Author: Keith A. Calayag
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THE House special committee on food security has approved a substitute bill seeking to mandate food establishments in the country to donate its excess food to the poor.
The bill entitled “Food Waste Reduction Act” substituted House Bills 2496, 4263, 4675, 5746, 6235 and 6789 authored by Representatives Conrado Estrella III, Evelina Escudero, John Marvin Nieto, Emi Calixto-Rubiano, Deputy Speaker Sharon Garin, and Rep. Luis Raymund Villafuerte Jr., respectively.
The bill states that it shall be a policy of the State to attain food security, end hunger, and promote the efficient use of the country’s food resources.
The bill mandates the state to adopt a system to promote, facilitate, and ensure the reduction of food waste through redistribution and recycling.
The measure intends to correct the gap between the massive amount of food wasted and the considerable number of people going hungry everyday.