The Provincial Government of Pangasinan, in partnership with the National Nutrition Council (NNC), launched a 90-day dietary supplementary feeding program for pregnant women of the province.
Governor Amado I. Espino III personally led the deployment of the supplementary feeding program on July 29 at the Narciso Ramos Sports and Civic Center (NRSCC).
The Nutrition Council bestowed a P34.5-million financial grant to Pangasinan in May 2019 for the implementation of the DSP in the province, particularly in four localities: Bayambang, Umingan, Alaminos City and Urdaneta City.
Provincial Health Officer Ma. Anna Teresa S. De Guzman noted that Pangasinan is the lone province in Region 1, which received a financial grant from the NNC for the implementation of DSP.
Dr. De Guzman said that the 90-day dietary supplementation focuses on reducing the number of malnourished pregnant mothers and increase the number of infants with normal birth weight.
“Ang objective po nito ay para ‘yung mga buntis na malnourished ay mapapakain natin sa loob ng 90 days at maiayos po ang kanilang babies na maging well-nourished at para maiwasan na rin ang stunted growth,” she bared.
Furthermore, this activity of the provincial government also backstops Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD), which focuses on the first 1,000 days of a child (from pregnancy up to the child’s second birthday).
Dr. De Guzman also disclosed that 3,000 pregnant mothers in the province will benefit from this program, including pregnant women from: Bayambang (900), Umingan (720), Alaminos City (680) and Urdaneta City (700).
It was noted that among the food commodities which will be given to pregnant women are, as follows: iron fortified rice, eggs, dairy fresh milk, monggo, dilis, vegetable oil and iodized salt.
/Shiella Mae C. De Guzman