THE Marikina City government formally implemented its Nutribun Program in an effort to provide proper nutrition to 21,000 kinder and elementary public school children in the city.
Mayor Marcelino “Marcy” Teodoro together with the Department of Education (DepEd) and Department of Health (DoH) led the launching of the Nutribun Program at Parang Elementary School yesterday morning.
The local government of Marikina revived the Marcos-era Nutribun program to overcome malnutrition among public school students and achieve zero malnutrition rate next year.
The launching of the Nutribun Program was attended by around 1,170 kinder and elementary students and their parents.
Stressing the importance of nutritious meals to developing children, the mayor said the LGU came up with giving free breads fortified with vitamins and minerals, and milk to young students.
“Titingnan natin ang kanilang grades at performance after 120 days kung nag-improve sila sa pag-aaral. Ayon kasi sa mga pag-aaral, may relasyon ang tamang nutrisyon sa performance sa pag-aaral ng mga bata,” the mayor said before the mothers and children present at the launching.
The mayor told the parents not to rely solely on schools in providing proper nutrition to their children as they should be the ones advocating healthy eating habits.
As ordered by Mayor Teodoro, Marikina LGUs will conduct a seminar on nutrition among parents to teach them the recommended food daily allowance needed by their growing children.
“Sa kanilang batang edad, talagang mapili sila sa pagkain, picky eaters kumbaga kaya naman dapat ang i-push natin sa kanila ay balanced nutrition. Kailangan nating ituro ang tamang pagkain sa ating mga anak,” the mayor said.
Meanwhile, Mayor Teodoro lauded former City Counselor Judy Magtubo, head of the program, for successfully implementing all his plans on the Nutribun Program.
Magtubo said that they are also providing milk to go along with the fortified bun.