By: Ms. Marie Joy S. Carbungco

CITY OF SAN FERNANO, Pampanga (PIA)– National Nutrition Council (NNC) Central Luzon will spearhead a webinar focusing on proper health and nutrition in early years. 

The webinar dubbed “Early Child Care and Development—First 1000 Days Webinar: Bida ang May Alam!” is part of the strategy to beef up advocacy on the First 1000 Days Act and promote good health and nutrition in the early years. 

NNC 3 Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator Ana Maria Rosaldo said the activity aims to deepen the understanding of the participants on the different laws that were crafted to improve the quality of life of children through proper health and nutrition. 

“While it is true that such laws are in place, the emphasis on positive outcomes that this entails should be accompanied by understanding of the said laws and commitment to enact them. And this should start among the health and nutrition implementers, such as the nutrition action officers, nutrition program coordinators, and the barangay nutrition scholars, in Central Luzon,” Rosaldo said. 

The webinar will tackle RA 10410 or the Early Years Act, which promotes the rights of children to survival, development, and special protection. 

Rosaldo said the discussion will focus on the Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) council and the role of different stakeholders at the national and local levels to come up with comprehensive, integrative, and sustainable approach to address the needs of 0-4 years old, and of 5-8 years old. 

Aside from that, RA 11148 or the Kalusugan at Nutrisyon ng Mag-Nanay Act will also be discussed to address health and nutrition problems of newborn, infants and young children, pregnant and lactating mothers, and adolescent females. 

“It seeks to scale up national and local health and nutrition programs through a strengthened integrated strategy for maternal, neonatal, and child health and nutrition in the first 1000 days of life, since the obvious connection of the health and nutrition of the mother and child is recognized to be ritical for their total well-being,” the NNC official said. 

The webinar will be held on February 24, 2022 at 2:00PM via Zoom and will also be livestreamed via NNC Region III’s Facebook Page.