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Malabon rolls out Pandesustansya Project to boost nutrition

Philippine Information Agency
25 Sep 2020, 16:38 GMT+10

CALOOCAN CITY, Sept. 25 (PIA) -- The Malabon City Government has partnered with volunteer bakeries and rolled out its science-driven Pandesustansya Project to fill the nutrient gaps among children and expecting mothers by providing them with a healthy food source amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

"Isa sa mga nutrition project natin dito sa lungsod ay ang pamimigay ng masustansyang pagkain sa mga bata at buntis tulad na lang ng nakalakihan na nating Nutribuns na sikat sa canteen ng mga eskwelahan noon," Mayor Len Oreta said in his Facebook post.

Mayor Len said part of the Pandesustansya Project is the distribution of "nutribuns, nutributter, and nutrimom" products enriched with vitamins and minerals that the local government and their partners developed to help ease the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic crisis on the nutritional well-being of residents.

"Kaya naman para sa ating pilot implementation, katuwang ang City Nutrition Office, Barangay Nutrition Scholars, Barangay Ibaba and Barangay Flores Council, at mga Volunteer Bakeries, nakapag-bake tayo ng mga Nutribuns na simahan ng nutributter at nutrimom na ipinapamigay natin sa mga batang may edad na 6-23 months, mga buntis at breastfeeding moms," he said.

"Ang mga tinapay na ito ay ayon sa rekomendasyon ng ating mga City Nutritionists upang siguruhin na mataas ang nutrient value ng Nutribuns na ipapamigay natin sa mga bata at mga nanay," he added.

To recall, based on the 2018 Fill the Nutrient Gap - Philippine Summary Report of the World Food Programme, around one-third of Philippine households are not able to afford a diet that meets the nutritional needs.

By supplying these nutrient-enhanced food products, however, Malabon is positive that it will be able to somehow reduce any issue on malnutrition in the city.

"Ipagpapatuloy natin ang proyektong ito hanggang sa maabot ng ating Pandesustansya Project ang bawat bata at nanay sa lahat ng barangay sa lungsod. Ugaliin nating lahat ang pagkain ng masustanya anuman ang ating edad. Eat healthy and be healthy, mga #Malabonian! #MaskSafeSaMalabon #TuloyAngLabanSaCOVID #BayanihangMalabonian #MaskKayaNaten," he further said. (PIA NCR)

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