Senator Grace Poe on Thursday called for intensified support mechanism for vulnerable mothers amid the pandemic, with the doubling of domestic burden lodged on them as they need to simultaneously perform household and familial duties while working.
“Ang mga nag-aaruga ay kailangan din ng pag-aaruga natin,” Poe said at a webinar organized by the Philippine Federation of Local Councils of Women.
In a survey conducted last month, it was found that 7.6 million Filipinos experienced involuntary hunger where pregnant women and nursing mothers were particularly vulnerable.
“We must be cognizant of our heightened reliance on women and increase their support mechanism,” the senator added.
“The resourcefulness and entrepreneurial skills of women have certainly carried many families through lockdown and these must be commended and reinforced,” stressed Poe.
Republic Act 11148 or the “Kalusugan at Nutrisyon ng Mag-Nanay Act” provides for a comprehensive nutrition and healthcare program for pregnant women and their newborn children from Day 1 to 1,000 days in every barangay.
“Ang unang isang libong araw ay mahalaga dahil habang nagbubuntis ang mga ina, dito nabubuo ang kaisipan ng mga bata. Kaya dapat siguraduhin ng mga barangay health worker ang kanilang mga bitamina, at kung kulang sila sa pagkain ay tulungan,” said Poe, author and sponsor of the law.