Author: Rhodina Villanueva
Any views expressed in this article are those of the author and not of Philippine Statistics Authority.
MANILA, Philippines — In observance of World Food Day, farmers yesterday challenged candidates in next year’s midterm elections to address the country’s problems on food security and poverty.
“The issue of food security is important. We are closely watching who among those filing their certificates of candidacy (COCs) are making a clear stance on how to address the problem on poverty and food security,” Antonio Flores, secretary-general of Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP), said.
Based on a recent survey, more than 12 million Filipinos rated themselves poor, while more than eight million are “food poor.”
The figures translate to more than 80 percent of the country’s 101-million population as poor and suffering from lack of food.
Women’s groups led by the AMIHAN National Federation of Peasant Women earlier staged a protest in Mendiola to commemorate International Rural Women’s Day.