MIAGAO, Iloilo – On time for the culmination of the Nutrition Month, the Municipal Health Office’ Municipal Nutrition Council (MNC) spearheaded the launching of series of activities to address malnutrition in the community at the JRBB Hall on August 1, 2019.

The Program entitled “Healthy Miagao; Progressive Miagaowanons Nutrition” launches the “Healthy si Nanay: Healthy si Baby, Para sa Lusog at Talinong Family”, Gulayan sa Paaralan and Gulayan sa Barangay.



Some 50 pregnant women participated in this Program and received an initial subsidy of rice and grocery pack under the “Healthy si Nanay: Healthy si Baby, Para sa Lusog at Talinong Family” Program.

According to Municipal Nutrition Action Officer (MNAO) Dr. Rhea P. Palacios, the Program aims to promote healthy lifestyle and proper nutrition of pregnant women and their children emphasizing on the first 1,000 days of life.

“Chronic malnutrition is evident as the child grows in having poor health conditions and poor mental capacity like poor performance in school,” Dr. Palacios said.

Under the Program, these pregnant women will comply the criteria for eligibility to include the following: at least four prenatal check-up, mother immunization completed, facility based delivery, essential new born screening care provided, exclusive breastfeeding up to 6 months of age, required immunization completed, not listed as one of the malnourished children, fruit and vegetable garden at home, participate in all health programs in the barangays and attendance to mothers class, exclusive breastfeeding and nutrition talks.

“The set of criteria for eligibility will be closely monitored by the midwives and BNS from pregnancy to two years of age,” said Dr. Palacios.

In return, these mothers will receive incentives from the MLGU during the course of the Program.

On the other hand, the Gulayan sa Barangay and Gulayan sa Paaralan will be realized by the barangays and schools. (ABMande)