Results of a nutritional assessment study conducted in 2017 shows that 51% of the Cordillera Region’s regional government employees are overweight and obese. Respondents included 852 or 55% of the 1,551 employees of 21 government agencies in the Cordillera.
The study, which was conducted in 2017 by Ms. Imelda Degay of the Benguet State University College of Home Economics and Technology, revealed that one contributory factor is the serving of high-calorie meals and snacks to the employees during meetings, workshops, trainings, fora, and the like.
To help address this concern, the Cordillera Social Development Committee (RSDC-CAR), during its 3rd quarter meeting, endorsed a resolution to the Cordillera Regional Development Council encouraging the serving of healthier food choices for government employees during trainings, meetings, workshops and other activities.
Agency canteens were also encouraged to offer more choices of fruits, vegetables and healthier food, even as the agencies were enjoined to conduct regular IEC sessions on healthy lifestyle among the staff.
It may be recalled that as early as 2003, the Civil Service Commission (CSC) issued Memorandum Circular (MC) No. 4, directing all national and local government offices, including government-owned and controlled corporations and SUCs to promote good nutrition as an effective strategy to achieve and sustain increased organizational productivity.
In 2011, CSC MC No. 8 was signed, reiterating the implementation of “The Great Filipino Workout” as an integral art of the National Physical Fitness and Sports Development Program for government personnel.
Six years later, the Department of Education approved DepED Order No. 13 which issued the Policy and Guidelines on Healthy Food and Beverage Choices in schools and DepED offices which aims to promote and develop health eating habits among the youth and DepED teachers and employees.
The World Health Organization defines overweight and obesity as a condition of abnormal or excessive fat accumulation which are major risk factors for non-communicable diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, musculoskeletal disorders and cancer.
The RDC-CAR Social Development Committee is headed by DSWD-CAR Regional Director Janet P. Armas, with NEDA and DSWD as the technical and administrative secretariat, respectively. xxx