Isabela Nutrition Council to push for barangay health programs PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 14 June 2011 14:18

The Isabela City Nutrition Council during its meeting Tuesday had initially agreed to push for clear barangay health programs as part of the council’s advocacy to encourage barangays to utilize its funds for nutrition programs.

City Nutrition Action Officer Maria Jennesa Tubongbanua said that this is still an initial plan, which has yet to be coordinated or consulted with the Association of Barangay Chairpersons of the city.

She said that a separate meeting will be conducted this Friday with the Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNS) and barangay officials to discuss some concerns and plans on the city’s nutrition program. The meeting was in time with the coming national observance of the month of July as Nutrition Month.

The nutrition council also made an initial assessment of its validation and monitoring visits in selected barangays with recorded high incidence of underweight and severely underweight children held last February and March, while the City Health Office was conducting the Operation Timbang (OPT).

The representative from the city health said that they are still waiting for the counterpart reports coming from the BNS on the OPT. However, the city health office initially revealed that the trend of underweight and severely underweight children in the city has gone down as compared to last year’s. The data was not made available.

Meanwhile, City Social Welfare and Development OIC Emma Gurrea disclosed that funds for the national supplemental feeding program for day care centers will soon be downloaded to the LGU.

She said this feeding program is intended to provide hot meal a day for 120 days to children enrolled in the 38 day care centers in the city. The amount of P12.50 per child per meal is appropriated for this purpose.

The program seeks to provide augmentation support for feeding program for children in LGU-managed day care centers using indigenous foods and/or locally processed foods equivalent to 1/3 of recommended energy and nutrient intakes (RENIs).

On top of this, the city nutrition council will also look into the existing feeding programs of the Department of Education and will plan for similar feeding programs for children not covered by these existing projects, such as those children in the barangays who are not enrolled. — PIA9 BaSulTa)