- President Duterte signed into law the first “1,000 days” law
- This aims to provide better health and nutrition services to mothers and infants
- The law also aims to reduce starvation and malnutrition in the country
President Rodrigo Duterte signed the “1,000 days” law which seeks to provide better health and nutrition services to mothers and their new-borns for the first 1,000 days of their lives. KAMI learned that President Duterte signed it last November 29 but a copy was just released on Monday, December 10.
As reported by Philippine Star, Republic Act 11148 or “Kalusugan at Nutrisyon ng Mag-Nanay Act” requires the government agencies like Department of Health (DOH), National Nutrition Council, and Department of Agriculture to provide adequate nutrition programs for infants, toddlers, pregnant and lactating women.
It also mentioned the provision of vaccination, deworming, and food supplements to infants and women.
In a report by Inquirer, the law aims to lessen the case of malnutrition in the country. This also integrates the short and long-term plans of the government to end starvation in the Philippines.
The governing board also includes Secretaries of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Department of Budget and Management (DBM), Department of Science and Technology (DOST), and National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA).
The bill was approved by the Senate last March and the House of Representatives approved it back in September 2017.
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