#TheLeaderIWant should beat hunger
MANILA, Philippines – Beating hunger in 2016.
Netizens have spoken and they want a leader who could stand up against hunger. In a #HungerProject online conversation, netizens emphasized the need to drill down the root of hunger and malnutrition – poverty.
To do so, netizens suggested improving the agriculture sector and providing more sustainable jobs.
In Davao City, presidential bet Rodrigo Duterte's turf, there is an ordinance supporting organic agriculture. This is one way of solving both hunger and employment woes.
Mar Roxas and Miriam Defensor Santiago likewise support the need for reviving the agriculture sector.
@MovePH Implement agrarian reform/land distribution. Support farmers to increase production. Build irrigation and more infrastructure.
— Galo Glino III (@thirdyglino) January 12, 2016
While some netizens lauded the government's existing projects such as the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) and school feeding programs, others opted for changes within the system, including political dynasties and local governance.
The next admin should focus on strengthening existing bills on hunger and nutrition #HungerProject
— Raisa Serafica (@RaiMarielle) January 12, 2016
Some netizens also suggested expanding school feeding programs to include all meals.
Currently, the Department of Education (DepEd) and Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) are providing lunch to malnourished public elementary and pre-school students.
Meanwhile, presidential bet Grace Poe is pushing for a bill providing free and nutritious lunch to all public elementary students, including those with normal height and weight.
As mayor of Makati, Jejomar Binay implemented nutrition programs targetting children. He boasted of Makati's low malnutrition rates.
School feeding is one way of ensuring children's good nutrition, however, some netizens say efforts should not stop there. What students eat at home are just as important.
— Jene-Anne Pangue (@jeneanneisflair) January 12, 2016
@MovePH We have 21 agencies tasked to address hunger, 2 agri secs yet we're far from achieving food security. We need to harmonize efforts.— Galo Glino III (@thirdyglino) January 12, 2016
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