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MAASIN CITY (PIA) -- Even with a low malnutrition status rating in 2021 for this city and province at the regional level, there is still a need to make adjustments on the nutrition program of the province and its 19 local government units considering the impact of typhoon Odette.

According to Dr. Felician John Matibag, provincial health officer, the calibration of nutrition standards and measurements should take into account the assessment of the typhoon in the light of continuing recovery and rehabilitation, as well as the contribution of humanitarian agencies presently extending their services in the province.

“There should be a provincial executive order that would serve as the policy on the reactivation of the local nutrition councils,” Matibag said at a meeting Friday, April 8, of the different municipal and city nutrition action officers and concerned agencies at the Country Lodge Hotel.

Representatives of the visiting international humanitarian organizations such as UNICEF, Samaritans Purse, and World Food Program also attended the meeting and shared updates on their ongoing projects and programs related to nutrition especially during situations of emergency.

It was agreed that there will be another meeting after the elections in May to discuss a draft executive order with the presence of the regional nutrition council, in orderl to harmonize efforts and directions for the current year (2022), towards maintaining the lowest malnutrition record even after the onslaught of Odette.

Aside from that, Matibag said there is a need to focus on a good nutrition performance because this was one of the many indicators on health required to attain the Seal ofGgood Local Governance (SGLG) award of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG). (LDL/MMP/PIA Southern Leyte)