MALASIQUI, Pangasinan – The National Nutrition Council (NNC) and the Inter-Agency Task Force on Zero Hunger are working to address malnutrition among children in 33 out of the 48 local government units (LGUs) in the province of Pangasinan.
In the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas Pangasinan chapter virtual forum on Wednesday, NNC Ilocos Region officer-in-charge Ken Gatan said the target beneficiaries of the program are six months to 23 months old malnourished children in the 33 LGUs.
“The children will be given daily complementary food for 180 days in addition to their daily food intakes such as breakfast, lunch, and dinner. So the complimentary food will be given in-between their meals. It is an addition and not as a substitute to their daily food intake,” he said.
He added the beneficiaries will be monitored by barangay volunteer workers.
The program dubbed “Tutok Kainan” will run from this month to January next year, Gatan said.
He said not all the LGUs were included in the program due to low incidence of malnutrition in their localities based on the list they have submitted to NNC.
“Some LGUs can already address the malnutrition among targeted beneficiaries since they are not a lot in number,” he added.
Meanwhile, Gatan urged the local chief executives to invest more and exert additional efforts on their nutrition programs to attain the goal of addressing malnutrition in the country by 2022.
“If the goal will not be attained, at least the possible effects of the pandemic to the nutritional status of the children and pregnant women will be arrested,” he said. (PNA)