9.30.2014

Monday, September 29, 2014

SurSur guv thanks ‘TreeVolution' participants; breaks good news on setting a new record

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Sept. 29 (PIA) – Aside from breaking the good news that the Philippines was able to set a new record for the most trees planted in an hour in multiple locations, toppling down India’s feat in 2011, of which Surigao del Sur was one of the provinces in Mindanao that took part in the bid, Governor Johnny Pimentel extended his thanks and gratitude to all capitol employees who took time out to plant trees on September 26 for the “TreeVolution: Greening MindaNow.”

“First and foremost, I would like to thank the employees who participated during last Friday’s “TreeVolution” project of the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA),” he stressed on Monday’s flag ceremony program.

“The project was a total success although the island of Mindanao was not able to achieve its set objective of planting 4,600,000 trees; however, we were able to surpass the record of India, of which they planted 1,933,000.  As of today, the total trees that we have planted for the entire Mindanao is 3,200,000 trees,” he went on saying.

But, reportedly, based on Guinness World record, India was able to plant 1,945,535 in 408 locations across their country in one hour.

Pimentel said, “So, daghang salamat. . . and Surigao del Sur was able to contribute to that figure.”

Citing 1,825 people who participated in the endeavor, for Tandag alone, Gov. Pimentel also stressed that Tandag City Mayor Roxanne Pimentel “was able to plant 20 trees in one hour.”

Meanwhile, Adelfo Luengas, DENR planning officer-designate, here, set right the report that reached Governor Pimentel, who, earlier said that Tandag was not able to hit its target of planting 37,500 trees.

Instead, the DENR officer bared that Tandag was able to plant 37,647, a figure more than the set goal.

However, Luengas admitted that overall, Surigao del Sur was not able to hit its target of planting 142,000 trees, saying that only a total of 136,125 trees was attained or short of 5,875.

It was learned that the deficit was caused by Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) in Bislig City that failed to deliver its commitment of bringing in 1,200 participants to supposedly plant 36,000 trees.

The said office was only able to produce 1,029 planters for 29,766 trees in an enrolled area of 72 hectares but has planted only 59.53 hectares. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


Feature: Malunggay jumpstarts good nutrition for better health

By Noelle Lyn C. Santos

Are you missing your kids riding a bike, running around, dancing and jumping during playtime lately?

It is usual to see children tired after doing vigorous activities. But, what if their energy is always on the slump, the sparkle in their eyes disappears and their boisterous laughter starts to wane?

Should you take it as ordinary mood swings or should you start to worry?

Neglecting these “low-batt” signs can possibly lead to serious nutrition problems.
Weakness, fatigue, poor vision and lack of concentration may indicate that your kids are experiencing hidden hunger.

Hidden Hunger: Modernized Micronutrient Deficiencies
Relatively new to the ears of most, hidden hunger has been a persistent antagonist in the public health sector.

Hidden hunger is the modernized term for micronutrient deficiencies that affects infants and children in the country.

According to the 2008 National Nutrition Survey of the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI), micronutrients like iron, vitamin A and iodine are commonly lacking in the diet of Filipino children.

These micronutrients, if not supplemented adequately in your child’s diet, may eventually delay normal growth, mental development and overall health.

How will parents protect children from hidden hunger?

Though the government actively supports programs alleviating hidden hunger through food fortification, supplementation and nutrition education, practical solutions that can done at home still need to be developed.

FNRI-DOST’s Plan of Action

Related to this researchers from the FNRI of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) led by Miss Leah A. Perlas evaluated the consumption of vegetables widely available in the country.

Malunggay: The Wonder Gulay

Moringa oleifera, locally known as malunggay, easily grows in the backyard and is economical.

Often added in soupy Filipino favorite dishes like chicken tinola and chicken binakol, malunggay has evolved in form and use. Leaves may be served raw or dry.

Packed with iron, vitamin A, B-vitamins, calcium and other micronutrients, malunggay is recognized as a potent food source that can help ease micronutrient deficiency.

Thus, malunggay is gaining popularity as the “wonder gulay”.

MLP Fortification

The malunggay leaves powder (MLP), as used in a study by the FNRI, can easily blend with various dishes without affecting overall flavor.

The study included 121 school children 8 to 12 years who are underweight, anemic or both. The subjects were then divided into two groups.

For 120 days, half of the group was fed with snack foods containing 3 grams of MLP while the other group was given non-MLP, fortified preparations.
Arroz caldo, ginataan mais, macaroni soup, pancit canton and polvoron were the selected snack foods fed to children under the supervision of the researchers to ensure validity and accuracy of feeding.

All foods were weighed before serving.

Those with additional 3 grams of MLP were individually mixed onsite, while polvoron was prepared ahead of time.

After 3 months of feeding, children who consumed MLP fortified snack foods recorded an increase in their vitamin A intake, height, weight, hemoglobin levels and serum and red cell folate compared to those who consumed non-MLP fortified snacks.

Both groups had increased retinol levels while no effect was observed in terms of their riboflavin and calcium parameters. Retinol is pre-formed vitamin A. present only in animal foods.

Nonetheless, more than half of the MLP group that were classified as severely thin improved in nutritional status compared to the non-MLP group.

JUST Add 3 Grams!

The findings of the study support malunggay’s potential in improving the micronutrient levels in a child’s diet.

With malunggay, parents now have a better choice of an additional ingredient in enhancing their child’s health and nutritional well-being.

Just by adding 3 grams of malunggay leaves powder, we can help our children pave the way to a better future.

Of course, it is still best to feed them with a variety of nutritious foods with lots of tender loving care as they grow up to become healthy adults.

For more information, contact: Dr. Mario V. Capanzana, Director, FNRI-DOST, General Santos Avenue, Bicutan, Taguig City; Telefax Numbers: 837-2934 and 837-3164; email: mvc@fnri.dost,gov, mar_v_c@yahoo.com; website: http://www.fnri.dost.gov.ph. (FNRI-DOST S & T Media Service/PIA-Caraga)


Lathalain: Paano mababawasan ang pag-inom ng alak?

Ni Ma. Idelia G. Glorioso

Ang pag-inom ng alak ay nakaugalian ng mga Pinoy tuwing may pagdiriwang ng iba’t-ibang okasyon. Magarbo o simpleng okasyon man ay kakikitaan ng alak sa mesa.

Mahirap iwasan ang pag-inom ng alak sa ganitong mga okasyon, lalo na kung ang kasama ay ang mga kabarkada, kaopisina o katrabaho.

Ngunit maaaring  mabawasan ang pag-inom ng alak. Narito ang ilang payo:

-       Uminom ng mas maraming tubig habang umiinom ng alak.
-       Lumipat sa low alcohol beer o low alcohol wine.
-       Uminom sa mas maliit na baso ng alak kaysa dati.
-       Magdagdag ng mas maraming non-alcoholic mixers tulad ng juice o kalamansi.
-       Uminom ng fruit juice o non-alcoholic wine.

Ayon sa 2012 Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos (NGF), maging physically active, pumili ng masustansyang pagkain, i-manage ang stress, iwasan ang sobrang pag-inom ng alak at huwag manigarilyo para maiwasan ang mga lifestyle-related non-communicable diseases

Ang NGF ay binuo ng Technical Working Group (TWG) sa pamumuno ng  Food and Nutrition Research Institute ng Department of Science and Technology (FNRI-DOST),

Sa pag-iwas sa alak, maiiwasan din ang gastos,  sakit at  iba pang panganib sa buhay.


Para sa karagdagang impormasyon tungkol sa pagkain at nutrisyon, lumiham o tumawag sa Food and Nutrition Research Institute-DOST, Bicutan, Taguig City, Tel. No. 837-29-34 or 837-20-71 loc. 2287, email: mvc@fnri.dost.gov.ph;  FNRI-DOST website:http//www.fnri@dost.gov.ph. (FNRI-DOST S&T Media Service/PIA-Caraga)