Recognized as one of the top performing Local Government Units (LGUs) in the Philippines for an excellent and efficient implementation of local health programs, the Municipality of Salcedo in the Eastern Samar Province would like to envision a disaster risk resilient community through capacity development and better emergency management among health workers and barangay officials.
On May 30 to June 1, 2017 and June 5-7, 2017 barangay nutrition scholars, barangay nutrition ambassadors, barangay health workers and barangay officials from the forty-one (41) barangays of the municipality attended the training-workshop on Nutrition in Emergencies (NiEm) conducted at the Salcedo Demonstration Farm, Barangay Naparaan, Salcedo, Eastern Samar.
Municipal Mayor, Atty. Melchor Llego Mergal said that the LGU through the Rural Health Unit headed by Dr. Ma. Socorro S. Campo is working hardly towards a resilient and healthy community priotizing health and nutrition during emergencies. Being a 5th class municipality in the Eastern Visayas Region, the good mayor believes that health preparedness in emergencies is a very important component in disaster management.
In 2015, the municipality, in partnership with the different non-governmental organizations and entities crafted the Emergency Preparedness, Response and Recovery Plan which will give directions for the effective and efficient response and recovery in the event of health related emergency disaster.
The NiEm training is one of the lined-up activities of the LGU which will help barangay staff in health emergency skills and management. During the training, invited resource persons from the National Nutrition Council (NNC) namely: RNPC Dr. Catalino P. Dotollo, Jr, NO III Nino Archie S. Labordo, NOII Ullasini J. Pangan and PNAO Sallie Jabinal discussed the topics on (1) Disaster Risk Reduction and Management System in the Philippines; (2) Nutrition in Emergencies; (3) Nutritional Assessment during Emergencies; (4) Infant and Young Child Feeding in Emergencies; (5) Micronutrient Supplementation; (6) Supplementary Feeding and (7) Management of Acute Malnutrition. One of the outputs of the training-workshop is the formulation of the local level Nutrition in Emergency Plan.
This initiative of the LGU is parallel with the United Nations commitment in achieving the Sustainable Development Goal of ensuring healthy lives and the promotion of well-being for all at all ages. ###