More than one hundred fifty pregnant and lactating mothers from all over the municipality joined the moving up ceremony and grand launching of Phase II for the Early Childhood Care and Development for 1000 Days (ECCD F1K) program held at the second floor of the Dalaguete Health Management Complex (DHMC) in the morning of February 3, 2018.

The event was highlighted with a 1-kilometer walkathon around the town proper and was participated by mothers and health personnel alike to punctuate the theme, “Unang Lakang Para sa Himsug nga Kabataan”, which is geared to amplify the knowledge and awareness of mothers regarding child-rearing and development especially on aspects of nutrition and child care. The event was spiced up even more with five blooming and beautiful pregnant candidates who all enthusiastically vie for the title of “Bb. Buntis of Dalaguete 2018”, the segment hinting subtle reminders to mothers on self-worth and beauty within pregnancy.All lactating mothers were also highlighted through the commencement of a mass breastfeeding activity during the last arch of the event.

Guest speakers namely Hon. Estanisla Almagro, Municipal Committee on Health, and Retz Pol Pacalioga, regional nutritionist from the National Nutrition Council provided respective nutrition insights for mothers during brief informative sessions at the event. Both verbalized admiration on the enthusiasm of Dalaguetnon mothers to participate in the event even with unfavorable weather conditions hampering the scheduled activities. 

The launching ceremony was concluded highly successful due to the undying supports from the local government of Dalaguete, allied sectors of the government namely the Department of Health, the Provincial Health Office, the National Nutrition Council, and most especially from the team of nurses, midwives and barangay nutrition champions (BNC) comprising the municipal health office headed by active physicians Estanisla Pernita A. Bautista and Keilah G. Sinahon. The health team is hopeful on the continued participation and collaboration from the community to promote and realize a unified aim of accessible and attainable health for each and every Dalaguetnon.