• Hunger in Philippines nearing end, says UN

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    THE Philippines was recently cited by the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Administration (FAO) as one of 13 countries that were outstanding in fighting hunger by meeting international targets ahead of deadline in mid-2015.

    Also cited in an FAO report Brazil, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Gabon, the Gambia, Iran, Kiribati, Malaysia, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico and Uruguay. All 13 were credited for making great strides in combating undernourishment and the early achievement of the MDG-1 (Millennium Development Goal) hunger target–to halve the proportion of hungry people by 2015.

    The Philippines also met the more stringent 1996 World Food Summit (WFS) target of halving the absolute number of hungry people by 2015.

    In Malacanang, Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. on Tuesday said the administration of President Benigno Aquino 3rd remains determined to “intensify efforts to uplift the lives of Filipinos.”

    “We are pleased that the Philippines has attained its MDG-1 goal in curbing hunger.

    Through the exercise of political will, the Aquino administration has adopted a more pro-active approach of directly addressing the needs of families living in poverty so that hunger incidence may be reduced significantly,” he told The Manila Times.

    “In partnership with the people, government is determined to intensify further it’s efforts to uplift the quality of life of the Filipino people,” Coloma said.

    During a ceremony at FAO headquarters in Rome, Director-General, José Graziano da Silva, awarded diplomas to government representatives of the 13 countries.

    Progress in eradicating worldwide hunger over the next ten years “is gaining momentum”, but much more needs to be done because 805 million people still suffer from chronic undernourishment, he said.

    According to FAO estimates, Ethiopia, Gabon, the Gambia, Iran, Kiribati, Malaysia, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico and the Philippines have now reached the MDG-1 hunger target.

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    7 Comments

    1. Reality on the ground is far different from the media blitz released by the government. Infact hunger is doubled and prices of basic commodities on the ground is unreachable by the poor families. This persons should go to the rural areas, to the farmers who are hungry before harvest seasons.

    2. Vicente Penetrante on

      Hooray! If that is so – that hunger in the Philippines nearing end!
      I cannot help but picture Juan, the supposed beneficiary of government expenditures, as the “Man with the Hoe.” Others will continue to say, “The poor becomes poorer, the rich richer.” Or government people never go hungry.

    3. Leodegardo Pruna on

      May we know what measure was used by the United Nations in saying that hunger in the Philippines is coming to its end? This is something which could be worth studying and copying for the welfare of the people. God bless the Philippines.

    4. Hunger in the Philippines nearing its end, per UN’s FAO? This is all bulls–t! The people at FAO don’t know what they are talking about. Have they gone around the slums areas of the Philippines, or around the streets of Manila and see the big army of homeless and hungry people begging for food and living off the streets? Have they checked that tens of thousands of Filipino children are perennially malnourished? I bet these clueless people at the UN just made their conclusions by just reading the glowing reports submitted to them by the BS Aquino administration.

    5. Hayop talaga ang headline!!
      Hunger in Philippines nearing end! Tapos atleast halves the proportions of hungry peoples by 2015!
      Because of Aquino good government!
      Magkano ang bayad ni Aquino sa mga ito!
      Mas marami daw ngayon ang walang trabaho!

    6. Writer Ben Kritz has written (and Ibon and South Center agrees) that Pilipinas wastes its efforts and money on these MDG goals.