RO9 ZCMCJan. 12, 2020- ZCMC Environmental Infrastructure

To create organic hospital food access for employees and patients, ZCMC takes part in Urban Gardening. This environmental-friendly project will improve the hospital's pollution control services and make the hospital environment truly a place to 'heal'.

The ZCMC-Urban Gardening Project is led by Dr. Afdal Kunting, the Medical Center Chief, with the help of Mr. Muneer Hinay of Kids Who Farm.

The hospital dietary section staff had their training on the Introduction to Urban Container Gardening and Seed Sowing last Dec. 22, 2020.

Jan 11, 2021 - Session on Kratky Hydroponics for Growing Leafy Vegetables

Help us to keep ZCMC environmentally clean and safe!

RO9 FoodsToAvoidPregnant mothers should be extra careful on what food they take. Certain experiences during pregnancy might be found very unusual to the woman compared to her pre-pregnancy state. Some of the pregnant mothers would experience morning sickness mostly attributed to hormonal changes and blood sugar level reduction and some to other causes. Some may also experience “Pica”, a condition in which pregnant woman compulsively eat nonfood items (over the course of at least a month) that don't have any nutritional value, like dirt and clay. The medical term comes from the Latin name for magpie (Pica pica), a bird that's said to eat almost anything. And for some, they crave over their usual food but has ill-effects during pregnancy. Thus, it is important to know which foods are safe to eat and which foods to avoid. Some foods contain toxins which could lead to defects in the unborn baby, while others contain food-borne bacteria which could weaken the immune system and causes damage to the fetus. We all know that pregnancy is a journey with many changes.

RO9 BreastfeedingLatchBreastfeeding is one of the most effective ways to ensure child health and survival. This is because during the first days after birth, the mother’s breasts produce a thick and yellowish fluid called colostrum. It is high in protein, low in sugar, and loaded with beneficial compounds. It is also packed with antibodies that protect babies in their early life stage. However, according to World Health Organization, 2 out of 3 infants are not exclusively breastfed for the recommended first 6 months of a child’s life. That is why WHO, national and local government units, and other non-government organizations and agencies promote breastfeeding as the best source of nourishment for infants. WHO specifically is working to increase the rate of exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months up to at least 50% by 2025.

RO9 CashSubsidyThe Department of Agriculture – Zamboanga Peninsula through the Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Division (AMAD) spearheads the distribution of the Cash and Food Subsidy for Marginal Farmers and Fishers (CFSMFF) program to some 1,187 beneficiaries in Isabela City (Basilan).

The cash and food aid has a total value of ₱5,000.00; three thousand pesos (₱3000) will be given as cash, while the remaining ₱2,000 is specifically intended for rice (₱1000), chicken (₱600) and eggs (₱400).

RO9 Orientation


A total of 46 participants, consisting of Provincial/City/Municipal Nutrition Action Officers and District/City/Municipal Nutrition Program Coordinators of the component LGUs in Region 9, attended the Orientation on the Nutrition Service Continuity Online Survey conducted by the National Nutrition Council Region IX via Google Meet on 07 January 2021 at 9AM.

In her welcome remarks, Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator Nimfa D. Ekong greeted the participants and expressed her gratitude for their participation. She emphasized in her message the importance of the continuity in the delivery of nutrition services amidst the persisting COVID-19 pandemic most especially to the vulnerable groups to counteract the negative impact of the problem. She also mentioned that this survey is critical in planning and in crafting innovative interventions to prevent further deterioration of nutritional status, thus, responses from the component LGUs are deemed necessary to provide an overall picture of the nutrition situation of the region.

RO9 BNSMalnutrition is a global problem in which no country can continue to neglect. Millions of people are suffering from different forms of malnutrition. In the UNICEF report entitled “The State of the World’s Children 2019”, it stated that the numbers are becoming worryingly high. Globally, one in three children under the age of five is stunted, wasted or overweight and, in some cases, suffers from a combination of two of these forms of malnutrition, while in East Asia and Pacific it is nearly one in five.

In the Philippines, the percentage of stunted and nutrient-deficient children is slow to reduce due to several factors such as poverty, low consumer demand for nutritious food, natural and manmade disasters, and limited capacity of some local government units to deliver nutrition interventions. In order to decrease the number of stunted, wasted, and obese children and demand the active participation and community engagement at the grassroots level, Presidential Decree No. 1569 also known as the Barangay Nutrition Program (BNP) was enacted by then President Ferdinand Marcos.