House approves bill declaring malunggay as national vegetable

The House of Representatives has approved a bill seeking to declare malunggay (moringa) as the national vegetable of the Philippines and the month of November of every year as the “National Malunggay Month.”

Pangasinan Fourth District Rep. Gina de Venecia, one of the bill’s authors, cited the economic, nutritional and medicinal benefits of malunggay. She said malunggay, serving as a “miracle vegetable” and “nature’s medicine cabinet,” deserves recognition. “For the past years, malunggay in the Philippines has been considered as a backyard tree. Now, we can say that malunggay can save lives, increase incomes, generate millions of jobs, utilize vast tracts of agricultural lands, make the Philippines globally competitive, impact local and international market, and help attain socio-economic equity.”

HB 2072 tasks the Secretary of Agriculture, in coordination with the Secretary of Education, Secretary of Health and the chairman of the National Commission for Culture and Arts, to promulgate the rules and regulations necessary for the implementation of the proposed Act.

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