CFDC and NGOs Join Hands in Battling Child Malnutrition: Launches Manual and Training Program

The first 1000 days of a child's life are an important time to develop the brain, and they determine the foundation of a child's future in terms of body development and mental capacity. Ignoring a child's nutrition will greatly affect them in the long term.

As our rankings declined further due to the stunted growth and wasted potential of our children on a global scale, the government and NGOs partnered together to present solutions to overcome this problem. The Children's First One Thousand Days Coalition (CFDC) launched its operations manual and training program on how it will help in the government’s war against malnutrition.

There is a law, RA 11148 entitled “Kalusugan at Nutrisyon ng Magnanay Act”, that seeks to
address malnutrition during children’s first one thousand days of life.

The coalition includes among others, the Rotary International, Lions Clubs International,
Kiwanis International, Junior Chamber International, The Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of
Free and Accepted Masons of the Philippines, The Fraternal Order of Eagles - Philippine
Eagles, Knights of the Columbus, Knights of Rizal, Save the Children Philippines, World
Vision Philippines, Brotherhood of Christian Businessmen and Professionals, Philippine
League of Government and Private Midwives, and Crusade Against Violence.
A thousand leaders from these various non-governmental organizations will be attending
the event.

The coalition considers the operations manual and training program as a key development
as it clearly illustrates how the NGOs and government can collaborate in stomping out
malnutrition during the children’s one thousand days of life, a huge problem that causes
poor school performance, low intelligence quotient, stunting, sicknesses, and low work
productivity. The manual functions as a comprehensive, step-by-step guide on the NGO's
adoption of barangays aimed at addressing malnutrition, extending its scope to a national
level with a vision for fostering a healthier future for Filipino children.

To demonstrate their support for the operations and training program, department
secretaries Dr. Teodoro "Ted" J. Herbosa, DOH; Atty. Benjamin "Benhur" C. Abalos, Jr.,
DILG, will grace the event. Atty. Baldr H. Bringas, Assistant Secretary of the Department of
Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) will represent DSWD Secretary Rex Gatchalian.
Additionally, NGO Head Representatives, spearheaded by Former Chief Justice Reynato S.
Puno, a Board Member of World Vision Philippines, will lead in reciting the NGOs’
Declaration of Commitment.

The event also featured the following speakers: Dr. Azucena M. Dayanghirang,
Executive Director of National Nutrition Council; Dr. Maria Isabel "Marcie" M. Atienza,
MHPED, Dean and Chief Academic Officer of St. Luke's Medical Center, College of
Medicine - WHQM; Dr. Amado R. Parawan, Health And Nutrition Advisor of Save The
Children Philippines; Former Senator Joey Lina, National Project Chairman of Children's
First One Thousand Days Coalition; Br. Erlito "Lito" R. Pardo of Brotherhood of Christian
Businessmen and Professionals - Las Pinas Chapter; Mr. Roberto A. Alvarez, President of
RCMC Foundation; Atty. Salvador "Bingbong" Campo Medialdea, Former Executive
Secretary; Engr. Ronaldo A. Aguila, Chief Technology Officer of ONELGC, Inc.; Mr. Cris
Giovanni C. Chiong, President, Rotary Club Of Makati Central; Mr. Alberto D. Lina,
Chairman of ONELEGC, Inc.; Mr. Ronald Delos Santos, National President of the Fraternal
Order Of Eagles-Philippine Eagles, and Mr. Danilo "Danny" Sanchez, Past Council
Chairman of MD301 Philippines and State Council Of Lions Governor.

Atty. Mike T. Toledo, former Press Secretary, shall serve as the moderator.

“With our battle cry for a ‘brighter, stronger, taller’ Filipino children, let us unite to uplift
the vulnerable and intensify nutrition efforts for a new generation of Filipinos”, says Atty.
Joey Lina.

The milestone event promises to be a platform for collaboration and knowledge-sharing
among key stakeholders committed to ensuring the well-being of children during their
critical first 1000 days of life.