An often-shelved measure which primarily intends to help the rural poor, the Barangay Integrated Development Approach for Nutrition Improvement (BIDANI) is now ready for passage as it was given approval by the House committee on appropriations.
First filed during the 9th Congress (1992 to 1995), the BIDANI which is a linkage program for all universities and colleges has been given the go-signal for funding provision of a currently unnumbered substitute House Bill (HB) 234 and 667.
According to committee chairman Rep. Karlo Nograles of Davao City first district, the measure has been refilled repeatedly over the next two decades but has never been reconsidered until the Duterte administration.
“Among the core objectives of the measure is to encourage cooperation and participation of academic institutions and local government units in promoting the country’s nutritional well-being, especially through the rural poor,” Nograles said.
“As a former local chief executive, President Rodrigo Duterte knows very well the disadvantages that poor people from the countryside have to endure on a daily basis. This includes malnutrition. The BIDANI program will help even the playing field in this regard,” he added.
The BIDANI program will be established as a nutrition-in-development research program for state universities and colleges and will focus on giving assistance to the government to beef up nutrition and general well-being of the poor.
Moreover, the said program also aims to enhance the productivity and employability of the rural poor by improving rural poor families’ nutrition and life status.