PNC to launch Nutrition Month on July 3
By: Thelma C. Bicarme
Monday 30th of June 2014
The Provincial Nutrition Committee is set to launch the 2014 Nutrition Month celebration on July 3 at the Department of Education (DepEd) Conference Hall here.
Laura Matammu, provincial nutrition action officer on programs and projects, said the celebration which carries the theme, “ Kalamidad paghandaan: Gutom at Malnutrisyon agapan!” will be one of the activities during the1st Provincial Summit on Disaster Risk Reduction and Management on July 3-4.
During the launching activity, the PNC and MNC member-agencies are enjoined to hang streamers bearing the theme to create public awareness on the importance of proper nutrition and promote the importance of nutrition in times of emergencies, disaster or calamities.
There will also be flying of nutrition balloons by the provincial and municipal governments as a show of their interest to lift the nutritional status of the Quirinians.
Among the scheduled activities during the month-long celebration are distribution of ‘Nutrition in Emergency’ leaflets, information and dissemination on disaster risk reduction management and nutrition planning workshop with inclusion of disaster risk reduction programs and projects.
Luningning Pacudan, provincial nutrition officer, said it is important for every household to consider the nutritional needs of their families even in times of calamities to help prevent the occurrence of diseases caused by malnutrition.
Different kinds of disaster-resilient vegetable seeds and seedlings will be distributed to families with malnourished children to encourage them to plant in order to have a ready source of food during calamities.
A training on school based feeding program will be organized at the different municipalities to be participated by the school heads, nutrition workers from the barangays, school nutrition coordinators and other nutrition advocates.
Other activities include distribution of Vitamin A, iron supplementation and recognition of Outstanding Barangay Nutrition Scholars and BKSB Implementers.
The PNC has urged the schools to include deworming, conduct of earthquake and typhoon drills, tree planting activities and establishment of ‘gulayan sa paaralan’ projects in their programs and projects.