Presidential Communications Operations Office



  PIA Bldg, Visayas Ave, Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines
  Thursday, 19 May 2022 News Before 1 Feb 2012. Click for Latest
Web PIA  
 
home
 
about
 
fotos
 
info
 
links
 
ncrr01carr02r03calmimr05r06r07r08r09r10r11r12r13
 << December 2007 >> 
S M T W T F S
01
02 03 04 05 06 07 08
09 10 11 12 13 14 15
16 17 18 19 20 21 22
23 24 25 26 27 28 29
30 31
Special News Editions:
English.Tagalog.Cebuano
Ilocano.Waray.Hiligaynon
Pangasinan.Other
PIA Specials:
NEW! Cabinet Officials
Jobs.Slides.Specials.Ads. Events.ASEAN.Multimedia
Visitors since 15 Feb 2011:
PIA News Archive:
English.Tagalog.Cebuano
Waray.Hiligaynon.Ilocano
Pangasinan.All
PIA Archive News Reader

PIA Press Release
2007/12/18

Speech of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on the Orientation on Infant and Young Child Feeding for Medical Directors and Chiefs of Hospitals

Manila Hotel, 18 December

Thank you very much Secretary Duque, former of the World Health Organization, from UNICEF; Ferdie Flores of NMC, Chiefs of Hospitals, Chiefs of Medical Professional Services, participants from private hospitals.

Nagtitipon-tipon tayo ngayon upang protektahan at alagaan ang ating pinakamahalagang yaman ang ating mga bata. Nagkakaisa ang ating pamahalaan, lipunan sibil at pribadong sektor sa likod ng pinakamahalagang isyu sa ating panahon kung papaano makaahon sa kahirapan.

Sa araw na ito ang Manila Declaration on Infant and Child feeding ay lumilikha na isang hakbang upang wakasan ang paggutom at handugan ng malusog na panimula ang mga bata. A strong and healthy child is as valuable as a strong and healthy nation.

Naglalayon ang infant and child feeding na punuin ang ating mga bata ng pag-asa. Kailangan ng bata, bawat bata ang healthy start o malusog na simula ng buhay. Kaya sabi ko kay Secretary Duque, ito ang mga programa sa loob ng declaration, tawagin nating healthy start o malusog na simulang programang IYCF. Tayo ay gumawa ng mahihirap na desisyon para makalikom ng bagong buwis upang ang pinakamahihirap nating mga bata ay hindi magutom (gap in the tape)___biyaya na malakas at matatag na ekonomiya para sa mamamayan. Wala ng mas mahalaga kaysa mamuhunan sa kalusugan at kapakanan ng ating mga bata sa pamamagitan nitong infant and young child feeding o malusog na simula. Kailangan nating gawin ang lahat ng nasa ating kapangyarihan bilang isang lipunan, pamahalaan, at indibidwal na mamamayan upang alagaan ang ating kinabukasan at ang ating kinabukasan ay ang mga bata.

Sa ating paglilibot sa ating bansa nakakausap natin ang mga ina at mga ama na ang tanging hiling ay mabigyan ang kanilang mga anak ng mga pagkakataong hindi sila nagkaroon. Ang ating malusog na simula o healthy start program ay hakbang tungo sa katuparan sa mga pangarap na iyan. Ang ating adhikain na maitayo ang iisang Pilipinas ay nagsisimula sa pagtitiyak na ang ating mga anak ay mabigyan ng healthy start o malusog na simula.

Bilang nakakatanda sa kanila may pananagutan tayo sa mga bata sa buong Pilipinas na tiyakin na ang kanilang mga pangunahing pangangailangang pagkain ay matugunan upang sila ay makapag-ambag ng tama sa katatagan ng ating bansa. Infant and Young Child Feeding at tatawagin na nating malusog na simula is a component of a broader accelerated hunger mitigation program.

We continue to face the challenge of having the incident of hunger.

Last year, we formulated a plan to cut hunger. It is tended on low cost food, food aid, road work and rural building jobs, family farms, microfinance and regional wage adjustment.

The hunger mitigation program framework consist of the recognition that hunger is caused first by unavailable or insufficient food to eat and second no money to buy food. Therefore, hunger mitigation consist of supply and demand measures. On the supply side, the program is, first, to increase food production and enhance efficiency of logistics and food delivery. On the demand side of that program is, first, to put money in poor people's pockets; second, promote good nutrition and third promote natural family planning.

Let me share with you the elements of this framework.

To increase food production. The emphasis is on productivity programs including livestock, crops, regeneration of mangrove and coastal fishery, farm families or gulayan ng masa and irrigation.

Kahapon nagsimbang gabi kami sa Smokey Mountain at doon inagurahan iyong kanilang Green House. Iyong kanilang Gulayan ng Masa kung saan tinatanim nila lahat ng ingredients ng pinakbet. To enhance efficiency of logistic and food delivery, we have the barangay food terminals. Ito iyong mga bagsakan na nilalagay natin sa mga mahihirap na lugar. Halimbawa, sa Smokey Mountain maglalagay tayo ng bagsakan sa tabi ng ilog para iyong mga barge na nanggagaling sa Palawan, iba't ibang lugar ng MIMAROPA ay papasok sa ilog at ibabagsak na lang doon sa river bank sa Smokey Mountain.

At saka iyong "Tindahan Natin". Kagaya ng sabi ko iyong Barangay Food Terminal bagsakan ito in the areas strictly populated by the poor. Whereas, iyong Tindahan Natin ay parang sari-sari store. Actually, sari sari store ang itsura pero specialty store ang concept. Makakabili dito ng murang bigas at noodles na kinakain sa araw araw. Inuna nating ipinatayo ang mga ito sa mga lugar kung saan marami ang nakakaranas ng gutom. Ngayon ay mayroon ng halos walong libong tindahang outlets natin sa bansa.

Iyong logistics kasama dito. Nandoon din iyong roll-on roll-of ferry ports kasi mas mura iyon kaysa iyong mga isinasakay sa barko ang pagkain. Sinasakay na lamang iyong delivery truck. Tapos pinapabuksan din natin iyong mga private ports at saka private shipping nang sa ganoon mas marami. When you have big supply of porks you have lower prices kaya nagkakaroon sila ng kumpetensiya sa isat isa.

Tapos iyong farm-to-market roads para mura ang transportasyon mula sa sakahan hanggang sa palengke. At saka iyong efficient transport at the local government level pinapaalala natin iyong mga local government units ay walang kapangyarihan magkolekta ng mga fish sa mga trak na dumadaan lamang sa kanila.

And then we have the food for school program of the national government kung saan binibigyan ng ilang kilong bigas ang mga pre school, day care at Grade one sa mga food poor areas para iuuwi sa kanilang pamilya. Dapat nating busugin ang mga puso at isipan ng ating mga bata sa pamamagitan ng biyaya ng edukasyon. Subalit bago mangyari ito kailangan muna nila ang busog na tiyan. Dapat harapin ng ating mga bata ang bawat araw na masaya, malusog at puno ng pag-asa. Dapat panabikan nila lamang ang karunungan at hindi ang pangunahing kailangan ng pagkain.

Layunin din ng programang ito na magbigay ng wastong pagkain sa pamamagitan ng Early Childhood Care and Development System sang-ayon sa Early Childhood Care and Development Law na mukhang nakakalimutan natin ma-implement. The ECCD system include nutrition service programs that provide for the needs of young children from birth to age 6. One of its objective is to achieve, improve infant and child survival rate by ensuring that adequate health and nutrition programs are accessible to young children and their mothers from the three natal period throughout their early childhood years.

Bagamat hindi pa natin fully implemented ito, with what we have been achieving so far, we are gratified that according to the millennium development goal monitor the child mortality rate has been reduced from 40 for 1,000 live birth in 2003, now we are down to 32 per thousand. And we are very much on track with the millennium development goal to reduce to 27 from 5,000 by 2015. Congratulations, to all of you involved in child nutrition.

Ang pagkakaloob ng sustansiya sa mga bata na kung hindi ay gugutumin ang pinakamahalagang bagay na magagawa ng ating bansa. Ito ay kagandahang-asal, panlipunang pangangailangan at kagalingang pangkabuhayan.

In our Hunger Mitigation Program, we will also create an NGO network to support feeding programs. And we also have now given the farmers' option to buy back the rice they sell to the NFA, if they can get a higher price outside from the traders.

Now on the other side, the demand side. To put money in poor people's pockets. The program includes: First, improved productivity in coconut areas by promoting coconut quire(?), virgin coconut oil and other value added products and coconut production. Kasi ang pinakamahihirap na mga magsasaka natin ay iyong mga mangniniyog. Second, more aggressive micro-financing. Third, maximize employment, the construction and maintenance of farm-to-market roads, irrigation and road maintenance.

Ewan ko kung nakikita ninyo kapag kayo ay dumadaan sa mga kalsada. Iyong mga naka asul na t-shirts (distorted).

It includes the following conducting social marketing of which its orientation is a part.

Nutrition education in schools and promoting breastfeeding, appropriate complimentary feeding until 2 years of age and increase consumption of vegetables. The promotion of breastfeeding for children up to 2 years old with emphasis of exclusive breastfeeding for these infant for 6 months is our fundamental approach to reduce if not eliminate hunger among infants and their very young children. There is no substitute for mothers' milk as most Filipinos know. But this knowledge has not been translated into practice.

Our data indicate that more and more mothers are weaning their infant from breast milk after only one month. And mere 16% of infant remain exclusively breastfed at 4 to 5 months and very few are nourished by mother's milk up to 2 years old. So, we must act and act fast to ensure that the nation builders of the future are provided proper nourishment.

One immediate concern which is why we're having this, is to involve all 1,426 accredited mother-baby friendly hospitals to fully implement the rooming in and breastfeeding act. The milk code and other laws providing proper nourishment for infants. We need that a strong will to make hospitals uphold our laws and work even hard to encourage other hospitals to join in our campaign.

The Supreme Court decision upholding all but three provisions of the milk code encourages us to be creative in advocating breastfeeding as a best way to nourish our young.

By breastfeeding, we promote natural family planning or we emphasize birth spacing. And it is the DOH through the National Nutrition Council that oversees the implementation of the hunger mitigation program.

Labis nating nadarama ang kalagayan ng ating mga kapuspalad. Ang pagwakas ng kahirapan ang ating pangunahing kinakailangang gawin sa kasalukuyan. Itinuturing ko ito bilang personal na pananagutan at tungkulin ng ating pamahalaan na bigyan ng dignidad at ginhawa ang bawat mamamayan sa ating bayan. Ang kadakilaan ng pagkatao ay hindi maaaring matamo kung ang sambayanan ay gutom at hikahos. Matibay nating hinahangad maibsan ang hindi makatao, imoral, di makatarungan, at di magaling sa pangkabuhayan at kahirapan.

And I am glad that we are making real progress in alleviating poverty. The incident of extreme poverty is down. It is below 10 percent for the first time in our history. So the people can be assured that we lead with a heavy hand to guide the nation that we will not falter in keeping our hands on the tiller of the ship of faith.

As we enter the holiday season, it's essential that every person of means help those in need. Those of us in government should do everything in our power to be a catalyst for this process. You, who are involved in Infant and Young child feeding are securing our country's future for tomorrow belongs to today's child. And you can give the nation a better Christmas gift than what you are giving now.

On behalf of the Filipino children thank you. Merry Christmas and best wishes for your continued success.

Maraming salamat sa inyong lahat. (OPS) [top]

  prev  next  »|
DAILY NEWS LIST:
»Bukidnon LGUs are NorMin's most child-friendly
»Ipil mayor grateful for "Pamaskong Handog ng Pangulo"
»PGMA cites 10.5% exports growth for October 2007
»Statement on the Pulse Asia Survey
»Serve your constituents with dedication and zeal, PGMA tells barangay officials
»PGMA orders teightening of security in AFP and PNP camps, buildings vs. violators of gov't ceasefire
»PGMA makes series of move to cushion impact of high oil prices, strong peso
»1,500 Dinagatnons to receive gifts from PGMA's Pamaskong Handog
»Speech of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on the Orientation on Infant and Young Child Feeding for Medical Directors and Chiefs of Hospitals
  prev  next  »|

Philippine Official Gazette | Office of the President | Presidential Communications Operations Office
For comments and feedback, please email PIA Newsdesk
Copyright © 2005 Philippine Information Agency
PIA Building, Visayas Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City 1101 Philippines