MANILA – Malacañang has declared April as “Filipino Food Month” in an effort to boost the country’s culinary tradition.
President Rodrigo Duterte signed Proclamation No. 469 last April 13, with the document released online on Tuesday.
“Our vast culinary tradition and treasures should be appreciated, preserved, and promoted to ensure their transmission to future generations and to support the various industries, farmers, and agri-communities which benefit therefrom,” the proclamation read.
The Department of Agriculture and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts are tasked to lead the Filipino Food Month, which was also referred to as “Buwan ng Kalutong Pilipino.”
“All departments, bureaus, and agencies of the national government, including government-owned or controlled corporations, and state universities and colleges are hereby directed, and local government units and the private sector are encouraged, to participate in the activities of the celebration,” according to the proclamation.
Young chef Jam Melchor of the Philippine Culinary Heritage Movement took to Facebook to express his happiness over the proclamation, saying they are already preparing for “Philippine Food Festival 2018.”
“Finally, after two years, President Rodrigo Duterte signed our petition of the declaration of April as the Filipino Food Month or Buwan ng Kalutong Pilipino. Mabuhay ang pagkaing Pinoy!” he wrote.
Last week, the Department of Tourism and its attached agency, the Tourism Promotions Board, showed their support for a project called “Buhay Carinderia,” which aims to put a spotlight on local eateries.
Popular blogger Erwan Heussaff, husband of actress Anne Curtis, has also joined the project as its content creator.