green thumbWhile simmering the water, mum is preparing her freshly picked Pechay and her glistening dark purple Eggplant from the school garden. She is cooking the almost daily type of vegetable preparation, “nilagang gulay,” in vernacular, composed of varied produce, those previously mentioned, with some added verdant veggie tops, boiled under a moderate heat, with minimal salt on it. It is always a must for our family to dine in with vegetables of any sort on the table. This year’s theme of the Nutrition Month “Ugaliing Magtanim, sapat na nutrisyon aanihin”, reminds me of the day to day routine of our family gardening. In far-flung areas, like the barangay where I came from, vegetables are ubiquitous, from those that one has planted to those that are just naturally occurring. I like eating the crawling alugbati, kangkong, kulitis and other green leafy vegetables. See? It seems that all are growing just only a step outside our home. So it is not hard for us to find veggie for lunch or dinner, but mum has a different attitude towards it. For us her children, we are reluctant in finding vegetables around and how much more asking one from our neighbors. So she taught us of a simple way of life, that if one has sown a seed on the ground, one would be able to reap the fruit of it soon. This is the literal application of what we knew of today, which is also applicable on a different circumstance. As she had demonstrated, every time she cooks for us, say a menu utilizing onion, tomato, bell pepper or “kangkong,” part of the onion can still be used and grown; while seed from tomato and bell pepper have to be salvaged and then later on dried up a bit then she will scatter it at the back of the kitchen where we have small space. Yes, our favorite one is kangkong not just it supplies food for us but we earn money out of it. And “Kangkong” stalks can never get out her sight too, we only use most of the leaves from it and some stems, so the left over will still be viable. So she plants part of it into the ground at the back of the kitchen. Eventually, seeds grow and then taken cared of picked for cooking again.

SGLG LOGO 400.2TACLOBAN CITY – As the nutrition status of a local government unit (LGU) will be an additional dimension in the conferment of the Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG), prioritizing nutrition outlay in LGUs’ Annual Investment Plan (AIP) starting Fiscal Year (FY) 2019, might in fact be a healthy investment for localities.

This developed as Secretary Eduardo M. Ano, Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), issued Memorandum Circular 2018-42 dated 26 March 2018 regarding the Adoption and Implementation of the Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition (PPAN) 2017-2022, stipulating the guidelines on the roles and responsibilities of DILG field offices and LGUs in the implementation of PPAN 2017-2022.

The memo-circular enjoins LGUs to formulate their local nutrition action plans (LNAPs)—based on PPAN 2017-2022 programs applicable to their respective localities, and include them in their Local Development Plans and Annual Investment Programs (AIP), to ensure adequate funding for nutritional impact.

The Department of Budget Management (DBM) in regards with DILG MC 2018-42 likewise issued Local Budget Memorandum No. 77 dated 15 May 2018 --for local chief executives, Sagguniang Bayan members, budget officers, treasurers, and other concerned local officials on budgeting—guidelines for the preparation of their FY 2019 Local Budget as derived from the Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA).

PPAN mediaTACLOBAN CITY – “By year 2030 no one will go hungry anywhere in Carigara!” Ray Gaspay, treasurer of Harmonized Initiatives of Media for the Spread of Good Nutrition in Region 8 (HIMSoG-8) ended his lecture with this ‘punch-line’ to a crowd of some 50 nutrition stake-holders and middle-managers in the municipality of Carigara, and he reiterated this again for the town of Babatngon, and again for the town of Capoocan, all in the Province of Leyte.

The three towns were the target-municipalities of National Nutrition Council Region VIII media-group partner, HIMSoG-8, Media-Nutrition Caravan conducted on June 7-8, this year.Gaspay explained as NNC’s media arm it is the caravan’s mission, to deliver messages encouraging local government units (LGUs) to enhance their nutrition program investment and implementation, to contribute with the country’s compliance of its mandate and commitments to the international community, as well as increase the people’s productivity to fight hunger and poverty in their municipalities.

Borseth gulayanTACLOBAN CITY -- Food gardening has been the focus of this year’s Nutrition Month theme: “Ugaliin magtanim, Sapat na nutrisyon aanihin!” to improve nutrition by increasing the Filipino masses’ access to food through gardening; to encourage development of food gardens among families and communities, schools, government offices, and workplaces; and likewise to mobilize various stakeholders to provide a fostering environment for sustainable food gardens.

Dr. Catalino P. Dotollo Jr., Regional Nutrition Program coordinator (RNPC) of National Nutrition Council Region VIII (NNC-8) pointed this out during the launching of the 44th Nutrition Month on July 3 and reiterated this again during its culmination program held at the SMED Center, on July 26, 2018, here.

Caravan2TACLOBAN CITY – The Harmonized Initiatives of Media for the Spread of Good Nutrition in Region 8 (HIMSoG-8) visited the municipalities of Carigara, Babatngon and Capoocan for its first salvo of Media-Nutrition Caravan this year, conducted on June 7-8, 2018.

HIMSoG-8, the media-group partner of National Nutrition Council Region VIII (NNC-8), in its fight against hunger and malnutrition in the region targeted the three towns north-west of Leyte province, which have been noted on top in malnutrition incidence in Eastern Visayas region.

Based on year 2017 OPT results Babatngon ranked 1st in stunting and severely stunting with 46.90% or 1,475 of its children aged 0-5 years old weight were stunted, and again ranked 1st in underweight and severely underweight with 27.90% or 879 children underweight, and 25th in overweight/obesity with 6.66% or 241 children overweight; Capoocan ranked 2nd in stunting and severely stunting with 44.70% or 1,324 children stunted and 6th in overweight/obesity with 6.40% or 389 children obese; and Carigara ranked 19th in underweight and severely underweight with 18.10% or 366 children underweight and 26th in wasted and severely wasted with 8.40% or 170 children wasted.

Best GulayanTACLOBAN CITY – Awarding of prizes to winners of contests promoting the 44th Nutrition Month theme, “Ugaliing magtanim, Sapat na nutrisyon aanihin!” culminated the 2018 month-long celebration of Nutrition Month in Eastern Visayas.

Leyte Gov. Leopoldo Dominico L. Petilla and Dr. Catalino P. Dotollo Jr., National Nutrition Council Region VIII Region (NNC-8) Regional Nutrition Program coordinator, spearheaded the culmination program attended by representatives from line-agency members of the Nutrition Regional Technical Working Group, non-government organizations on nutrition, contest participant and contest winners, city and provincial nutrition program implementers, nutrition stake holders and the media.

The four competitions launched to highlight the importance of growing one’s own food through Gardening were: a Katsa Painting Contest--for Junior High School students in this city; Photo Contest depicting modern backyard garden—open to all interested, a Nutri-Jingle—also open, and Best Gulayan sa Paaralan—for DepEd schools in Leyte Division.

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