BBM asks BOC, DA: Give seized foodstuff to Pinoys in need

BBM asks BOC, DA: Give seized foodstuff to Pinoys in need

 

Following the destruction of more than P300 million worth of vegetables and other agricultural products in Pampanga, Presidential aspirant Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., asked the Bureau of Customs (BOC) and the Department of Agriculture (DA) to look into the possibility of donating seized fruits and vegetables to communities in need once deemed safe to eat.

The Partido Federal ng Pilipinas (PFP) standard-bearer said food security is among the top concerns during this time of crisis. Due to the implementation of lockdowns last year, millions of Filipinos lost their jobs and despite lowering the alert levels, many still experience hunger.

“Kung idadaan sa tamang inspeksiyon at pasado ang kalidad ng mga nasabat na gulay at prutas, pag-aralan sana natin ang posibilidad na maibigay ito sa mga nangangailangang komunidad sa halip na itapon upang mapakinabangan naman ngayong pandemya,” Marcos said.

Data from Social Weather Stations (SWS) showed that for the second quarter of 2021, an estimated 3.4 million Filipino families have experienced hunger. Meanwhile, the Department of Science and Technology- Food and Nutrition Research Institute said a total of 1.7 metric tons of food are being wasted every day.

Marcos also encouraged the two agencies to intensify their fight against the illegal smuggling of fruits and vegetables in the country to protect the welfare of Filipino farmers.

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