House To Strengthen Malunggay Industry

Your home committee on agriculture and food chaired by Rep. Jose Panganiban, Jr. approved four costs looking for to establish and strengthen the malunggay market in the nation.

The committee agreed to combine the 4 expenses and create an alternative bill.

The first procedure, House Bill 3908 authored by Deputy Speaker Linabelle Ruth Villarica seeks to promote the production, processing, marketing and circulation of Moringa Oleifera or malunggay.

In her sponsorship remarks, Villarica stated now is the time for the government to intervene and establish the Moringa market given the many benefits of malunggay.

"Studies have revealed that 100 grams of Moringa leaves include 9 times the protein of yogurt, 10 times the Vitamin A of carrots, 15 times the potassium of bananas, 17 times the calcium of milk, and 12 times the Vitamin C of oranges," she stated.

Villarica stated the costs looks for to mandate the Department of Agriculture (DA) to develop a five-year development framework for the application of plans, tasks and programs for the production, marketing, processing and distribution of malunggay for food, medicinal and business requirements.

The second costs, HB 6555 entitled: "An Act Establishing A National Program For The Malunggay Industry, Appropriating Funds Therefor And For Other Purposes" is introduced by Deputy Speaker Sharon Garin.

Garin said it is time for malunggay to take the leading edge because it is thought about a superfood.

"Internationally, malunggay is getting more accepted. It is endemic to the Philippines so we will not require any complicated innovation," Garin stated.

The 3rd bill, HB 417 authored by Rep. Emmeline Aglipay-Villar seeks to develop a national program for the malunggay market.

Aglipay-Villar said that while at present malunggay is an underutilized resource in the country, it is clear it would be to the advantage of the Filipino people if the plant and its market were provided more attention and support.

"Not just because of the health advantages malunggay brings however the economic ones too. It is clear that as increasingly more uses of malunggay are found, the need for it will increase,"she said.

Finally, HB 6954 filed by Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo seeks to develop a vibrant and viable malunggay-based agro-industries that will support the agri-industrialization efforts of the Duterte administration and attend to the nutritional shortage problems typical in the countryside and city shanty towns.

"It can increase numerous and varied on-farm, off-farm and non-farm business incomes, generate millions of tasks, utilize huge tracts of idle agricultural lands and urban spaces, make the Philippines internationally competitive, impact local and international market and aid attain food security and security, poverty decrease and socio-economic equity," Arroyo said.