Sen. Joel Villanueva on Monday welcomed the Senate ratification of the bicameral conference committee report on the bill ensuring health of mothers and children starting from the first 1,000 days of mother’s pregnancy.
Villanueva, one of the authors of Senate Bill No. 1537 or the Healthy Nanay and Bulilit Act, said that providing proper nutrition and health services to children and pregnant mothers will help prevent malnutrition in the Philippines.
“We laud the Senate bicam report ratification on the proposed Healthy Nanay and Bulilit Act. This will help more than 3.8 million stunted and over 800,000 underweight children in the country,” Villanueva said.
Villanueva underscored that the measure will provide nutritional supplements and vitamins to pregnant women and babies from poor families annually and vaccination for babies against hepatitis B, polio, measles, among others.
The bill also strengthens the enforcement of Executive Order No. 51, or the Milk Code, and Republic Act No. 10028, or the “Expanded Breastfeeding Promotion Act of 2009,” which promote optimal infant and young child feeding and maternity protection.
“We congratulate our co-authors in both Houses for actively pushing for the passage of this very important measure which we dedicate to our mothers and children who are the future pillars of our nation,” Villanueva said.