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Palace: Meals safety summit will tackle modifications introduced by pandemic

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Alexis Romero (Philstar.com) – February 11, 2021 – 6:45pm

MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang on Thursday defended its determination to name for a meals safety summit, saying a brand new technique is required to deal with the impression of the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Presidential spokesman Harry Roque introduced on Wednesday that the chief division is looking for a meals safety summit to debate points affecting the agriculture sector, together with the rising costs of pork merchandise.

Mindanao Growth Authority chairman Emmanuel Piñol took offense on the announcement, saying it appeared that he knew nothing about meals safety planning. 

Piñol is a former agriculture secretary.

In a web based publish, Piñol stated it appeared that the concept to carry a meals summit solely surfaced now, when a meals safety grasp plan was one of many “main undertakings” of the agriculture division in 2018.

He additionally famous {that a} meals safety summit that sought to deal with meals scarcity was already accomplished greater than two years in the past.

Requested to react to Piñol’s assertion, Roque stated the meals summit is critical as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic has modified the on a regular basis lives of Filipinos.

“Assuming that there was a earlier meals summit, the pandemic is known as a sport changer. We by no means thought there could be a pandemic of this scale and scope and we nonetheless want a meals summit,” Roque stated at a press briefing.

Roque stated it appeared that the sooner meals safety summit was solely held in some areas.

“And naturally, after COVID-19, we’d like a brand new technique as a result of COVID-19 actually modified our on a regular basis lives fully,” he added.

Roque stated it could be as much as the agriculture division to resolve on the date of the meals summit, which additionally seeks to strengthen the cooperation between native governments, the non-public sector, and different stakeholders.

In the identical on-line publish, Piñol stated commitments of help, particularly in offering amenities for better manufacturing, have been made to native executives who attended the meals safety summit. He stated many of the suggestions of the grasp plan weren’t carried out as a result of it was not given precedence funding.

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