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Bacolod ordinance taps karinderyas

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• CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO

An ordinance establishing the local karinderya as designated community kitchen for implementation of dietary supplementation, for food service delivery during disaster relief operations, and other nutrition-related initiatives in the community, was passed by the Bacolod Sangguniang Panlungsod recently on third and final reading.

The ordinance to be known as the “Karinderya Para sa Healthy Pilipinas Ordinance of Bacolod City,” was authored by Councilor Claudio Puentevella.

The ordinance seeks to promote proper diet and protect the nutritional status of children under five years old and nutritionally-at-risk pregnant and undernourished lactating women; as well as mobilize and institutionalize engagement with the local karinderya as a site and as partners in the implementation of the karinderya para sa Healthy Pilipinas Project which shall comprise three components: nutrition counseling and education, dietary supplementation, and food relief operations during disaster emergencies, the ordinance said.

The partner karinderya, by virtue of this ordinance, shall be engaged as the designated community kitchen, and shall function consistent with the terms of a formal service contract agreement, jointly signed by the karinderya owner-operator and the Bacolod City. The partner karinderya, for its services shall be properly remunerated per beneficiary fed under existing accounting and audit rules of the LGU, it added.*

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