THE army of underweight, stunted and obese Filipino children worries not only parents but also government authorities.
And it is likely that the number of malnourished children will increase due to the worsening of poverty in the Philippines.
Of course, the problem becomes worse when considered in view of the rising prices of everything in this impoverished but natural resources-rich Southeast Asian nation.
Aware of this, the Department of the Interior and Local Government, led by Secretary Ismael Sueno, has called on local government units (LGUs) to develop child-friendly programs.
In the Philippines, like other poverty-stricken countries across the globe, children are most affected by economic problems, particularly with the persistent rates of malnutrition.
DILG Undersecretary Austere A. Panadero said the situation underscored the need for our LGUs to craft adaptive and innovative programs to address this pressing concern.
A research by the Save the Children and the Food and Nutrition Research Institute showed that 21.5% of Pinoys under five years of age are underweight, 33% are stunted and 7.1% are obese.
It is certainly a challenge on how the children can focus on studies when their stomachs are empty.
As a parent and a government official, this is, without doubt, unacceptable, according to Panadero in a speech at the GalingPook Fair 2016 held at the Novotel Manila in Quezon City.
Theme of this year’s GalingPook Fair was “Adapt+Innovate,” which focuses on the welfare, protection and development of children.
Clearly, the Filipino people have to work in unison to give love and serve our children better.