The HAPAG-ASA Integrated Nutrition Program encouraged every Filipino to patronize local agricultural products to help improve the livelihoods of farmers and fishermen.
This is the call of Dennis Destacamento, Program officer of HAPAG-ASA as the nation celebrates the month of May as National Farmers and Fisherfolks Month.
Destacamento express his gratitude to all farmers and fishermen for continuing to provide nutritious food to the people.
““Mula sa HAPAG-ASA ng Assisi Development Foundation Incorporated, lubos po ang pasasalamat sa lahat ng magsasaka at mangngisda sa ating bansa na patuloy na nagsusumikap upang mabigyang tayo ng sapat na lakas at masustansyang pagkain sa araw-araw,” pahayag ni Destacamento sa Radio Veritas,” Destacamento told Radio Veritas.
The official assured continued support to the children of farmers and fishermen who are part of their projects in various provinces in the country.
According to the 2021 data from the Philippine Statistics Authority, the poverty incidence experienced by farmers will reach 30 percent while it is 30.6 percent among fishermen.
The theme of National Farmers and Fisherfolks Month is “Filipino Farmers and Fishermen, Salute the Whole Nation to Your Strength, Endurance and Strength.”
HAPAG-ASA Integrated Nutrition Program is a Catholic response to the malnutrition situation among children in the country. It was launched in July 2005 by Pondo ng Pinoy Community Foundation, Inc., then headed by Archbishop Gaudencio B. Cardinal Rosales in partnership with 13 other Bishops, Assisi Development Foundation, Feed the Children Philippines, and recently Feed My Starving Children, Risen Savior Missions, CBCP-NASSA Caritas Filipinas Foundation and Episcopal Commission on Health Care. (By Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC)