Food security in the countryside. Police Regional Office - Cordillera Regional Director PGEN R’Win Pagkalinawan and DA - CAR OIC Regional Executive Director Cameron Odsey, with DA Secretary William DAR as witness signing a MOA for the “Binhi ng Pagpapapala” program, wherein PRO-Cor through the Regional Mobile Force Batallion will distribute agricultural inputs and assist in backyard farming of DSWD 4Ps household members and people in identified ELCAC barangays. (Carlito Dar/PIA CAR)

Urban Agriculture. BFAR - CAR Lilibeth Signey and DA - CAR Regional Executive Director Cameron Odsey with Agriculture Secretary William as guest of honor, awards a Solar Powered AquaPhonics System for Miss Earth Philippines Roxanne Allison Baeyens for being DA - CAR';s ambassador for Urban Gardening. The AquaPhonics System was received by her mother Julia Baeyens. (Carlito Dar/PIA CAR)

Gulayan sa Barangay. Agriculture Secretary William Dar, assisted by DA - CAR officials headed by OIC Regional Executive Director Cameron Odsey, awards agricultural inputs and gardening equipments with a total amount of 769,596 for vegetable gardeing projects of 12 barangays in La Trinidad Benguet. (Carlito Dar/PIA CAR)

Interventions crucial in reduction of stunting

BAGUIO CITY, Oct.  24(PIA) - - Some interventions are crucial in sustaining the gains in the reduction of stunting which is one of the nutrition concerns in the country.


United Nations Children's Fund Nutrition International Senior Consultant Cecilio Adorna Sr, the keynote speaker in the recent   Regional Nutrition Award Ceremony, commended the efforts of the various stakeholders and   brought to fore interventions crucial in sustaining the gains of reducing stunting. 

He underscored some critical interventions necessary and must do which mostly involve the Department of Health’s leadership and have bearing on the health personnel’s conduct on the ground.

One is to ensure that pregnant women avail of the appropriate services and the needed commodities especially during the first trimester. He cited the Quezon province and Malabon experiences where a barangay volunteer is only focused in looking into the concerns of pregnant women.

Monitoring on the actual consumption of iron folic acid (IFA) not only its distribution is very important in the pursuit of the reduction of stunting, Adorna stressed.

The dietary supplement program (DSP) for pregnant women which is simply called snacks that contain calories, protein and micronutrients should also be looked into. These are found in food such as ginataan, banana, yam, sweet potatoes and the like. A follow through for the baby six months to 23 months of DSP is as important, he added.

The compendium of action for nutrition is also one intervention which is within the power and authority of LGUs in finding adequate resources for the nutrition program. These are in the form of ordinances and issuances which serve as legal references in support to nutrition programs.

Raising the prevalence of breastfeeding is another factor which helps prevent stunting. Adorna cited the involvement of the husband like what the Quezon LGU is doing involving the family in the first 1,000 days, critical in the child’s growth.

An important ingredient in seeing the progress of the nutrition programs is the regular quarterly monitoring and accounting of personnel involved from the barangay level up to the municipal level, according to Adorna.

The critical interventions for maternal and child health and nutrition in addressing stunting must have 90 percent coverage to make it sustainable, he added.

But interventions are not sustainable if the family continues to be under the poverty list, he said.  Thus,   local planning officers including the agriculture, labor and other departments of the LGUs must look into ways in helping families avail of livelihood opportunities with nutrition concerns factored in. (JDP/SCA-PIA-CAR)

By Susan C. Aro




Mt. Province

  • DA-BFAR-CAR boosts fishery in Mt. Province

    BONTOC, Mountain Province, Oct. 23(PIA)  –  Fish production  in this landlocked province is gaining headway as the  Department of Agriculture (DA) - Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), in partnership with the provincial government continue to provide interventions.

  • TESDA-led Project 'ESEK' benefits 45 farmers in Besao

    BESAO, Mountain Province, Oct. 14 (PIA) -- Forty-five farmers in barangay Tamboan in this municipality are engaged in the training on organic agriculture production and are expected to pursue it as a livelihood.

  • DILG family supports DepEd, learners in Paracelis

    PARACELIS, Mountain Province, Oct. 7(PIA) -- The Department of the Interior  and Local Government  tri-bureau of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, Bureau of Fire Protection and the Philippine National Police   are working together to support the learning continuity plan of the Department of Education in this town  during this COVID-19 pandemic.

  • 26 former rebels in Mountain Province receive livelihood aid

    BONTOC, Mountain Province, Oct. 7(PIA) -- At least 26 former rebels here received financial assistance from the government.

  • Farmers in ELCAC-identified brgys get livelihood intervention

    MOUNTAIN PROVINCE--Farmers from barangays affected by the issue on insurgency in the province recently received layer chickens and carabaos under the Special Area for Agriculture and Development (SAAD) Program of the Department of Agriculture (DA) - Cordillera Regional Office.


  • Ifugao PLGU provides financial aid to landslide victims

    BANAUE, Ifugao, Nov.19 (PIA)--The provincial government released a total of Php440, 000.00 as financial aid to the victims of typhoon Ulysses in the province and a nearby province.

  • DSWD provides Php1.4M financial assistance to Ifugao FRs

    LAGAWE, Ifugao, Nov. 13(PIA) – More than P1.4 million financial assistance was awarded  to  former rebels from the province  who surrendered to government authorities  and embraced peaceful life in their respective communities.

  • OCD turns over financial aid to 12 Ifugao typhoon-affected families

    LAGAWE, Ifugao, Oct. 19 (PIA) - - Twelve families affected by typhoon “Ompong” in the  municipalities of  Mayaoyao and Tinoc received financial assistance from the government through the Office of the Civil Defense – Cordillera Administrative Region (OCD-CAR).  

  • Ifugao town resumes market days with compliance to health protocols

    LAGAWE, Ifugao, Oct. 20(PIA) - - Regular market days in this municipality resumed recently with strict compliance to  the mandatory proper wearing of face mask/shield and physical distancing ordinance and other issued health protocols.

  • Ifugao reorganizes Provincial Task Force-ELCAC

    LAGAWE, Ifugao, Oct. 14 (PIA) - - The Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) and Provincial Development Council (PDC) passed Joint Resolution No. 2020-01 reorganizing the membership of the Provincial Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (PTF-ELCAC).





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