MANILA – Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo, co-author of a bill that seeks to ban soft drinks in school, believes that it is the obligation of the state to ensure the well-being and health of children.
In an interview on "Aquino & Abunda Tonight," Robredo said by banning soft drinks in school canteens, children will be safe from the hazards of unhealthy drinks.
"Marami nang pag-aaral na nagsasabing nakakasama sa health ng mga bata 'yung sobrang sugar intake," she said.
"Kaya siya ipinagbabawal sa grade school at high school, tintingnan natin 'yung obligasyon ng state na protektahan ang well-being at health ng mga bata. Sinasabi natin dito na huwag namang gawing very accessible 'yung mga drinks na nakakasama sa health ng mga bata until such time na naiintindihan na nila 'yung masasamang effects nito," said the lawmaker, widow of the late Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo.
Aside from soft drinks, House Bill 4021 also seeks to ban sports drinks, punches, iced teas 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 measure also seeks to ensure free and clean drinking water for elementary and high school students.
"For the greater good ito. 'Yung mga businessman na gumagawa nito puwedeng maging creative. Puwedeng papunta na siya sa mga healthty na produkto 'yung gagawi niya," Robredo said.