Poe files Sustansya sa Batang Pilipino Act

Sen. Grace Poe filed her first bill in the Senate last 1 July, the start of the 16th Congress.  Calling for free lunch for Filipino children in public schools program, Poe stated that her bill is anchored against hunger and malnutrition, the greatest threats to public health.

Sen. Grace Poe filed her first bill in the Senate last 1 July, the start of the 16th Congress.  Calling for free lunch for Filipino children in public schools program, Poe stated that her bill is anchored against hunger and malnutrition, the greatest threats to public health.

Senate Bill No. 79 seeks to institutionalize the Sustansiya sa Batang Pilipino Program and for its feasible implementation, initially school children in the elementary levels including kindergarten in public schools will be given free nutritious meals.  Following the K-12 Policy, it also seeks to cover pupils in the Kindergarten and Grades I-VI.  On its third year of implementation, the Program will cover all levels of public elementary schools including kindergarten and Junior High School Level of the K-12 Policy.  On its fifth year of implementation, the Program covers both elementary and high school levels in the K-12 public education sector.

Recognizing administrative and resources limitations, public schools in areas where severe malnutrition is reported, armed conflict and highly congested are the priorities.  Private sector support is encouraged in the measure.  It can be through their respective Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities or through simple donations to public schools.

The measure also creates a unified super body composed of relevant government agencies to be known as the Child Nutrition Network. The super body is mandated to establish a Nutrition Framework for its implementation. The Nutrition Framework, among others, will serve as blueprint containing the details of its implementation; integrated package of nutrition services; institutionalize a system of qualification, accreditation and the corresponding incentives for private corporations; development of a data base of information, knowledge and best practices for nutrition programs; food and health aspects of school-based implementation; monitoring progress report on children; participation of communities and civil society and private-public sector partnership.

The proposed measure seeks an appropriation in the amount of Ten Billion pesos from proceeds of Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office and Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation. During the transition, a substantial portion shall be sourced from the Social Fund of the Office of the President

 

Link: Sustansiya Sa Batang Pilipino Act of 2013

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