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Iligan nutrition body to beef up advocacy on iodized salt

ILIGAN CITY (PIA)–The Iligan City Nutrition Committee (CNC) will heighten public awareness on the use of iodized salt to prevent micronutrient malnutrition and ensure that only adequately iodized salt will reach the households in the city. 

Last October 20, 2021, the Regional Bantay Asin Task Force (RBATF)-X conducted salt monitoring in Iligan and took salt samples in markets and storage areas of 10 salt retailers/stores. Test results showed that only four satisfactorily passed the required percentage in parts per million (ppm) of iodine content in salt. 

This prompted the CNC to intensify the promotion of producing, selling, and consuming adequately iodized salt including its proper handling and storage.

City Nutrition Action Officer Dr. Glenn Manarpaac said there is a need to advocate the importance of selling and using salt fortified with iodine as well as educate salt retailers and distributors on existing laws promoting salt iodization such as the Republic Act 8172 or the ASIN Law.

“Dapat e educate muna natin sila na kailangan ang iodine, and then e educate natin sila that there are existing laws. After we have gone through this, saka nating unti-unting e monitor and kung matigas ang ulo e reprimand at kung matigas pa rin ang ulo then epipenalize natin,” he said.

[We must first educate them that iodine is needed, and then we must educate them that there are existing laws. After we have gone through this, then we gradually monitor and reprimand those hardheaded, and if they are still hardheaded, then let’s penalize them.]

Manarpaac said the degree of implementation can be laid down in the local ordinance on salt iodization which the CNC will seek the City Council to pass.

The CNC has also processed the organization of the Local Bantay Asin Task Force pending the approval of the city mayor.

Meanwhile, the DTI also committed to conduct webinars as its contribution to the information drive on salt iodization. 

Iodine is an important micronutrient needed by the body to achieve optimum mental and physical development. (APB/PIA Lanao del Norte)