August 14, 2022


Food for all time.

Collective action to fight foods squander

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THE Most recent Social Climate Stations study done in November 2020 uncovered a countrywide hunger fee of 16%, equivalent to close to 4 million people — an improvement from the 7.6 million households described in the September 2020 survey. Though this result reveals that loosening quarantine limitations and reopening the overall economy may possibly have ameliorated hunger, it underscores the problem we still facial area.

That there are people that knowledge hunger whilst tons of food go to squander each individual day is a unpleasant irony that we ought to deal with. As I described in my earlier column, we have a substantial food stuff waste challenge as we squander extra than 900,000 metric tons of rice for each 12 months. In accordance to the World Wildlife Fund–Philippines, an estimated 2,175 tons of food items scraps in Metro Manila by itself are thrown in the garbage every single day. When the poorest of the poor are scrounging for recoverable food items scraps in garbage bins, this amount of waste is prison.

(An case in point of food scraps being “recycled” and eaten — and, in some instances, sold — is pagpag. Pagpag is the term employed for leftover meals from restaurants scavenged from rubbish web sites and dumps. Pagpag pretty much suggests “to shake off,” and refers to the act of shaking off dirt from edible portions of cafe leftovers. These are both eaten immediately after the scraps are identified in the trash, or cooked in diverse ways just after they are gathered. The phenomena has been documented by information applications and clips are accessible on YouTube for those who want to discover additional.)

Food stuff squander is inextricably tied to the difficulty of starvation picture the amount of food squandered that could have usually been used to feed hungry Filipinos. It is a difficulty we are not able to and should not dismiss — which is why attempts are becoming created to guarantee that we limit the amount of money of meals waste that we develop.

Just one of the techniques we are aiming to address the trouble of foods waste is by dovetailing the efforts of the private sector and that of the authorities this is where a motion like Pilipinas Kontra Gutom (Philippines From Hunger) will come in.

Pilipinas Kontra Gutom is a multi-sectoral initiative that addresses starvation on distinct fronts. We imagine that a concerted and programmatic approach from the federal government, academe, non-gain groups, and companies can enable tens of millions of hungry Filipinos and set the Philippines toward the route of food safety.

Meals squander is just one of the initiative’s strategic pillars. Our region has a big meals surplus that can be repurposed for local community kitchens, disaster assistance, or even composting.


Pilipinas Kontra Gutom — which invited multinational and nearby firms, as effectively as non-governmental corporations, to its private sector kick-off earlier this thirty day period — has formalized partnerships with much more than 30 different groups, which include NGOs, substantial organizations, and tech and media firms.

Viewing the current attempts offered in the course of the celebration produced me really feel confident about our path and reason. The Philippine Business for Social Development (PBSP), the premier organization-led social advancement foundation composed of extra than 250 member corporations, showed us their personal initiative, The Starvation Project. This energy, done in partnership with the Ateneo de Manila University and De La Salle University, provides us with a perspective of the non-public sector’s abilities with regard to an endeavor of this nature.

Vital to PBSP’s The Starvation Project are its aims to consolidate all personal sector initiatives, monitor the effects and results of multi-sectoral applications, and assure the sustainability of the advocacy in opposition to hunger.

One more one of our partners, Increase In opposition to Starvation, is earning strides in answering the foods waste challenge. The world hunger reduction corporation is focused on food stuff banking by tapping suppliers, eating places, hotels, farms, and even particular person consumers to donate their foods surplus to food items banking institutions. The excessive supply, right after high quality screening, then goes to Rise Against Hunger’s food assistance companions this kind of as universities, orphanages, and unexpected emergency shelters.

Increase From Hunger accepts food items donations in the sort of canned or processed food stuff that are near their expiration day, discontinued goods, seasonal objects, and creation overruns, among many other folks. The construction that they have in put has now resulted in a social enterprise project with the Superior Foodstuff Grocer, which operates a free of charge grocery in poverty-stricken barangays, though also supplying very important dietary necessities to young children, mothers, and senior citizens who are most in need.

Signing up for Arms

In the upcoming handful of weeks, we will be keeping a series of consultations bringing collectively the non-public sector and worried authorities agencies so we may well coordinate our endeavours to address the problem of foods squander, to deliver aid for farmers, and eventually, to deal with hunger. We are keen to see what our latest staff and probable associates can do. We are all below and completely ready to work: lahat kasali, lahat kasalo.

For additional facts on Pilipinas Kontra Gutom and how companies or corporations can aid its attempts, mail an e-mail to [email protected]


Cupboard Secretary Karlo Nograles is the Chairperson of the Inter-Company Undertaking Power on Zero Hunger. Prior to his appointment to the cupboard in November 2018, the previous House Appropriations Chair served three consecutive terms in the Residence of Representatives representing the initially district of Davao Metropolis.

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