Nutrition officials remind public of ‘no milk donation policy’ in PH
Marje Pelayo • January 17, 2020 • 382
The eruption of Taal Volcano has moved individuals and organizations to help by means of donating relief items to displaced residents in evacuation centers across the affected provinces of Batangas and Cavite.
During calamities like this, the most affected are always the children, especially babies who depend only on mother’s milk for nourishment.
But in as much as mothers would want to ask for supply of baby food alternatives, it is prohibited by law.
The National Nutrition Council (NNC) reminds the public that a ‘no-milk donation policy’ is being implemented in the country for victims of disasters and calamities.
The NNC said that in compliance to Executive Order 51 or The Milk Code and its Revised Implementing Rules and Regulations: “Donations of breast milk substitutes including infant formula, powdered milk, and other milk; feeding bottles, teats, and commercial baby food are not allowed, and these should not be part of general distribution of emergency food packs.”
Thus, health workers are not allowed by law to accept and distribute breastmilk substitutes.
The World Health Organization (WHO) recognizes the Philippine Milk Code as one of the strongest breastfeeding protection laws in the world.
It imposes strict regulation upon the marketing of formula milk or other breastfeeding alternatives because it poses harmful effects to babies’ health.
The Council emphasized that “artificial feeding using milk other than breast milk is not safe due to a lack of supply of clean water and fuel for sterilization and boiling utensils, among others,” which is true in evacuation centers where sanitation is of major concern.
Lack of sanitation and clean water may lead to diarrhea which, the NCC said, is one of the leading causes of death in children in the world.
Likewise, uncontrolled distribution of breastmilk substitutes such as powdered and formula milk can lead to early and unnecessary cessation of breastfeeding.
The National Policies on Infant and Young Children (DOH-AO 2006-0014) states that in times of crisis, “breastfeeding is the first and best feeding option for infants and young children and that mothers and babies should remain together and provided with support to be able to feed appropriately even under difficult circumstances,” the NNC cited.
The Department of Health (DOH) meanwhile stressed that in times of emergencies, the following feeding options are recommended:
expressed breastmilk, fed by cup;
breastfeeding from healthy wet nurse;
human milk from milk bank, fed by cup.
“Should these options become unavailable, the last option is to feed by cup infant formula (unlabeled) which should be only under the supervision of health and nutrition workers and prepared centrally,” the NNC recommended.
MANILA, Philippines — Players from UNTV Cup – the Liga of Public Servants – are set to join the Wish Olympics, a charity sports and entertainment event for the benefit of the victims of the Taal Volcano eruption.
Among the players are PNP Responders’ Mariano “Neil Perez” Flormata Jr. and Anton Tolentino, Julius Casaysayan of Agriculture Food Masters, Rod William Vasallo of PITC Global Traders and Carlo Gonzalez of GSIS Furies.
PBA Legends and UNTV Cup Commissioners Atoy Co and Ed Cordero, as well as PBA Legends Allan Caidic, Johnny Abarrientos, Jayjay Helterbrand, Chris Calaguio, and Willie Miller, will also be gracing the event and extend their support.
Spearheaded by Wish 107.5 innovator and public service advocate, Kuya Daniel Razon, Wish Olympics will be held on February 23, 2020, at Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
It is aimed at extending more charity works to the people of Batangas, Cavite, and Laguna who have been severely affected by the explosion of the Taal Volcano.
Since the first week of the calamity, UNTV and the Members Church of God International, together with local and national government agencies have been carrying out medical missions and relief efforts for the victims.
Razon said he realizes the enormity of the eruption’s aftermath and that it will take months before the evacuees could carry on again with their normal lives.
This, he said, prompted him to think of ways to better extend assistance to the victims, and such is by way of the said sports and entertainment event.
It will be participated in by artists like Morisette, Imago, Clara Benin, Jayda, The Juans, The Wishfuls, Rhea Basco, Mark Herras, JayR, Rayver Cruz, Ejay Falcon, Young JV, Jordan Herrera, Adrian Alandy, James Blanco, Albie Casino, Gerhard Acao and Axel Torres.
Professional volleyball players and TV/movie personalities such as Gretchen Ho, Kathy Bersola, Claudia Barretto, Gwen Zamora, Roma Joy Doromal, Che Sindayen, Jem Ferrer, Patcharee Saengmuang, Sandy Delos Santos, Aya Fernandez, Casey Da Silva, Ana Gopico, Amanda Villanueva, Nicole Tiamzon, Heather Guino-o, and Erika Alkuino will also team up for a friendly volleyball match.
MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) reported only about 29 volcanic earthquakes around Taal Volcano in the past 24 hours, an indication that rocks underground are breaking.
A column of white steam also continues to form but only up to 50 meters in height.
It has been a week since PHIVOLCS downgraded alert level over the Taal volcano to level 2 from the previous level 3.
According to PHIVOLCS OIC Usec. Renato Solidum, they need to observe Taal volcano’s activities for one more week before they can decide whether to further downgrade the alert status based on the agency’s standard operating procedure.
“Basta tuloy-tuloy ang kanyang mga parametro na bumababa ang bilang pwede natin masabi na pwede nating ibaba ito sa alert level number one (If the parameters continue to reduce in number, we might lower the alert level to number one),” Solidum said.
Entry restrictions remain within the permanent danger zone in Taal Volcano Island.
Solidum said the local government unit needs to assess first if the former residential areas would be conducive for living.
PHIVOLCS does not recommended constructing houses on the volcano island due to the risk of having the ground break apart should the volcano proceed to erupt. MNP (with details from Rey Pelayo)
MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) on Friday downgraded Taal Volcano’s status from alert level 3 to alert level 2 following indications of decreased unrest in the recent weeks.
In its bulletin, Phivolcs said it lowered the alert level status of Taal Volcano after three weeks due to less frequent volcanic activity, stabilizing ground deformation of the Taal Caldera and Taal Volcano Island edifices, and weak steam or gas emissions at the Main crater.
“DOST-PHIVOLCS is lowering the alert status of Taal Volcano from Alert Level 3 to Alert Level 2 to reflect the overall decreasing trend in the level of monitoring parameters,” it said.
Alert Level 2 means there is decreased unrest, but State volcanologists said this should not be interpreted that unrest has ceased or that the threat of an eruption has disappeared.
The agency also reminds the public that at alert level 2, sudden steam-driven or phreatic explosions, volcanic earthquakes, ashfall and lethal accumulations or expulsions of volcanic gas can occur and threaten areas within the volcano island and its coast.
It also advised that entry to the Taal Volcano Island – a permanent danger zone – shall remain prohibited.
“Local government units are advised to additionally assess previously evacuated areas within the seven-kilometer radius for damages and road accessibilities and to strengthen preparedness, contingency and communication measures in case of renewed unrest,” Phivolcs said.
“People are also advised to observe precautions due to ground displacement across fissures, frequent ashfall, and minor earthquakes. Communities beside active river channels particularly where ash from the main eruption phase has been thickly deposited should increase vigilance when there is heavy and prolonged rainfall since the ash can be washed away and form lahars along the channels,” it added.
Civil aviation authorities are also advised to direct pilots to avoid flying close to the volcano as airborne ash and ballistic fragments from sudden explosions and wind-remobilized ash may pose hazards to aircraft.
Phivolcs said alert level 3 may be raised again should an uptrend or pronounced change in monitored parameters forewarn a potential eruption.
On January 12, Taal Volcano spewed kilometers-high ash plumes which prompted state volcanologists to raise its status to alert level 4. Thousands of residents within the 14-kilometer radius from the main crater were ordered to flee their homes due to a possible hazardous eruption.
Two weeks later, Phivolcs downgraded Taal’s status to alert level 3, which allowed displaced residents outside the seven-kilometer danger zone to return to their homes.
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