By Apipa Bagumbaran
ILIGAN CITY (PIA)–Some 292 children here are set to benefit from the Enhanced Nutribun (E-nutribun) supplemental feeding program launched by the local government of Iligan on Wednesday, July 7.
The program targets 2 to 5 years old wasted children from the villages of Upper Hinaplanon, Buru-un, Luinab, Saray, Tominobo, Kiwalan, Tubod, Bagong Silang, Mahayahay, Dalipuga, Suarez, and Tambacan.
“The E-nutribun is the reformulated 1970 nutribun enriched with micronutrients particularly iron, vitamin A, and zinc developed by the DOST-FNRI. It is improved with the inclusion of calcium, potassium, and protein,” said City Nutrition Program Coordinator Camila Albao during the ceremonial turnover of the E-nutribun to barangay health workers, barangay nutrition scholars (BNS), and rural health midwives.
She said the E-nutribun supplemental program will run for 90 days starting Monday, July 12. The nutribun will be delivered to the barangay health centers and will be distributed twice a week while the weight of the recipient-children will be monitored weekly.
Dr. Glenn Manarpaac, city nutrition action officer, said the E-nutribun supplemental feeding program is one of the strategies of the local government to address the problem of malnutrition among children.
“Hopefully, marealize nato ang atong goal nga maeliminate ang [we can realize our goal to eliminate] malnutrition in all its form especially sa atong mga [among our] stunted and wasted children,” he said.
Meanwhile, Councilor Lamberto Macapagal Jr., Sangguniang Panlungsod Committee on Health chairperson, said the supplemental feeding should continue despite the pandemic.
“We are happy nga we are introducing ang enhanced nutribun sa atong mga bata. This is more nutritious ug nadugangan kini og mga vitamins and minerals and I’m sure this will greatly help sa mga bata nga malnourished.
[We are happy that we are introducing the enhanced nutribun to our children. This is more nutritious added with vitamins and minerals, and I’m sure this will greatly help malnourished children.] Philippine Information Agency