DXNO holds nutrition, health event in Lamitan PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 02 April 2014 11:19

The community radio station in Basilan conducted recently an advocacy on nutrition and health dubbed as “Nutrisyon at Edukasyon sa Barangay” in Buahan, Lamitan City.

Richard G. Falcatan, DXNO-FM radio station manager, said the community advocacy is aimed at reaching out to remote communities in Basilan and promote awareness on nutrition and health.

In partnership with the US Forces Military Information Support Team, DXNO was able to distribute 100 backpacks to pupils of Buahan Elementary School and some 200 solar- and dynamo-powered portable AM/FM transistor radios to the parents and teachers as well.

SSgt Herman Kirk of the US Forces said the backpacks are courtesy of POEA.

School principal Rodrigo A. Bermejo was grateful for the presence of the group and for the goods distributed to the community.

Some 200 pupils, teachers, and parents gathered to listen to some sharing from the health community workers from the Isabela City Health Office, USAID personnel, the Philippine Information Agency, and the 53rd Special Action Force of the Philippine National Police (SAF-PNP).

During the assembly Sigrid Yu-Tang of the Isabela City Health Office and also Basilan Jaycees officer shared on Nutritional Guideline for Filipinos.

She reminded parents and the pupils to always be conscious of what food to eat, to always have in mind the nutritional values of whatever served on the table. She stressed on the three groups of food—Go, Grow, and Glow food, which every parent must serve.

“I asked the parents to prepare a variety of food everyday in order for their children to  acquire 100% nutrition, especially those with full of vitamins and minerals,” Yu said as she discourages parents to give children junk foods, especially at 11:00 am as these contribute to kids’ loss of appetite.

Yu was impressed by the knowledge of the pupils on nutrition and types of food. She lauded the teachers for teaching their pupils proper nutrition and health care.

Police Sr. Insp. Mariano Versoza (PNP-SAF) shared on the advocacy of the police force, emphasizing on the awareness on human trafficking. He told those who have plans to work abroad to apply at POEA-accredited agencies for their protection and welfare.

“Always be meticulous at where you apply. You may end up illegally recruited for illegal activities that will bring harm and may endanger your life,” Versoza said in Filipino.

He said that a number of Filipinos have fallen victims to illegal drug trafficking who ended up incarcerated abroad, some in worse conditions, others even sentenced to death.

Meanwhile, Rachel Resurection, Mindanao Health Project Officer of the USAID, shared the choices on family planning.    She reminded the parents, especially the mothers on the values of managing their families well through family planning.    She said the end goal of family planning is for every family to be able to provide for the needs of the household and prepare for their children’s future.

Moreover, the Philippine Information Agency gave a briefer on Climate Change and Global Warming and called on the community to help protect the environment from further destruction and help save humanity.

The men and women of the 53rd PNP-SAF also prepared nutritious noodles packed with malunggay and eggs for the pupils.