LEGAZPI CITY, Jan. 27 (PNA) -- The City Government of Legazpi has turned over 56 brand new weighing scales to the Legazpi City Schools Division of the Department of Education (DepEd).
Mayor Noel E. Rosal made the turnover to Division Superintendent Cesar Medina and DepEd Bicol Regional Director Ramon Abcede on Monday at the Ibalong Conference Room of the City Hall.
The health equipment will be distributed to the 56 public school principals of the city to be used for monitoring the proper weight of the pre-school children in their own respective areas.
Rosal said the city's donation to the DepEd is in support of the Accelerated Hunger Mitigation Program (AHMP) being implemented by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the DepEd.
Earlier, City Health Officer Fulbert Alec Gillego requested the city chief executive to purchase weighing scales to be used for the implementation of the city’s nutrition program.
During the turnover ceremony, Rosal urged the teachers and the CHO personnel to work hand in hand for the proper nutrition of pre-schoolers in the city to address the poverty situation and reduce the malnutrition problem in the community.
“In order to sharpen the minds of our pupils and give them an active body and strong resistance, we are aggressively supporting the Accelerated Hunger Mitigation Program being implemented by the DSWD and the DepEd,” he said.
For the past several years, Rosal said, the city administration has been very dedicated to the implementation of the city’s nutrition program to ensure the good health of the pupils.
“We have aggressively worked for an increase in real property tax (RPT) collection because one percent of the total assess value of RPT will be our Special Educational Fund (SEF) and this will be used for the maintenance of school buildings, sports development of our pupils, purchase of health equipment and other needs of the children,” the city mayor said.
He said there is an urgent need for more educational innovations so that the city’s students could level up with those of other Asian countries not only in education but also in terms of health.
Through the aggressive implementation of the city’s Sagip-Kalusugan Program, medical check-up, free laboratory examinations, regular feeding activities, chest x-ray, de-worming and vitamins supplementation, the Legazpi City Nutrition Office was awarded second runner-up by the Department of Health (DOH) Regional Nutrition Committee for Best Nutritional Performing City in 2014.
The City Nutrition Office previously registered 1,754 identified malnourished pre-school children and this figure went down to 1,677 in 2014.
For his part, Abcede said there is a need to continue strengthening the partnership between the City Government of Legazpi and the DepEd to improve the quality of education and this requires proper nutrition program for the children.
Abcede pointed out that in the School Year 2012 to SY 2013, only 0.3 percent dropout rate was recorded in Legazpi City and 0.80 percent in SY 2013 and SY 2014.
He said the weighing scales will be used for monitoring the accurate measure of the weights and heights of the schoolchildren to determine the right intervention for them.(PNA) FFC/FGS/EPS/CBD