NNC-R6 holds ‘Walk The Talk’ exposure visit
The National Nutrition Council–Region 6 brings a regional media group from Iloilo and Bacolod cities to its “Walk The Talk”, a nutri-media exposure visit to La Carlota City, this province.
The tri-media group visited community gardens tilled by farm workers, 4P’s beneficiaries and a single-mom, all for backyard food production and food security that hopes to contributes to the nutritional well-being of their respective communities.
Among the sites visited were the barangay 3 Poblacion community garden managed by the barangay officials and mothers; Barangay Araal TRAM System which transports produce from the mountainous terrain to the lowland where there is access to farm to market road and cuts transport time from four hours to 5 minutes; Hacienda Remedios vegetable garden that serves as an alternative source of income for farm workers during off-mill season; the Barangay Balabag community garden managed by the 4P’s beneficiaries; and a 7,000 square-meter backyard farm that sustains the day to day life of a single mother and her three children.
The Nutri-Media Exposure Visit, a first in Western Visayas, aims to allow members of the Western Visayas Nutri-Media group to visit and observe various nutrition-related projects; familiarize and document best practices and lessons learned on nutrition; and generate support for its nutrition program.
Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator Nona Tad-y during the First Nutri-Media Exposure Visit in La Carlota City, acknowledged the support and role of the tri-media in the promotion of nutrition programs.
Tad-y urges the media to promote good vibes on nutrition through actual visit of the sites with best practices on nutrition and food security.
“With `Walk the Talk’ we saw first-hand the cooperation of the Local Government Unit and the National Government Agencies on how to improve the program on nutrition. We are looking at some gaps we can address and the best practices which we can replicate,” Tad-y explained.
Tad-y added that NNC-R6 wanted to get out from giving updates inside the function rooms of hotels or offices and would rather bring the media on actual field visits.
La Carlota is chosen as the first LGU to visit since it is a three-time Green Banner Awardee or Crown Awardee, Child Friendly Awardee and a pilot area of various nutrition programs like Nutrition Early Warning System, Early Child Care and Development for the First 1000 days and also an ASAPP area or Accelerated and Sustainable Anti-Poverty Program area. *(JSC/EAD/PIA6 Negros Occidental)