BAGUIO CITY: Abra, Apayao and Kalinga provinces have the highest percentage of malnourished children aged five years old and below in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), according to the National Nutrition Survey.
Apayao has the highest malnutrition rate at 12 percent.
The province of Abra comes second with 9 percent and Kalinga with 8.52 percent followed by Tabuk City with 8.12 percent.
Mountain Province comes next with 3.75 percent, Ifugao with 2.1 percent and Benguet with 2.04 percent.
Baguio City has the lowest malnutrition rate at 1 percent.
The National Nutrition Survey showed that Abra has the highest rate of malnourished children aged 10 and below.
The National Nutrition Council (NNC) said malnourished children are those who are underweight, stunted and thin.
The malnutrition status of the region was revealed in observance of the World Nutrition Month and the World Population Day.
The NNC said mayors and governors play an important role in addressing malnutrition by ensuring that their constituents get the needed health care and nutrition services.