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DTI, GA-WINGS launch CASH program

by Elaine O. Ratunil

Cagayan de Oro City (25 March) -- The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in partnership with the Gender Advocates-Women in Government Service (GA-WINGS) in Northern Mindanao launched the Consumer Advocacy for Sustainable and Healthy Lifestyle (CASH) program and the Use of the Bayong," held at Deluxe hotel, Cagayan de Oro City, March 24.

Director Alicia V. Euseña of DTI and GA-WINGS President said, "The CASH program promotes and advocates clean and healthy lifestyle for healthy society at the same time sustaining and preserving Mother Earth thru responsible consumerism."

In consonance with the women?s celebration, Dir. Euseña said the launching is timely considering that the women play a very important as consumers and the managers of the household.

In addition to the forum, there were also exhibits of various products, measurement of body mass, contest on accessorizing the Bayong, and among other things.

Director Sabdullah C. Abubacar of the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) in region 10, meanwhile, discussed climate / global change during the activity in which Abubacar urged GA-WINGS members to lead environment-friendly lifestyle for a safer climate and attain an ideal level of development, among other things, thru the following: a) phase out CFCs; b) protect our waters and pursue adaptive efforts to reduce climate risks; c) educate our young; d) manage solid wastes; e) clean the air; and f) mainstream climate change concerns into project development and policy.

Further, Dr. Andresa Beñas of the Department of Health (DOH) said a healthy population brings out a socially and economically productive population with longer life expectancy, low infant and maternal mortality, less disability, with adequate shelter, education and means of livelihood.

"Thus, investing in health by the government and other sectors has to be pursued to deliver an effective and efficient health care system in the region," said Dr. Beñas who discussed on healthy lifestyle during the launching. (PIA 10) [top]

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