Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles led government participants and private sector partners and stakeholders at the Pilipinas Kontra Gutom (PKG) Multi-Sectoral Summit organized by the Task Force Zero Hunger last Wednesday, February 10, 2021.
“The PKG Summit was organized to firm up our plans and concretize action on our anti-hunger and anti-poverty programs, which are top priorities during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and beyond,” the Malacañang official said.
Nograles stressed that as a means of directly addressing the country’s hunger concerns, the Duterte administration launched the National Food Policy which has been discussed and disseminated at various “Kasapatan at Ugnayan ng Mamamayan sa Akmang Pagkain At Nutrisyon” (KUMAIN) Webinars hosted by the Task Force.
“The PKG Summit was organized to firm up our plans and concretize action on our anti-hunger and anti-poverty programs, which are top priorities during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and beyond.”
“Kailangan natin magtulungan. Pilipinas Kontra Gutom came about as an initiative of the private sector. We in government made a call and an encouragement for coordination from non-state partners, and the private sector heeded the call to action. It’s important that we involve as many participants in our zero hunger campaign as possible because access to quality and nutritious food is a concern of every Filipino,” the Cabinet Secretary stressed.
At present, the initiative has active participants and collaborators from civil society organizations, NGOs, business organization, media, the academe and private development partners all working together under the whole-of-society approach to address hunger.
The just-concluded Summit had four workstreams that were aligned with the Task Force’s Key Result Areas 1 to 5. A core thrust of these workstreams is increased agricultural productivity through the improvement of the plight of farmers, fisherfolk, and other members of the agricultur sector.
“The Task Force is thankful for the invaluable inputs of our non-government partners. We all act together in ending hunger.”
“Our private sector partners are especially keen and focused on a comprehensive agri-business solution, which includes financial assistance, credit support, technology training, market access, environmental protection and developing a long-term policy structure aimed at sustainable agriculture,” the former legislator from Davao explained.
“We’re ready to test our outputs and act soonest on the synthesized action points. The Task Force is thankful for the invaluable inputs of our non-government partners. We all act together in ending hunger.”