June 3, 2007

Pro’l Nutrition Council checks on nutrition programs of 22 Ilocos towns

Members of Provincial Nutrition Council have started a pre-monitoring and evaluation of nutrition program of the 22 Ilocos Norte towns beginning May 24.

The council will evaluate the Municipal Nutrition Action Officers and up to five barangay nutrition scholars in preparation for the Annual Regional Evaluation and Monitoring of the Nutrition Program of the province.

Last year, the provincial government had allotted P1.1 million for the Provincial Social Welfare Office feeding program.

Based on DSWD records submitted by Provincial Nutritionist/Dietician II Sevilla Guillermo, Nueva Era town had 34.86percent malnourished pre-schoolers, followed by Carasi-21.58percent, Adams 20.87percent and Pasuquin 19.40percent.

The Pagsanahan Elementary School in Badoc town, which had the most prevalent record of malnourished children in 2004 has now the least number of affected children at 4.45 percent.

Provincial Social Welfare Officer Guadalupe Bumanglag said the improved record of Badoc was a result of the feeding program that the province had jointly conducted with Badoc officials.

Last year, Ilocos Norte was first runner-up in the regional competition for the best nutrition program.

The government nutrition program seeks to educate mothers on the importance of providing nutritious foods for their children so that problems on malnutrition would have been stamped out by 2010.

The council is composed of representatives from Department of Education, Agriculture, Environment and natural Resources and Agrarian Reform, the national Food Authority, Provincial Veterinary, Provincial Planning and Development Office, Provincial Budget Office, Provincial Health Office, Provincial Population Commission, the Mariano Marcos, state University and the Philippine Information Agency.

(PIA-Ilocos News Service/ N. De Rosas)

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