Senator Bam Aquino welcomed the enactment of the law that aims to eradicate hunger and undernutrition by providing free nutritious meals to public day care, kindergarten and elementary school students.
“Napakalaking tulong nito para mabigyan ng sapat na nutrisyon ang ating mga estudyante upang sila’y lumaking malusog at matalino,” said Sen. Bam, referring to Republic Act 11037 or the Masustansiyang Pagkain para sa Batang Pilipino Act.
Sen. Bam was the principal sponsor and co-author of the measure in the Senate. He pushed for the measure’s passage during his term as chairman of the Committee on Education.
The law is Sen. Bam’s 23rd in his five years as senator. Recently, Republic Act 11035 or the Balik Scientist Act, which Sen. Bam pushed as principal sponsor and principal author, was signed into law.
Aside from addressing malnutrition and hunger among schoolchildren from day care, kindergarten to Grade 6, the law aims to provide additional livelihood to local farmers, where the needed supplies for the feeding program will be sourced from.
“Maliban sa pagtugon sa problema sa malnutrisyon, mabibigyan din ng dagdag na kabuhayan ang ating mga magsasaka sa tulong ng batas na ito,” said Sen. Bam.
Aside from Sen. Bam, other co-authors of the measure are Senators Grace Poe, Gregorio Honasan II, Majority Leader Juan Miguel “Migz” Zubiri, Loren Legarda, Cynthia Villa, Joel Villanueva, Sherwin Gatchalian, Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III, Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto and Senate Minority Leader Franklin