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RDC confirmation sought for Asin TF
Maria Aprila W. Cruz
Health, 4-13-2014


The Regional Nutrition Committee has requested the Regional Development Council to confirm the reorganization of the Regional Bantay Asin Task Force (RBATF)  created to ensure implementation of the Asin Law in the region.

The Asin Law or Republic Act 8172 mandates all traded or distributed food grade-salt, whether locally produced or imported, should be iodized. It also mandates the use of iodized salt for processed food in food establishments.

Department of Health Regional Director Valeriano Lopez said the RBATF facilitates and ensures sustainable implementation of the Asin Law.  It has been unoperational for some time and was only re-organized Feb. 13 with the DOH as chair and National Nutrition Council as co-chair.

Other members are the departments of Trade and Industry, Science and Technology, Education, Interior and Local Government, Environment and Natural Resources, Technology Research Center, National Economic and Development Authority, Philippine National Police, and Philippine Information Agency.

The RBATF acts as the policy and coordinating body of the National Salt Iodization Program (NSIP) in the region; lead in the NSIP in the promotion and campaign to the local government units, private sector, other stakeholders and the public to ensure full and sustainable implementation of the law; provide assistance in the establishment of local bantay asin task forces and ensure their functionality; and monitor and evaluate implementation of the program and propose strategies for effective program implementation.



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