MDG Fund reps recognize Zambo nutrition program PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 15 September 2012 14:21

Delegates from the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals Achievement Fund have expressed their commendations on what they termed as impressive implementation of the nutrition program in Zamboanga City by the local government through the City Health Office (CHO).

Assistant Secretary Maria-Bernardita Flores of the National Nutrition Council of the Department of Health (NNC-DOH) specifically commended Mayor Celso Lobregat for the support that the city government had extended to the nutrition program.

“We have visited some barangay wellness centers and the hospitals. We met with some mothers and children, and we are humbled by what we saw. We will leave Zamboanga City with a heavy heart,” Asec. Flores said during the delegates’ courtesy call on the chief executive in City Hall Wednesday
afternoon.

For his part, Stephen Anderson of the World Food Program (WFP) said one of the reasons for the successful implementation of the MDG Program in this part of the country is the city’s main resources like the people and staff engaged in the program.

“We have seen the achievements in working with these people. In Barangay Canelar we saw healthy children who were interacting well with barangay officials in terms of nutrition and breastfeeding,” Anderson told the mayor.

Meanwhile, Undersecretary Oyen Casanova Dorotan of the Office of the Presidential Anti-Poverty Commission said the people of Zamboanga are fortunate to have Lobregat as mayor, who is very supportive of social investment program.

“Very few mayors who feel the merit of social investments, and Zamboanga City is doing that through the initiatives of Mayor Lobregat,” Usec. Dorotan said, explaining that social investment or investment in people is very important in controlling or reducing poverty.

“Also, by the time we touched down Zamboanga City we can see the ambience of prosperity,” she said.

Other members of the MDG Fund delegation, who visited City Hall, were Tomoo Hozumi and Henry Mdebwe, both of UNICEF, Lawrence Jeff Johnson of the International Labor Organization, Mari Fare of UNCO and Kazuyuki Tsurumi of FAO. — Vic Larato