MANILA - Bespectacled 10-year-old Chip Gatmaytan accompanied Representatives Arlene Bag-ao and Leonora Robredo in filing his advocacy, House Bill 4021 or the proposed Healthy Beverage Options Act.
The measure, which the 2 congresswomen filed for him at the lower House, seeks to ban the following from being sold in schools:
fruit-based drinks that contain less than 50 percent real fruit juice or that contain additional sweeteners; and,
drinks containing caffeine, excluding low-fat or fat-free chocolate milk.
The bill cited academic studies showing that there is nothing healthy about carbonated soft drinks or soda.
It encourages that instead, the following should be sold in schools:
1. Fruit-based drinks that contain at least 50 percent fruit juice and that do not contain sweeteners
2. Water and seltzer
3. Low-fat or fat-free milk, including, but not limited to, chocolate milk, soy milk, rice milk, and other similar dairy or non-dairy calcium-fortified milk.
Violations of the proposed act will result in a P100,000 fine.