MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines is the 5th country in the world with the most cases of low birthweight infants, according to a 2013 report by the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef).
This is a consequence of poor nutrition among women before and during pregnancy.
The World Health Organization (WHO) says that low birthweight babies are at more risk of health problems manifested not only during early development stages but also until adulthood.
If this trend persists, not only women and children are put in peril, but also the entire country’s future workforce.
MANILA, Philippines - Sen. Cynthia Villar is batting for the establishment of a malunggay industry that will help provide a source of employment and livelihood to many Filipinos.
Villar, chairman of the Senate committee on agriculture and food, authored Senate Bill 2099, or the act establishing the malunggay industry.
The bill also proposes the declaration of November as Malunggay Month.
“Malunggay is usually found in backyards of most Filipino homes. Grown with little to no maintenance, this has taken the moniker, ‘the miracle tree,’ because all of its parts, including leaves, pods, bark, seeds, fruits and roots, are claimed to have nutritional and healing properties,” Villar said.
CEBU, Philippines - Here is a simple recipe I learned in grade school. It is so easy to prepare and inexpensive. All the more inexpensive if you have a laying hen around in your backyard garden. You may only need to run to the corner sari-sari store for cooking oil.