CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY- the National Economic and Development Authority-Regional Office X (NEDA-X) joined the celebration of the 47th National Nutrition Month, with the theme “Malnutrisyon patuloy na labanan, First 1000 Days tutukan” through a series of activities held in July 2021.

A webinar on nutrition was conducted on 23 July 2021. Dir. Mylah Faye Aurora B. Cariño, CESO III, NEDA-X Regional Director, highlighted the importance of staying healthy to enable the personnel and their families to combat the ravages brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. She also urged the participants to make healthy food choices and exercise regularly.

Ms. Nita T. Antipuesto, City Nutrition Planning Coordinator of the Cagayan de Oro City Health Office, shared her expertise in proper nutrition, especially for pregnant and/or lactating mothers. She discussed how nutrition can greatly affect the growth and development of a child. Her presentation focused on the first 1000 days of the child, which is the golden window of opportunity for the interventions to achieve the maximum potential of child growth.

The NEDA-X personnel’s skill in photography was also tested through a Photography Contest under two categories: (1) photo entries capturing this year’s nutrition month theme; and (2) food photo entries capturing healthy recipes personally prepared by the participating NEDA-X staff. Mr. Renie M. Dumangas and Mr. JL Amadeus C. Cañada of the Finance and Administrative Division bagged the top prizes, respectively.

The supposed feeding program for the Home Care for Girls in Macanhan, Cagayan de Oro City on 23 July 2021 was deferred until the ECQ status for CDOC will be lifted.

Presidential Decree 491 in 1974 declared July as the National Nutrition Month to create greater awareness on the importance of nutrition among Filipinos. The law mandates the National Nutrition Council to coordinate and lead the nationwide campaign. The 2021 Nutrition Month theme calls for continued efforts to address malnutrition in the country, which is expected to worsen as a result of the pandemic and limited resources for nutrition. The theme calls for all sectors to focus efforts on the First 1000 Days of life as the strategic intervention to prevent stunting and obesity.

NRO-X personnel together with Ms. Nita T. Antipuesto during the webinar on Nutrition