THE government will maximize information and communications technology (ICT) tools as part of its initiatives to fight hunger, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said on Sunday.
There were ICT tools established by the government in connection with the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) which the Inter-Agency Task Force on Zero Hunger can also tap for the long term, he said.
“Malaki poangtulong ng mga ICT tools tuladnito para samga policymakers at implementors, kaya sinisikapnatingaralinito ng masinsinandahilmalakingpakinabangitosaatingtungkulin,” Nograles said on a Facebook post.
The Social Weather Stations (SWS), through a survey conducted from May 4 to 10 among 4,010 respondents nationwide, found that 16.7 percent of Filipino families experienced involuntary hunger or hunger due to lack of food “at least once in the past three months.”
The SWS also found that 99 percent said their family received some food. At 99 percent, it said, the government “was the most common source of food-help.”
“Sa isangbanda, magandangbalitana halos 100% ng na-survey aynakatanggap ng ayudamulasagobyerno. However, if there are families that are still experiencing hunger despite the assistance being extended by government and other institutions, kailangannatinmatumbokangdahilan para agaditomatugunan,” said Nograles, who is also chairman of the government’s Zero Hunger Task Force.
He explained that ICT tools like Supply Chain Analytics (SCAN) Dashboard could help government determine whether issues in supply chains as a result of the enhanced community quarantine may have affected food availability, accessibility and affordability,” he said.
On Thursday, the SCAN and Reporter App were launched.
“From day one of the Covid-19 outbreak, food security has been one of the top concerns of government. This is why we repeatedly emphasized the need for unhampered movement of cargo and introduced solutions like the RapidPass system,” explained Nograles.
He added that the government “recognizes that while we deal with this public health crisis and even after it passes, we will need to find ways to ensure that produce from our farms reaches consumers efficiently as this impacts food supplies and prices.”