The National Nutrition Council (NNC) Regional Office I in collaboration with the Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Division (AMADs) of the Department of Agriculture Regional Field Unit I (DA RFU) shared “Nutrition Concepts” and “The Important Role of Barangay Food Terminal (BFT) during the Management & Capability Enhancement Training for Barangay Food Terminal Operators held at Barangay San Marcelino, Dingras, Ilocos Norte last August 14-15, 2013.
The BFT in Barangay San Marcelino was the third facility to be built in the marginalized and depressed barangays in the province of Ilocos Norte.
The BFT was put up with the aim of making foods available and accessible for the residents of the barangay and to ensure the sale of fresh and quality foods products such meat, poultry, fish, vegetables, fruits, and root crops. It also allows creation of employment opportunities and empowering the residents of the barangays through the livelihood components like food processing and packaging, which means bringing more food on the table for the residents and families of Barangay San Marcelino.
With the management and capability enhancement training, residents of the area were informed on the importance of good nutrition in their daily lives, that a BFT is established to serve as outlet of nutritious, safe, and affordable food commodities, and more importantly, on how to address the prevailing issues on hunger and malnutrition particularly among the vulnerable groups which include infants, growing children, as well as the pregnant and lactating women.#