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MAASIN CITY, Southern Leyte, July 5 (PIA) – The Provincial Nutrition Committee-Technical Working Group joined the Department of Education-Southern Leyte Division in “Adopt a Child for School Feeding Program” at Padre Burgos District, July 2, 2014.

The launching activity that served as the kick-off activity of the Nutrition Month celebration this July highlights the school feeding program of 33 malnourished school children from Padre Burgos District schools. It was participated by the DepEd Health Personnel led by Medical Officer IV Dr. Consolacion Ruflo, teachers, school children-beneficiaries and their parents, PNC-TWG members headed by Provincial Health Officer II Dr. Feliciano Matibag, Nutrition Action Officer PHO I Dr. Noel Lumen, and LGU-Padre Burgos officials led by Mayor Ricardo Borces.

A ceremonial turn-over of feeding commodities and medicines, distribution of malunggay seedlings and feeding of school children were also among the few activities the day.

The Nutrition Month 2014 celebration carries the theme, “Kalamidad paghandaan, gutom at malnutrisyon agapan.”

“The theme itself aims to mobilize responders – local nutrition committee members, including non-government organizations to address the gap in order to prevent malnutrition and the worsening of nutritional status during and after calamity,” Dr. Lumen in his message in behalf of the PNC-TWG said.

He disclosed that after calamity, different issues and concerns exist such as accessibility of services, proper water sanitation, among other health services needed since victims are prone to illness and even death. “Affected population that are not malnourished will become malnourished,” Lumen added.

During the nutrition launching activity, the school children-beneficiaries were identified together with their sponsor. Around 33 malnourished school children are recipients of the program. They will be fed 120 days with a P20.00 each per day, Padre Burgos District Nurse Bob Joven Corro revealed. (AJC/RGC/PIA8-SoLeyte)