TAGUM CITY – With the local government of Tagum gearing itself towards eradicating malnourishment in the city, Mayor Allan Rellon launched the First 1000 Days (F1KD) program last October 31, 2019, at the New City Hall Atrium during the Couples Congress that was held in celebration of Safe Motherhood Day.
As one of the three cities in the country that piloted Zuellig Family Foundation’s Urban Nutrition Governance Project, the LGU amplified its focus on reducing undernutrition, implementing the said nutritional program that targets adolescent mothers, urban poor women with young children, indigenous women and children, and transient families in the city.
Launched in support of the 2018-enacted Kalusugan at Nutrisyon ng Mag-Nanay Act, the F1KD program aims to inform the Tagumenyo mothers on the importance of good maternal nutrition, proper infant and young child feeding practices, and the range of available services for early childhood care and development.
Facilitated by the City Health Office, the launch of the program has served to strengthen the capacity of the city government in their planning, fund allocation, and the delivery of services for the first 1000 days of pregnant women and their infant.
To help in the monitoring of the health of pregnant women, free medical services were given during the Couples Congress such as OB-GYN consultation, medical laboratory services, HIV counseling and testing, among others, to the mothers who were also given maternal kits which they will use when they will give birth.
Present during the launching of the project at the atrium of the City Hall were representatives from the Zuelig Family Foundation, Regional Nutrition Council XI, Davao Regional Medical Center, and Tagum Officials. (Miko Pongan/CIO Tagum)