Monday, September 12, 2016

Burgos brgy fights malnutrition through ‘adopt-a-child program

By Leilanie G. Adriano
Staff reporter

BURGOS, Ilocos Norte—In a coastal barangay in this town, volunteers with the help of private individuals are helping fight malnutrition for children aged 0-6 years old.
Barangay Poblacion launched the “adopt-a-child” program in 2011 to help underweight children gain proper nutrition. Today, the program continues.

This year, Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNS) identified at least 12 underweight kids in the barangay; foster parents have since “adopted” these children.

Every day, the children are brought to the barangay hall. There they are given their share of full nutritious lunch. Multivitamins, milk and other food supplements are also provided for them.

According to Barangay Poblacion chairperson Joegie Jimenez, his fellow officials and him initiated the program by themselves in 2011. That time, he said they “adopted” one underweight child each.

By advocating proper nutrition and sponsoring feeding programs, Mr. Jimenez hopes they will succeed in eradicating malnutrition in the village.


“We thank our generous sponsors, especially our balikbayan friends [from] abroad who are helping 

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