All provinces should have local food security plans
The Department of Agriculture (DA) will tap the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) in asking every town and province of the country to prepare their local food security plans indicating how they could feed their constituents and what support they need from the national government.
This, as Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said the rice crisis in the ZAMBASULTA Area (Zamboanga City, Basilan, Sulu and Tawitawi) brought to surface the sad reality that almost all towns and provinces all over the country do not have a ‘Local Food Security Plan’.
“Learning lessons from the ZAMBASULTA rice crisis, I asked Undersecretary Segfredo Serrano of Policy and Planning and Assistant Secretary for Operations Andrew Villacorta to prepare a localized Food Security Planning program which would look into the needs and the capacity of each province and town to produce food,” Piñol said.
Before the end of this month, all of the country’s Governors and Mayors will be invited by the DA to a one-day forum of four clusters – Northern Luzon, Southern Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao – where they will be asked to submit their local food security plans.
Based on the Local Food Security Plans to be submitted by each province and town, planning experts of the DA will then draft a National Food Security Plan indicating which area has a surplus production of a food commodity and which area needs additional supplies.
“The output of this Localized Food Security Planning will be submitted to President Rody Duterte by the end of September so that hopefully, he will be able to prevail upon the government’s economic managers to take a second look at agriculture and food security and its impact on national stability and security,” Piñol further said.