Leyte Governor Leopoldo Dominico “Mic” L. Petilla lead in the ribbon cutting of five jetmatic pumps worth P25,000 to five zones in Barangay San Antonio , Tunga town on Nov. 16, 2018. Assisting the governor were Tunga Mayor Catalina Agda, barangay chairman Fideleo Baac, Raissa Villasin representing board member Niccolo Villasin of the 2nd district and Karen T. Javier as special guests to the said activity. (Gina P. Gerez)

PALO, Leyte- About 3, 000 barangay nutrition scholars (BNS) from Leyte and Samar provinces attended a two-day regional conference held on October 11-12, 2018 at the Leyte Academic Center here with Leyte Governor Leopoldo Dominico Petilla as guest of honor and speaker.
The Conference had for its theme”BNS: Bida ng Nutrition, Noon, Ngayon, at Bukas!”
Members of the Harmonized Initiative for the Spread of Good Nutrition in Region Eight (HIMSOG-8) also graced the event.
The group is composed of active tri-media practitioners in the region and the media components of the National Nutrition Council-8 as its media arm in the dissemination and promotion of the good and the best nutrition practices.
Regional federation president Lydia Nuñez welcomed the participants and the public during the opening program which was also attended by NNC-8 officials headed by Dr. Catalino P. Dotollo Jr., regional nutrition program coordinator and nutrition officer Niño Archie S. Labordo, among others.
In his message, Gov. Petilla related that when he first assumed office as governor in June 2013, he attended a well-conducted project called the Visayas Nutrition Forum that tackled the prevalence of schistosomiasis and malnutrition cases in Leyte.
Gov. Petilla summed up the healing and caring experience saying that through proper nutrition feeding and deworming assistance, 85% of the affected population returned to their normal weights after six months of intensive case follows-ups.
The Visayas Nutrition Forum, he recalled, paved the way for the coming to Leyte of other volunteer-missions under the auspices of the United Nation (UN).
“I congratulate and thank the BNS Volunteer to a job well done. For their dedication and humanitarian concern; for the sick who are obviously poverty- stricken, and for their love for Region 8,” Petilla said. (ALBERTO E. LESIGUEZ)