Cheers to All 'Tatays', Fathers !

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Cheers to All 'Tatays', Fathers !


"The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother."

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"It is easier for a father to have children than for children to have a real father."

- Pope John XXIII

"It is a wise father that knows his own child."

- William Shakespeare

"If a son is uneducated, his dad is to blame."

- Chinese Proverb

"The father who does not teach his son his duties is equally guilty with the son who neglects them."

- Confucius

"A man knows when he is growing old because he begins to look like his father."

- Gabriel Garcia Marquez

"He didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it."

- Clarence Budington Kelland

- compiled by AJ

Cheers to Manny Pacquiao, super-dad and a gracious loser. Yes, he was robbed of that controversial split decision by the three "blind men" judges, but he was a true gentleman to accept the hometown call.

A mafia in boxing? Many fans have been wondering now. Hello, where have we all been? Of course there is. Boxing and gambling go together, you know. This ringside observer believes that Manny has to get back his "killer instinct" before he climbs back into the ring for a re-match!

I yield this space to some notes from UNICEFF regarding a draft bill in the technical working group in the House of Representatives, entitled "An Act Promoting A Comprehensive Program on Breastfeeding Practices and Regulating the Trade, Marketing and Promotions of Certain Foods for Infants and Children". Ironically it is authored by three women legislators! "The proposed bill contains provisions that will substantially change the contents of the existing breastfeeding-related code and act, namely Executive Order No. 51 (Milk Code; 1986), Republic Act No. 10028 (Expanded Breastfeeding Act; 2009) and the Revised Implementing Rules and Regulations of both. They will effectively weaken breastfeeding laws to levels preceding the introduction of the Milk Code by President Cory Aquino in 1986

It will narrow the application of the milk code only to artificial feeding products (such as milk formulas) for the age group of 0 to 6 months instead of the current 0 to 36 months, lift all restrictions on donations of breast milk substitutes at the time of emergencies; make lactation breaks for breastfeeding mothers at work unpaid; allow samples of breast milk substitutes to be distributed in the health care system and access to health workers, by sales and marketing staff of milk companies; remove the dual language (English and Tagalog) messaging on packaging of breast milk substitutes, which explains the superiority of breastfeeding and the dangers of formula feeding; and allow milk formula companies to conduct or be involved in IYCF-related educational activities and production materials on breastfeeding, infant and young child care and nutrition.

The existing code and act, while still needing to be implemented to their fullest effects, are already in accordance with the international standards laid down by the World Health Assembly and International Labour Organization in terms of their contents. These revisions will digress from them.

Scientific research has shown that breast milk is the "gold standard" when it comes to infant nutrition. It has benefits that no synthetically produced artificial milk can possibly equal. Essential vitamins, amino acids and antibodies that are naturally present in a mother's breast milk help reduce the occurrence of ear and respiratory infections, diarrhea and meningitis, and are also credited with helping to protect children against allergies, asthma, obesity and sudden infant death syndrome.

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