July 16, 2024

The Department of Social Welfare and Development organized a Nutrition Convention for Mountain Province’s child development workers (CDWs) on June 13.

The initiative aimed to train CDWs with the knowledge and skills to promote healthy eating habits among the children under their care.

Provincial Social Welfare and Development Officer Miguela Angwani said the convention was implemented by the DSWD to address hunger and nutrition issues in the community.

Among the topics discussed are the Pinggang Pinoy for Toddlers, Food Safety in the Child Development Center, and Strategies in Teaching Child Development Children using Instructional Materials.

The Pinggang Pinoy was discussed to understand a food guide that uses a familiar food plate model to convey the right food group proportions on a per-meal basis.

The discussion on Food Safety in Child Development Center provided the participants guidelines for child care programs such as proper washing of hands during food preparation and sanitization of surfaces and utensils before and after using it.

The strategies in Teaching Child Developmental Children using Instructional Materials were created for every worker to present their strategic instructional material through creation of action songs, poem, and illustration.

Angwani said this will help ensure the food distributed to the children is nutritious so that their nutrition needs are not compromised.

Eleonor Ayan, Nutritionist Dietitian III, said, “We conducted this event tano mabawasan ken maiwasan ti case ti malnourished kids iti naduma-duma a lugar.

 Ayan added daycare workers are teaching children aged three to four so they need to teach them the importance of eating properly and nutritiously so that they can grow up healthy.

Evelyn May Masidong, a CDW in Bauko, said she learned how to manage what the children should eat and what should not.

“We learned a lot especially because we can teach these children what they like and don’t eat”.

A child development worker of Sagada also shared her takeaways, emphasizing the importance of food handling and food hygiene especially that they are teaching children.

The participants came from the different barangays of the 10 municipalities namely Barlig, Sadanga, Besao, Sabangan, Bauko, Sagada, Paracelis, Tadian, and Natonin. – Bridgette Paran and Mary Grace Marzo