Duterte Presidency: How to Feed the Hungry

We are now 101 million Filipinos and counting as the three-month young presidency of Rodrigo Roa Duterte brought us all in a state of unprecedented changes in the socio-economic and political spheres of our 120 years as an “independent” archipelago. Inevitably, the changes that will bring food to otherwise poorly-served, even empty tables are what matters to most Filipinos. In 2015, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) reported that 26.3% or 26.48 million Filipinos live below the poverty line, with 12 million of these in extreme poverty. This means millions had no capacity to meet the Food and Poverty thresholds where a family of five needed at least P9,140 on the average every month to meet both basic food and non-food needs.