Tagum kids get free bananas

Subscribe Now June 06, 2012 at 09:04pm

The Local Government of Tagum led by City Mayor Rey T. Uy welcomed the formal opening of classes for public schools by distributing free Cavendish Bananas last June 4, 2012, starting at Rizal and Magugpo Pilot Imelda Elementary Schools both in Sobrecary St., Barangay Poblacion, Tagum City. At least 2,500 boxes of these bananas, which were donated by one of the banana company in Davao del Norte are set to be distributed by the local government to all public elementary schools in the city.

The said bananas were the same fruit which were not exported to China after the latter has imposed a stricter regulation in its banana importation.

Mayor Uy stressed in an interview that this company has requested the local government to distribute it to students instead of letting it go to waste.

Aside from schools, 500 boxes were already distributed last week to different Barangays in Tagum City.

This move would lead to yet another nutrition program that will be led by the local government of Tagum.

Public Services Officer II Engr. Cicero O. Tiamson of the City Environment and Natural Resources Office shared that Mayor Uy’s administration is now planning to acquire refrigerated van which will be used by the LGU to store donated bananas from the different banana companies based in Tagum.

Bananas consist mainly of sugars (glucose, fructose and sucrose) and fiber, which make it ideal for an immediate and slightly prolonged source of energy.

Bananas are high in potassium and low salt, a perfect combination to help keep blood pressure healthy. Another mineral that is found in the banana is magnesium, which is involved in more than 300 enzyme systems in the body, and is especially important in energy generation in the muscles.

Source: pia.gov.ph

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