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‘Wag pabayaan ang nasa kanayunan: Poe urges Duque to prioritize rural moms, babies for 1st 1,000 Days Law

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Senator Grace Poe today called on the Department of Health (DOH) to prioritize beneficiaries of the First 1,000 days Law in far-flung rural areas.

At the same time… Poe urged Health Secretary Francisco Duque lll to ensure the proper and effective implementation of the law that provides health and nutrition interventions to women and newborn children.

Poe is the co-author and sponsor in the Senate of Republic Act 11148 or the Kalusugan at Nutrisyon ng Mag-Nanay Act.

The reelectionist Senator said the Department of Health, as the lead implementing agency of the new law, should prioritize resources and efforts for the program.

She said, “Ang pruweba ng isang maayos ma batas ay hindi ang pagpasa ng Kongreso o pagpirma ng Pangulo, kundi ang maayos na pagpapatupad nito.”

Under the new law, the DOH, the National Nutrition Council, relevant government agencies and local government units shall ensure delivery of health and nutrition programs to pregnant women and infants in the first 1,000 days.

Poe said ” If this is properly implemented, we are one step closer to closing a major gap in our social policy or the lack of care for mothers and children in the first 1,000 days of life.”

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