Solon pushes mandatory milk feeding of school children

A lawmaker has filed a bill imposing a compulsory milk feeding program for kindergarten up to grade six students in both public and private schools.

Rep. Kimi Cojuangco (5th District, Pangasinan), author of House Bill 6721, said milk nutritional deficiencies have affected the most vulnerable population, particularly young children, resulting in adverse physical, mental and social consequences to the future generation.

“The Philippine dairy industry needs to be further assisted and developed with priority emphasis on the increased production of local fresh milk,” Cojuangco said.

Cojuangco also urged the local market should ensure an adequate supply of local fresh milk at an affordable price, improve livelihood opportunities and conserve foreign exchange.

Cojuangco said the municipalities are required to implement the measure, supervised by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) with the assistance of the National Dairy Authority (NDA).

Under the bill, DSWD shall issue the necessary rules and regulations to effectively implement the provisions of the Act and full attainment of the program goals.

The DSWD shall coordinate with the Department of Education, the Department of Interior and Local Government and the National Dairy Authority for the formulation of the implementing rules and regulations.

“The declared policy of the State is to strive for national self-sufficiency in milk as vital feature in the attainment of a self-reliant and independent Philippine economy in the provision of proper nutrition and to provide incentives,” Cojuangco said.

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