Senator Cynthia Villar batted for balanced meals and exercise to achieve a healthy lifestyle.
“An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of care,” Villar, chair of the Senate Committee on Food and Agriculture, told the national conference of Barangay Nutrition Scholars at the SMX convention center on Wednesday.
She also encouraged the Department of Education to continue the school based feeding program to address the malnutrition and short term hunger among public school children which is also under the Philippine Plan of Action on Nutrition as one of the nutrition sensitive programs.
She said all schools are asked to maintain a vegetable garden as a source of ingredients for the feeding program to address the malnutrition.
She revealed that she is building Farm Schools supported by TESDA in every barangay in the Philippines. As of today there are 900 farms schools in the country. “Ang pangarap ko po ay 1600 (farm schools), one farm school in every town in the Philippine,” Villar said.
In these institutions, the people will learn how to grow vegetables for consumption and for business. She also suggests to conduct a contest on vegetable gardening to encourage people to plant and grow vegetables.
The National Nutrition Council in partnership with the LuzViMin BNS Federation Inc. organized the event. It was organized to renew the commitment of the Barangay Nutrition Scholars to defeat malnutrition through the convergence and advancement of good practices for nutrition improvement.
The Mindanao Cluster of BNS is comprised of Zamboanga Peninsula, Nothern Mindanao, Davao Region, South Cotabato, Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat and Sarangani, General Santos City (SOCCSKSARGEN), Caraga and Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao. Around 900 BNS from all over Mindanao gathered on the said event to reaffirm the vision of a malnutrition-free Philippines
“As public servants, we support the goals of the department of health and the national nutrition council carried out by you,” Villar said.
Villar said that according to the study of the United Nation’s food and agricultural organization “Pag hindi natin pinag patuloy ang pag tatanim ng ating mga small farmers sa ating rural areas magugutom tayo 33 years from now or year 2050.” She said that we need to learn how to grow vegetables so that our future generation will not starve.