South Cotabato, Philippines – In a concerted effort to combat the pervasive issue of hunger and malnutrition, South Cotabato has launched a supplementary feeding program that promises to make a significant impact on the lives of its most vulnerable citizens. With at least 1,000 malnourished children and pregnant women identified as beneficiaries, the program is a beacon of hope for a healthier, nourished community.
Rudy Jimenea, Provincial Nutrition Action Officer, said bunger and malnutrition are deeply entrenched issues in South Cotabato, but local authorities are taking the initiative to address them head-on. The supplementary feeding program aims to provide essential nutrients and support to those who need it most, ensuring a brighter future for the region.
“The beneficiaries of this vital program include malnourished children under the age of five and pregnant women who are at risk of malnutrition. These groups are particularly vulnerable, as proper nutrition is essential for the growth and development of children, and for the well-being of expectant mothers,” Jimenea said.
The program focuses on distributing nutritious meals, supplements and vegetable seeds to these beneficiaries, taking into consideration their specific dietary needs. The meals are carefully crafted to provide essential vitamins and minerals, promoting healthy growth and development while also boosting the immune system. The distribution is targeted to Sagop Bata Program, Buntis Alagaan Wastong Nutrisyon ay Kailangan and RST sa Nutrisyon.
Angela Furgalidad, Nutriton Officer, said this programs are not just about providing food; it’s about raising awareness and encouraging community involvement.
“South Cotabato is rallying its citizens to join the fight against hunger and malnutrition. The success of this initiative depends on the active participation of the community, as well as collaboration with local organizations and government agencies,” Frugalidad stressed.
Local leaders are urging residents to get involved by volunteering, donating, or spreading awareness about the program’s importance. By working together, South Cotabato can ensure that no child or pregnant woman goes without the nutrition they need to thrive.
In a world where hunger and malnutrition continue to threaten the well-being of millions, South Cotabato’s supplementary feeding program serves as an inspiring example of what can be achieved when a community comes together to make a difference. The Provincial Nutrition Committee asked the public to join hands and support this vital initiative to ensure a brighter and healthier future for all.
“Together, we can conquer hunger and malnutrition in South Cotabato, one nutritious meal at a time,” PNC member from the Integrated Provincial Health Office Francy Aguilar added.
The nutrition programs in South Cotabato is a collaborative efforts from the members of the PNC. Other stakeholders are the Department of Science and Technology Regional Office and DOH-Regional Nutrition Council. DOST signed an understanding with the Provincial Government in capacity building activities for nutrition scholars.