The National Nutrition Council bought and delivered the rice as part of its Tutok Kainan Supplementation Program (TKSP), one of the measures under the National Dietary Supplementation Program of the Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition 2017-2022.
“One of the objectives of TKSP is to prevent stunting in children by giving nutritious food commodities to nutritionally at-risk pregnant women and children six to 23 months old,” said Dr. Parolita Mission, NNC 7 regional nutrition program coordinator.
Based on the partial results of the 2020 Operation Timbang Plus (OTP) that local government units (LGUs) in Region 7 submitted to NNC 7, there is a 7.6 percent prevalence of stunted children in 2020 (or 45,810) from 10.25 percent in 2019 (or 75,535). The OTP covers children zero to 59 months old.
According to NNC 7, the nutritional challenge Central Visayas is facing is stunting or short for age because of its critical impact on the child’s ability to grow, thrive, and achieve full potential.
On Thursday, May 6, 2021, 51 barangays in Cebu City implementing the TKSP started their first day of wet feeding pregnant women with cooked iron-fortified rice paired with a healthy viand. The feeding activity will run for 30 days.
These are the same beneficiaries who received an Enhanced Nutribun (eNutribun) for 30 days in April 2021, the first month of the supplemental feeding program in Cebu City. A total of 48,000 eNutribuns were distributed during this period.
According to NNC 7, the eNutribun that was developed by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-FNRI) has more micronutrients like iron and vitamin A. It contains 504 calories, 17.8 grams of protein, 6.08 milligrams of iron, and 244 micrograms of Vitamin A.
The iron-fortified rice with viand is the food commodity for the second month of TKSP’s implementation. The viand is procured from the Carcar Communities and Farmers Multipurpose Cooperative. City Nutrition Scholars and members of Barangay Nutrition Committees are in charge of food preparation and feeding.
In the third month, the beneficiaries will receive an eNutribun and a Lipid Nutrient Supplement Paste Small Quantity (LNS-SQ), high-energy fortified food with added vitamins and minerals.
“NNC 7 through NNC central office purchased the rice from Nutridense Food Manufacturing Corporation, a Pangasinan-based company. The eNutribuns were procured from Bright Star Industries, Inc. based in Cebu City. Both are FNRI-DOST technology adaptors,” said Mission.
NNC allocated P5.04 million for the purchase of food commodities to feed the 1,600 pregnant women in Cebu City who are enrolled in the TKSP. The budget of the eNutribun for each pregnant woman-beneficiary is P22; each meal is P42; and LNS-SQ is P19.
The TKSP is a program that runs for 90 days. It is implemented by NNC in partnership with the LGUs. In Central Visayas, almost 4,000 nutritionally at-risk pregnant women from 21 municipalities and five cities in Negros Oriental and Siquijor and Cebu City were enrolled in the TKSP to receive the dietary supplementation.
Mission said that TKSP also collaborates with DOST-FNRI food technology adopters and the small farmers and fisherfolks who are members of the Agrarian Reform Beneficiary Organization formed by the Department of Agrarian Reform in support of the Enhanced Partnership Against Poverty and Hunger.
“The program seeks to improve the quality and quantity of food and nutrition intake as well as utilization of Early Childhood Care and Development and First 1,000 Days Program among its beneficiaries,” she said. (NRC)