On 8 April 2022, Assistant Secretary and Executive Director Azucena M. Dayanghirang talked about Supporting Early Childhood Nutrition with the Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) Council’s Kwentuhang Bulilit Episode. Parents, teachers, and caregivers learned why nutrition is so important in early childhood development and how it can help children reach their full potential.
Asec. Dayanghirang mentioned the significant role of nutrition in every stage of life, but most importantly during the early years of a child. She also discussed nutrition-specific programs, which aim to target direct factors of malnutrition, such as Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) Program, Dietary Supplementation Feeding Program, Tutok Kainan, and Micronutrient Supplementation Program. While nutrition-sensitive programs, or those interventions that address the underlying causes, such as food security, access to services, and the environment, includes Idol Ko si Nanay and Idol Ko si Tatay learning sessions for the First 1000 days of life, WASH in Schools (WinS) Program, Food production in schools or Gulayan sa Paaralan, and supervised neighborhood play.
According to Asec. Dayanghirang, nutrition programs and interventions could be scaled up and overall holistic development could be ensured by adopting a multi-sectoral approach, which is essential in providing proper nutrition in early childhood. She added that while it is the primary responsibility of parents to nurture their children, society has a role to play in ensuring that all children grow up to be productive members of our society. She concluded that children have the right to proper nutrition, just as they do to adequate food.
Author: OED - Pam Pescador