President Rodrigo Duterte has formed a task force to ensure a coordinated and responsive approach of government agencies in addressing hunger problems in the country.
Through Executive Order 101 signed Jan. 10, President Duterte created the Inter-Agency Task Force, which is mandated to formulate a National Food Policy that will outline government priorities to eradicate hunger, and based on a comprehensive understanding of the problem.
Led by the Cabinet secretary, the task force will also initiate programs to attain food security, improve nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture, the EO says.
The secretary of the Department of Social Welfare and Development will sit as vice chairman of the body.
The other members of task force are the heads of the Departments of Agriculture, Budget and Management, Education, Environment, Health, Interior and Local Government, Trade and Industry, and Science and Technology.
Completing the body as members are the heads of the Presidential Communications Operations Office, National Economic and Development Authority and Commission on Higher Education.
The body will submit an annual report to the President on the state of hunger, food security, nutrition and agricultural production in the country.
In establishing the task force, Duterte cited the “need to carefully coordinate, rationalize, monitor and assess the efforts of concerned government agencies and instrumentalities to ensure a whole-of-government approach.”