Statement of the Commission on Human Rights supporting the government’s efforts in achieving zero hunger

Statement of the Commission on Human Rights supporting the government’s efforts in achieving zero hunger

The Commission on Human Rights supports President Ferdinand “Bong Bong” Marcos Jr.’s directive to ensure food security and proper nutrition through a whole-of-government approach as part of the Philippine Development Plan to combat hunger and poverty.

All government agencies and local government units (LGUs) are responsible for assisting with the implementation of the Enhanced Partnership Against Hunger and Poverty (EPAHP) program. EPAHP seeks to institutionalize efforts to alleviate hunger and promote food and nutrition security by connecting community-based organizations (CBOs) with potential markets and providing credit to support food production, processing, and distribution.

Zero hunger is one of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly SDG 2, and it is closely aligned with several key human rights principles enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and the Philippine Constitution of 1987, particularly the right to life, adequate food, and health, all of which are fundamental human rights that must be upheld and protected.

The Commission is one with the government in its initiative to combat hunger and malnutrition in the country. By prioritising several policies that address these issues, we reflect our unwavering commitment to building a more equitable and healthy nation.

Through programs like these, we are optimistic about creating a society that completely eradicates poverty, hunger, and malnutrition. Together, we aim to realize the aspiration that no Filipinos, especially children, will experience the debilitating effects of hunger and malnutrition. We envision a future where every citizen has access to nutritious food and opportunities for a better quality of life. Let us work hand in hand to make this vision a reality. ###