RESOLUTION ON THE ENRICHED RICE
7-10 May 1957
WHEREAS, rice enrichment has definitely proved its effectiveness in combating beriberi and other common dietary diseases as well as in improving the general health of the people, as shown by the famed and highly successful Bataan Experiment and by actual performance in the implementation of Rice Enrichment Law;
WHEREAS, the positive and beneficial effects of rice enrichment on the health of the people and the consequent contribution to the economic progress and well-being of the Filipino people, practical health insurance in modern medical history;
WHEREAS, the enrichment of staple cereals including wheat-flour, bread, corn, and rice is observed by legislation in many modern and progressive countries throughout the world, thus showing that the fortification of staple food is in good measure universally practiced to promote good health and well-being;
WHEREAS, the United Church of Christ in the Philippines, through her Executive Committee, firmly believes in rice enrichment, and therefore, in the full implementation of this outstanding health program, not only because of the foregoing health benefits to be derived from it but also because of the fact that good health enhances moral and spiritual growth of the people;
WHEREAS, House Bill No. 6877 is now awaiting, enactment by the Philippines Congress for the purpose, among other things, of giving free rice enrichment to the people to ensure universal enrichment in this country;
NOW, THEREFORE, be it resolved, that we, the undersigned composing the Executive Committee of the General Assembly of the United Church of Christ in the Philippines, being unreservedly convinced of the positive and beneficial effects of rice enrichment on the health of the people, hereby place on record our full support for this Bill;
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that we petition His Excellency, the President of the Philippines, and all members of Congress to give their full support for the passage of this Bill for the sake of the people’s physical and spiritual health and welfare, particularly the masses who stand to be most benefited by this essential health program.
BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, that copies of this resolution be furnished His Excellency, the President of the Philippines, the Secretary of Finance, the Secretary of Health, and all members of both Houses of Congress.
Done in the city of Manila, Philippines, this tenth day of May, in the year of our Lord, nineteen hundred and fifty-seven.