by Leandria Pagunsan
DUMAGUETE CITY (PIA) — Operation Timbang (OPT) 2014 showed that malnutrition rate in Negros Oriental decreased by 0.5% from 7.4% in 2013 to 6.9% in 2014.
Provincial Nutrition Committee chair Antonieta Delfino said, that among the municipalities in the province Vallehermoso still has the highest incidence of malnutrition with a prevalence rate of 14% followed by Manjuyod and Sta. Catalina ranking second and third with a prevalence rate of 10.1% and 10% respectively.
Mabinay ranked 4th with 9.9% followed by Basay with 8.6% while Pamplona has the lowest prevalence rate of 1.5%.
Delfino also presented during the meeting the identified nutritionally depressed barangays as follows: barangay Nalundan, Bindoy with malnutrition rate of 25.6%, Penahan, Bindoy – 24.6%, Tubod, Bindoy – 23.9%, Kabulakan, Sta Catalina – 21%, Malangsa, Vallehermoso – 20.4%, Pangalaycayan, Bindoy – 19%, Pinalubngan, Tayasan- 18.9%, Maaslum, Manjuyod – 18.8%, Saying, Tayasan – 18.5% & barangay Tabon, Vallehermoso – 18.3%.
With these, Provincial Nutrition Action Officer, Dr. Edgardo Barredo suggested to visit the municipality of Bindoy to validate their Operation Timbang Data and to inform the mayor of Bindoy that based on the data gathered, barangays Nalundan, Penahan and Tubod ranked top 3 as nutritionally depressed barangays in the province.
Among others, the Provincial Nutrition Committee agreed to request by April this year for the release of the 500,000 budget from the provincial government intended for the milk feeding program for severely malnourished children in the province.
Dr. Barreda suggested to identify the top 10 municipalities with severly malnourished children and apportioned the amount of 500,000 to 50,000 per municipality to be given directly to the LGUs.
The LGUs will implement their supplemental feeding program under the supervision of the provincial nutrition committee.
Furthermore, the committee has scheduled its Monitoring and Evaluation of Local Level Plan Implementation (MELLPI) on the LGUs nutrition program starting March to April 2015. (mbcn/lpp/PIA-7/Negros Oriental/This article was first published at PIA Website on Feb. 24, 2015)