LGUs can help lessen hunger by organizing programs with other departments to help communities especially children who are in need.
The inter-agency Task Force on Zero Hunger has assisted Ilocos Region residents through programs under the different national government agencies during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.
Some 80,400 children aged five and below enrolled under the Child Development Center school year 2020-2021 have benefited from the nutrition services of the
Department of Health (DOH), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), and the Department of Education (DepEd).
DepEd distributed 52,280 nutritious food products and 167,563 milk products to elementary students in the region.
The Enhanced Partnership Against Hunger and Poverty (EPAHP) program of the task force ensures food and nutrition security and reduces poverty in urban and rural communities.
At least 10 agrarian reform beneficiary organizations (ARBOs), with 129 members or agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs), have earned PHP4.2 million in the first four months this year.
The ARBOs have been tapped to provide agricultural products to other national government agencies such as the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, DepEd, DOH-run hospitals, and local government units in the region.
Some 2,249 ARBs have also benefited through the farm productivity assistance while some 4,572 ARBs received supplemental foods and non-food items.
Through the Department of Agriculture-Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation, Nograles said some 32,206 farmers and fisherfolk have claimed indemnity insurance amounting to PHP207.9 million last year.
The DSWD distributed 95,937 family food packs to families affected by Covid-19, typhoons, and other incidents in the region as of May 27 this year.
Some 40,040 households in the region have also enjoyed discounted and accessible products through the Diskwento Caravan of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).
DTI conducted 137 caravans in about 810 barangays in the entire region in 2020 with total sales of PHP34.9 million.