Vigan City to launch Bigueño First 1000 Days program in July

VIGAN CITY – This National Nutrition Month of July the city government of this World Heritage City will launch the Bigueño First 1000 Days program which will implement Republic Act 11148 known as the Kalusugan at Nutrisyon ng Magnanay Act, or the First 1000 Days law.   

“The implementation of the law in the city is important to ensure that pregnant women, babies and children are given the proper nutrition by guarding them against diseases and infections that may affect them from conception until the second year of life,” said Dr. Loida Afroilan Ranches, the city health officer who added that this will be on July 26 at Vigan Culture and Trade Center.

“The health and development of the child Bigueño is being monitored and secured through our nutrition program that will be strengthened by RA 11148,” said Mayor Juan Carlo S. Medina who wants every child in the city protected from all kinds of illnesses by giving the best medical and nutrition services to pregnant women, babies and children from day care age to college years. 

 “The expansion of the City Health Office in the near future to a four-storey facility will help in the realization of the law, and the Universal Health Care Law,” said Singson. “The 1000 Days Law will help the city meet the challenge of making Filipinos the healthiest in Southeast Asia by 2020, and in Asia by 2040.”

The future health center of the city will have a 200-seat waiting lobby, laboratory center, lecture rooms, and will continue to serve residents of other towns of the province.

Leading the city kick-off of National Nutrition Month on the first day of July, which was strengthened by the regional launching headed by the National Nutrition Council 1 and Department of Health 1, Singson said that good nutrition coupled with physical activities spell good health. So, to start the day residents and persons with disabilities (PWDs) joined the fun bike, wheelchair race that began in front of the city hall and ended at Calle Crisologo where a Zumba and a short program followed. 

With the theme, “Kumain nang wasto at maging aktibo – push natin ‘to!” (Eat properly, and be active – let’s push this!) this year’s nutrition month celebration, government workers created posters and slogans to contribute to the massive advocacy of the theme.  Their works were judged in their originality, creativity, relevance to the theme, and will also be judged through public acceptance. The art works will be posted for 15 days at the Facebook page of the National Nutrition Council Region 1 and the number of likes and shares will be counted. The final judging will be on July 16 and winners will be announced on July 17.

Another part of the celebration is the Pagbati (Greetings) Challenge, now on its fourth year. It is joined by national government agencies, local government units and offices. Here they prepare a video that will include the message of the office heads. They can feature their efforts on the promotion of healthy diet and physical activity in their respective offices or with their clients. These videos will be posted in their own FB pages. 

Other activities in the city that will help residents understand the value of learning about what families must do to prevent malnutrition include competitions for best vegetable garden in schools, barangays and households, and best nutrition corner in schools and barangays.

The selection of Best Bigueño Child Smile to promote the proper protection of teeth among the city’s children has been a part of the month-long activities to help children value their teeth as one of the important parts of their body in getting the best nutrients for their growth and development.

The culminating activities on July 26 will include the awarding of winners of the competitions, and the launching of the 1000 Days Law. ●