The Municipal Nutrition Council met to discuss the comments and observations of the Provincial and Regional evaluators during the 2015 Nutrition Evaluation conducted recently. Among the issues in the discussion is on the alarming rate of increase in malnutrition among school children compared to the previous 2 years.
MNAO Anita Ocmeja urged the DepEd teachers present to look into the possibilities contributory to the issue at hand most especially the selling of junk food outside the perimeter of the schools.
Mayor Fortunato R. Abrenilla suggested continuous feeding to the severely wasted and wasted 380 school children in 2015-2016 which is at 8.28% as compared to the .65% in 2014-2015.
Among the reasons on the increasing prevalence of malnutrition pointed by the teachers is the defective weighing scale used. The body agreed to use a standard weighing scale and requested the presence of the Municipal Nutrition Action Officer (MNAO) during the weighing in schools.
DA staff Amelia Virtudazo informed the body that the Municipal Agriculture Office (MAO) has a chicken and piglet dispersal program which may be availed by parents of the identified wasted and severely wasted school children. The program is on a first come first serve basis. A MOA will be signed which will require the parent-beneficiary to return two chicks to the MAO once the chicken have produced an offspring. The same goes with piglet dispersal. Vegetable seeds for planting are also available for these focused beneficiaries.
On the other hand, in celebration of July as Nutrition Month, the municipality will launch nutrition month celebration on June 29, 2016 and culmination activity will be done on July 29, 2016.
Among the activities for the month-long celebration are Nutrition Quiz, Drawing Contest and Poster Making Contest open to elementary pupils and secondary students. A Buntis Congress will be spearheaded by the Municipal Health Office.