With the theme, “Pagkain ng gulay ugaliin, araw-araw itong ihain”, Ilocos Norte celebrated Nutrition Month last July 18, 2012 at the provincial capitol of Ilocos Norte. Now on its 38th year, the celebration focused mainly on the importance of eating vegetables.
Activities included the first Veggie Fun Walk which started from Laoag City Centennial Arena and ended at the provincial capitol, launching of Veggie Mini Trade Fair, mascot contest of different types of vegetables, feeding program and the nutrition and diet counseling by the Nutritionist Dietician Association of the Philippines, Ilocos Norte chapter during its kick off program.
Participants of the program were the Provincial Nutrition Committee-Technical Working Group, National Food Authority (NFA), Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPAG), DepEd, Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), Provincial Veterinary (PVET) office, Department of Social Welfare and Development Office (DSWDO), PBO, PPDO, Provincial Health Office (PHO), TESDA, Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).
Mariano Marcos State University (MMSU), Municipal Nutrition Action Officers (MNAO) of the Municipal Nutrition Committee and the Barangay Nutrition Scholars of the Barangay Nutrition Committee also attended the program.
Pagudpud won the 1st place in the mascot contest, followed by Sarrat, (2nd place), Paoay (3rd place), Burgos (4th place, and Pinili (5th place).
Certificates of appreciation were given to the Outstanding MNAO of Bangui, Bacarra, Pasuquin, Sarrat and Paoay and the Outstanding BNS of Bangui, Bacarra, Pasuquin, Sarrat and Currimao.
ABC President and Ex officio Member of the SangguniangPanlalawigan Jessie Galano who spoke on behalf of Governor Imee R. Marcos said that the government is planning to promote vegetable gardening as a source of additional food and income and enhance school food programs to improve healthy eating. He also said that it is very helpful for children to have awareness of good nutrition at a young age to absorb more and improve their learning capability and be able to handle all their school activities. ( Aiza Marie U. Viloria, CMO-PGIN)