By Nur-Ali A. Macabalang
COTABATO CITY – The Nutrition Council of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) has organized local partner-journalists into a group to help promote nutritional practices essential to shaping healthy constituents, especially children prospected to be the next generation of workforces in the region.
Dr. Kadil Sinolinding Jr., representing Council head and BARMM Senior Minister Andulraof Macacua, presided over the election of officers of the Regional Nutrition Quad Media at a virtual organizational meeting on Tuesday.
Ali G. Macabalang, news editor of Philippine Muslim Today news, was elected group president, with DXMY Station Manager Erwin Cabilbigan, external vice president; IFM-Cotabato’s Hannah Farinah Lidasan, internal vice president; online broadcaster Nor-Ain Lambitan, secretary; EBC-Net 25’s Odessa Cruz, treasurer; SPIN Media Office’s Brayan Saguban, auditor; and MSU-TCTO Radyo Kasannagan’s Anabel Wellms, PIO.
Prior to the election process, Dr. Sinolinding delivered a briefing message underscoring the importance of nutrition in any community, and providing national statistics indicative of rates of malnutrition in the country’s regions, including BARMM.
Sinolinding said advocacies of proper nutrition can radiate best among the masses and in villages only with the help of organized and oriented partner media practitioners.
In his acceptance remarks, Macabalang, incumbent president of the Bangsamoro Press Corps, recalled the strides of the Marcos administration’s nutrition campaign rallied principally by state-run media entities mandated to do so, since several private media entities had been muzzled.
As the number of traditional and social media entities multiplied tremendously nowadays, media partners in nutrition ought to provide time and efforts on relevant activities with a sense of commitment. (NAM)