The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA), a non-government organization actively involved in humanitarian works in the Philippines for more than 30 years and responds to disasters through provision of food, hygiene kits, water, shelter materials, basic household items, livelihood & disaster risk reduction training as well as social development, conducted assessment on November 25, 2014 at the San Jose Sport Complex on the extent of malnutrition cases in San Jose town.
The ADRA representatives who conducted the assessment include Mrs. Mariel C. Gulla, Monitoring & Evaluation Coordinator, ADRA-Philippines Country Office; Mr. Nilrey Jim Cornites, Monitoring & Evaluation Coordinator, ADRA-Philippine Tacloban Office, with Mrs. Jeezrel N. Barcelona, ADRA Facilitator and Mr. Benedict N. Borral, ADRA Documentor.
The assessment was participated in by both lactating and non-lactating mothers, pregnant women coming from the three identified barangays, namely: Calawit, Sabang, and Danlog, where there is prevalence of malnutrition cases. Invited to participate also include officials of the concerned barangays and their respective health workers, as well as the municipal health unit workers. These participants were divided into three groups and each group was assigned with one ADRA representative for the on-the-spot assessment activity.
When asked about how San Jose town was qualified into the program, Mrs. Gulla said they categorically based the inclusion of San Jose to the 2013 National Nutrition Survey conducted by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute and the Department of Science and Technology (FNRI-DOST) released during the Nutrition Summit last June 26 this year. In fact, there are five towns in Camarines Sur that were qualified for their intervention projects, namely: Calabanga, Garchitorena, Lagonoy, Presentacion, and San Jose.
Mrs. Gulla further stressed that the rapid assessment activity will be taken into account during the preparation of the 5-year project intervention proposal and would also require a “Statement of Support” from the LGU San Jose. After the intervention project proposal is approved, a Memorandum of Agreement will be signed between LGU San Jose and ADRA.