MAMBAJAO, Camiguin, August 25 (PIA) – The provincial leadership here issued a strong policy pronouncement to reduce malnutrition rate to three percent among under-five children (0-71 months) in 2016.
Governor Jurdin Jesus M. Romualdo uttered the commitment during the recent conduct of the Monitoring and Evaluation of Local Level Plan Implementation (MELLPI) on nutrition, in which the province, including two towns and five barangays we’re subjected to the evaluation conducted by the Regional Nutrition Evaluation Team (RNET).
Camiguin reported an improved nutritional status of underweight and severely underweight children, based on the Operation Timbang (OPT) or weighting result, the province noted a 7.15 percent malnutrition rate in 2012 to only 5.88 percent in 2014.
Romualdo noted that it would had been easier to target lower than three percent, if the data does not include the other side face of malnutrition, which is obesity.
When it comes to over nutrition, Camiguin reflected a 1.03 percent rate, ranking 4thin the region. Lanao del Norte with 1.80 percent, Misamis Occidental with 1.59percent, Misamis Oriental with 1.11percent and Bukidnon with .54 percent.
The rates are all increasing except for the province as it reflected .03percent decrease from 2013.
To achieve its target, the provincial and municipal LGUs have been initiating various program in support to nutrition from learning sessions to feeding, and livelihood assistance to priority families with identified malnourished children. (JCV/PIA10)