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Ilocos Norte to implement feeding program in response to COVID-19

by PGIN-CMO

Apr. 23, 2020 ...

Nutribun revived to feed undernourished children

Ilocos Norte's Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management and Resiliency Council (PDRRMC) and Provincial Nutrition Council (PNC) will be implementing a 120-day feeding program starting April 27.

This initiative focuses on feeding undernourished children with Nutribun and pasteurized Choco-Milk drink during the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic to improve their nutritional status and boost their immune system.

First distributed for the supplementary feeding program of public elementary school children in the 70s under the late President Ferdinand E. Marcos, Ilocos Norte's Nutribun provision aims to improve the nutritional status of children as well.

"This project is a part of the service package under Nutrition in Emergencies where attention to feeding malnourished children during the COVID-19 pandemic is deemed essential and relevant to improve their nutritional status and boost their immune system," PDRRMC and PNC mentioned in a statement.

The Provincial Nutrition Action Office had previously coordinated with all City/Municipal Nutrition Action Offices to inform distribution protocol, schedule, and other requirements. Supply will be delivered on a weekly basis.

Cities of Batac and Laoag, and Badoc, Pinili, San Nicolas, Currimao, and Paoay towns will receive their share every Monday, from April 27 to August 25; Adams, Pagudpud, Bangui, Burgos, Pasuquin, Bacarra, Dumalneg, and Vintar on Tuesdays from April 28, to August 26; and Banna, Dingras, Solsona, Nueva Era, Marcos, Piddig, Carasi, and Sarrat every Wednesday, starting April 2 to August 27.

In a memorandum, Governor Matthew Marcos Manotoc urged all city and municipal mayors to ensure that their respective Nutrition Action Officers along with chairpersons and nutrition scholars of recipient barangays be present for the initial program mechanics briefing.

Gov. Marcos Manotoc is best known for his health-related initiatives. With its new nutrition program, the Provincial Government remains committed to further develop Ilocos Norte by investing in the health of its people, more so in time of pandemic.

* photo taken during PGIN's previous feeding programs.