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Negros Oriental – The health and nutrition workers of Barangay San Jose in La Libertad, Negros Oriental were ecstatic after hearing the news of a mother delivering a 3,100 grams healthy baby boy. Her mom Luisa (not her real name) is one of the recipients of Tutok Kainan Supplementation Program (TKSP) implemented in 23 municipalities of the province.

Tutok Kainan is a dietary supplementation program initiated by the National Nutrition Council that aims to help prevent stunting among children up to 23 months old. The program which operationalizes Republic Act 11148 or the Kalusugan at Nutrisyon ng Magnanay Act seeks to improve the quality and quantity of food and nutrition intake, as well as utilization of Early Childhood Care and Development – First 1,000 Days Program (ECCD F1KD) services among “nutritionally at-risk” pregnant women and children aged six to 23 months old in select areas. This is also a COVID-19 response of the agency.

Luisa whose two older children were born with low birth weights was enrolled in the program together with 157 other pregnant mothers from 29 barangays of the municipality. The TKSP in San Jose started on 14 April 2021. With regular prenatal visits, intake of a recommended micronutrient supplementation, such as iron and folic acid, participation in nutrition education classes and attendance to daily food supplementation from the TKSP, the mother believes that all of those played big factors in the health of her child. 

Presently, Luisa regularly brings her child to the health center for his scheduled immunization. The nurse, midwife, barangay nutrition scholar, and barangay health workers, are continuously providing nutrition and health counseling to her and other parents and caregivers on proper infant and young child feeding practices.

The Barangay Nutrition Committee (BNC), headed by Barangay Captain Glory S. Potestas, ensures the good nutrition of her constituents through the BNC’s implementation of the nutrition program in their barangay as stipulated in their Baranga Nutrition Action Plan. She said that as a barangay, they are fully committed to combat malnutrition by investing in nutrition, so they have a healthy and economically wealthy community. // PNFP Kristal Katrina Bacay, RN