NUTRITION NEWS: Vigan City government undertakes innovations to improve nutrition program implementation

VIGAN CITY – Vice Mayor Lourdes Baquiran said innovations are being undertaken by the city government to improve the nutrition program implementation in this city.

She told officers of the League of Nutrition Action Officers, Region I, Inc. with the National Nutrition Council, Regional Office I as secretariat, that the innovations being undertaken by the city government include strengthening the city and barangay nutrition committees to make them more functional, involve various non-government organizations in the nutrition program and in the search for the best barangay and barangay nutrition scholar.

Baquiran, who played host to the visitors in behalf of Mayor Eva Marie S. Medina, added that the city government has been helping families with malnourished children and indigents augment their income through its livelihood projects tagged as “Pagsapulan: Raniag ti Masakbayan” which include the provision of tricycle for hire, ice cream carts, Muscovy ducks and Murrah buffalos’ dispersal.

In addition, a BNS Nutri-Canteen which sells mikilunggay and other nutritious snacks was provided to the Federation of Barangay Nutrition Scholars with a starting capital of P50,000.00, she said.

The vice mayor said that access cards were provided to their constituents in order to provide quality services. The access card includes a list of services that the recipients can avail of such as medical and dental services, livelihood and financial assistance, legal assistance and burial assistance, among others. Moreover, activities like Healthy Buntis, Healthy Baby, Healthy Barangay Projects is a service caravan–type of project which brings health services to the barangays including the conduct of pre-natal check-ups and laboratory exams for pregnant mothers and the promotion of exclusive breastfeeding and complementary feeding.#