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IPs, LGUs in Central Luzon support zero hunger bill

Oct 18, 2017 @ 3:27
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More than 1,000 Aetas and some Igorots marched in Olongapo City on Monday, October 16, in support of a bill that seeks to end hunger and poverty in the country.

In a rally hosted by Olongapo City Mayor Rolen Paulino during the World Food Day, a pro-administration lawmaker said his zero hunger bill could help win President Duterte’s war on drugs.

Davao Rep. Karlo Nograles authored House Bill No. 61 which defines food as a basic human right and aims to end hunger in the Philippines within 10 years.

The bill was approved by the House committee on human rights chaired by Zambales 2nd District Rep. Cheryl Deloso-Montalla.

According to Nograles, passing the hunger bill into law “will force our government to address that need because it would then be declared a human right.”

“We have to do something. We have to have a system change,” he said. “If we don’t start with that premise [food is a human right] that [hunger] will persist.”

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