City improves its nutritional status for 2013

From being the top ranking city in the region for the underweight prevalence among 0-71 months old preschool children in 2011 and 2012, Catbalogan City downgrades to Number 2, following Ormoc City with the recent result of the 2013 Operation Timbang consolidated by the National Nutrition Council.

This was shared by City Nutrition Action Officer Ms. Herminia Cabral during the recent City Nutrition Council Meeting held last June 20, 2014 at SP Session Hall.

Catbalogan City was also ranked second to Ormoc City in Region VIII based on the ranking of magnitudes of cities/municipalities of the 2013 OPT among 0-23 months old preschool children.

Nationally, the City was placed 14th among cities/municipalities with underweight prevalence among 0-71 months old pre-school children and 0-23 months old pre-school children, and ranked 31st among 0-59 months old pre-school children.

These news revalidates the continued efforts of the city in its nutrition programs in coordination with the different barangays and schools in conducting feeding programs, periodic weighing among children, and continuous trainings among barangay nutrition scholars (BNS).

Part of the council meeting agenda was the preparation for the 2014 Nutrition Month anchored on the theme, “Kalamidad Paghandaan, Gutom at Malnutrisyon Agapan”, which stresses the importance of preparedness and prevention of hunger and malnutrition to minimize the impact of calamities and disasters.

The council is set to conduct a motorcade on July 01 to launch the month-long celebration of the Nutrition Month, which is aimed to increase awareness among families and individuals on coping and resiliency strategies to prevent malnutrition and worsening of nutritional status in times of emergencies and disasters.

Other activities include feeding program of the City Social Welfare and Development Office, Training on Risk Reduction among Barangay Officials to be conducted by the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CDRRMC), distribution of honorarium counterpart of the city among BNS, distribution of seeds and Techno Demo to be conducted by the City Agriculture’s Office, and others.

(Photos by Ador Leanda Hurtado, Office of the City Mayor; Data provided by City Nutrition Council)

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