Nancy Binay bats for more feeding centers in Visayas to combat malnutrition

April 15, 2013 10:34 pm 

MANILA, April 15 — Alarmed with the high prevalence of underweight preschool children in the Visayas, United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) senatorial candidate Nancy Binay on Monday called for the strengthening of the day care system and increasing feeding centers in the region.

“As a mother, I could not bear to see children going hungry. I want to give attention to projects that cater to children aged 0 to 5 years,” Binay said.

"If Vice President Jejomar Binay has allocated funds for the construction and repair of senior citizens buildings in the country, I would focus on adding more daycare and feeding centers, especially in the Visayas,” she said.

Citing data from the National Nutrition Council (NNC), the Vice President’s daughter noted that four provinces in the Visayas were in the top 10 provinces with the highest prevalence of underweight preschool children in 2011.

“The consolidated report of the latest Operation Timbang conducted by the NNC showed Samar with the highest percentage of underweight preschool children,” Binay said.

Operation Timbang is the annual weighing of all preschoolers 0-71 months old or below six years old in a community to identify and locate the malnourished.

The NNC report revealed that 21.54 percent of preschool children in Samar in 2011 were underweight. Northern Samar, at number four, had a 17.68 percent prevalence rate.

At the sixth spot was Leyte, with 15.75 percent. Biliran rounded up the top 10 with 13.11 percent.

In another NNC report, Binay also noted that nine cities and municipalities in the Visayas were in the top 20 areas with the highest prevalence of underweight preschool children.

“The figures are alarming. Jipapad in Eastern Samar has a 28.87 percent prevalence rate of underweight preschool children followed by Matuguinao in the province of Samar with 28.64 percent,” she said.

“Nutrition and food security are recognized as basic human rights and we must work hard so that all of our children are given adequate access to these rights,” Binay said. (PNA)

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