Del Rosario creates anti-hunger task force
by Noel Baguio
Davao City (19 February) -- Davao del Norte households will no longer experience hunger and food shortages in the coming years.
Such is the lofty vision of Governor Rodolfo del Rosario in signing Executive Order No. 011 that created the Provincial Anti-Hunger Task Force.
Gov. del Rosario organized the anti-hunger task force to prevent and reduce hunger in Dabaonon households across the province.
The governor said this is in support to the Accelerated Hunger Mitigation Program (AHMP) of the Arroyo Government in pursuit of the Philippine Millennium Development Goals.
He added the landmark program of the president gives impetus to Davao del Norte's development agenda on health and social services via the RDR Wheels, which serves as the framework of all component programs that meet the most basic, and the most immediate needs of the people.
In implementing its hunger mitigation measures, the local chief executive said the province will build on its highly-efficient delivery of basic nutrition services, being a consistent regional outstanding winner in nutrition (CROWN) awardee for several years now.
Among the duties and responsibilities of the task force is the formulation of the annual AHMP provincial plan that will later on be integrated in the annual investment plan of the province.
It is also tasked to facilitate the coordination, complementation and convergence of hunger mitigation plans, services and resources being delivered by national government agencies and the LGUs.
The heads of the various offices of the provincial government are further enjoined to ensure that hunger-mitigation programs are integrated in their respective plans, ensure their smooth implementation and advocate for their sustainability.
Provincial Planning Officer Engr. Josie Jean Rabanos said her office is set to consolidate various sectoral plans and initiatives that would address the plight of a significant number of households in Davao del Norte who are experiencing hunger and have income below food threshold.
In pursuit of the anti-hunger program, Davao del Norte Police Deputy Commander Jessie Estrada has been conducting feeding program among the poor far-flung communities of the province.
Last February 11, 2010, about 500 tribal people, mostly children, swarmed the hot rice porridge (lugaw) that Estrada's composite team served in Sitio Natulingan in Barangay Palma Gil, at the boundary of Bukidnon.
After the feeding program, Estrada, together with Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer Felix Abangin, led the lumads into a tree-planting activity at the 1-hectare PENRO reservation.
Estrada started the food for a tree program, where poor communities are given a monthly ration of one sack of rice in exchange for a number of forest trees that they plant and care for. (CIO Tagum) [top]