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PIA Press Release
Thursday, January 05, 2012

 

Ifugao town implements Pabasa sa Nutrisyon

by Vency D. Bulayungan

KIANGAN, Ifugao, Jan. 5 (PIA) -- The Municipal Nutrition Office here has implemented the Pabasa sa Nutrisyon in three barangays here towards the nutritional improvement of children, families and communities.

Municipal Nutrition officer Frances Alindayo said that their office conducted recently a training on “pabasa sa nutrisyon” to 19 Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNS) and implemented the said program in the barangays Julongan, Tuplac and Poblacion.

The Pabasa sa Nutrisyon is a nutrition education approach involving the sustained active participation of women and men in the barangay in the learning process. It concentrates on food production, growing crops and raising of small animals to meet the family’s daily needs, are encouraged so that “not single Filipino goes to bed hungry.”

According to Alindayo, an amount of P18,000 from the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) of Congressman Teddy Baguilat was given to Barangay Julongan, which is covered by the Integrated Assistance Development Program of the provincial government which part of the PDAF was downloaded.

The barangays Tuplac and Poblacion were sponsored by the barangay local government unit since the LGU and barangay based cooperators can help organize committees for the project’s implementation and advocacy, allocate budget for seeds and seedlings, establish gardens and nurseries and monitor the project.

The nutritional guidelines which the program teaches to the beneficiaries are: eat a variety of foods everyday; breastfeed infants exclusively from birth 4-6 months and give appropriate foods while continuing breastfeeding; maintain children’s normal growth through proper diet and monitor their growth regularly, consume fish, lean meat, poultry or dried beans; eat more vegetables, fruits and root crops; eat foods cooked in edible/cooking oil daily; consume milk products and other calcium-rich foods such as small fish and dark green leafy vegetables everyday; use iodized salt, but avoid excessive intake of salty foods; eat clean and safe food; for a healthy lifestyle and good nutrition, exercise regularly, do not smoke and avoid drinking alcoholic beverages.

The program also noted major nutritional deficiencies such as vitamin A. Lack of it may result to dryness of the eye, night blindness among others and the causes are prolonged low intake of vitamin A in the diet, inadequate intake of fats and oils needed for vitamin absorption and infections such as measles, diarrhea and pneumonia.

Another is iron deficiency, wherein hemoglobin concentration is below the normal level which results in short attention span, reduced ability to learn and irritability. The causes are low intake of animal sources of iron in the diet, inadequate intake of vitamin c needed for iron absorption.

Other nutritional deficiencies mentioned are iodine deficiency and lack of protein and energy.

The program also promotes the importance of eating vegetables, effects and consequences of not eating vegetables such as low intake of essential micronutrients such as vitamin A and iron and other vitamins and minerals such as vitamin C and E, folic acid niacin, and other B vitamins as well as potassium, among others. (JDP/VDB- PIA CAR, Ifugao)

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