|Parent Leaders Celebrate Nutrition Month|
|News Features - Success Stories|
|Written by Karen Ann Site, 4Ps Information Officer II, Field Office IX|
|Thursday, 24 September 2009 05:48|
Sindangan, Zamboanga del Norte -- In the Philippines, Presidential Decree 411 declared July as Nutrition Month. During this month, concerned groups nationwide focus their attention on disseminating information regarding nutritious food, healthy eating habits and physical activities.
In Sindangan, Zamboanga del Norte, the 2009 Nutrition Month was celebrated with the holding of a Nutrition Fair. The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) together with Department of Health (DOH), Department of Education (DepEd), the National Nutrition Council (NNC), Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) and Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) participated in the celebration. NNC handed out nutritional supplements and vitamins, while DOH and DA offered free services such as deworming for children, Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) counseling for moms, fortified food sampling, among others. There were also activities for both children and parents, such as coloring/drawing, storytelling, education on healthful practices for children and benefits of breastfeeding.
Celebrating the Nutrition Fair with the agencies were the parent leaders of DSWD’s the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps). Together with the Municipal Link and the 4Ps Information Officer, they set up their own information booth, drawing the attention of LGU staff and all visitors. The celebration became a venue for the crowd to ask questions and clarify their pre-conceived notions about the program. The conditions on health that 4Ps reinforces on its beneficiaries was a part of this year’s nutrition month celebration.
4Ps information materials were distributed, frequently asked questions (FAQ) were answered through flyers containing information on how the program was conceived, selection of its beneficiaries, its benefits, conditionalities, and measures to verify compliance of the beneficiaries. Other advocacy materials that nullify the idea that “4Ps is dole out” were also disseminated. By making relevant information available to non-beneficiaries and other stakeholders of the program, the parent leaders are harnessing the participation of the general public on the goals that 4Ps envisions to attain. Parent leaders put forward the value of health by educating to the general public on the positive effects of the program’s conditionalities on health and education, and encouraging all pregnant women to avail of pre- and post-natal care as well as preventive health check-ups for their children. The federated parent leaders of Sindangan are one with the concerned government agencies in advocating that a healthy mind and body is one of the keys to a person and nation’s success.
4Ps is a government program which provides conditional cash grants to the poorest households in the country to improve their health, nutrition and education. ### (4Ps Social Marketing Unit)