Biliran town bares anti-malnutrition strategies

September 20, 2015 11:15 am 

By Ma. Deniza A. Palma

KAWAYAN, Biliran, Sept. 19 (PNA) – The local government here has tagged several strategies to arrest malnutrition in this sleepy town.

Municipal social welfare and development officer (MSWDO) Buenafe Quiachon said one of the major activities was the supplemental feeding, concentrated in 19 day care centers.

This year, the number of beneficiaries increased to 470 from 385 in 2014. Dental kits are also distributed to maintain proper hygiene among children.

The feeding activity is complemented with other programs that promotes responsible parenting and food security.

Quiachon said family development sessions of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) helped parent focused on responsible parenthood that teaches parents the proper feeding and care for children.

The town agriculture office chief Diana Marie Tayong said they distributed 192 bags of rice seeds, 126 bags of fertilizers, 600 packets of assorted vegetable seeds, and 60 units of small farm tools to more than 200 rice farmers last year.

The local government also distributed 336 packets of vegetable seeds to 96 farmers, 100 pieces of grafted lanzones and jackfruit trees to 100 farmers, 270 kilograms of corn seeds to 60 farmers this year.

In the fishery sector, 258 units of boat engines and different fishing gear materials were given to 828 fishermen in 18 villages of the town.

Assistance on agriculture and fishery is aimed at ensuring food security for poor families.

Mayor Rodolfo Espina also expressed that government programs were not enough to prevent malnutrition in their town because the residents must also know how to work on their own.

“Supplemental feeding and other government assistance are not enough. We also have to teach the people how to work,” Espina said. (PNA)

RMA/RCK/SQM/MA. DENIZA A. PALMA, LNU INTERN

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