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Catanduanes Government

For the Nutrition Month celebration, Acting Governor Shirley A. Abundo, provincial department heads, and local government units’ representative gather to discuss the 1st staging of ‘Luto ni Nanay’ cooking challenge competition to be held on July 29, 2019.

In line with the celebration of Nutrition month this July, the Provincial Nutrition Office, in collaboration with TESDA – Catanduanes and Cabugao School of Handicraft and Cottage Industries (CSHCI) will hold the 1st staging of “Luto ni Nanay” Cooking Challenge Competition on July 29, 2019.

The competition was proposed and approved on a meeting held on Wednesday, July 18, 2019, with Acting Governor Shirley A. Abundo presiding, attended in by the provincial department heads and local government units (LGUs) representatives.

The challenge in “Luto ni Nanay” is for participants to prepare and cook an appetizer dish consisting mainly of 1 kilo squash and malunggay leaves and one entrée meal with 1 kilo soaked soya beans as the key ingredient.

A limited time of three hours will be allocated for the said competition. Contestants, composed of only two members, are required to present five dishes for judging and shall use all the ingredients marketed from the ones provided by the committee.

In an interview with Elpidio R. Tuboro, Vocational School Administrator III of TESDA-CSHCI, he said vegetables are chosen for their low cost, high nutritional value and widespread availability in the province. He also explained how soya can produce zero waste products and its certain characteristic to be turned into various dishes.

“Mahirap mapakain ng gulay ang mga bata. At least ito (soya) parang lasang beef and chicken.”

(It is difficult to feed vegetables to children. At least this (soya) tastes like beef and chicken.)

FOOD FOR THOUGHT. Contest details are further discussed by Provincial Nutrition Officer Tess Curativo. Contestants will be tasked with producing innovative dishes using certain vegetables chosen for their high nutritional value and availability in the locale.

“We also want to create awareness over this activity. We want to recognize naman sa ngayon itong mga head departments and their employees plus lahat na LGU para i-boost natin ito and create an impact to benefit all municipalities and barangays,” Tuboro added.

(We also want to create awareness over this activity. We want to it to be recognized by the current head departments and their employees, and all local government units in order to boost our cause and create an impact to benefit all municipalities and barangays.)

The competition is open to LGUs and all permanent employees of the Provincial Capitol of Catanduanes. Contestants will also be judged based on the following criteria: taste – 30 points; originality and creativity of the recipe – 20 points; overall presentation – 20 points and hygiene and sanitation – 20 points. Prizes will be announced during the contest proper.

CREATING A HEALTHY FUTURE. In line with activities proposed by Acting Governor Shirley A. Abundo that are geared towards sustainable nutrition, the upcoming cooking challenge is set towards creating awareness of healthy living through a vegetable-rich diet.

Furthermore, the TESDA-CSCHI will be arranging a one-day training on July 26, 2019 for the competing teams to practice on the general skills needed for processing and preparing the soya beans.

This ultimate cooking challenge is a part of the culminating activities in line with the sustainable nutrition program propositioned by Acting Gov. Abundo.


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