Palawan Provincial Nutrition Action Officer (PNAO) Rachel Paladan reported to the Provincial Nutrition Council-Technical Working Group (PNC-TWG) the results of the Operation Plus Weight (OPT) conducted for the year 2021.
According to the data, Malnutrition Prevalence Rate (MPR) has dropped when it comes to underweight and severely underweight children. Palawan recorded 7.05 % for the year 2021, lower than the previous year 2020 which was 8.65 %.
“Masaya tayo dahil sa kabila ng malaking hamong kinakaharap ng Palawan pagdating sa usapin ng malnutrisyon at ng pandemyang dulot ng COVID-19 ay patuloy rin ang mga aktibidad at inisyatibo ng Pamahalaang Panlalawigan katuwang ang ibang mga NGOs upang maibaba natin ang Malnutrition Prevalence Rate ng Palawan, katuwang natin diyan ang DOH at National Nutrition Council (NNC),” PNAO Paladan said.
The OPT conducted annually is the basis of obtaining MPR in the barangays, it is in accordance with the rule of the National Nutrition Council (NNC). In Palawan, it is conducted by the Provincial Government through the Provincial Nutrition Office in collaboration with the Barangay Environment, Agriculture and Nutrition Scholars or BEANS for children aged 0-71 months.
Other activities of the Provincial Nutrition Office continue to address the nutritional needs of the countryside through the Malnutrition Reduction Program. Some of these are micronutrient supplementation, deworming activity, complementary feeding program, mother’s class nutrition education campaign, Integrated Community Food Production which includes the distribution of vegetable seeds for planting in the yards and the implementation of Guaranteed Children.