Davao City- On the second consecutive year, Compostela Valley Province bagged the highly coveted Green Banner Awards. The distinction is given to local government units that recorded the lowest child malnutrition incidence. Senior Board Member and former Governor Arturo T. Uy along with employees from the Provincial Health Office-Nutrition Council received the award before National Nutrition Council-XI Program Coordinator Maria Teresa L. Ungson last October 28, 2019 at SMX Convention Center, Davao City.

Due to the 95.18 percent that Compostela Valley garnered during the Annual Monitoring and Evaluation of the Nutrition Programs conducted by the Inter-Agency Regional Technical Working-Group to all provinces and cities in Davao Region. Compostela Valley also recorded the lowest child malnutrition incidence in the region recording 2.9 percent.

Since 2007, Compostela Valley rolled out programs that address hunger and malnutrition especially among children. Among these programs are the Adopt a Child, the Kusina Ng Kalinga, supplemental feeding among children in their early development phase, provision of vitamins and other services to pregnant women.

Reading the message in behalf of Governor Tyron Uy, Senior Board Member Uy said that the award is a product of convergence between local government units, non-government organizations and national government agencies.

“Through the bayanihan of the employees of the provincial government, we were able to rescue many children from the bondage of hunger and poverty”, he said.

The former governor continued that addressing malnutrition is an urgent matter. He underscored that a truly progressive society is one that is characterized by well-nourished citizens.

“We can never build a peaceful world out of empty stomachs and human misery because the foundation of a truly peaceful and progressive community is always a healthy and well-nourished society”, he quips.

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