FROM FIRST 1,000 DAYS TO A-1 K-12 FEED­ERS

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The au­thor is Teacher

SIRUS CABEL SAN­TOS

Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte has signed the so-called “First 1,000 Days” Law, a mea­sure that seeks to pro­vide health and nu­tri­tion ser­vices to chil­dren dur­ing their early days of de­vel­op­ment.

Signed by the Pres­i­dent on Nov. 29, Repub­lic Act 11148, or the “Kalusugan at Nutrisyon ng Mag-Nanay Act,” shall pro­vide “ev­i­dence-based nu­tri­tion in­ter­ven­tions...as well as nu­tri­tion-spe­cific and nu­tri­tion-sen­si­tive mech­a­nisms, strate­gies, pro­grams and ap­proaches… to erad­i­cate mal­nu­tri­tion and hunger.”

The law also seeks to strengthen and de­fine the roles of the Depart­ment of Health, the Na­tional Nu­tri­tion Coun­cil, and other gov­ern­ment agen­cies tasked to im­ple­ment nu­tri­tion pro­grams in the first 1,000 days of a child’s life.

Un­der the law, the DOH, NNC, Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture, in co­or­di­na­tion with rel­e­vant gov­ern­ment agen­cies, shall de­velop a com­pre­hen­sive and sus­tain­able strat­egy for the first 1,000 days of life to ad­dress the health, nu­tri­tion, and devel­op­men­tal prob­lems af­fect­ing in­fants, young chil­dren, ado­les­cent fe­males, and preg­nant and lac­tat­ing women.

The goal is that the en­tire na­tion:the cre­ation and main­te­nance of a chealthy mother will pro­duce a bet­ter cit­i­zen ca­pa­ble of prof­it­ing to the op­ti­mum de­gree from the ed­u­ca­tional in­struc­tion of­fered. Mal­nour­ished chil­dren are “more likely to be ap­a­thetic,ir­ri­ta­ble,b, and lack a long at­ten­tion span.

Early morn­ing nu­tri­tion for chil­dren who come to school with lit­tle or no break­fast is in­creas­ing, as in the cus­tom of of­fer­ing mid-morn­ing snacks, es­pe­cially for chil­dren in the pri­mary grades. Ex­per­i­men­tal stud­ies have in­di­cated the pos­i­tive value of good nu­tri­tion on learn­ing abil­ity and high pupil moral.

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III at Dios­dado Ma­ca­pa­gal Na­tional High School, Florid­ablanca

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