Commission on food adequacy proposed
Senator Aquilino Pimentel III has filed Senate Bill No. 111 that seeks to consolidate all laws and programs on food and to set up the Commission on the Right to Adequate Food, which will be attached to the Commission on Human Rights.
“The right of the people to adequate food must be protected and kept inviolable always”, said Pimentel, who noted that although the Philippines is an agricultural nation, “many Filipinos are still experiencing hunger.”
Data showed that nearly 14 percent of households suffered from involuntary hunger last year.
Under the bill, the Commission on the Right to Adequate Food would enforce the laws relating to food and set specific targets towards the goal of eradicating hunger.
The proposed body will also be tasked to receive complaints, investigate violations, and provide legal measures on the protection of the right to adequate food.
He said it would also be empowered to establish a continuing program of research, education and information.