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Food security as constitutional right
04:04:11 PM | Monday, May 15th, 2017

Author: Michael Henry Ll. Yusingco

Any views expressed in this article are those of the author and not of Philippine Statistics Authority.

The United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development identified food security as an urgent global priority. But this matter is particularly more critical for the Philippines because its population will reach 105 million by yearend.

Such a huge population clearly presents many difficulties in ensuring food security. And the recent hullabaloo at the National Food Authority does not inspire confidence in our government’s resolve to meet this daunting task. Factoring in the challenges brought by climate change, food scarcity is truly a distinct and frightening prospect.

The Consultative Committee (Con-Com) on constitutional reform is mandated to, among others, review the economic policies prescribed in the 1987 Constitution. Obviously, President Duterte expects recommendations that will drastically improve the economic regime governing national development. Ensuring food security certainly falls within this purview.

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