NUEVA ECIJA, Philippines — A public forum about the Zero Hunger Bill was conducted at Central Luzon State University, the Science City of Munoz, Nueva Ecija.
This was attended by at least 1,000 students,farmers, lawmakers and representatives of the local government unit in the province.
The forum aims to get support from Novo Ecijano to promote and launch the said proposal which is allegedly one of the possible solutions to poverty in the country.
In his speech, Davao City Rep. Karlo Nograles, who authored the bill, explained some methods and instances as to how it can be done.
“Kailangan nating gumawa ng batas na gawing karapatan ng bawat Pilipino na magkaroon ng sapat at wastong pagkain. Gawin nating karapatang pantao ang right to adequate food. Napaka importante na objective at napaka importanteng accomplishment yan pag naisa batas natin ito,” said Nograles.
(Translation: We need to create a law that will make it a right of every Filipino to have adequate food. Let us make, “right to adequate food” a human right. It is an important objective and a very important accomplishment if this is enacted into law.)
According to National Food Coalition, this will be successful if they could get support not only from national government but also from local government units,
civil society groups and non-government organizations.
“Kung titignan natin ang komprehensibong paglatag ng pagpuksa ng kagutuman ay yugto yugto ito. Ibig sabihin progressive realization — kung ano ang kakayahan ng gobyerno at ng civil society ang siyang magtatakda kung papaano ito susulong,” said National Food Coalition convenor, Aurea Miclat Teves.
(Translation: If we look at the comprehensive effort to combat hunger, it is by phases. It means, progressive realization — the capability of the government and civil society will determine how this will be carried out.)
Alongside this, all those who attended the forum signed a petition letter as a sign of their support to promote House Bill 61 and Senate Bill 111 or the so-called
Zero Hunger Bill.
“Matagal na nating nararanasan na ang Pilipinas ay laging naghihirap at maraming nagugutom subalit naniniwala ako pag nagkaroon ng katuparan itong Zero Hunger Bill ay masisimulan na natin yung ating malaking hamon para sa ating lahat na magtulong tulong tayo tungo sa pagwawakas ng kagutuman sa ating bansa,” said Mayor Nestor Alvarez of the Science City of Muñoz.
(Translation: We have long experienced hunger and poverty in the Philippines, but I believe that once the Zero Hunger Bill pushes through, we can start the challenge of working together toward ending hunger in the country.)
Nograles believes that through concerted support of the Filipinos, the Senate will be able to prioritize this to enact it into law. — UNTV News & Rescue
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