Pres. Duterte Approves RA 11148 or "First 1,000 Days Bill" Now a Law

The tough-talking President of the Republic of the Philippines who was publicized by the mainstream media as an arrogant leader approved Republic Act 11148, or the "First 1,000 Days Bill" into law.

The approval of the said law is considered as a "slap on the face" of Pres. Duterte's critics because it is huge sign that he really cared for women and children as well as the high value towards every family in our country.

Pres. Duterte's approval of the law otherwise known as "Kalusugan at Nutrisyon ng Magnanay Act," is a testament of the President's love towards mothers, parents and children.

The newly signed law ensures that every child in the country receives proper care and nutrition during their first "1,000 days" of life. This includes the following:

1. Nutrition program and support to the mother, before, during and after she gives birth.

2. Nutrition program and support for the baby.

3. Training for Barangay Health Workers (BHWs).

4. Support and training for mothers on how to ensure her and her child’s health and nutrition.

According to The Lancet Medical Journal about Maternal and Child Undernutrition published in 2008, ‘the first 1,000 days of life’ is a critical window of time between a woman’s pregnancy and the child’s second birthday which started from the moment of conception.

The World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF), our own Department of Health, and the Philippine Pediatric Society (PPS) all underline the importance of the first 1,000 days.

Both the WHO and PPS recommends EXCLUSIVE BREASTFEEDING to the babies for the first 6 months followed by supportive feeding by providing nutritious solid food at the right age while continuing breastfeed.

Pres. Duterte Approves RA 11148 or "First 1,000 Days Bill" Now a Law Pres. Duterte Approves RA 11148 or "First 1,000 Days Bill" Now a Law Reviewed by Phil Newsome on December 10, 2018 Rating: 5
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