End hunger.

Senator Grace Poe said Tuesday that the government after its war on drugs must focus on combatting hunger.

Poe to Duterte: After war on drugs, focus on hunger
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“Kung gaano kasigasig ang pamahalaan laban sa droga, hinihiling ko na kasunod nito, gutom naman ang ating wakasan (Just as how the government is relentless in war on drugs, I hope after this, let us end hunger),” Poe said in her speech during the Anti-Hunger Summit at Ateneo de Manila in Quezon City.

“Kung all-out ang gobyerno sa droga, all-out war sa gutom naman ang isunod natin (If the government has an all-out war against drugs, let us have an all-out war on hunger next),” the lady senator added.

Earlier this month, President Rodrigo Duterte earlier asked for an extension of another six month on top of his self-imposed three-to-six months deadline to stop crime and illegal drugs,

The President made such decision after realizing how rampant and hige the problem on drugs in the country.

“Dapat walang pulitika pagdating sa pagkain para sa lahat (There should be no politics when it comes to food for all),” Poe said.

She urged the present administration to focus on programs design to address to malnutrition and hunger “as a way to invest in the nation’s human capital, hand-in-hand with the ongoing battle to ensure peace and order.”

Duterte, even before he assumed office, he mandated Agriculture Secretary Manny Pinol to ensure "food security and affordability."

Poe has filed two nutrition measures—Senate Bill (SB) No. 160 or the Libreng Pananghalian sa Pampublikong Paaralan that provides free school feeding program for all public schools and SB No. 161 or the First 1,000 Days Act, seeking to establish a natal care program for expectant mothers and health care and feeding program for toddlers.

“Pangunahing adbokasiya natin ang tugunan ang problema sa gutom sa ating bansa. Naniniwala akong anumang pagsisikap natin na maiangat ang ating bansa ay walang silbi kung nagugutom ang ating mga mamamayan (It’s our primary advocacy to address the problem on hunger in our country. I believe that no matter how hard we try to uplift our country, it would be useless if our countrymen are starving),” she said.

She cited a survey by the Social Weather Stations indicating that 3.1 million Filipino families suffered from hunger during the first quarter of this year, an increase of half a million hungry families recorded in the last quarter of 2015. AJRSP

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