Filipinos right to eat right

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Document Type

Bachelor's Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science in Commerce Major in Legal Management

Subject Categories

Commercial Law


Ramon V. Del Rosario College of Business


Commercial Law

Thesis Adviser

Darren M. De Jesus

Defense Panel Chair

James Keith C. Heffron

Defense Panel Member

Erickson Balmes
Andre de Jesus


While it is well-established that every person must consume food fundamental for survival, food as an actual right is not widely known. The said right is not limited to the mere intake of foodstuff. It is inclusive of one's entitlement, means and access to food that is adequate and nutritional to the well-being. Thus, it is realized when every person in the community has the means to procure adequate food.

The right to food was first established the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and eventually made binding through the International Covenant on Economic Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR). Being a signatory to the ICESCR, Philippines has the obligation to respect, protect and fulfill the right to food. These obligations simply connote that the state must not intervene with the exercise of the right, ensure that individuals and organizations do not deprive other of the right.

Human right would often require the action on the state's legal framework for fulfillment and effectively. Nonetheless, it is apparent that there is no legislation in the Philippine framework that is pursuant to the right to food itself. It is then questionable whether or not the right to food is enforceable and justiciable in its own ground as a human right. Given that no formal legislation is utilized in fulfillment of the right and state obligation to the ICESCR, there is also a concern if the Philippines is already violate of the multinational treaty.

In view of the above, this research proposes to conciliate the Philippines legal framework with its obligations to the treaty to then establish the right to foods enforceability and justifiability. This study will clarify its obligations and the needed fulfillment thereof. To ultimately resolve the queries, a mechanism will be proposed in light of the already existing framework and progress on obligations.

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Archives, The Learning Commons, 12F, Henry Sy Sr. Hall

Physical Description

105 leaves

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