By: Sarah Hazel d.R. Maranan
Malnutrition remains to be a public health problem not only in Lobo but also all over CALABARZON. In pursuance of the commitment of the Department of Science and Technology Region IV-A (DOST IV-A) and the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Lobo, Batangas to combat malnutrition; and in the initiative of LGU Lobo to have accurate weighing scales used to weigh children in all the barangays in Lobo, DOST IV-A Regional Metrology Laboratory (RML) specialists, Mr. John June L. Paran and Mr. Rogerson A. Esmeria conducted the calibration of weighing scales on February 6, 2015.
The Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNS) headed by Ms. Jean A. Aclan, Municipal Nutrition Action Officer (MNAO), took part by assisting the RML specialists during the conduct of the said activity.
According to Ms. Fjorda Kim Rubian-Zerrudo, head of the RML, there are two (2) laws related to the standardization and modernization of units and standards of measurements which protects the health, interest and safety of every customer from the harmful effects of inaccurate or false measurements. “One is the Republic Act No. 9236, also known as The National Metrology Act of 2003 and the other one is the Republic Act No. 7394, also known as The Consumer Act of the Philippines,” said Ms. Zerrudo.
The said activity was carried out as part of the Community Empowerment thru Science and Technology (CEST) intervention on Health and Nutrition wherein a 120-day feeding program among identified 6-35 months underweight children using complementary foods developed by DOST FNRI will be conducted.