Capiz town shows way in curbing malnutrition
by Jemin B. Guillermo
Roxas City (5 February) -- The town's initiative to dramatically curb the prevalence of malnutrition among their children has been gaining a headway.
From a malnutrition rate of 27.19 percent in 2005, which was the highest among the 16 towns and one city in Capiz, Maayon town's prevalence of malnutrition decreased by 19.93 percent in 2006, ranking second in the province.
Challenged by the result, town Mayor Belegio Dueñas has invested more on children's program in 2007, particularly on health and nutrition program as well as on the delivery of basic services, among others.
Dueñas also called on parents, stakeholders and other agencies for a partnership effort to focus on children.
The Gulayan sa Paaralan program of the Department of Education (DepEd) has been intensified, while parents have been encouraged to establish their own backyard and communal gardens.
Aside from the supplemental feeding program of the national government for day care children and the food-for-school program for grade I pupils, Mayor Dueñas had also poured in sufficient fund for supplemental feeding covering the target children.
In 2007, the town' effort to curb malnutrition problem made a positive result. From 19.93 percent in 2006, it significantly decreased to 5.48 percent last year, putting the town to 2nd from the Sapian, which has the lowest prevalence rate last year.
Dueñas believed that a lot more should be done to address the malnutrition problem in his town.
He vowed to continue investing programs for children to address their various rights.
Maayon town is one of the five pilot areas in the implementation of the Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) project of the Council for the Welfare of Children with funding support from the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation in Capiz.
Said town is also included as Kapit Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (KALAHI-CIDSS) area of the Department of Social Welfare and Development for poverty-alleviation programs. (PIA) [top]