FEED. A mother from Barangay Subangdaku, Mandaue City feeds her two children with food provided by barangay officials during a feeding program on Friday, July 1, 2022. The feeding program organized by Subangdaku officials aims to combat against malnutrition in the barangay. / Cotejo Honey
OFFICIALS at Barangay Subangdaku in the city of Mandaue launched a 120-day feeding program for malnourished children on Friday, July 1, 2022, as the country observes National Nutrition Month.
The 120-day feeding program is Subangdaku’s way of overcoming malnutrition in the community.
Rebecca Colina, a barangay councilor and chairman of the Subangdaku health committee, told reporters that the feeding activity is carried out every year and starts in July.
Under this program, malnourished children in the barangay identified by health staff through a survey receive food parcels containing fruits, vegetables and other healthy foods to help them achieve the ideal weight for their age during 120 days or four months.
Food parcels will be delivered directly to their homes by the Barangay Health Officer assigned to their area.
Colina said she has identified around 15 children, from 18 in 2021, who are malnourished. These children are between one and four years old.
They will be monitored by barangay health officials right after the feeding campaign ends to check for any changes, such as whether they have already improved their weight, Colina said.
Once the children reach the standard weight for their age, they will be removed from the list of beneficiaries of the feeding program, Colina added.
Promote good nutrition
Colina and the rest of Barangay Subangdaku officials urged people, especially parents, to adopt a healthy lifestyle as best they can, especially for their children.
“Good nutrition is really important for our children, especially in this rainy season. Good health comes with good nutrition,” said Mona Manatad, one of the barangay counsellors.
Malnutrition is one of the most widespread problems in the Philippines.
Data from the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) revealed that deaths caused by malnutrition increased by nearly 40% for the period January to October 2021, one of the highest on record.
The PSA cited poverty as one of the main reasons for malnutrition in the country.