15 May 2017
Despite significant economic growth, hunger and malnutrition remain an issue in the Philippines, especially among the poorest families.
This is the new finding of a new study launched on Friday (May 12) at the New World Hotel Makati by Brain Trust, Inc., a sustainable development consultancy based in Manila.
The study, which was commissioned by the World Food Programme, aims to complement the development of new national plans and outline a road map towards ending hunger and all forms of malnutrition by 2030, in line with the Sustainable Development Goals.
The Review identified the Philippines as a fast-growing, low middle-income country that averaged 6.2% GDP growth annually since 2010.
However, the Review noted that despite this sustained economic improvement, hunger remains high especially among bottom 20% of households, and malnutrition continues to persist and has even worsened in recent years. It cited 2015 data that showed more than 3.7 million out of 11.2 million children aged 0-5 years (33.4%) were stunted.
The Review also identified policy incoherence; unresponsive food system; climate impacts; planning gaps; governance and service delivery gaps; lack of resources; and weak accountability as underlying factors for the persisting problems of mass hunger and poverty.
The Office of the Vice President was also involved to help review, discuss, and evaluate research findings and recommendations from the Strategic Review.
Vice President Leni Robredo chaired a multi-sectoral policy reference group (PRG) convened to provide input on the findings and recommendations of the Review.
The PRG was convened three times after the initial study was drafted. The PRG includes members of the academe, the LGU, legislature, government agencies and the private sector.