caravan storms Samar towns
By NATION BUILDER
TACLOBAN CITY – The
National Nutrition Council (NNC) Region 8 together with its media
group partner “Harmonized Initiatives of Media for the Spread of Good
Nutrition in Region 8” (HIMSoG-8) dramatized the importance of good
nutrition in life in a two-day caravan to the
underscored Good Nutrition as essential to healthy living, as it
sought to enlist the provincial, municipal, and local leaders’
commitment of support for the program right at their doorstep.
The Caravan first stop
was in the capital town of
where the provincial officials and other nutrition stake holders were
given a briefing on the Samar Provincial Nutrition Situation: The
province ranks first in incidence of malnutrition in Eastern Visayas
region at 24% prevalence rate, it was learned.
NNC-8 Director Carina
Z. Santiago presented the NNC’s Assistance to the Province of Samar
and turned over a prototype Height Board and other community-based
information materials to the provincial government unit; Ronald
Calaogon likewise presented the Plan International Philippines’
assistance to Samar; and media group HIMSoG, NNC and the provincial
officials together signed a Pledge of Commitment to support the
Promotion of Good Nutrition in Samar.
Officer Anatacio Yong signed in behalf of Gov. Sharee Ann Tan-de los
Santos for the Province of Samar, HIMSoG President Francis Batula for
the media group, Carina Z. Santiago for NNC-8, Totch dela Cruz and Dr.
Esther D. Miranda for Plan International. Heads of provincial offices,
nutrition stake holders, and other members of media group present also
all signed the covenant.
The Caravan second
stop was in the town of San Jorge where likewise, the municipal
officials headed by Vice Mayor Marcelina Yu and townspeople present
were briefed on their municipality’s Nutrition Situation, as the media
group made known the purpose of the Caravan’s visit to the town.
conducted in San Jorge were: Nutrition Exhibit; Supplemental Feeding
of children and parents; film showing on Busog Lusog; Assessment and
Diet Counseling by Nutritionist-Dietitians Association of the
Philippines (EV Chapter); and Nutri-Quiz and Raffle with prizes
Third stop was in the
town of Calbiga on the second day (March 31, 2011), where the
gathering was conducted at the Calbiga Visitors’ Center and the
municipal officials headed by Mayor Melchor F. Nacario and townspeople
were also presented with the nutrition situation of the municipality.
expressed his appreciation for the media playing a catalyst for
success in government programs like Promotion of Good Nutrition. And
after the short messages delivery of Nutrition Services was
immediately conducted where HIMSoG President Francis Batula, Mayor
Nacario and NNC Director Santiago spearheaded the supplemental feeding
of nutritious porridge to the town’s people present.
Francis Batula made all the presentations of the Media Group and the
statement of purpose of the Media Caravan by HIMSoG Vice President for
Print Sarwell Meniano; briefing of Nutrition Situation was given by
District Nutrition Program Coordinator Felecita Borata and Provincial
Nutrition Action Officer Alva Ma. Gadin for the Samar province, by
Public Health Nurse Salvador Paquit for San Jorge town, and by
Municipal Nutrition Action Officer Evelyn P. Jabonete for Calbiga