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Multisectoral movement in zeroing hunger launched

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (PIA)–Pilipinas Kontra Gutom, a movement aimed at zeroing hunger in the country, was virtually launched, November 10.

“Ang kagutuman, kapag hindi natin nalunasan, ay isang paglabag sa karapatang pantao (Hunger, if not solved, would be a violation to human rights),” Cabinet Secretary Karlo B. Nograles, also the chair for Task Force Zero Hunger, said stressing that food is a basic right of every citizen.

Citing 2020 Global Hunger Index, the cabinet secretary said the Philippines is ranked 69th among 117 countries with a score of 19.0 or suffers from a level of hunger classified as moderate. 
Survey from Social Weather Stations (SWS) conducted recently also showed that the country’s hunger incidence has reached 30.7 percent which is equivalent to 7.6 million hungry Filipino households.

In addition, the pandemic caused by COVID-19 has worsened the involuntary hunger such as issues on food production, distribution and accessibility, hidden hunger and malnutrition as well as food shortages.

Pilipinas Kontra Gutom, a multisectoral collaboration, involves the government, academe, non-profit organizations, private sector, and the public to end the hunger through systemic and sustainable solutions to make such problem less intimidating and more bite-sized, collaborating with private sector and making zero hunger simple and inclusive yet big, inspiring and empowering.

The movement will start through supporting anti-hunger efforts that support agriculture, malnutrition advocacy for kids below five years old and also in the form of meal donations.

Founding members of Pilipinas Kontra Gutom (Private Sector) are from the country’s biggest corporations, namely: Coca-Cola, Dole Philippines, Johnsons & Johnsons Philippines, McDonald’s, Metrobank, and San Miguel Corporation. They pledged to provide 100,000 meals for identified households in the National Capital Region and key priority areas.

They are also set to provide 3,000 infant kits for children below two years old.

Nograles also shared that this movement is aligned with the government’s roadmap to achieve zero hunger, as outlined in the National Food Policy. 
He as well said the government remains consistent in its commitment to Sustainable Development Goals set by the United Nations which includes zeroing hunger by 2030.

Further, he said another movement will be launched soon with a purpose of targeting a larger scale of beneficiaries.

Pilipinas Kontra Gutom is also open for donations from companies who wish to be involved and as well as the public through rmhc.org.ph. (IJBD/PIA10)

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