Capitol gets P34.4-M grant to support pregnancy

LINGAYEN-  The provincial government recently received P34,489,860 as financial grant from the National Nutrition Council (NNC) for the implementation of Dietary Supplementation Program (DSP) for pregnant women in the province.

Ma. Eileen B. Blanco, NNC – Regional Office 1 Nutrition Program Coordinator, presented the cheque to the provincial officials led by Provincial Administrator Nimrod S. Camba, and Provincial Health Office (PHO) Chief Dr. Anna Ma. Teresa S. De Guzman on May 21 at the Capitol Building in the presence of by Fourth District Board Member Jeremy Agerico B. Rosario.

The DSP is a program of the Department of Health (DOH) and the NNC that provides health and nutrition services to pregnant women.

In 2018, the provincial board passed a resolution authorizing Governor Amado I. Espino, III to enter and sign a memorandum of agreement with the NNC to fully support the program of the national government in ensuring the holistic development of a child in the province.

Blanco said Pangasinan is the lone province in Region 1 that received the financial grant for the implementation of the DSP Umingan, Bayambang, Alaminos City and Urdaneta City.

The program will supplement the implementation of the Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) that focuses on the first 1,000 days of a child (from pregnancy up to the child’s second birthday).

Blanco pointed out that the program is aimed at preventing malnourishment among children.

De Guzman added it will also support the Buntis Congress of the provincial government that promotes healthy and safe motherhood. (PIO/SMDG)

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