LINGAYEN, PANGASINAN—The Provincial Government of Pangasinan will implement the Barangay First 1,000 Days (BF1KD) and Early Childhood Care Development (ECCD) activities and programs in five towns of the province.
Also known as “Improving Access to Essential 1,000 Day Interventions and Quality Early Childhood Care Services in Disadvantaged Communities,” the project is jointly funded by Helen Keller International and The Church of Jesus Christ—The Latter Days Saint Charities.
Helen Keller International is a US-based non-governmental organization with an office in Malate, Manila, that is dedicated to eliminating preventable vision loss, malnutrition, and diseases of poverty.
With this, a resolution was approved by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) in its regular session on January 15. Said resolution, which is authored by SP Member Rosary Gracia P. Perez-Tababa, is intended to authorize Governor Ramon V. Guico III to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Helen Keller International for the implementation of the project in the towns of Malasiqui, Manaoag, Mangatarem, Mangaldan, and San Fabian.
“The project is in pursuance to Republic Act 11148, known as the “Kalusugan at Nutrisyon ng Mag Nanay Act,” which is an Act Scaling Up the National and Local Health Nutrition and Nutrition Programs through a Strengthened Integrated Strategy for Maternal, Neonatal, Child Health, and Nutrition in the First 1,000 Days of Life, Appropriating Funds Therefor and for Other Purposes,” the resolution said.
As such, the resolution disclosed that the provincial government of Pangasinan has agreed to share resources with Helen Keller International in the implementation of the BF1KD and ECCD interventions in the five municipalities.
In the MOU signing, country representative Maria Fatima Dolly R. Rearion will represent Helen Keller International.
(Ruby R. Bernardino/ Joey Olimpo PIMRO)