Bontoc, Mountain Province – Sixty families in this capital town received free-range chicks, feeds and vegetable seedlings from the Bontoc Local Government Unit (LGU) on November 23, 2021.
Vice Mayor Eusebio Kabluyen who represented Mayor Franklin Odsey during the turnover mentioned that brown eggs and vegetables will soon be added as food on the table of the recipients.
He said that this is part of the intervention initiatives of the Bontoc LGU to promote health and nutrition among its constituents especially among malnourished children in the municipality.
Municipal Nutrition Action Officer Venous Faith Cofulan of the Municipal Health Office (MHO) explained the recipients are parents or guardians of the malnourished children who are ages 0-59 months who all underwent the Operation Timbang Plus (OPT+) conducted by the MHO.
The recipients are from Barangays Balili, Bayyo, Bontoc Ili, Caluttit, Can-eo, Dalican, Mainit, Samoki, Talubin, and Tocucan.
Cofulan added that each recipient was given 10 heads of free-range chicks and 17.5 kilograms of feeds.
Municipal Agriculturist Renato Falag-ey remarked that going back to basics by producing organic food through free-range chicken brown egg production and backyard gardening are cost-efficient and healthy.
This undertaking of the Bontoc LGU was realized through the Municipal Nutrition Council with the members to include the Office of the Municipal Agriculturist (OMAg), MHO,
Municipal Nutrition Action Officer, Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office (MSWDO), Chairperson on Committee on Health and Sanitation, Department of Education (DepEd)- Bontoc District and Information Office. The MNC is chaired by the mayor.
By Alpine L. Killa