Thursday, November 23, 2006

THE GOOD NEWS: Compostela, Panabo Win Nutrition Award

COMPOSTELA VALLEY (Mark Navales / 23 Nov) – Compostela Valley province and Panabo City in the southern Philippines were both named as 2005 Consistent Regional Winner in Nutrition (CROWN), local officials said on Thursday.

Provincial governor Jose Caballero vowed to sustain Compostela’s aggressive nutrition program that will benefit more people, especially in remote villages.

"We must sustain the nutrition program. We are conceptualizing a program that would enhance our existing nutrition program. We want to modify it to also put emphasis on pregnant mothers, not only undernourished children," he told reporters.

The Philippine Information Agency said Compostela Valley has put up the "Lamdag sa Panginabuhi Center" which empowered poor families to have sustainable livelihood.

The provincial government, it said, also provided livestock animals for backyard raising and distributed vegetables and fruit-tree seedlings to poor families under the Lamdag sa Panginabuhi program.

While Panabo City established several feeding centers in at least 40 villages as part of its nutrition program, it said.

"The Panabo government through its Nutrition Office has encouraged backyard vegetable gardening. This is one way of ensuring the health of children and the availability of nutrition foods," a statement from the city’s information office, said. (Mindanao Examiner/With a report from the Philippine Information Agency)

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