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PIA Press Release
2008/06/01

Eastern Samar nutrition program gets aid

By Alice Nicart and Sammy Candido

Borongan City (1 June) -- With the recent funding support earmarked for nutrition intervention, it is expected that the problem on malnutrition will be curbed if not totally eliminated.

This is what Provincial Nutritionist Sally Jabinal said in an interview.

Jabinal beamed at the news that a European grant of P300,000.00 with another P100,000.00 from the office of Governor Ben Evardone had been set aside for nutrition programs this year.

"We can have some feeding programs for instance, advocacies and trainings with the money", Jabinal projected a few nutrition activities which her office hopes to render in the coming days.

Current data reveal of four municipalities which are high in malnutrition. She also noted that these places had been consistently in the lowest ranks of nutritionally depressed municipalities. This she attributes to the environment where the child belongs.

"Poor waste disposal system, lack of potable water, parents inadequate knowledge on proper nutrition, poor breastfeeding practices and inadequate food supplementation are the main causes of malnutrition", thus reported Jabinal. "Add to this", she said, "the political will of the local chief executive, which means, if the mayor is supportive enough to the nutrition program of his constituents, he allots more budget for the program and employ manpower who can move here and there, do some activities in order to eradicate the problem," she added.

The Nutritionist stressed that of the funds to be released to the concerned municipalities, a certain counterpart shall be required as a standard procedure.

"But some mayors did not signify for a cash equivalent for the program. Maybe because, some LGUs are currently focused on infrastructure development after a recent flood wrecked havoc to many of their important structures, i.e. irrigations, farm -to-market roads etc."

Jabinal appeals to the mayors to at least appoint a Municipal Nutrition Action Officer (MNAO) who can act and or orchestrate nutrition programs and projects at the municipal level. (PIA-Eastern Samar) [top]

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