Posted by: Teng | August 4, 2008

Healthy Food, Healthy Kid launched in Panacan Dos, Narra

By JCI Mem. Cheryl A. Galili

President Gemma during the launching of Healthy Food, Healthy Kid Feeding Program in Barangay Panacan Dos, Narra on July 26, 2008. (Photo by NVP Teng Formoso)

AROUND A hundred children benefitted from the “Healthy Food, Healthy Kid Feeding Program” that was jointly launched on July 26 at Matatag community in Panacan Dos village, Narra by the officers and members of the JCI Narra Katala, JCI Puerto Princesa Peacock, Inc. and the JCI Palawan Region.

The feeding program was launched in the municipality as a project for the JCI Narra Katala, whose president is JCI Mem. Leonora Guanco-Maala, and as a support to Mayor Clarito D. Demaala’s goal to solve the problem of undernourished children in Panacan Dos.

Speaking in front of barangay officials of Panacan Dos, parents and children, JCI Mem. Gemma B. Medina, LOM president of the JCI Puerto Princesa Peacock, Inc., encouraged parents in the area to take care of the health of their children by feeding them with food that is high in nutritional value so they grow healthy.

“We are launching this project because we want Narra to have happy and healthy children. Children who are not fed with food that is high in nutritional value are susceptible to different kinds of illnesses. We have to strengthen their immune system and that will only happen if you help take care of their health,” she said.

The undernourished children of Panacan Dos were fed with newly cooked soup made of vegetables, pasta shells and milk donated by sponsors. The Panacan BEANS, barangay health workers, barangay officials and others help in preparing them for the children.

“We would like to thank the parents of the children who are here right now because they show that they really, really care for the welfare of their children. We must not neglect their health because that’s one way for them to be happy in the community,” Maala said.

According to barangay chairman Josefina Danao, Panacan Dos is one of the barangays in Narra where the number of undernourished children is high. “We are thankful that there are organizations like you from Puerto Princesa who are willing to come this far to help our undernourished children,” she said.

She stated that the leadership of the members of the Jaycees in Palawan should be emulated by other young professionals because it is a “good feeling” to help people who are in need.

“Health is wealth,” said JCI Mem. Celeste Anna R. Formoso, the JCI national vice president for Palawan Region. She explained that healthy children have more opportunities than those who are not because they have chances against getting sick.

She likewise encouraged the parents who attended the launching to open their eyes on the need for their children to be healthy and active as they grow up to face the challenges of the future.

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