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Saturday, August 15, 2009

Gordon seeks okay of Food Donation bill

SENATOR Richard Gordon said that his proposed food donation bill would help improve the government’s hunger mitigation program.

Senate Bill 150, also known as the Food Donation Act, aims to help out less fortunate Filipinos who cannot provide for their basic food requirements. The bill, which Gordon authored, was passed on third reading by the Senate last July 28.

Recently, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo issued Executive Order No. 825 creating the local anti-hunger taskforce that would facilitate the implementation of the Accelerated Hunger Mitigation Program (AHMP).

The AHMP is the landmark program of the Arroyo government to address hunger both on the aspect of supply, or the unavailability or insufficiency of food to eat, and on the aspect of demand, or the lack of money to buy food.

The AHMP includes programs such as the Food-for-School, which provides a daily ration of one kilo of rice to hungry families through children in Grade 1, pre-school and day care centers; the Gulayan ng Masa, which promotes integrated backyard gardening in rural communities; and the Tindahan Natin, which provides low priced but good quality rice and instant noodles to low income families through accredited stores.

By. Marlon Purificacion – Tonight

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