THE LOCAL government of Jose Panganiban has been urged to encourage the residents pursue backyard gardening as one way of supplementing the nutrition needs of their families.
An overseas Mambulaoan who declined to be named said that the JP-LGU has actually posted on its Facebook account a brief text of Presidential Decree 491, which declares the month of July as “Nutrition Month” throughout the Philippines.
The Nutrition Month bulletin said:
“The National Nutrition Council Technical Committee (NNCTC) has approved the theme for this year’s Nutritioin Month (July) celebration, which is “Pagkain ng gulay ugaliin, araw-araw itong ihain”.
The theme focuses on encouraging Filipinos to increase consumption of vegetable to address micro-nutrient deficiencies and prevent non-communicable diseases and other diseases that include cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
Said the source: “Dapat lang na ang administration ni Mayor (Ricarte) Padilla should vigorously encourage residents with backyard spaces to raise vegetables to supplement the nutrition needs of their families.
He said the prices of vegetables in the market have gone up ridiculously and “therefore families would reduce their vegetable consumption by buying less … but this could be solved if they would only raise the crop right in their own backyards”.
“It would be a sure win-win situation for families with backyard vegetable garden, which is something very easy to do.”
This should be part of the LGU’s nutrition program and also to revive the old habit of physical exercise by sweating it out in the garden, the source said.
The LGU should also supply participating families with the right fast-growing veggie seedlings and technical know-how to make sure the project will succeed, the source said.
He asks: What is the point of posting the nutrition message on its official Facebook account if it cannot do what it preaches?
Padilla should lead the people in working a backyard vegetable garden, the source said.