MANILA - As his "gift to moms" on Mother's Day, Sen. Sonny Angara has filed a bill seeking to provide appropriate health care for mothers and children in their first 1000 days has been filed in the Senate.
Through Senate Bill No. 136, Angara wants both mothers and children to benefit from a comprehensive health care program covering the 9 months of a woman's pregnancy and her child's first two years.
Section 3 of the bill provides the establishment of a "First 1000 Days Program" in every barangay, mandating the by the Department of Health (DOH), in coordination with the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Science and Technology (DOST) through the National Nutrition Council and Food and Nutrition Research Institute for the effort.
"The program will develop and implement a practical and comprehensive health care plan for pregnant and lactating women as well as provide health and nutrition for their children from 1 to 1,000 days," Angara said.
The “First 1,000 Days Program” interventions seek to ensure nutrition for pregnant mothers and adolescent girls, improved breastfeeding practices (0-6 months), improved complementary feeding practices (7-24 months), improved protection against undernutrition and disease (6-24 months), and improved feeding of children who are sick and undernourished.
The program would provide vaccinations and nutritional supplements for infants from the DOH, check-ups, pre-natal and ante-natal counselling by local government units, and a public information drive on breastfeeding and proper hygiene to be done in schools and barangay health centers.
“The ‘First 1,000 Days Program’ under this proposed measure lays the proper foundation for the country’s future growth and development,” said the senator.