September 2, 2007

Batac dads pass measure discouraging kids from drinking soft drinks

BATAC CITY, Ilocos Norte—Knowledgeable of the dangerous and rampant illness called diabetes, members of this city’s Sangguniang Panlungsod approved a resolution urging school heads to discourage selling of soft drinks in their respective schools.

Batac Councilor Bismark Quidang, sponsor of the said resolution, explained that the measure mainly concerns pupils and students from the city’s elementary and secondary schools. He added that tertiary students could also be included.

According to Quidang, he based the resolution on a report regarding the current incidences of diabetes wherein children are already being affected.

The councilor stressed that the resolution only requests school heads to discourage pupils and students from drinking soft drinks. He further clarified that the resolution does not also contain possible violations or penalties.

Quidang, who is a member of the council’s committee on health and public welfare, also mentioned that the resolution aims to help children in their health concerns.

Quidang also stated that the resolution does not aim to destroy the soft drink manufacturing sector but he insisted that it is mainly for the children’s health.

Meanwhile, Batac Councilor Ramon Gaoat, health committee chair and a physician, favored the resolution saying this will help children to be led away from an illness that is hard to cure.

Gaoat explained that soft drinks are rich in sugar where a drink would automatically increase blood sugar levels that may possibly lead to diabetes.

He further stated that children drinking soft drinks have possibilities to become malnourished—either overweight or underweight. .

Dominic B. dela Cruz

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