SORSOGON CITY – With the expected resumption of face-to-face classes, UniTeam senatorial candidate Harry Roque pushed for more free meals for preschool and elementary levels students.
“Dapat lahat ng estudyante may libreng masustansyangtanghalian lalo na magkakaroon na ng face-to-face classes. Kailangan pong malusog ang ating mga estudyante sapagbabalik eskwela nila,” Roque said.
“Mahalaga po ang kalusugan ng mga bata lalo na po sa panahonna mayroon pa rin pong banta ng COVID19,” he also said.
Roque was the principal author of the Republic Act No. 11037 or the Masustansyang Pagkain Para sa Batang Pilipino Act which President Rodrigo Duterte signed in June 2018. It institutionalizes a National Feeding Program for malnourished children in public daycare, kindergarten, and elementary schools.
Under the law, the government provides:
- A supplemental feeding program for daycare children
- A school-based feeding program for public school children in kindergarten through Grade 6
- A milk-feeding program
- A micronutrient feeding program
- Health examinations
Roque said the Department of Education (DepEd) delivered nutritious food products to households or allowed parents to pick them up by parents from schools because of the pandemic.
“Tayo po ang nagtaguyod ng libreng tanghalian. Noong walapong face-to-face classes dinedeliver po ang masustansyangpananghalian sa mga kabataan may kasama ng gatas,” Roque said.
“Sinigurado po natin na kahit may pandemya ay nakapagbigaypa rin po tayo ng masustansyang pagkain sa mga bata at mgamag-aaral,” he added.