Comval holds 1st Provincial KNK End Hunger Summit

Tagum City, Davao del Norte--- “Education is life’s greatest
equalizer. For many of us, throw all our resources to send our
children to school believing that it will uplift us from poverty. Yet,
we know that there are a lot of problems that heavily affects the
learning experience of our children. One of the most serious is
chronic hunger.”

 This was part of the message of Gov. Jayvee Tyron Uy during the
conduct of the 1st Provincial Kusina Ng Kalinga (KNK) End Hunger
Summit 2018 at RDR Gym, Tagum City Davao del Norte on July 31, 2018
with the theme “Hunger ends, when caring begins”.

Attending the program were District-II Representative Ruwell Peter
Gonzaga, Senior Board Member Arturo T. Uy, Board Members Nena Atamosa,
Vinsay Secuya, Christopher Jovita, Macario Humol, Kristine Mae
Caballero-Rañon, Charlemagne Bautista (SKPF President), Pantukan Mayor
Roberto Yugo, Laak Mayor Antonio Libuangan, Schools Division
Superintendent (SDS) Reynante Solitario, and the guest from the Gawad
Kalinga (GK) Jose Mari Oquiña, former Director General of the
Philippine Information Agency (PIA), and Mark Lawrence Cruz, GK-KNK
National President.

The 1st Provincial End Hunger Summit is the “Bayanihan Para sa
Kalusugan: KNK” program of the provincial government in collaboration
with the Department of Education (DepEd) for their school based
feeding program to combat malnutrition.

KNK is the first and only central kitchen serving i-Rice
(iron-fortified-rice) in the Philippines. This program is an
innovative product to sustain and empower government’s action in their
combat to end malnutrition in the province.

The event was also the occasion to award the certificates of
commendations to the KNK partners, private sectors, schools and the
different individuals for the success of the program as well as the
pledge of commitment by the different sectors such us the barangay and
municipal local governments, private and business sectors, Barangay
Health Workers (BHW), Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNS) and others.

 They also awarded the Nabunturan West District with the highest
number of rehabilitated children during the implementation of the
program followed by the Pantukan District as the 2nd place, Laak
District as the 3rd place, Compostela and Maragusan for the 4th and
5th place, respectively, both received plaques of commendations.

 According to GK-KNK National President Cruz, this program was one of
the inspirations of the newly-enacted legislation on “Masustansiyang
Pagkain para sa Batang Pilipino Act or RA 11037."

“Through our collective efforts, we can address the Sustainable
Development Goal #2, Zero Hunger,” said Cruz.

 Meanwhile, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) XI, thru
Provincial Science and Technology Centers (PSTC) Comval, commits to
help solve the persistent problem on malnutrition.

On the other hand Gov. Uy happily expressed that 90.29% of the
youth/student beneficiaries of the KNK are now back to normal. He
expressed his gratitude to the employees of the DepEd Comval, private
partners, kitchen staff and all the persons behind the KNK program.

He also launched the “End Hunger Chain” programs of KNK, the “Liwanag
ng Pamilya Program” and the “Adopt a Child Program.”

“Our vision of a peaceful and progressive province rests upon the
welfare of our children. While there is a child in this province that
suffers from hunger, the fight is not yet over; our vision will never
be complete. We will not stop until we rescue the last child from the
bondage of hunger, poverty and under-nutrition. Mula noon hanggang
ngayon, walang iwanan,” Gov. Uy ended. (Rey M. Antibo, ID Comval)














Compostela Valley holds its 1st Provincial Kusina ng Kalinga (KNK) End
Hunger Summit on July 31, 2018 at RDR Gym, Tagum City, Davao del
Norte.  The KNK is a flagship program of Bayanihan para sa Kalusugan
of the province in partnership with the  Department of Education
(DepEd) for their school-based feeding program. The summit aims to
recognize and commend the KNK partners, private sectors, schools and
the different individuals for the success of the program as well as
the pledge of commitment by the different sectors such us the barangay
and municipal local governments, private and business sectors,
Barangay Health Workers (BHW), Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNS) and
others. (Maryel Lasaca // ID Comval)