A 90-day dietary supplementary feeding (DSP) program for pregnant women in the province was recently launched by the provincial government, in partnership with the National Nutrition Council (NNC).
Gov. Amado Espino III led the deployment of the supplementary feeding program on July 29 at the Narciso Ramos Sports and Civic Center (NRSCC) funded by the
Nutrition Council with a P34.5-million financial grant in May 2019 for the implementation of the DSP in Bayambang, Umingan, Alaminos City and Urdaneta City.
Provincial Health Officer Anna De Guzman said only Pangasinan is the lone province in Region 1 that received a financial grant from the NNC.
De Guzman said the 90-day dietary supplementation focuses on reducing the number of malnourished pregnant mothers and increase the number of infants with normal birth weight and also backstops 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).
She added that pregnant mothers from Bayambang (900), Umingan (720), Alaminos City (680) and Urdaneta City (700) were chosen as beneficiaries.
Among the commodities that pregnant women will receive regularly are: iron fortified rice, eggs, dairy fresh milk, monggo, dilis, vegetable oil and iodized salt. (PIO/SMDG)
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