CITY OF MALOLOS – Outstanding Bulakenyo individuals and communities who have helped in the promotion of good nutrition and healthy lifestyle for year 2018 received awards during the culminating activity of the 45th Celebration of Nutrition Month with the theme “Kumain ng Wasto at Maging Aktibo…Push Natin ‘To” held at The Pavillion in Hiyas ng Bulacan Convention Center here Thursday afternoon.
The program was attended by over 1,600 Lingkod Lingap sa Nayon, Mother Leaders and barangay captains who are partners of the government in instilling good nutrition practices in their respective barangays.
Barangay Dagat-dagatan in San Rafael, Bulacan was hailed as the Outstanding Barangay in the Field of Nutrition and was given a cash prize amounting to P30,000 and a plaque of appreciation while the town of Bocaue won the ‘Malunggay Kahit Saan Contest-Parents of Day Care Children Edition’ and received P10,000 cash prize.
The Provincial Nutrition Council (PNC) Members and Municipal Nutrition Action Officers (MNAO) retirees were also recognized for their invaluable services wherein Myrna C. Mendoza from the town of Bocaue; Ma. Socorro C. de Galicia from the Obando; Digna R. Villanueva, Technical Working Group team leader from Department of Education; and Paciencia V. Morada, TWG from District Nutrition Program Coordinators, received plaques of appreciation and P5,000 cash prize each.
Long serving MNAOs were also given plaques of recognition and P5,000 cash prize each wherein Ma. Lourdes A. Alborida from the town of Angat and Rosalinda D. Policarpio from the town of Santa Maria were awarded for being in service for 20 years while long serving LLNs Teresita C. Geronimo from Duhat, Bocaue and Nida Paraiso from Balubad, Bulakan also received plaques of appreciation and cash prize worth P3,000 each while Filipina A. delos Reyes of Mabalas-balas, San Rafael, Aurora Mendez of Sta. Catalina Bata, San Ildefonso, Anita Angeles and Leonora Najera from the town of Angat also received plaques and cash prize of P3,000 each.
Frances Angela Dela Cruz from the town of Paombong was also hailed as Mutya ng Buntis 2019 after winning to 11 other contestants and received a plaque of recognition and cash prize amounting P10,000 while Angeline Retamar from Bulakan, Bulacan won as 1st Runner Up receiving a plaque and a cash prize of P8,000 and Daisiree Mangalindan from the town of San Ildefonso who won as 2nd Runner Up received a plaque and cash prize amounting P5,000.
Meanwhile, Bulacan Gov. Daniel R. Fernando underscored the important roles of PNC members, MNAOs, LLNs and Mother Leaders in communicating and educating Bulakenyos in the far-flung barangays about the significant programs of the PGB.
“Narito tayo ngayon upang ating kilalanin ang ating mga katuwang sa pananatili ng maayos na kalusugan. Sila ay walang patumangging nag-aalaga sa ating mga kalalawigan na parang kanilang sariling pamilya o mga anak na walang hinihiling na kapalit kundi ang pagnanais lamang ng magandang pangangatawan at kalusugan ng lahat,” Fernando said.
Vice Gov. Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado also emphasized the importance of having a clean and healthy environment in order to achieve a healthy community.
“Ang maayos na kapaligiran ay isa sa pinakamahalagang aspeto upang ating matamo ang maayos na kalusugan. Bilang inyong lingkod, ating sisiguraduhin na mapapanatili ang maayos na kapaligiran at ating susuportahan din ang mga sangguniang barangay upang mapatupad ang mga ordinansa na makabubuti para sa ating mga kalalawigan,” Alvarado said.
The PGB also distributed bags of Micronutrient Powder for more than 3,000 undernourished children in the province, which is good for nine months of use.
The celebration of Nutrition Month is in accordance with Presidential Decree 491 in 1974 declaring that the Nutrition Month should be held every month of July.