Bulacan lines up programs to alleviate malnutrition

July 3, 2013 10:53 pm 

MALOLOS CITY, Bulacan, July 3 –The provincial government, through the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO), has lined up various programs to eradicate malnutrition in the province.

The move is in line with the the observance of the Nutrition Month this month with the theme “Gutom at Malnutrisyon, Sama-Sama nating Wakasan.”

PSWDO head Rowena Joson-Tiongson said the programs include food festival, cooking contest, poster and slogan making contest in schools, information forum on the importance of nutrition, healthy baby contest and Mutya ng Breastfeeding in the towns and cities from July 2 to 30.

Tiongson said the Foods and Nutrition Research Institute will continuously conduct the national nutrition survey in the province together with volunteer workers to measure the nutritional status of Bulakenyos, starting from children to parents and even pregnant and lactating mothers.

Also, she said a monitoring of bakeries will be conducted to determine if there is an addition to 127 (10 percent) out of 803 bakeries in the province that uses malunggay as one of the ingredients in their product.

Governor Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado, for his part, said the celebration aims to continuously raise the awareness of the public about the importance of proper nutrition and its contribution in achieving a better future of every individual.

"The eradication of malnourishment in the province is the main objective of these activities," Alvarado said.

The governor noted the decline in the malnutrition rate in the province with only 0.17 percent of children that are severely underweight.

He said that 97 percent of children aged 0-17 months in the province are in a normal nutritional status with only more than 4,000 are still underweight.

"There are only few who are overweight," he said.

Tiongson, meanwhile, said that there is a simple solution to prevent hunger.

"To avoid hunger, the mother's milk is the answer, she said.

She likewise emphasized the nutritional value of malunggay, a simple but nutritious vegetable, which cannot be replaced by any milk products available in the market.

Moreover, the breastfeeding station was also recently launched in the provincial capitol in accordance with Republic Act 10028, An Act Expanding the Promotion of Breastfeeding that aims to encourage women clients and employees who just gave birth and are currently breastfeeding to utilize the said facility by storing their milk in the station.

Tiongson also said that outstanding municipalities, barangays and Lingkod Lingap sa Nayon who initiated and supported nutrition programs for 2011 will be recognized as part of the culmination activity.

The observance of nutrition program is in accordance with Presidential Decree 491 or the Nutrition Act of the Philippines. (PNA)

LAP/ZST/EGG/PS

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