A public hearing for the proposed Koror State legislation which seeks to ensure that proper nutrition is given to infants and pregnant or nursing mothers will be held at the Koror State Constitutional Hall on February 7.
The bill, dubbed as the Koror Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (KWIC), attempts to replicate the United States’ Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC).
It seeks to create a KWIC office that will be placed under the Department of State and Cultural Affairs and will be tasked to carry out the program.
If the bill becomes a law, beneficiaries who will be determined according to the terms specified by the bill will receive monthly assistance comprise of goods with approved nutritional values.
The funding for the program, according to the bill, shall be sourced from grants.
If a beneficiary will be found violating the terms of the program by selling or trading the KWIC supplies for the benefit of another, then she will become permanently ineligible to receive future vouchers, the bill stipulated. (Rhealyn C. Pojas)