BY CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO
The Bacolod Sangguniang is urging Bacolod Mayor Alfredo Abelardo Benitez to implement City Ordinance No. 893 or The Bacolod Healthy Lifestyle Ordinance.
The resolution authored by Councilor Em Ang said. C.O. No. 893 had been passed last May 15, 2019 with the main purpose of minimizing the prevalence of obesity and overweight among Bacolod City residence through healthy lifestyle campaigns such as a healthy diet, continuous physical activities and wellness programs.
For the reason of city-wide lockdowns which limited the mobility of Bacolod City residents for almost two years, the implementation of the said ordinance had a break and the incidence of obesity and other non-communicable diseases such as diabetes and hypertension increased, it said.
According to the Expanded National Nutrition Survey 2021, Bacolod City has an obesity prevalence of 13 percent and an overweight prevalence of 21 percent among Bacolod City residents ages 0 to 40 years old as compared to the 2019 survey which only reported 10 percent obesity and 12 percent overweight prevalence, the resolution said.
As per the data from the City Health Office, as of the first half or from January to June 2022, Bacolod City already has a non-communicable disease (NCD) total incidence of 3,571 which is 15 percent higher compared to the same period last year, it said.
The resolution said it is necessary for the City Government of Bacolod to strictly implement the above-mentioned Ordinance to help reduce the incidence of obesity and other non-communicable diseases among its constituents by instilling a healthy lifestyle and strengthening wellness programs.*