Catbalogan highlights farming on nutrition month launching

Advocating for sustainable farming was the main highlight of Catbalogan City’s nutrition month celebration during the launching last July 13, 2018 at the City Plaza.

Led by no less than City Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan who chairs the City Nutrition Council (CNC) along with City Vice Mayor Art Gabon, a parade was attended by more than a thousand participants who were mostly students in their creative headdresses and slogans bannering this year’s theme of “Ugaliing magtanim, Sapat na nutrisyon aanihin” of the 2018 Nutrition Month celebration.

Adding highlight to the celebration was the “FARM FAIR: Agri-Food Fair and Night Market” organized by the Catbalogan City Agriculture Office (CAO) and the Catbalogan City Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) held at the city plaza, which showcased the farm and food products at affordable prices produced by farmers and fisherfolks association from various barangays of the city as well as some urban gardening techniques and processes being currently implemented by several communities in the city.

“Dako kaupay an aton pasasalamat han aton mga parag-uma ngan parupangisda kay tungod ha ira, an kasiguraduhan han aton mga pagkaon o food security amo an naiimplimintar naton,” Mayor Step emphasizes on the crucial role of farmers and fisherfolks in our food security.

She further highlighted the presence of the Catbalogan City Agro-Industrial School (CCAIS) situated at Barangay San Vicente in the city’s efforts to promote agriculture not just as a means to address poverty but to ensure a sustainable economy.

The farm fair will be held again on July 26-27, 2018 between 04:00 PM to 08:00 PM only at the City Plaza and buyers who are able to purchase for at least P500.00 total will receive a free bayong to promote the use of native products and end the use of plastics and cellophanes.

The conduct of nutrition month every whole month of July is mandated under Presidential Decree No. 491 signed on June 25, 1974 for the purpose of creating greater awareness among our people on the importance of nutrition.

(Photos by Geraldine Mabag; Article by Ador Hurtado)

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