Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Policy Statement on Food and Energy

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From: "kgma_news"
Date: June 4, 2008 11:28:30 PM EDT
Subject: [kgma] PGMA creates food, energy council

To ensure that the government is well-prepared to face future
challenges in the energy and food fronts, President Gloria
Macapagal–Arroyo has created a top-level body that will formulate
programs and strategies that will assure adequate food and energy
supply for the country over the next five years.

Executive Order (EO) 728 creating the National Food and Energy Council
(NFEC) was signed last Monday by the President.

"The NFEC is tasked with assessing the food and energy situation and
prospects, and formulating, coordinating, undertaking, monitoring
and/or adjusting major national long-term policies, programs and
project as measures to ensure adequate, competitively priced supplies
of food and energy for the nation, especially the very poor," the EO

The President will chair the NFEC, with the secretary of the National
Economic Development Authority (NEDA) as vice chair.

The other members of the NFEC are the secretaries of the Department of
Agriculture (DA), Department of Environment and Natural Resources
(DENR), Department of Energy (DOE), and the heads of the National
Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC), National Security Council (NSC),
National Power Corp. (NPC), and National Food Authority (NFA) as members.

The EO also encourages legislators and other sectoral groups and
non-government organizations to join the council either as full
members or observers.

The NFEC shall advise the President if and when the exercise of
emergency powers would be required to address food and energy problems.

Under the EO 728, National Council on Climate Change is absorbed by
the NFEC since the NCCC also discusses similar issues as the NFEC.

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