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Thursday, June 11, 2009

Gordon files bill to help hungry Pinoys get food

SENATOR Richard Gordon was alarmed on the report of the National Statistics Office (NSO) that 80 percent of Filipino families, consisting of an average of five members, spend only P40 per meal per day.

To address the problem of hunger and to curtail food wastage, Gordon filed Senate Bill 150 or the Food Donation Act of 2009.

The bill, which has been approved on second reading on June 2, is not intended as a doleout, but to help Filipinos who are below the food or subsistence threshold that has reached more than 16 million in 2000.

“A lot of people, a good portion, in our country go to bed hungry because they cannot afford to buy food. There is food insecurity. And therefore, we want to reach out to those who don’t have the capability to feed themselves,” the senator said.

“Through this bill, we can teach the poor to create food opportunities for themselves. The object of this bill is to try and breach those gaps, hunger, satisfy hunger. At the same time, satisfy the need for self-capability so they are able to feed themselves and therefore get back his dignity.”

At the same time, large amounts of untouched food that are still fit for human consumption are thrown out everyday by hotels, restaurants, fast-food chains, supermarkets and even in parties like weddings, birthdays and fiestas.

An earlier survey conducted by the National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB) in June 2006 also showed that approximately 24 out of 100 Filipino families did not earn enough in 2003 to satisfy their basic food and non-food requirements.

Hunger has turned into an enormous problem in the country that Bicolano filmmaker and award-winning composer Ferdinand Dimadura was stirred into making a short film about the issue.

Gordon explained that under his proposed law, that a central agency, such as the Department of Social Welfare and Development, will be designated to collect surplus food from hotels, fast-food chains, restaurants, supermarkets and parties. By: Marlon Purificacion - Journal online

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