MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer/Asia News Network): Senatorial candidate Loren Legarda has again urged the government to preserve Filipino culinary heritage and promote sustainable food security.
As the country celebrates Filipino Food Month with the theme “Filipino Food Key to Development and Change”, Legarda stressed that food is an essential part of Filipino identity and culture, as it tells the story of the country and unites Filipino spirits.
The three-term senator who drafted Bill No. 10551 or the Culinary Heritage Act of the Philippines reaffirmed that one way to preserve Filipino food heritage is to map and document that heritage, a process that helps to further investigate different foods from different regions that describe the history and culture of a particular region.
Once enacted, House Bill No. 10551 will require relevant agencies, including the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Science and Technology, and Ministry of Tourism, to conduct a food heritage mapping and regional culinary identity mapping, and to identify and record tangible culinary resources using geographic tools.
The bill will also establish the Committee on Philippine Gastronomy and Culinary Heritage, which will be responsible for the formulation and promulgation of policies, plans and programs aimed at ensuring the development, enrichment, propagation, promotion and the preservation of Filipino cuisine, heritage Filipino cuisine, gastronomy and heritage.
In addition, Legarda indicated that another way to preserve local food heritage and promote food security is to provide the necessary support for agriculture and fishing, especially for small farmers and urban gardeners, and promote traditional cooking methods using heritage ingredients.
Legarda, herself a backyard farmer, is a co-author of the Organic Agriculture Act under RA 10068, which provides for the creation of the National Organic Agriculture Program and its amended version under the Act. RA 11511, which recognizes Participatory Guarantee Systems as a credible and affordable solution. means of certifying organic products; the Agri-Agra Credit Reform Act, which requires banks to allocate 25% of their loanable funds to the agricultural sector; and the Rural Agricultural Schools Act, which provides for the establishment of rural agricultural schools.
She is also a co-sponsor of the Philippine Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Act, which strengthens the practice of agricultural engineering in the country by aligning such practices with globally recognized agricultural and biosystems engineering practices. international.
The Antique Lone District representative also initiated the allocation of more funds for agricultural programs in the province, including the National Rice Program, National Livestock Program, National Maize Program and development of high-value crops, and financial support for programs from institutions such as the Agricultural Credit Policy Council, the National Dairy Authority, and the Philippine Carabao Center, among others.