ANGELES CITY–The city government launched their programs for the celebration of the 39th Nutrition Month early this week.
With the theme, “Gutom at Malnutrisyon, Sama-sama Nating Wakasan”, this year’s celebration focuses on the advocacies to eradicate undernourishment among Filipino families through attainable means.
According to Vice Mayor Ma. Vicenta Vega-Cabigting urban gardening can be one of the solutions to insufficient food supply and malnutrition.
“With urban gardening, we can be self sufficient with our supply of daily food and nutrition needs. Thus we can eliminate chances of malnutrition and hunger,” Vega-Cabigting said.
Victoria Manez, officer-in-charge of the National Nutrition Council-Region 3 (NNC-R3), said that one out of five families experience malnutrition in the country (as per the Social Weather Station Survey report) proving that the dilemma is of everybody’s concern.
City Nutrition Action Officer Arnel Calaguas explained that activities catering on nutrition awareness and mother-child nourishment are lined up for this year’s observance.
A two-day food fair followed the launching of the celebration where good dietary food were sold.
Information drive through a “Pabasa sa Nutrisyon” is also slated on July 15 at Barangay Salapungan where 20 to 30 mothers are expected to participate on activities that will widen their knowledge about good nutrition.
Also, high school students here are set to showcase their interpretation of the celebration’s theme through a poster-making contest on July 19 at MarQuee Mall.
“The celebration will culminate on August 2 with a Nutri-Jingle competition where more than 16 participants are expected to join,” Calaguas said.
Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan elaborated on the initiatives that the city government has been doing all-year round for the benefit of the young Angeleños.
“The children are the most susceptible when talking about malnutrition. That is why our administration supports proper nourishment and healthy environment for our people,” Pamintuan said.
As per the latest study of the City Nutrition Office (CNO), a three percent malnourishment rate was recorded in this city among 0-5 preschoolers in 2012 which is way below the 17 percent national rate.
Results are attributed via conducting the year-round Operation Timbang and feeding programs.
Moreover, as Pamintuan and Vega-Cabigting sign the new Contract with the Angeleños (CWA), the city can be sure of an abundant and healthy place to live in.
“The intensification of our urban greening and backyard vegetation program as well as the establishment of ’ecoparks’ in the whole of Angeles are next to be prioritized,” Pamintuan said. •Charlene A. Cayabyab
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