RO9 ZDSOrdinanceThe first in Region 9! The Province of Zamboanga del Sur, through the chair of the Nutrition Committee Provincial Governor Victor J. Yu and the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of the Province of Zamboanga del Sur enacted and approved Provincial Ordinance No. 040-2020 also called as “An Ordinance Strengthening Barangay Nutrition Program by Providing for a Barangay Nutrition Scholar in Every Barangay; Providing Funds Thereof and For Other Purposes in Accordance with Presidential Decree No. 1569”. This ordinance was approved to provide guidance and measures in support to the Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNSs) to enable them to effectively participate in the nutrition and nutrition-related services and development of the province as well.

RO9 NationalHealthInsuranceMonth2021February is the country’s National Health Insurance Month in recognition of the significant role that insurance plays in every Filipino’s life. 

To improve health and reduce the financial burden on households, National Health Insurance Program (NHIP) was established to provide universal health insurance coverage and ensure affordable, acceptable, available, and accessible health care services for all Filipino citizens.

Illnesses can have a significant financial impact on affected households, especially debilitating ones. Many people resorted to alternative means of attending to their health due to limited access to affordable and quality health care. The National Health Insurance program of the government aims to provide affordable access to health care to improve Filipino’s quality of life.

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                Author: Hon. Emma C. Santiago

                Kagawad on Health and Nutrition


In line with the health and nutrition program of Brgy. Poblacion, a cross-visit activity to a neighboring province was conceived as an opening step before implementation come into picture.

The cross-visit focused on the outstanding nutrition programs of Piñan, Zamboanga del Norte. In attendance to the activity were Barangay Officials, BNC and BNS spearheaded by the newly elected Punong Barangay and MNAO.


RO9 NationalDownSyndrome2021February is National Down Syndrome Consciousness Month. This month-long celebration aims to promote nationwide awareness of the Down Syndrome condition and to help educate the people about the great potential possessed by children diagnosed with this condition to help them enjoy full and decent lives with dignity and respect they deserve from everyone.

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has declared the month of February of 2002 and the month of February every year as the “National Down Syndrome Consciousness Month” under Proclamation No. 157 she signed on February 18, 2002. The Down Syndrome Association of the Philippines takes the lead in the celebration. The Department of Health, Department of Education, the Department of Labor and Employment, the Department of Social Welfare and Development, other related agencies, and appropriate Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) are enjoined to extend their utmost support and cooperation in the commemoration of this special event.

RO9 OralHealth2021Maintaining a good oral health is essential to maintaining good overall health. The National Dental Health Month (NDHM) is observed every February pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 559 signed by then President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. The observance aims to strengthen public awareness on the importance of good oral health. It encourages dentists, students, government agencies, and professional organizations to reach out to more people with no access to dental services.

RO9 TransFat101Trans fatty acids or trans fats are formed when manufacturers turn liquid oils into solid fats via a process called hydrogenation. It is a process by which vegetable oils are converted to solid fats simply by adding hydrogen atoms. With hydrogenation, the shelf life and flavor stability of foods increases. Although some trans fatty acids are found naturally in small quantities in some foods such as beef, pork, butter, and milk, most trans fatty acids still come from hydrogenated foods.

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