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Mt. Province reorganizes Provincial Nutrition Council

by Juliet Saley

BONTOC, Mt. Province (22 September) -- Malnutrition retards mental and physical development of children, weakens their resistance to infection resulting in unnecessary loss of human lives.

To address malnutrition and hunger which is affecting millions of Filipinos including many in Mt. Province, which is one of the poorest provinces in the country, Provincial Governor Maximo B. Dalog issued last September 4 Executive Order No. 35,S.2007 ordering the reorganization of the composition of the Provincial Nutrition Council d tasking the same to function as the Provincial Hunger Mitigation Task Force.

This council is composed of the Provincial governor as the chairman. Members include the Provincial Health Office designated as the Provincial Nutrition Action Officer; Office of the Provincial Agriculturist; Provincial Social and Welfare Development Office; Provincial Budget Office; Provincial Planning and Development Office; Provincial Cooperative Office, Sinto Iodization Plant manager; SP-Chair Committee on Health; Bontoc Market Vendors Association; all Municipal Nutrition Action Officers of the ten municipalities; and the Focal person for Accelerated Hunger Mitigation Program.

Other members also include national line agencies in Bontoc like the Radyo ng Bayan, National Food Authority, Department of Labor and Employment, Department of Trade and Industry, Department of Public Works and Highways, Department of Interior and Local Government, Department of Science and Technology, Philippine Information Agency, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Technical Education and skills Development Authority, and the private radio station, Radyo Natin.

Secretariat is composed of representative from the Department of Education, Provincial Governor's Office, and the Provincial Health Office.

The council is tasked to formulate Provincial Nutrition/Hunger Mitigation policies and programs for nutrition and hunger mitigation; to coordinate planning, monitoring and evaluation of programs and projects related to nutrition and hunger; to call any office instrumentalities for assistance in the form of personnel, facilities and resources as the need arises; to coordinate the implementation of R.A. 8172 in the province and to serve as the Provincial Salt Iodization Advisory Board; and to monitor the implementation of program components of the Accelerated Hunger Mitigation Program by the implementing agencies.

The local government units could take significant steps towards solving this problem by organizing, strengthening Municipal and Barangay Nutrition Committees to manage and coordinate the planning, implementation and evaluation of Local Nutrition Action Plan as component of the Local Development Plan. (PIA MP) [top]

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