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April 11, 2011

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 province of Samar.

The activity 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 Catbalogan, 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.

Provincial Legal 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.

Nutrition Services 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 giveaways.

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.

Mayor Nacario 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.

HIMSoG President 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 town.