BARANGAY SAN JOSE, Antipolo City, August 7 (PIA) — About 1,000 school children from Sumilang Elementary School benefited from the 1st Regional Nutrition Service Caravan In the observance of Nutrition Month this July.
This is a joint project by the Regional Development Council (RDC) and the National Nutrition Council (NNC) of Region IV-A Calabarzon in cooperation with the city government of Antipolo and the provincial government of Rizal.
Antipolo City Mayor Jun Ynares said it was a timely activity since he has prioritized to address the issue of malnutrition in the city. At present, Antipolo City has the ominous reputation of having one of the highest incidence of malnutrition in the whole Calabarzon region.
“I’ll have to admit that at this moment, the state of malnutrition in the city is alarming. I’m looking deeper into the cause and reviewing the nutrition program of the city to make it more responsive. Changes have to be done and this activity moves us on the right track,” remarked Mayor Ynares.
Elementary and day-care students benefited from the several activities of the nutrition caravan such as: medical and dental mission, nutrition assessment and counseling, lectures, film showing, information campaign on deworming, among others.
Moreover, families particularly the parents, committed their support in the program, assuring that they will carefully monitor their children’s health by introducing vegetables and root crops in their diet.
Meanwhile, seedlings and food packs were turned over by the City Environment and Natural Resources Office to the beneficiaries of the “Food-For-Work” program, which encouraged families to be self-sufficient by planting.
As a culminating activity of the nutrition caravan, a ceremonial tree planting was also conducted by officials of RDC, NNC, and Antipolo City government led by Mayor Ynares. With caravan’s successful staging, Mayor Jun Ynares is confident that his administration will be able to address the growing incidence of malnutrition among children in the city. (Rizal PIO)