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Cooking contest highlights importance of nutritious food during COVID-19

IN celebration of Philippine Nutrition Month, and to highlight the significance of nutritious food in times of health crisis, Rio Tuba Nickel Mining Corporation (RTNMC) held its annual cooking contest on July 15.

RTNMC safety manager Donjeorge Lozano, the one in-charge of the contest, said that the activity received entries from the company’s different departments, sections, and contractors.

“Dito kasi sa area namin, yong fast pace ng environment, lahat ng tao nagmamadali despite nasa COVID. Ngayon, dahil may dependents kami, may anak na nasa bahay na walang ginagawa ngayon, ‘yon din ang pagkakataon namin na ma-impart yong mga pagkaing pwede makapagbigay ng fast-growing nutrients,” he said.

This year’s cooking contest, Lozano said, was aligned with the 2020 Health Department’s theme “Batang Pinoy SANA TALL… Iwas stunting, SAMA ALL! Iwas ALL din sa COVID-19.”

Aside from nutritional meals, this year’s celebration also emphasized the importance of fruits and vegetables in boosting the immune system in the fight against the threat of viruses.

Lozano said that the Environment Department has defended its back-to-back championship in the 2020 cooking contest, followed by the Community Relations Department as the first runner up and Gotok Quarry Team as the second runner up.

“Lahat magagaling kaso taun-taon ay may mga twist na ipinapakita ‘yong mga nag-i-entry, yong ating participants,” he said.

In addition, information and education campaigns have been conducted by safety officers to inform their fellow employees and their dependents on how to boost the immune system and practice healthy ways to cope with the night-shift lifestyles.

“Ang una kasing pumapasok sa mga kasamahan natin dito sa Rio Tuba ay ‘yong mga bitamina lang na nakukuha natin sa mga nabibili natin sa mga pharmaceutical, mga botika. Noong panahon ng COVID, ang drive ng management dito sa RTNMC, habang ang mga tao ay walang ginagawa, abala sila sa pagsasagawa ng edible landscaping,” he said.

Lozano suggested that the drive of the management for edible landscaping will be continued as everyone has some vacant time due to limited activities brought by the health crisis.

“Ang ma-suggest ko ay ipagpatuloy din nila yong pagtatangkilik ng sariling tanim na hindi mo naman kailangan ibili yong mga simpleng gulay, yong mga prutas na pwede mabuhay sa kanilang bakuran,” he said.

“Iyon din ang time na maasikaso ang pamilya, makapagbigay ng masustansyang pagkain, makaluto ng mga makakapagpalakas ng kanilang resistensya,” he added.

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