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~ettatr Republic of the Philippines SENATE OF THE PHILIPPINES Pasay City

SIXTEENTH CONGRESS, First Regular Session

S. B. No.

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Introduced by SENATOR JUAN EDGARDO "SONNY" M. ANGARA

EXPLANATORY NOTE As of 2005, the prevalence of underweight Filipino Children age 0 to 5 years old reached 24.6%. Although this is lower than year 2003's 26.9%, data shows that wide disparities exist across regions ranging from a low of 16.2% in the National Capital Region (NCR) and a high of 38% for the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). In the long-term, these children are more susceptible to infection and disease, and usually with more serious outcomes due to the effects of malnutrition. Consequently too, they absent themselves from school more frequently and have lower scholastic performance. The most effective means to target childhood malnutrition is through the public school network. Unfortunately, although there are current school feeding programs administered by the Department of Education, these programs rely heavily on allocations from budgets of senators or congressmen, or donations from private individuals and corporations. There is therefore an urgent need to immediately provide for an institutionalized and legislated child nutrition program targeting public elementary schools throughout the country. Through the Child Nutrition Act, a budgetary allocation shall be made to institutionalize a School Feeding Program throughout the public elementary school network, incentives shall also be given to private companies donating milk, juices, food and the like to Jhe School Feeding Program. For the abovementioned reasons, the immediate approval of this bill is earnestly sought.

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SIXTEENTH CONGRESS OF THE REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES

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Introduced by Senator JUAN EDGARDO "SONNY" M. ANGARA

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AN ACT PROVIDING FOR A SCHOOL NUTRITION PROGRAM AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES

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Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the Philippines in Congress assembled:

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SECTION 1. Shori Title. This Act shall be known as the "Child Nutrftio'n Act of the

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SEC. 2. Purpose. In recognition of the demonstrated relationship between food and

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good nutrition and the capacity of children to develop and learn, SChool feeding and other child

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nutrition .programs shall be extended, expanded, and strengthened under the authority of the

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Secretary of Agriculture as a measure to safeguard the health and well-being of the nation's

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children, and to encourage the domestic consumption of agricultural and other foods in order to

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meet more effectively the nutritional needs of our children.

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SEC. 3. School Feeding Program. A school nutrition program (the "Program") is hereby

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established, where the National Nutrition Council ("NNC"), the Department of Education,

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("DepED") and the Department of Health ("DOH") shall initiate, maintain and expand a system of

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distribution of milk and fortified snack foods to public elementary school entrants for a minimulTI

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of one hundred twenty (120) feeding days, five (5) times a week and vitamin supplements for a

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period and in such dosages as may be determined by the DOH. The Program shall be

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administered inside the classroom. The Program likewise aims to make school entrants aware

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of the importance of good nutrition by providing relevant and user-friendly nutrition information

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and education materials. Provided, that the Program shall begin within the first two weeks of the

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school year.

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For purposes of this act, a school entrant is defined as a student enrolled in the first

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SEC. 4. Objectives of the Program. The Program shall:

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a) Provide fresh milk to public elementary schools through the ·.-cooperation of local

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cooperatives and dairy corporations; b) Provide vitamin supplements in such dosages and for such a .duration as the DOH may determine most beneficial to the child's health and nutritional well-being;

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c) Target all public school entrants regardless of their nutritional status;

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d) Each school entrant will receive milk and fortified snacks, based on a menu

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determined by the NNC in conjunction with the Department of Science and

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Technology to consist of a combination of foods meeting the minimum nutritional

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requirements on the basis of tested nutritional research, except that the minimum

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nutritional requirements shall be measured by not less than the weekly average o~

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the nutrient content of the meals;

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e) Beneficiaries shall eat their snack inside the classroom during recess time and shall

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not be allowed to bring home his ration; Provided, that if a school child was absent,

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the school feeding coordinator in the school shall insure that his share for that day

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shall be added to his share the next feeding day when he reports back to class;

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Provided, further, that only twice the usual serving portion shall be allowed to an

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absentee school child; Provided, finally, that in case of prolonged absence, both the

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milk and/or snack food shall be given on a staggered basis, doubling his share every

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feeding day until the school child catches up with the others;

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Beneficiaries

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vitamin

supplements

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classroom

simultaneously with the fortified snack.

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SEC. 5. Incentives to Private Companies. Local dairy cooperatives, private agricultural

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companies and other companies donating food, milk, juices, vitamin supplements or other

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similar products (the "Product"). are' hereby allowed to deduct from its gross income earned

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two hundred percent (200%) of the value of the Product, provided that:

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a) the donation is duly approved by the Secretary of Education upon recommendation

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of the Director of the NNC, in case of food products, and the Secretary of Health, in

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case of vitamin products; and

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b) the deduction shall not exceed twenty percent (20%) of gross income e<;lrned.

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SEC. 6. Social Mobilization and Preparation. Orientation-training shall bk held among

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DepED health and nutrition unit personnel at the regional and division levels, in order to orient

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them on the Program's objectives and mechanics and generate support to the Program.

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An orientation-workshop shall be conducted at the district and sclnool levels for district

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and school level heads. The output shall be the school plan of action containing the roles and

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responsibilities of the concerned school personnel.

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Training and orientation shall be conducted by the DepED core of trainors, with

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personnel trained at the schools division level being responsible for training staff at the district

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and municipal level; and those trained at the municipal level training the implementers and

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feeding coordinators at the school level.

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The feeding coordinator shall conduct the briefing among parents and children, including

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determining the baseline knowledge of the children and their parents on nutrition through a pre-

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test and delineating the roles among parents during the duration of the feeding.

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Feeding paraphernalia consisting of place mats, napkin, spoon and fork, small bowl, saucer, mugs and drinking glass should be brought by the pupils.

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SEC. 7. Simultaneous Examination. A simultaneous health and dental examination

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and deworming of the participating children shall be done during the meeting-orientation of

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parents. These shall be conducted by the division/district medical staff and nurses or the Rural

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Health Unit in the community. Pupils found with defects/ailments shall be given proper treatment

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or referred to hospitals. Classroom adVisers shall note observations regarding the pupils' health

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condition. Height and weight of pupils shall be taken before the Program and every month after

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the start thereof.

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SEC. 8. Procurement, Storage and Handling of Food Items and Vitamin

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Supplements. Procurement of the fortified snack foods shall be done by DepED in coordination

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with the NNC, and in cases where rice or sugar will be distributed, in coordination with the

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National Food Authority (NFA), while that of fresh milk shall be procured by the National Dairy

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Authority (NDA). Vitamin supplements shall be procured by the DOH.

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All public elementary schools shall submit to DepED the number of school entrants

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expected by April 15 of each year. The list shall be consolidated by DepED· and used as a basis

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for procuring fortified snack foods. DepED shall insure the food commodities arrive on time to

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the schools through the district schools, which shall be the designated pick-up point. Public

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elementary schools shall pick up the commodities after the fifth day of each month even without

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notice from the district school.

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DepED shall furnish the DOH with the number of school entrants per district by April 30

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of each year. The list shall be used by the DOH as a basis for procuring vitamin supplements.

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DOH shall insure delivery to the district school of vitamin supplements needed for that district

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within the first five (5) days of each month.

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For the fresh milk, DepED shall furnish the NDA with the number of children per school

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located in the twelve (12) key dairy development areas of the country, with local dairy

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cooperatives delivering fresh milk daily to schools to insure freshness and safety. The NDA shall

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make payment upon the local dairy cooperative upon submission of a certification issued by the

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public elementary school stating that fresh milk was received in good condition. The fresh milk

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to avoid spoilage during transport. Provided, that the local dairy cooperative shall be responsible

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to insure the safety of the fresh milk before it reaches the school.

should be individually packed in sealed plastic, provided with str<1w and properly packed in ice

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SEC. 9. Role of the Secretary of Agriculture. The Secretary of Agriculture shall

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provide technical assistance and training, including technical assistance and training in the

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preparation of foods high in complex carbohydrates and lower-fat versions of foods commonly

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used in the Program, to schools partiCipating in the Program to assist the schools in complying

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with the nutritional reqUirements prescribed by the NNC in coordination with the DOST and in

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providing appropriate meals to children with medically certified special dietary needs.

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SEC. 10. Use in Program of Food in Abundance or Donated. 'Each school

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participating under the Program shall, insofar as practicable, utilize in its Program foods

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designated from time to time by the Secretary of Agriculture as being in abundance, either

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nationally or in the school area, or foods donated by private entities with the consent of the

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DepED and NNe. Provided, that smuggled agricultural products which have been seized by the

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proper authorities and which are certified by the DOH as fit for consumption may be donated by

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the proper authorities for this Program.

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SEC. 11. Local Government Participation. Local Government Units where school

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districts are located shall provide a counterpart fund of at least twenty percent (20%) of the cost

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incurred for Programs implemented within their jurisdiction.

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SEC. 12. Priority Areas. In case of shortage of funds, the implementation of the

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Program shall first be undertaken in provinces where malnutrition rates are'most severe, as may

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be determined by the NNe.

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SEC. 13. Rules and Regulations. The DepED, NNe and DOST shall draw the

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implementing rules and regulations of this Act within thirty (30) days from the effectivity of this

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Act.

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Appropriations.

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Peso~

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(P100,000,000.00) is hereby appropriated for the first year of implementation of the Program.

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Thereafter, all appropriations shall be taken from the annual appropriations of the NNe.

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Provided, that all administrative expenses of the Program shall be taken from the DepED annual

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apprClpriations.

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SEC. 15. Effectivity. This law shall take effect within fifteen (15) days from/publication in a newspaper of general circulation.

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Approved,

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