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Cainta embraces Mag-Pinggang Pinoy® Tayo! Program

12:06 PM September 28, 2019

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

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 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 Johnielle Kieth 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.

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 life course.”

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

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Mag-Pinggang Pinoy® Tayo! 2019 Program aims to unite Cainta to adopt Pinggang Pinoy® and promote healthier eating habits to fight the Double Burden of Malnutrition. 

Cainta Mayor Johnielle Kieth Nieto addressed the participants explaining his advocacy to improve health and nutrition status of the citizens of Cainta.

The program’s TWG, led by Dr. Nieto, has started to convene representatives from the four (4) institutions to develop modules 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 the year 2020. Cainta Government also expressed its strong commitment to promoting the practice of Pinggang Pinoy® in the whole municipality.  

Ajinomoto Philippines Corporation Group President Tsutomu Nara delivered speech expressing commitment and support to the implementation of Mag-Pinggang Pinoy® Tayo! Program in Cainta.

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 the Double Burden of Malnutrition, not only in Cainta but in the Philippines.”

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

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