Mercy vows fight vs malnutrition PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 05 April 2013 11:08

UNA vice mayoralty candidate Mercy Arquiza said she will not stop seeking strategies and programs that will possibly eradicate the malnutrition problem in the city if and when she is elected this May 13 elections.

During her first house-to-house sortie in District 2, Mercy expressed gratitude to all parents, stakeholders including the barangay officials who warmly received her and brougth out the issue.

Mercy assured the parents she will work hard to inspire the appropriate committees in the City Council to file and sponsor local legislation designed to ease off problems that children encounter daily weather in home studies, in school and at play.

“If elected, I will frequently visit you and all the barangays in the city. This is in order to conduct medical outreach programs, including the feeding program in line with the program on juvenile education and nutrition,” she told the parents during a pulong-pulong near the shanty houses she visited.

Mercy said another program that she is focusing on is the establishment of “gulayan sa barangay,” schools and backyard, because this will have a very remarkable impact in eradicating malnutrition cases in city.

She also called on parents, especially the mothers, to encourage their children to eat nutritious food, vegetables and fruits because these are nutritious and good for their health.

“Also, in line with the continuous campaign of the National Nutrition Council to eradicate malnutrition in the country, I call on all concerned government agencies and stakeholders to strengthen the delivery of medical and nutrition services especially in remote areas.”

Health authorities admitted that child malnutrition still remains as one of the biggest problems that constrain school children from attending or performing well in school.
They said of 50 public primary or elementary schools in some of the most impoverished provinces in the country, an average of up to 30% or almost 1/3 of the students weighed and interviewed were either mildly or severely malnourished. — HG