CITY OF MALOLOS – The importance of breastfeeding and protection of children’s rights were the highlights during the Child Development Workers in Emergencies during COVID-19 cum Breastfeeding Awareness Month Celebration yesterday at the Bulacan Capitol Gymnasium here.
Breastfeeding advocate Mrs. Lyn Sunshine G. Castro, wife of Vice Gov. Alexis C. Castro and also the guest of honor, emphasized that breastfeeding is best for babies and for mothers as well.
“Sa kabila po ng mga pagsubok na aking pinagdaanan sa aking pagiging ina, hindi ko po kailanman naisip na sagabal o problema ang pagpapasuso sa aking anak. Gusto ko po talagang magpa-breastfeed dahil bukod sa mas masustansiya ito, mas matipid din po ito,” Castro shared her experiences before 949 child development workers.
She added that breastfeeding also benefits the physical and mental health of mothers and it strengthen the bond between mother and child.
Like Castro, Gov. Daniel R. Fernando believes in the importance of breastfeeding.
“Naniniwala po ako na ang gatas ng ina ang “the best” na gatas para sa mga sanggol. Mas nagiging malusog po ang mga sanggol gayundin ang mga nanay. Nais ko rin pong bigyang pugay ang ating mga child development workers dahil sa kanilang patuloy na pagtataguyod sa mga programa para sa mga bata tulad na lamang nitong breastfeeding campaign at children’s rights. Mabuhay po kayo,” Fernando said.
Meanwhile, the awarding ceremony for 2022 Mutya ng Buntis Season 6 and CDW Folk Dance Competition were also held on the same day wherein the winners received cash prizes, bouquet of flowers, plaques or trophies.
Among the winners were Erika Intia Javier from Marilao as 2022 Mutya ng Buntis and Best in Talent; First Runner up Reenalyn Pricones from Plaridel; Second Runner up Ysa Ysabel Padilla Hipolito of Bocaue and Best in Gown Kriztel Cruz from San Ildefonso. The participants from 18 municipalities will receive consolation prizes.
For the Virtual Folk Dance Competition, the first place were CDWs of Guiguinto who took home P10,000; second place were CDWs of Pulilan who got P7,000 and third place were CDWs of Norzagaray who won P5,000. Ten contestants received P3,000 consolation prize each.
The said program is in partnership with Provincial Council for the Protection of Children, PDRRMC, and Provincial Nutrition Committee through Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office.
Also, Clarita Libiran, division head of Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO), conducted an orientation about Disaster Preparedness while Patricia Alvaro of Bulacan Public Health Office discussed important information on COVID-19 and Dengue updates. ###