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Gov’t agencies will work together to address hunger – Malacañang

Malacañang Palace, on Monday said that it is addressing the “increased hunger” in the country.

“Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol has a program–I forget the title of it–but it is some sort of a feeding program, which symbolically begins to address the fact that the people are hungry, many people are hungry,” said presidential spokesperson Ernesto “Ernie” Abella in a press briefing, GMA News reported.

A Social Weather Stations (SWS) poll showed the total hunger rate went up to 13.1% during the first quarter of 2016, versus last year’s 11.7%.

Abella added that other government agencies including, the Department of Social Welfare and Development and “the clusters” of Duterte’s Cabinet are working hand in hand to address the problem.

Piñol earlier said that the President wanted him to address food security, especially following the devastation of the El Niño phenomenon, and now preparing for the effects of the coming La Niña.

On his first night as President, GMA reported that Duterte hosted a “solidarity dinner” together with poor families at the Delpan Sports Complex in Tondo, Manila and dispersed food packs to the locals, the report said.

During his speech, he bared his anti-poverty plans including providing health benefits and education for all.

Duterte also recently released an executive order, organizing an anti-poverty cluster made of 12 agencies, to be managed by Secretary to the Cabinet, Jun Evasco, GMA reported.



 

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