MANILA — Child star Bernardo "Tolits" Forbes has formally assumed his duties as Junior Ambassador of Goodwill for the Philippines' Bright Child Programme,...

By From Guil Franco (Our Correspondent)

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Published: Sun 11 Sep 2005, 11:52 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 6:25 PM

Interior and Local Government Secretary Angelo Reyes announced before the weekend.

Reyes noted the child star resembles a bright child that the government envisions all Filipino children to be in the future. 'Tolits is healthy, keen and could draw crowd from among his peers,' he said.

The Bright Child Programme is a 'brand' package of interventions on health, food, nutrition, psychosocial, education and social-protection services given to Filipino children from aged zero to 17 so that they may grow healthy, responsible and self-reliant citizens.

The programme also includes pregnant and lactating mothers, who are given proper natal care, as well as encourages to breastfeed to nurture future bright children.

In promoting the country's programme, the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) urged all local government units (LGUs) to support the new junior ambassador of goodwill.

Reyes said that Tolits, as such, shall be travelling to provinces nationwide to promote the government's endeavour and shall also embark on a series of television commercials, as well as appear in important functions.

The DILG chief pointed out that 'Bright Child is a common goal and a shared responsibility not just among the participating agencies but of local government units nationwide.'

Reyes said the Bright Child Programme is a joint project of the Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC), the Department of Health, the Department of Social Welfare, the Department of Education, the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Justice, the Department of Labour and Employment, the National Economic and Development Authority, the National Nutrition Council, and the DILG.

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