MANILA, Philippines - One of your backyard plants may become the national Philippine vegetable under a proposed law that has been passed by the House of Representatives.
Approved by the lower chamber on third and final reading last Monday, House Bill 2072 seeks to declare malunggay (moringa) as the country's national vegetable and November as the "National Malunggay Month."
Pangasinan Fourth District Rep. Gina de Venecia, the bill's authors, cited the economic, nutritional and medicinal benefits of malunggay. She said the vegetable has been promoted by the World Health Organization for the past 20 years as low-cost health enhancer in poor countries.
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.