MORE Power Partners with NVC to Combat Malnutrition in Iloilo Province, Supported by Former Senate President Drilon

The Provincial Government of Iloilo, in partnership with MORE Power and the Negrense Volunteers for Change Foundation, Inc. (NVC), took an important step in the fight against malnutrition in Iloilo Province with the launch of the Mingo Nutrition Program, supported by former Senate President Franklin Drilon. The program kicked off on May 20, 2024, with a launch event in the Municipality of San Miguel, attended by distinguished guests, including Senator Drilon and Mr. Roel Castro, President and CEO of MORE Power.

San Miguel Municipality Mayor Marina Luz Gorriceta acknowledged the severity of the problem and said: “San Miguel is among the TOP 10 municipalities with the most cases of malnutrition. The data collected is a wake-up call for us to take serious action against this problem.”

In his message, Drilon explained how malnutrition has become a serious problem in our country and that the national government’s budget for tackling malnutrition is not sufficient, especially the Ministry of Social Affairs and Development’s allocation to the nutrition programme.

“With minimal funding from the national government, local government units must find ways to tackle the problem by working with the private sector and non-governmental organizations,” Drilon stressed.

MORE Power, represented by its Chairman, Mr. Roel Castro, showed its commitment to the cause by funding the Nutrition Protocol in San Miguel, Iloilo with a significant donation. Mr. Castro stressed the urgency of addressing the critical problem of malnutrition before it worsens, emphasizing the importance of immediate action to secure a better future for our children.

“We are more than happy to extend our support to the children beneficiaries in San Miguel. Our fervent hope is that after a year we will witness a transformation in these children – healthier and more energetic – as a direct impact of this program.” Castro emphasized.

MORE Power Iloilo’s donation will fund a year-long daily feeding program, with each of the 88 beneficiaries receiving P8,000 worth of Mingo meals, NVC’s instant supplemental food made from rice, mongo (mung beans) and malunggay (moringa). . The program aims to tackle malnutrition in underweight and severely underweight children aged 6 to 59 months.

Dr. Maria Socorro Quiñon, Provincial Health Officer of Iloilo, stressed the importance of the program, saying, “The Provincial Government of Iloilo is taking a serious stand against malnutrition. The partnership between MORE Power, the Province of Iloilo, Senator Drilon and NVC Foundation is a testament to the collective effort needed to address this issue.”

The Mingo Nutrition Program is an initiative that demonstrates a shared commitment to improving the health and well-being of children in Iloilo. It is a shining example of how public-private partnerships can have a meaningful impact in addressing critical social issues.