ZAMBOANGA CITY (PNA) - The city government here, through the City Health Office, announced the activities for this year's Nutrition Month celebration this July with the theme "Pagkain ng Gulay Ugaliin, Araw-Araw Itong Ihain." City Health Officer Dr. Rodel Agbulos said that for this city, the Nutrition Month celebration would kick off July 10 with a motorcade around the main thoroughfares here. Agbulos said this year's theme of the month-long celebration focused on the importance of vegetables in healthy diet to address micronutrient deficiency and prevent non-communicable diseases such as cardiovascular disease, cancer and diabetes.


COTABATO CITY (PNA) - Officials of Barangay Poblacion 2 here are set to turn over to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) a young Philippine Eagle that landed a day earlier at a tree in the neighborhood. Village council member Nitz Herrera said the eagle, which stands about 12 inches tall, refuses to eat fish but loves the meat of fresh chicken. "The eagle just landed at a neighbor's tree, and from there we just got it gently," Herrera told a local radio station here. The Philippine Eagle is currently included in the list of endangered species worldwide.


DAVAO CITY (PIA) - The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) has tied up with state universities and colleges (SUCs) to implement the Philippine National Aquasilviculture Program (PNAP) in achieving its target of planting 100 million mangroves in three years time. BFAR Director Asis G. Perez said the BFAR had so far planted five million mangroves nationwide, and that it targets to plant 20 million more in cooperation with SUCs through the PNAP. Infused with P270 million funding in 2011, and P100 million in 2012, PNAP is aimed at ensuring "resource sustainability, attaining food security and alleviating poverty."


BUTUAN CITY - A total of 18 officials from various local government units (LGUs), one LGU, four business sectors, and three national government officials were given a plaque of recognition by the Region-11 office of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR-11) for their sincere efforts and significant contributions in the management, protection, and conservation of the environment and natural resources in Mindanao, particularly in the Southern Mindanao region. The awarding ceremony was done recently during the DENR-11's Environment Month culmination program held in Lanang, Davao City. (Mike Crismundo)


MARAWI CITY - The 22-year-old Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) governance has finally got its own law that mandates the establishment of a regional human rights office to take care of all related concerns among residents in its component five provinces and two cities. Lanao del Sur 1st District Assemblyman Ziaur-Rahman Alonto-Adiong, author of the regional human rights law, said the ARMM legislature passed the edict Monday and was signed it into law the following day. "We deem it (passage of the law) a feat especially in the midst of the reformation in the ARMM," Adiong said. (Ali Macabalang)