Davao City Representative Karlo Nograles vowed Sunday that the House appropriations committee, which he chairs, would work overtime to provide funding for the national feeding program for public schools in the country.

This was after President Rodrigo Duterte signed Republic Act 11037 or the “Masustansyang Pagkain para sa Batang Pilipino Act” recently.

“As early as now, my committee is already trying to figure out how much is needed to fund this very important piece of legislation and where would we source the funding. This law is just one of the many programs being undertaken by the Duterte administration in its effort to help Filipino parents get the best education and the best nutrition for their children. Hindi po tayo puro salita lang,” said Nograles, one of the main authors of the the law.

Similar to the implementation of the free higher education law, he said his committee would work hard to find the money for the national school feeding program.

Under the law, the government is mandated to provide a supplemental feeding program for day care children, a school-based feeding program for public school children from kinder to Grade 6, a micronutrient feeding program, health examinations, vaccinations, and deworming among others.

Nograles said that although the funding requirement of the national school feeding program has yet to be drawn up for the 2019 national budget, a total of P5.3 billion has been allotted in the 2018 budget for the school feeding program of the Department of Education (DepEd) and another P3.4 billion for supplemental feeding program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).