AS IT STANDS | Roman Floresca
Two Cabinet secretaries together with some members of the private sector pledged their support to the nation’s effort at keeping every Filipino family free from hunger.
The pledge of support came from Agriculture Secretary William Dar and Cabinet Secretary and Task Force on Zero Hunger Chairperson Karlo Alexei Nograles together with their private sector counterparts Pilipinas Kontra Gutom during the second day of the National Food Security Summit. They committed to helping small farmers, fishermen, and small food producers improve their income and productivity.
Represented were the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI), the Supply Chain Management Association of the Philippines, the Dragon Fruit Growers Association of the Philippines, the Philippine Partnership for Sustainable Agriculture and Go Negosyo.
They were joined by Aboitiz Equity Ventures, Morination, Global Compact Network Philippines, Cargill Philippines, PPSA, Lazada, Pilmico Foods Corporation, Agritektura, Bayer, Vitarich Corporation, McDonads, Jollibee Group Foundation, Nestle Philippines, East West Seed Company, Caritas Philippines, Pilipinas Shell Foundation, Universal Robina Corporation, JG Summit Holdings, and the Supply Chain Management Association of the Philippines.
They promised to take part in the whole-of-nation approach in eradicating hunger and malnutrition.
The Pilipinas Kontra Gutom is a national movement initiated by the Task Force on Zero Hunger chaired by Nograles with Dar as vice-chairman.
One area of food production is hog farming, and this is where our officials have been wracking their brains over what to do. It is one problem that takes time to solve and that is why the Department of Agriculture welcomes all the help it can get even from abroad.
Recently the Charoen Pokphand Foods Philippines Corporation (CPFPC), an agro-industrial and food conglomerate based in Thailand, forged a tie-up with the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) and the DA to revive the country’s swine industry.
The DBP and CPFPC recently signed a memorandum of agreement in Gerona, Tarlac, for the implementation of the “Swine Rehabilitation, Repopulation and Recovery Credit” or Swine R3 program. It will support the national government’s efforts in reviving the local swine industry adversely affected by the African Swine Fever (ASF).
“This is a welcome development for us at the DA as we pursue joint efforts to control ASF and repopulate ASF-free areas. With CPFPC’s technological expertise in modern bio-secured farms and DBP’s support in providing credit assistance to eligible public and private institutions, we will be able to level up our efforts in reviving the industry,” said Dar.
With all the help it can get we are hoping that all problems of the DA on food production will soon be over and that all Filipino families will have food on their table.