This July, Philippine public schools will once more mark the annual celebration of Buwan ng Nutrisyon or Nutrition Month. According to the National Nutrition Council (NNC), the theme of the celebration this year is “Gutom at malnutrisyon, sama-sama nating wakasan! (Hunger and malnutrition, let’s fight together!)”
The objective of the theme is to “raise awareness on the need for more action” vis-à-vis the government’s efforts to reduce hunger incidence in the country. Eradicating extreme poverty around the world by 2015 is one of the seven millennium development goals set by the United Nations.
Apart from it, this year’s celebration also aims to achieve the following:
a) Increase awareness on hunger issues and actions to mitigate hunger and malnutrition;
b) Encourage stakeholders to contribute in addressing hunger issues; and
c) Advocate for stronger political action to end hunger.
The Department of Education, through Department Memorandum 67, urged all schools to take part in the celebration by “undertaking meaningful activities which will highlight the importance of good health and nutrition.” Check the said memorandum below or by downloading it in this link (Buwan ng Nutrisyon 2013).
This year’s celebration comes a little over a month after survey firm Social Weather Stations revealed in a study that 9.2% of Filipinos or nearly four million families have experienced involuntary hunger in the first quarter of 2013.