BORONGAN CITY, July 17, 2018–Nutrition officials are urging families to grow their own fruits and vegetables, to help in the fight against malnutrition and ensure food security.
Vegetables will provide the nutritional needs of children. Ms. Sallie Jabinal, the Provincial Nutrition Action officer said families should have food gardens in their yards, this being the theme of the year’s nutrition month celebration, “Ugaliing Magtanim, Sapat na Nutrisyon Aanihin”.
This was echoed by Ramona Eloisa Cervales of the Health and Nutrition unit of Dep Ed, Borongan City Division during the launching of the Nutrition month at the Eugenio S. Daza Elementary School.
“We don’t need big spaces for our gardens because we can even use empty plastic bottles as plant pots,” said Cervales.
“This way, we can also help minimize the volume of garbage by recycling these plastic containers.
She said that we can start planting kangkong and camote because they are easy to grow and maintain. Parents should encourage their children to help.
A study by the World health Organization shows that the average Filipino only consumes 160 grams of fruits and vegetables a day which is way below the WHO recommended intake of 400 grams daily.
Aside from ensuring ample food, produce from the garden can also provide additional income for the family. (Eden Cidro/Este News)