Mayor Isko eyes serving ‘newly improved’ Nutribun to public schoolchildren next year

Marje Pelayo   •   October 17, 2019   •   1162

Manila Mayor Isko Domagoso

MANILA, Philippines – Mayor Isko Domagoso let elementary students in Rosauro Almario Elementary School (RAES) have the first taste of what he calls ‘newly improved’ Nutribun.

Domagoso is planning to revive the supplementary feeding program for public elementary school children that was first launched in the 70s under the late President Ferdinand Marcos.

“Disente. Naka-plastic. Maayos.  Iyong alam mong pinag-isipan, pinag-planuhan (It comes in plastic packaging. You’ll know it’s carefully designed and planned),” Domagoso said as he described the packaging of the bread.

“Medyo malambot na iyon. Pansinin mo. Hindi na makababasag ng panga. Noong araw kasi ang tigas niya. Lumalaban iyon na parang tsinelas (It’s softer now. Take a look. It’s no longer hard or rubbery),” he added.

The supplementary feeding program was launched between 1968 and 1970 in cooperation with the United States under the USAID Food for Peace program aimed at alleviating childhood malnutrition in the Philippines.

The program ended in 1997.

Nutribun, along with other food items, was served to public school children across the country for free.

On Wednesday, the local government of Manila together with the Philippine Society of Bakery (PSB) distributed nutrition-packed Nutribun coinciding with the World Bread Day.

(It has flour, soy, milk, butter and Vitamin C as well as Niacin, Riboflavin, and Vitamin A),” explained Jonathan Cabiles, PSB vice president, of the nutritional content of the bread.

According to Imelda Tubao, RAES’ school nurse, among the more than 8,000 school children in RAES, 446 are what they call “severely wasted” or described by UNICEF as ‘dangerously thin.’

Meanwhile, a total of 825 are considered ‘wasted’ or slightly undernourished. Most of their students come from poor families.

So far, the local government of Manila has selected students who are regular recipient of free breakfast.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DWSD), meanwhile, has also been serving free lunch and free snacks to selected schools in Manila which needed nutritional assistance.

According to Tubao, the re-introduction of the nutribun program will definitely improve the students’ learning habits.

“Iyong brain niya umaandar kasi kailangan busog ang tiyan (The students’ brain will improve its function because the stomach is full),” she said.

“Attentive na siya sa pakikinig sa guro. Maiintindihan na niya yung lesson ni teacher at dagdag noon, hindi na siya a-absent (Students will be more attentive to understand the teachers’ lessons. Likewise, it will prevent them from skipping school),” she added.

Aside from its nutritional benefits, Mayor Isko said he decided to revive the Nutribun program because it means not just the bread but memories of his childhood.

“I’m a product of public education system. We were so excited to go to school simply because of this nutribun and Klim,” he said.

“Kapag humilata ka sa bahay tatamad tamad ka, nganga. Kapag sumokpa ka sa eskwelahan may tinapay ka tapos may Klim (If you’re lazy staying home, you’ll get nothing. But if you go to school, you’ll get bread and milk),” the Mayor added.

Mayor Isko targets to kick start the Nutribun supplementary food program by next year and will be implemented in all public schools across the city of Manila. – MNP (with reports from Bernard Dadis)

Female driver arrested after assaulting traffic enforcer in Manila

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 27, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — A female driver was arrested by authorities on Thursday (May 27) after assaulting an enforcer of the Manila Traffic and Parking Bureau (MTPB).

The police identified the driver as Pauline Mae Salamero, 26. Salamero was flagged down by traffic enforcers after she violated the traffic signal.

After witnessing the violation traffic enforcers motioned the driver to stop. However, the suspect disregarded the call and continued driving. The traffic enforcers chased the suspect until she was flagged down on Osmeña Highway corner Estrada St., Malate, Manila.

Salamero also refused to provide her driver’s license and other documents. She also refused to follow the officers the Manila Police District MPD Special Mayor’s Reaction Team (MPD-SMaRT).

“When the suspect was instructed by the traffic enforcers to follow them at the impounding area the same refused to follow but instead she alighted from her vehicle and assaulted them,” according to the report.

The suspect was brought to the MPD-SMaRT for proper disposition and investigation. AAC

Justice Jose Abad Santos General Hospital in Manila limits admission of non-COVID OB patients

Marje Pelayo   •   May 20, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The management of the Justice Jose Abad Santos General Hospital (JJASGH) located in Binondo has announced that it is temporarily limiting admissions of non-COVID OB-Gyne patients.

The Manila Public Information Office (PIO) released a statement on the hospital’s behalf through its Facebook page.

“Please be informed that Justice Jose Abad Santos General Hospital (JJASGH) will temporarily LIMIT admissions of Non-COVID OB-GYN patients to imminent deliveries,” the statement said.

The implementation of the limited number of non-COVID OB-Gyne patients, which has taken effect Wednesday (May 19) at 11:00 p.m., will remain “until the hospital is able to discharge most of its patients.”

The Manila Public Information Office made the announcement on the hospital’s behalf through its Facebook page.

“The hospital’s Non-COVID wards and RR are overflowing (2 to 3-in-a-bed) with 240% occupancy rate,” the advisory said.

CITY HEALTH ADVISORY: Please be informed that Justice Jose Abad Santos General Hospital (JJASGH) will temporarily LIMIT…

Posted by Manila Public Information Office on Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Manila City buys 500 additional Tocilizumab vials for COVID-19 patients

Marje Pelayo   •   May 19, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The city government of Manila procured about 500 additional vials of the life-saving Tocilizumab for the treatment of COVID-19 patients.

The delivery of the immunosuppressive drug already arrived in the city which Manila City Mayor Francisco ‘Isko Moreno’ Domagoso and Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna-Pangan inspected on Tuesday (May 18).

In a statement, Domagoso said the Tocilizumab vials will be offered to patients admitted in public and private hospitals, whether residents of Manila or not.

“Ito po ay io-offer din natin sa public and private hospitals for free bukod sa six district hospitals ng lungsod at Manila Health Department,” Domagoso said.

“Sa maliit nating kaparaanan, mas makatutulong po tayo sa nakararami nating kababayan. The COVID-19 pandemic is a universal problem. It has to be approached inclusively,” the Mayor said.

Manila City General Services officer, Thelma Perez said the additional vials were procured by the local government to strengthen the city’s response against the pandemic.

Perez said the local government allocated P13 million for the procurement of these vials.


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