Thursday, November 30, 2017

SurSur receives disaster preparedness kits, library resource materials

By Nida Grace P. Barcena

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Nov. 30 (PIA) – The province of Surigao del Sur thru the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office recently received the disaster preparedness kits and library resource materials from the Action Against Hunger during the turn-over ceremony held at Villa Maria Luisa Hotel, in this city.

Action Against Hunger Program Manager Rule Fegarido said a total of 25 barangays were the identified beneficiaries of the disaster preparedness kits from the five municipalities of this province, namely Barobo, Bayabas, Cagwait, Lingig and San Agustin.  

Fegarido added that the donated items were based on the needs of the five municipalities, following the series of workshops and focused group discussions (FGDs) with the vulnerable and marginalized groups such as children, senior citizens, persons with disabilities and women.

“The disaster preparedness kits were composed of megaphones, sirens and reflectorized signages and early warning devices. Some identified (local government unit) LGU beneficiaries also received handheld radios,” Fegarido said.

Aside from the kits, the Action Against Hunger also turned-over the disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation (DRR-CCA) hub to be installed at the provincial library of this province. This will serve as the DRR-CCA practitioners’ venue to access latest resource materials that will strengthen their knowledge and capacity on DRR-CCA programming, planning, monitoring and evaluation.

Meanwhile, Provincial DRRM office chief Abel de Guzman said, “the preparedness kits and early warning devices will ensure early preparations and response from the barangay.”

“We are glad that the Action Against Hunger gave special attention to the persons with disabilities and other vulnerable sectors, which is also a priority of the province,” he added.

Surigao del Sur is one of the recipients of the project entitled “Strengthen Disaster Preparedness and Improve the Effectiveness of Response to Humanitarian Crises in the Philippines” – a four-year project funded by the Agencia Espanola de Cooperacion Internacional Para el Dessarollo (AECID). (PIA-Surigao del Sur)


‘Pinggang Pinoy,' an easy guide to good nutrition

By Ma. Susana O. Encanacion

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 30 – The birth of Pinggang Pinoy or the Filipino food plate came as a clamor from the nutrition community to develop a food guide based on a per meal basis for a healthy adult. 

Contrary to what others thought to be a replacement of the Daily Nutritional Guide (DNG) Pyramid for Filipinos, Pinggang Pinoy serves as a quick and easy guide for determining the amount of food from the three basic food groups should a Filipino eat per meal.

The DNG Pyramid, on the other hand, shows at a glance the whole day’s healthy food intake recommendation for Filipinos in order to have a balanced diet. 

Both tools are based on the latest scientific findings about how food, drink and activity choices affect people’s health.

Food guides themselves are not unique. In fact, almost every country has its own version of a food guide. 

So what makes Pinggang Pinoy unique? 

As its name suggests, Pinggang Pinoy is specially designed for Filipinos which features the GO, GROW and GLOW foods represented by food items commonly consumed by the population. 

The GO food, for example, is represented by a bowl of rice, a staple food of Filipinos, fish like tilapia for GROW food, and banana and malunggay leaves for GLOW food. 

Included in Pinggang Pinoy’s simple and graphic design is also a picture of a glass of water which stresses the importance of sufficient water intake, and a figure jogging to represent regular physical activity.

Recognizing the different nutrient requirements of the different age groups, the FNRI has developed the Pinggang Pinoy plates for children, adolescents, pregnant women and lactating mothers and the elderly. 

The FNRI’s vision is to provide innovative and timely food and nutrition tools that will ensure a healthy and well-nourished Filipino population.

For more information on food and nutrition, you may write, call or visit:  Dr. Mario V. Capanzana, Director, Food and Nutrition Research Institute, Department of Science and Technology, General Santos Avenue, Bicutan, Taguig City; Telephone/ Fax Nos: 837-2934 or 837-3164; Direct Line:839-1839; DOST Trunk Line: 837-2071-82 local 2296 or 2284; email: mvc@fnri.dost.gov.ph or at mar_v_c@yahoo.com; FNRI-DOST website:http://www.fnri.dost.gov.ph.

You may also check our Facebook page at facebook.com/FNRI or follow our Twitter account at twitter.com/FNRI_DOST. (FNRI-DOST S&T Media Service/PIA-Caraga)


Variety of foods for a healthy life

By Jund Rian A. Doringo

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 30 – Did you know that no single food can provide all the nutrients the body needs?

Nutrients provide cells and organs the necessary food to maintain the body’s functions that support life.

Eating a variety of foods every day from all the food groups provides the needed nutrients by the body, with consideration on the amount and balance. It can also help in having an attentive mind. These food groups comprise of energy giving foods such as rice, bread, and root crops, foods that promote growth development such as meat, milk, and legumes, and foods that maintain body processes such as vegetables and fruits.

The first recommendation of the 2012 Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos (NGF) is to eat a variety of foods every day to get the nutrients needed by the body.

Eat a variety of foods to guarantee a healthy body free of macro- and micronutrient deficiency diseases and health-threatening conditions.

For more information on food and nutrition, contact:  Dr. Mario V. Capanzana, Director, Food and Nutrition Research Institute, Department of Science and Technology, General Santos Avenue, Bicutan, Taguig City; Telephone/ Fax Nos: 837-2934 or 837-3164; Direct Line:839-1839; DOST Trunk Line: 837-2071-82 local 2296 or 2284; e-mail: mvc@fnri.dost.gov.ph or at mar_v_c@yahoo.com; FNRI-DOST website: http://www.fnri.dost.gov.ph. 


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