28 January 2017
VP Leni Declares War on Hunger and Malnutrition in Visit to Bulacan
Says Angat Buhay Program Supplements DOH Drive against Stunting
Vice President Leni Robredo cited the need for concerted multi-sectoral efforts in addressing the increasing number of child hunger and malnutrition in municipalities.
“Tingin ko na panahon na magtulungan talaga hindi lang iyong gobyerno pati pribado para matugunan na finally ang napakalaking problema ng stunting,” she said.
Robredo visited Brgy. Pulong Samplaoc in Doña Remedios Trinindad, Bulacan on Friday morning to have a dialogue with parents of malnourished children and link the community with development partners in the private sector.
She was joined by representatives of Hapagasa who pledged to support the local government unit’s milk feeding and vitamin supplementation program.
“Ang kapital lang natin ay laway at sipag. Inaaya natin ang ibang mga organisasyon na may mga programa at naghahanap ng tutulungan, sinasama natin sila para makita iyong problema on the ground,” Robredo said.
“Sa mga bisitang ganito marami tayong nakukuhang partnerships at maswerte tayo ngayon na may kasama tayong anim na partners na lahat nag-pledge ng tulong. Ito ang pinakasadya natin. May nangangailangan ng tulong, may gustong tumulong, kami lang ang naglilink sa dalawa,” she added.
Other organizations like Nutrition Foundation of the Phils., Ayala Foundation, Friendly Care Foundation, Damascus, Pilipinas Shell Foundation, and Solanaland Foundation were also present in the event to discuss with the community and the LGU how they could proceed with their pledges.
Robredo also clarified that the Angat Buhay program of the Office of the Vice President does not compete and instead supplements the existing programs of the Department of Health.
“Ako hindi siya kumpetisyon kasi kailangan nagtutulungan ang gobyerno at pribado. Mas mabuti sana na tinutugunan ng pamahalaan ang lahat. Iyong pinapasok natin, iyong mga hindi natutugunan,” Robredo said.
“Kasi ang programa ng gobyerno ever since nandiyan kaya ang sinisiguro natin iyong mga napapagiwanan may tutulong,” she added.
She also said the OVP pledged its support to the First 1,000 days program of the DOH and that they invited representatives from the DOH to join them in their visit.
Brgy. Pulong Sampaloc has the third highest malnutrition rate in Doña Remedios Trinidad with 20 underweight and severely underweight pre-school children.
Doña Remedios Trinidad, Bulacan was part of the first batch of local government units that participated in the Office of the Vice President’s Angat Buhay anti-poverty program that links marginalized communities with partners in the government and the private sector that can help them with their needs.
From the Angat Buhay needs profile of Doña Remedios Trinidad, they identified “improvement of nutrition situation of children below 5 years old” as their health and nutrition priority because there are 160 underweight and severely underweight children below 5 years old; and 356 wasted and severely wasted school children in their municipality.