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Kalinga mayors urged to support nutrition program

by Larry Lopez

TABUK, Kalinga (9 October) -- Local chief executives here are urged to stand solid behind the nutrition program of government to lift the province out of its deplorable malnutrition level, and in line with the national agenda of eliminating malnutrition in the country.

Kalinga Mayors' League President Allen Jesse Mangaoang of Balbalan town called on his fellow mayors to put their hearts and minds to the cause for nutrition in their respective areas.

"The success of this program lies in our hands, and so I call on my fellow implementors to take primary attention about the nutrition program, which we know is aimed to address malnutrition and other related problems in our province", Mangaoang stressed.

Mangaoang who was guest during the Nutrition for Children Consultative Planning Workshop also pointed out before planners and members of the Provincial Nutrition Council (PNC) the need for a meaningful and workable nutrition master plan for Kalinga.

"I appeal to our nutrition council to come up with a workable plan for local chief executives to pattern their respective programs of action so that we will have a synchronized program of activities for the entire province", Mangaoang said. The same plan will invite our attention on the nutrition needs in our areas, as it raises awareness of local implementors, he added.

Mangaoang said it is important for the mayors to know and feel the need, for them to take major moves about the program. It has been observed that nutrition has not taken major concern in the local priorities because of sheer lack of information about it.

This concern was only highlighted after the results of the latest survey showed that Kalinga province got the highest malnutrition rate in the CAR.

It is high time that we join hands if we want to lift the province out of its deplorable malnutrition level, Mangaoang said. (PIA-Kalinga) [top]

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