July 21, 2019
SEN. Maria Imelda Josefa “Imee” Marcos has filed a resolution calling for a review of government-sponsored feeding programs in response to the increasing incidence of “child zombies” resulting from stunted brain growth and malnutrition.
Citing statistical data from the Department of Science and Technology’s Food and Nutrition Research Institute, Marcos said about 30 percent of a child’s brain will not develop if malnutrition continues before he reaches the age of five. In addition, more than one-third of Filipino children suffer from stunted growth, with 95 dying each day from malnutrition.
“The Philippines remains one of nine countries with the highest number of children with stunted growth,” Marcos said. “The public has not heard about the status, much less the success, of government programs aimed at reducing malnutrition.”
Among the programs the Marcos resolution seeks to review is the Department of Health’s action plan started in 2017 for “nutrition intervention,” the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s 120-day program to gauge the nutritional status of child beneficiaries, and the Early Childhood Care and Development Council that is supposed to provide protection for children aged 0-4 years.
The resolution also called for the distribution of “Nutribiskwit,” considered an upgraded version of the iconic Nutribun of the 1970s introduced during the administration of her father, then-President Ferdinand Marcos.
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