2021 is declared as the International Year of Fruits and Vegetables (IYFV) by the United Nations General Assembly. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is the lead agency for celebrating the year in collaboration with other relevant organizations and bodies of the United Nations system. The declaration a unique opportunity to raise awareness on the important role of fruits and vegetables in human nutrition, food security and health and as well in achieving UN Sustainable Development Goals.

In 2018, the National Nutrition Council Governing Board approved the 2018 Nutrition Month Theme “Ugaliing magtanim, sapat na nutrisyon aanihin!”. This campaign aimed to improved nutrition through improved food access by increasing the number of food gardens in households, schools, and communities.

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TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan,PIA) — Bagamat may kinakaharap ang bansa na pandemiya dahil sa COVID-19, binigyang diin ni Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles na huwag ipagsantabi ng mga lokal na opisyal ang kalusugan ng mga bata lalo na sa mga barangay na may mataas na bilang na mga malnourished na bata.

Sa pagbisita ng kalihim sa Tuguegarao City kahapon upang mamahagi ng relief packs sa mga residente na apektado ng malubhang pagbaha nitong nakaraang taon, pinaalalahanan nito ang mga kapitan na barangay na huwag ipagsawalang bahala ang nutrisyon ng kanilang mga ka-barangay.

Aniya, pinakamabisa pa ring panlaban sa COVID-19 o kahit anumang uri ng sakit ang tama at wastong nutrisyon.

“Huwag po nating kalimutan ang mga batang musmos sa ating mga barangay.  Huwag nating kalimutan ang aspeto ng nutrisyon,” dagdag ni Nograles.

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CABARROGUIS, Quirino,PIA)— In support to the Plant, Plant, Plant Program of the Department of Agriculture (DA), the provincial government  through the Provincial Agriculture Office (PAO) distributed various kinds of vegetable seeds and seedlings to households with malnourished children, pregnant women, employees and farmers.

Plant, Plant, Plant Program aims to provide sustainable food production, accessible and affordable foods for every Filipino people through the “Ahon Lahat, Pagkaing Sapat Laban sa Covid-19 “ or “ALPAS Covid-19.”

Provincial Agriculturist Florence Mangoba said a total of 180,863 seedlings were produced and 169,227 of these were already distributed as of December 11, 2020.

dar 2BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya,  (PIA) - The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) recently gave livelihood assistance to its Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Organizations (ARBOs).

Provincial Agrarian Reform Officer Dindi Tan said poultry raising projects worth P2.25 million were given to their ARBOs to help them augment their income.

The recipient ARBOs were the Pingkian Community Development Cooperative of Upper Bato (PCDCUB) cluster in Bayombong town, the Dur-as Agricultural Cooperative (DAC) of Duruarog and the Marvelous Women-Kalipi Association Inc. (MWKAI) of Namamparan, both in Diadi town, the Conwap Valley Multi-Purpose Cooperative (CVMPC) of Nansaksakey in Dupax del Norte town and the Saint Joseph Parish Multi-Purpose Cooperative (SJPMPC) of Namnama in Kasibu town.

The five ARBOs are clustered communities being assisted by the DAR in partnership with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) under the Convergence of Livelihood Assistance for the ARBs Project.

Tan said each of the five ARBOs were given with 576 chicken pullets or 16-week-old hens (the normal age when a hen starts laying eggs), 12 egg machine cages; feeds, such as, 12 20-kilogram powerheal, 12 50-kilogram pre-lay, 48 50-kilogram chicken layer; three one-liter bottles of disinfectants; four five-gram Stressol or Vitamin C; and, three 20-gram antibiotics.

"We hope that this project will capacitate our ARBOs to sustain their initial gains so that they can eventually go on to other more lucrative agribusiness ventures," she said.

Tan said that the 150 individual beneficiaries had undergone training workshop on poultry raising to ensure their readiness to handle their livelihood project. (MDCT/BME/PIA 2-Nueva Vizcaya0

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TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan,(PIA) - - The Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Region 2, in partnership with the Informers Club Media Association, Office of the Civil Defense (OCD) and the Northern Luzon Command, reached out to 55 Agta families at barangays Bicud and Logac in Lal-lo town yesterday.

Angely Mercado, officer-in-charge of PIA Region 2, said the relief distribution cum Christmas gift-giving was intended for the Indigenous People's communities who were also affected by the pandemic and the series of weather disturbances in the province.

Mercado said each family received relief packs composed of three kilos rice, canned goods, noodles, soap and used clothes from the Presidential Communications Operations Office through PIA, a pail of hygiene kits from OCD, additional food packs, kitchen utensils and used clothes from Sgt. Lowela Alibania of NOLCOM and Bombo Radyo-Tuguegarao.

“The I-Club sponsored the simple snacks for all the beneficiaries while PIA Region 2 and DWPE Radyo Pilipinas gave cash gifts, toys and tote bags full of goodies for Agta-children,” Mercado added.

dti isabelafrs

CITY OF ILAGAN, Isabela, (PIA) – Former rebels under the custody of 5th Infantry Battalion can now utilize the livelihood kits recently turned over by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).

In an awarding ceremony, DTI Isabela Provincial Director Winston Singun said the livelihood kits awarded to the former rebels is part of the department’s Pangkabuhayan sa Pagbangon at Ginwaha (PPG) program which aims to provide support to individuals and micro-enterprises affected by man-made and natural calamities, including the COVID-19 pandemic.

Singun said that a total of P150,000 worth of livelihood kits were already given in the form of sari-sari store business kits, gardening and farming kits composed of tools, implements and fertilizers, poultry kits composed of feeds and housing and mushroom spawns for their mushroom production. 

Aside from the livelihood kits, Singun said that they have also assisted in the packaging of their business plan that was submitted to the labor department to support their request for financial assistance for the establishment of their poultry project.

“DTI is offering its programs and services to FRs in support to President Rodrigo Duterte’s Executive Order No. 70 or the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict,” Singun said.

The 95th Infantry Battalion was represented by its Executive Officer Maj. Oscar Blanza. (MDCT/MGE/PIA 2-Isabela)