Having recognized the importance of the consumption of adequately iodized salt in the prevention of worsening of Iodine Deficiency Disorders (IDD) status in the country, the Regional Bantay Asin Task Force (RBATF) vowed to start a strong promotion of the Saktong Iodine sa Asin (SISA) seal.
At the regional SISA seal launch conducted by the National Nutrition Council (NNC) Mimaropa at the Makati Palace Hotel on 07 December 2016, RBATF members stated their commitment in strengthening of the awareness on the adequately iodized salt consumption in the region. They also fortified these pledges by signing the commitment tarpaulin for the SISA Seal.
Mr. Lorenzo Suarez of DILG MIMAROPA spoke in behalf of the Regional Technical Working Group (RTWG) on Nutrition and as representative of his agency. He then assured that they will continue to support the advocacies of nutrition and will help in disseminating these specially in local government units.
Mayor Eleonor Fajardo of Magsaysay, Occidental Mindoro then spoke in behalf of local chief executives. She specifically mentioned the need for the localization of the National Salt Iodization Program (NSIP) in their municipality since they are one of the major producers of salt that supply not only in Occidental Mindoro but also in nearby provinces. Others who have stated their support were Ms Teresita Bucao, district nutrition program coordinator (DNPC) of Occidental Mindoro in behalf of the Provincial Bantay Asin Task Force and Ms Robie C. Apiag, provincial nutrition action officer (PNAO) of Marinduque in behalf of the nutrition action officers in the region.
Saktong Iodine sa Asin (SISA) Seal is a quality seal for table salt that aims to address iodine deficiency in the Philippines. This seal will be granted by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to compliant salt products that has 30-70 parts per million iodine content. This will also ensure that only quality salt will be available in the market.