Cainta embraces Mag-PinggangPinoy Tayo! Program

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Ajinomoto Philippines Corporation (APC)in collaboration with Department of Health (DOH) and Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI) formed ties with the Cainta local governmentto launch the Mag-PinggangPinoy Tayo! 2019 Program.

The ceremonial contract signing held last September 20, 2019 at Cainta Elementary School was graced by former DOH Undersecretary and Mag -Pinggang-Pinoy Tayo! 2019 Technical Working Group (TWG) Chairman Dr. Ethelyn P. Nieto, Cainta Mayor JohnielleKieth Nieto, Cainta Vice Mayor Ace Bernardo Servillon, DOH CALABARZON Division Chief Dr. Noel Pasion, FNRI Science Research Specialist II Ms. Jovina B. Sandoval, and APC Group President Tsutomu Nara.

Contract signing participants (right to left) Cainta Mayor Johnielle Kieth Nieto, Former DOH Undersecretary and Mag -Pinggang-Pinoy® Tayo! 2019 Technical Working Group (TWG) Chairman Dr. Ethelyn Nieto, DOH CALABARZON Division Chief Dr. Noel Pasion, FNRI Science Research Specialist Ms. Jovina Sandoval, and APC Group President Tsutomu Nara. Also present are Technical Working Group Committee members (standing from right to left) Cainta Municipal Health Officer Dr. Edgardo Gonzaga, Nutritionist- Dietitian Ms. Fely Velandria, RND, MSc., Ajinomoto Director Mr. Andrew Ong and Health Marketing Specialist Mr. Joevin Eusebio.
Contract signing participants (right to left)
Cainta Mayor Johnielle Kieth Nieto, Former DOH Undersecretary and Mag -Pinggang-Pinoy® Tayo! 2019 Technical Working Group (TWG) Chairman Dr. Ethelyn Nieto, DOH CALABARZON Division Chief Dr. Noel Pasion, FNRI Science Research Specialist Ms. Jovina Sandoval, and APC Group President Tsutomu Nara. Also present are Technical Working Group Committee members (standing from right to left) Cainta Municipal Health Officer Dr. Edgardo Gonzaga, Nutritionist- Dietitian Ms. Fely Velandria, RND, MSc., Ajinomoto Director Mr. Andrew Ong and Health Marketing Specialist Mr. Joevin Eusebio.

The country has been facing decades-long phenomenon called “Double Burden of Malnutrition”, which the World Health Organization (WHO) defined as the “coexistence of undernutrition along with overweight and obesity, or diet-related noncommunicable diseases, within individuals, households and populations, and across the lifecourse.”.

In 2018, Ajinomoto Philippines Corporation partnered with government agencies to conduct the pilot run of Mag-PinggangPinoy® Tayo! in order to raise awareness and promote the practice of PinggangPinoy® in malnutrition hotspots in Quezon City, Kalookan, Malabon and Navotas. This year, the public-private alliance brings the program toCainta to educate its homemakers on the causes and effects of the Double Burden of Malnutrition and make available practical tips on how to serve PinggangPinoy® using Ajinomoto’s delicious, healthy, easy-to-prepare and affordable recipes.

Mag-PinggangPinoy® Tayo! 2019 Programaims to unite Cainta to adopt PinggangPinoy® and promotehealthiereating habitsto fight Double Burden of Malnutrition.

The program’s TWG, led by Dr. Nieto, has started to convenerepresentatives from the four (4) institutions to developmodules for homemakers, barangay health workers and barangay nutrition scholars based on careful nutrition needs assessment. The education and livelihood programs as well as the improvement evaluation will ensue until year 2020. Cainta Government also expressed their strong commitment to promote the practice of PinggangPinoy® in the whole municipality.

APC President Tsutomu Nara conveyed his gratitude to the program’s stakeholders saying,“We all came here today to mark the beautiful changes that will happen in CAINTA! And I thank all of you for showing your commitment. This event is a milestone that aims for a healthier citizenry to fight Double Burden of Malnutrition, not only in Cainta but in the Philippines.”.

For updates about Mag-PinggangPinoy®Tayo!, visit www.ajinomoto.com.ph and facebook.com/CookmunitybyAjinomotoPH.

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