Nutrition program launched

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Saturday, October 22, 2011


SENATOR Aquilino Pimentel III’s wife Jewel May Lobaton-Pimentel and Bacolod City Representative Anthony Golez launched on Thursday the “Ako para sa Batang Pinoy” Movement at the Bacolod City National High School (BCNHS) and introduced the WHIZ (Witty, Healthy, Intelligent and Zesty Kids) Kids Active Hour program.

The launch of the movement in cooperation with Coca Cola helped the initial batch of 4,500 kids.

BACOLOD. Jewel Mae Lobaton Pimentel and Representative Anthony Golez are joined by PBA players during the launch of
BACOLOD. Jewel Mae Lobaton Pimentel and Representative Anthony Golez are joined by PBA players during the launch of "Ako para sa Batang Pinoy" at BCNHS Friday. (Carla L. Cañet)

The program was also simultaneous with the groundbreaking of the P32 million renovation of the BCNHS gym.

Among those present were DSWD Regional Director Minda B. Brigoli, JB Baylon, director for public affairs and communications of Coca-Cola Philippines, Dr. Sophia Pulmones, division chief of the Department of Health, and principals of various schools in Bacolod.

Pimentel said the 4,500 initial beneficiaries will be provided with the nutritious drink for six months, Monday to Friday, and some 16 schools in Bacolod City which will serve as feeding centers.

These schools are Abkasa, CV Ramos, Puentebella, Al Jayme, J. Gonzaga, Cabugwason, Paglaum Village, Handumanan 1 & 2, R. Medel, Villa Esperanza, Estefania, Lizares, Fr. Gratian Murray, Vista Alegre and Mandalagan.

"Like a child taking his or her first step, Ako Para Sa Batang Pinoy is looking ahead to transform this feeding program into a nationwide endeavor with the help of the private and public sectors," said Pimentel.

A mother of two kids aged seven and two, Pimentel cited studies that a person's total development takes place during the first six years of life, thus the importance of ensuring proper nutrition, family support and a safe and happy environment during the period.

The launch was graced by players from PBA teams Ginebra, San Miguel and Powerade, who delighted the toddlers whom they led in doing the 15-minute aerobics and dance activity.

Pimentel added that their programs would eventually cover the ages seven and onwards.

Pimentel said Ako Para Sa Batang Pinoy was established with the Filipino child in mind and its greatest dream is to ensure that every Filipino child is happy, healthy and loved. (CNC-TED)

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on October 22, 2011.

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