PBBM’s Food Stamp Program lauded

May 15, 2024 Jester P. Manalastas 95 views

ILOILO Rep. Janette Garin has commended the administration of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. for the implementation of Food Stamp Program (FSP).

According to Garin, the program would ensure that every poor family will have something on their table.

“The good thing is nasimulan ang programang ito under the PBBM administration kasi sa napakatagal na na hinaing na magkaroon ng food stamp program ngayon lang ito naipatupad,” Garin said.

The lady lawmaker added that it would not only alleviate plight of Filipino families but it would also help farmers and micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) as the aid that would be given will be only purchased from accredited retailers.

The program aims to reduce the incidence of voluntary hunger experienced by low-income households by providing monetary-based assistance through Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards that can be used to purchase select food commodities from eligible partner merchant store.

“It might not be enough but it’s a good start, but then it is not the only program. Later on, pwedeng tumaas ‘yang [ipamimigay ng gobyerno]. In other words, it is just one component of the whole big buy of public services. Kung titingnan natin, magkakaroon ng oportunidad na pang hanapbuhay, magkakaroon ng mas maraming tulong,” she said.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development will fully implement the said program starting this July, six months after its successful pilot implementation in some parts of the country.

Marcos earlier signed Executive Order No. 44, establishing DSWD’s flagship program Walang Gutom 2027: Food Stamp Program.