Asean Plus Three Emergency Rice Reserve 

Japan’s new initiative ‘School Distribution Programme (SDP)’ under Tier 3 was first released to 1,953 beneficial students at Pateros Elementary School and Child Development Centers in the Philippines for enhancing food security.

 

 

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General Manager of the APTERR Secretariat Dr. Choomjet Karnjanakesorn accompanied by Japanese Expert Mr. ANDO Akinori and Head of Implementation Jansinee Kankaew participated in the ceremonial turnover and distribution of SDP’s 20-MT rice was held on 16 November 2023 at Pateros Elementary School in Manila with the attendances of distinguished representatives from the Embassy of Japan in the Philippines, led by Minister for Economic Affairs NIHEI Daisuke, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan (MAFF Japan) led by Director for Grain Quality Assurance Office OKUHIRA Kenji,  the National Food Authority (NFA) of the Philippines led by Administrator Roderico R. Bioco, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) led by Assistance Regional Director for Administrator Benchie B. Gonzales, the Local Government Units led by Pateros Mayor Miguel “Ike” Ponce III, the Department of Education (DepEd) led by School Division Superintendent Dr.  Alejandro G. Ibanez, Ceso V, Cluster x Pateros led by Public School District Supervisor Dr. Arlie I. Bilaro as well as the beneficiary students and parents.

 

 

 

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(L-R) Director for Grain Quality Assurance Office OKUHIRA Kenji of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan (MAFF Japan), Minister for Economic Affairs NIHEI Daisuke from the Embassy of Japan in the Philippines, GM Dr. Kanjanakesorn, Administrator Roderico R. Bioco of the NFA, Pateros Mayor Miguel “Ike” Ponce III, Assistance Regional Director for Administrator Benchie B. Gonzales of the DSWD and School Division Superintendent Dr.  Alejandro G. Ibanez, Ceso V of the DepEd.

 

 

Dr. Karnjanakesorn delivered the speech with emphasising an education as an essential tool for breaking a cycle of poverty and building their brighter future. Therefore, he strongly hoped that the APTERR rice assistance under the SDP would encourage students to regularly attend classes and help generate energy for them to continue their study actively.

 

 

Unlike the implementation of normal Tier 3 programme, this 20-MT rice had been stored at the NFA warehouse for only six months in preparing for the disastrous calamities. After the termination of stockpile period, there was no utilisation of rice for emergency proposes. The rice therefore was released through the SDP for supporting an achievement of UN SDGs goals of ‘No Poverty’ and ‘Zero Hunger’. 

 

 

Photo credit: NFA NCR & APTERR Secretariat