KORONADAL CITY – Presidential Decree 491, series of 1974, designates July of every year as nutrition month to create awareness among Filipinos on the importance of nutrition.

Recognizing the role of nutrition in attaining the goal on human capital development, Regional Development Council XII enjoined support to this year’s celebration of the 47th Nutrition Month through Resolution No. 54 passed during its 73rd meeting on June 24, 2021.

This year’s theme is, “Malnutrisyon Patuloy na Labanan, First 1000 Days Tutukan!”

In celebration of the 47th Nutrition Month, NEDA XII conducted a virtual in-house program on July 21, 2021. The program kicked-off with a virtual zumba participated by 40 NEDA XII staff and two resource persons from the National Nutrition Council XII.

Regional Director Teresita Socorro C. Ramos, in her message, stressed the importance of breastfeeding, as well as, of good nutrition in fighting the threat of COVID-19 virus. She, herself, has breastfed two of her children. She encouraged younger mothers or soon-to-be-mothers in NEDA XII to breastfeed their future babies for better health.

Other activities included playing of videos to raise awareness on the 10 Kumainments and the importance of the first 1000 days of a child. Highlights of the program were lectures on Understanding the First 1000 Days and Nutrition Amidst the COVID-19 by Ms. Danah Pearl Aurel and Leah Fe Utlang, respectively. Both are Nutrition Officers from NNC XII.

A nutrition quiz was conducted which was participated in by all staff, followed by short presentations of cooking vlogs featuring the in-house cooking skills of some staff.

Assistant Regional Director Carmel P. Matabang, in closing, recognized the display of joy and spirit of cooperation from the various divisions of NEDA XII. She encouraged everyone to eat well and to eat nutritious food to strengthen the immune system. (Evie Arabis Cabulanan, NEDAXII-DRD)