Public-Private-Partnership underway in the implementation of Salt
By NATION BUILDER
TACLOBAN CITY Ė The
Regional Bantay Asin Task Force (BATF) composing mostly of
representatives from agencies of the government, has asked for the
assistance of the local salt traders in improving the implementation
of the salt iodization program. With the backing of the Global
Alliance for Nutrition (GAIN), a Public-Private-Partnership is now
This is after the
successful conduct of the first meeting between the two groups last
September 29, 2010 at the Hotel Alejandro -- where the salt traders of Tacloban City reacted positively to help in government efforts to
attain standard iodine content in table salt marketed throughout
Eastern Visayas region.
Thus, another round of
meeting between the two groups is scheduled on November 3, 2010 where
the BATF members will be trained on the use of the WYD Iodine Checker
donated by GAIN, and will be used in monitoring of salt at ports.
A survey bore that the
iodine status of children and pregnant/lactating women in the region
are below optimum. This may be because the salt being shipped to the
region is below the 20ppm (highest of 70ppm).
Twelve traders or
their representatives attended the said meeting, among them: Yaokasin
Trading, A&J (Bright Marketing), Chin Hong Commercial, Fortune
Merchandising, AMON Commercial, Asia Trading, Yapson Trading, Samís
Trading, and Cocomart.
James Yap, proprietor
manager of Yapson Trading, voiced out in the said meeting that they
(salt traders) thought all along that the salt they were getting here
were all right (FDA standard). He expressed his gratitude for the
information saying that they (traders) are willing to cooperate with
the government for the success of the salt iodization program in
The Regional Bantay
Asin Task Force (BATF) in Eastern Visayas is composed of the Food and
Drug Administration, Department of Health, Department of Interior and
Local Government, Department of Education, Philippine National Police,
Philippine Ports Authority, the National Nutrition Council, Dept. of
Science and Technology, Dept. of Trade and Industry, Bureau of
Customs, Philippine Information Agency and media.