission will be to harmonize laws, policies and programs to create a National Food Policy that relates to the right to adequate food.
Let us join hands and take this opportunity to once again voice our call for the immediate passage of the Zero Hunger Bill, most urgently at the House of Representatives. Without adequate and nutritious food, large numbers of Filipinos will remain malnourished – underweight, stunted, wasted, with diminished capacity or energy to think and act for themselves or for their country, leading to an impoverished and largely incapacitated nation.
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