Surigao City– On September 16, 2022, Purok-3, Barangay Canlanipa, Surigao City served as the launch location for the Adopt-a-Community Project of the Caraga Regional Hospital's Department of Family and Community Medicine with the theme: “Himsog na Pamilya, para sa Himsog na Komunidad”.
The project, which will last for two years, is intended to offer fundamental services that are necessary for improving nutrition and health. The project team is trying to assist families in achieving at least a near-normal nutritional status in the area because of its high rates of severe acute malnutrition.
Joel A. Cambalon, the barangay captain of Canlanipa, expressed his gratitude for the initiative and expressed his hope that in the near future there would be no more malnourished children within barangay Canlanipa and would achieve healthy community.
The UNICEF Representative, Kristine Angeli Gimongala, Nutrition Cluster Coordinator, said that the Adopt-a-Community program is not a charity. This wasn’t given out of pity. She added that this is given because this is what is due, with due help from all those who can.
Cheryl A. Gotinga, MD, FPPS, MCC I, CRH and Violeta C. Rendon, MD, FPAFP Chair, DFCM both provided statements in support of the project and encouraged the beneficiaries to take an active role in fighting malnutrition in the community.
According to Dr. Cosette Seguis, MD,DFM,RTO, DFCM of Caraga Regional Hospital (CRH), In order to help families access sufficient resources in their community and maintain healthy nutrition, the Department will work hand in hand with other agencies.
The National Nutrition Council-Caraga, OIC Dr. Niño Archie S. Labordo, was present to witness the launch. Dr. Labordo, together with the public health and nutrition workers, signed the commitment statement to support the Adopt-a-Community project and thanked Caraga Regional Hospital for a meaningful and impactful project for the mothers, children, and community.
The progress of the community towards improving nutrition and health depends on active participation by its constituents and its leader. A healthy family is essential to a much healthier environment. #GASaromines