Grade six pupil Ahden Ganaganag of Umanday Elementary School in Bugallon emerged as champion in the province-wide Poster and Slogan Making contest sponsored by the Provincial Health Office (PHO) on July 30 at the Capitol Resort Hotel here.
The contest culminated the province’s observance of the 38th National Nutrition Month celebration focused on the theme: “Pagkain ng Gulay Ugaliin, Araw Araw itong Ihain”.
PHO Nutritionist-Dietician II Milagros A. Gutierrez who represented Provincial Health Officer Anna Maria Teresa de Guzman said the theme has stressed the promotion of increased consumption of fruits and vegetables.
Gutierrez noted that annual Nutrition Month celebration in the country conducted every July has been advocating various means and practices for healthy living.
“This year, it is very timely that the celebration put emphasis on the importance of healthy and balanced diet including vegetables in daily meals not only for children but also for adults,” she said.
PHO Family Health Program Cluster Head Cielo Almoite was elated in congratulating the participants and some representatives from the Health Divisions of Department of Education Pangasinan 1 and Pangasinan 2 for making it to the culminating program of the province’s Nutrition Month observance amid the typhoon-disturbed weather condition.
Other winners are: John Norman Rodriguez (Anda Elementary School) second place; Jonathan Mark Somera (East Central Elementary School – San Fabian) third place; John Rodolph Cerdan (Mangaldan Integrated School) and Richard Sison Jr. (Lobong Elementary School – San Jacinto) tied in fourth place and Sharin Verzola (Sual Central School), sixth place.
Aside from medals and certificates, the contenders received the following cash prizes: 1st place (Php 3,000); 2nd place (2,000); 3rd place (1,500) while 4th to 6th placers got 1,000 each as consolation prizes.
Judges of the contest were: Nutrition Officer I Emma Rose Pineda of National Nutrition Council Region 1; Medical Officer III Dr. Cielo Almoite of Provincial Health Office; and Mr. Jessie Manuel from PSAT/TESDA.
The top three participants from Pangasinan 1 and Pangasinan 2 who produced best poster and slogan entries during division eliminations were accompanied in the province-wide contest by DepEd Division of Pangasinan 1 Medical Officer IV Dr. Marisol M. Mamaradlo and DepEd Division of Pangasinan 2 Nurse Angelica Ocbo together with some constituents from their divisions. (PIO/Mark Gerry Naval Oblanca)