By Raymund Antonio
The Office of the Vice President has paved the way for a program that will look into the creation of an inter-agency commission for food security and nutrition by signing an agreement with United Nations, it was learned.
Vice President Ma. Leonor “Leni” Robredo signed a Memorandum of Understanding recently with the UN World Food Program (WFP) aiming to help address the country’s malnutrition and food insecurity.
“The WFP committed to fund a program that will review the need for an inter-agency commission,” she said.
Under the deal, the WFP has pledged US$100,000 fund for a six-month program that will review the need to create an Inter-Agency Commission for Food Security and Nutrition (IACFSN).
IACFSN is a multi-sectorial and multi-dimensional body working with the relevant government agencies in policy formulation, coordination, and advocacy for food security and nutrition.
Robredo said the agreement she signed with WFP aims to “assist in bringing convergence and combining the efforts of so many agencies of government and the LGUs,” which are finding solutions to problems in food security and nutrition.
The Vice President has met with representatives of private corporations, non-government organizations, and international aid agencies for her antipoverty program called Angat Buhay, where they will partner with the poorest local government units.
The European Union, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), United Nations WFP, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP,) and World Bank have all committed to provide support to the 50 poor communities the OVP has chosen.
In particular, Robredo partnered with WFP after they held discussions on how her office can further push its advocacy on food security and nutrition.
After six months, they want to achieve are as follow:
- Prepare and submit to the parties the proposals, working papers, reports and other supporting materials pertinent to its deliberation and decisions.
- Prepare and submit to the parties an advocacy plan for Food Security and Nutrition.