Tuesday, December 6, 2016

National Nutrition Council-Bicol honors 'nutrition achievers' among LGUs

LEGAZPI CITY, Dec. 5 (PNA) —- Local government units (LGUs), their officials and “Barangay Nutrition Scholars” (BNS) across the Bicol region, who have successfully implemented the government’s various programs on nutrition, will be given awards by the National Nutrition Council (NNC) in Bicol on Tuesday (December 6).

“The efficient and effective implementation of the nutrition program has not only resulted in sustained reduction of malnutrition among the children in the community but has also given honor and prestige to performing LGUs,” said Arlene Reario, NNC-Bicol head.

She said these awards “speak well of the selfless dedication and cooperation of the leaders and nutrition workers with the support of the community.”

Reario said the awarding ceremonies that will start at 1 p.m. at The Oriental Hotel will have as keynote speaker and guest of honor Dr. Azucena M. Dayanghirang, newly-installed deputy executive director of NNC.

The top performing province for nutrition is Sorsogon while in the city category, Tabaco and Legazpi is first and second, respectively.

Reario said the “Green Banner Awards” for outstanding performing municipalities are Bulusan in Sorsogon and Guinobatan in Albay.

She said awards will also be given for the top 10 performing barangays in nutrition, and the 12 LGUs in Bicol with the lowest prevalence of malnutrition in 2015.

Naga City will be given a special award as the “most efficient Bicol LGU in nutrition program implementation,” said Reario.

To be honored as “Regional Barangay Nutrition Scholar” (RBNS) is Wedona B. Ariola, BNS of Barangay Quitago in Guinobatan, Albay. BNS Jocelyn B. Buena of Barangay Panicuason in Naga City is first runner-up while BNS Merly B. Lopez of Barangay 22, Binanuahan East in Legazpi City is second runner-up.

Six more outstanding provincial and city BNS will receive certificates and cash awards from NNC.

The regional nutrition achievers were determined by an interagency regional evaluation team who evaluated the LGUs in Bicol from May 4 to October 27. Some 300 participants, who are members of the regional nutrition committee headed by Department of Health Bicol Director Napoleon L. Arevalo, members of the regional technical working group and regional evaluation team (RET), and members of the nutrition committees at all levels, are expected to witness the celebration, Reario said. (PNA) LAP/GVR/SMT/CBD