NAVAL, Biliran, August 9 (PIA) – The presence of junk foods sold in school canteens as observed during the conduct of random visits to some public schools, this town, prompted the provincial nutrition council (PNC) in Biliran province to strengthen its campaign on the prohibition of selling junk foods.
During the recent nutrition culmination activity of the Biliran PNC held recently, Dr. Gabino S. Velasquez IV, acting municipal health officer of Maripipi and one of the members of the council, moved for a passage of a resolution to the Sanggguniang Panlalawigan of the province strengthening the prohibition of selling junk foods in school canteens.
“It is high time for the Biliran PNC to relay this observation on the continued selling of junk foods in school canteens thru a resolution to the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Biliran,” Velasquez said.
Velasquez, who is a former municipal councilor of Naval, is the author of a municipal ordinance which prohibits the selling of junk foods in the public and private secondary and elementary school canteens in Naval and providing corresponding penalties.
For his part, Rio Rosales, Biliran provincial nutrition program coordinator, who led the unannounced random visit to some elementary schools in Naval, said the nutrition council will vigorously campaign to prohibit selling junk foods in public and private secondary and elementary school canteens in the province.
“We must inculcate in the minds of the pupils and students that eating junk foods is not good for one’s health and there is no nutritional content in it,” Rosales said, adding it only leads to obesity of children and the affectation of chronic diseases like cardiovascular diseases, certain cancers, diabetes and other conditions linked to obesity.
He also appealed to school administrators in Biliran province to regularly check on the food items sold in their school canteens to ensure that what are being sold are nutritious foods.
Rosales reminded them that there is an existing memorandum from DepEd prohibiting the selling of junk foods in school canteens. (FJ/rvictoria/PIA biliran)