TACLOBAN CITY- Maasin City Mayor Maloney Samaco thanked his city workers and constituents on their contribution after the city received this year’s National Nutrition Honor Award. “We get the Hall of Fame for Nutrition because of the efforts of our city health officials and workers, barangay officials and nutrition scholars with the support of city officials and employees and all stakeholders especially in the Adopt A Malnourished Child Program,” Samaco told Leyte Samar Daily Express. The National Nutrition Committee conferred the award to the city last Tuesday at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in Manila.
The award shows that Maasin exemplified outstanding performances on its nutrition program. “I would like to thank the National Nutrition Committee for letting us pass the 98% rating for the Nutrition Honor Award. We will not rest on our laurels and continue to reduce malnutrition to 2% in Maasin City,” Samaco added. Aside from bagging the highest nutrition award among other local government units, Maasin is recipient of the Red Orchid “Hall of Fame” award of the Department of Health and World Health Organization for its efforts to attain 100 percent tobacco-free environment. Samaco maintained he will turn Maasin, with its population of over 85, 000, into a “no smoking capital of the Philippines.” (RONALD O.REYES)