by Raymund Antonio
In addressing hunger and malnutrition, the government should look beyond feeding programs and find sustainable solutions, Vice President Ma. Leonor “Leni” G. Robredo said.
“We know that hunger can’t be solved by feeding programs alone. Ito po ang maling pananaw ng maraming mga grupo (This is the misconception of several groups),” she said.
Instead of relying to feeding programs, Robredo proposed for more doable and holistic solution, including the adoption of a zero hunger program similar to Brazil.
“Lahat naman ng local government units alam nating may feeding programs. Pero minsan, hindi targeted, hindi maayos ang metrics (All local government units we know have feedings programs, but sometimes it is not targeted, the metrics is not prepared well),” she said.
The Vice President made suggestions on Wednesday late afternoon during the 43rd Food and Nutrition Researches Seminar Series held in Ortigas Center, Pasig City, where she was guest speaker.
Robredo suggested that the Philippines adopt the example of Brazil, whose zero hunger program was successful, and best practices by countries that found solution to hunger.
“Noong nilaunch po siya, napakataas ng malnutrisyon at saka hunger statistics ng Brazil (When it was launched, malnutrition and hunger statistics is high in Brazil) But 10 years after it was launched, Brazil was out of the hunger map. Wala nang nagugutom (No one was starving),” she said.