The National Nutrition Council (NNC) region 10 held a Regional Awarding Ceremony on 24 November 2017 in Cagayan de Oro City in recognition to the efforts of local government units in nutrition program implementation in region 10 at the same time introduce the Philippine Plan of Action (PPAN) 2017-2022 to stakeholders.
Northern Mindanao has produced eight Nutrition Honor Awardees.
This year’s regional awardees as confirmed by the Regional Nutrition Committee 10 (Resolution No. 1 series of 2017) are as follows: 43 Barangay Green Banner Awardees; Misamis Occidental as the Outstanding Province in the Region; Cagayan de Oro City as Outstanding City in the Region; Manolo Fortich as Outstanding Municipality in the Region and in the Province of Bukidnon and Consistent Regional Outstanding Winner in Nutrition (CROWN) Awardee; Guinsiliban as Outstanding Municipality in the Province of Camiguin; Tudela as Outstanding Municipality in the Province of Misamis Occidental; Laguinding an as Outstanding Municipality in the Province of Misamis Oriental.
Meanwhile, Alberto O. Jacosalem of Bagontaas, Valencia, Bukidnon got the title for 2016 Regional Outstanding Barangay Nutrition Scholar (ROBNS), Award of Merit for the Cities of Ozamiz, Malaybalay and Valencia and Municipalities of Kadingilan and Quezon as Nutrition Honor Award (NHA) Maintenance.
Finally, Gingoog City in Misamis Oriental and Maramag town in Bukidnon will be given Special Citations for this year’s contender/potential First Year CROWN Maintenance and Nutrition Honor Award, respectively.
The National Nutrition Council is mandated among others, to monitor and evaluate the implementation of the country‟s food and nutrition plan and program. Toward this mandate, NNC annually conducts the Monitoring and Evaluation of Local Level Plan Implementation or MELLPI since 1978. It aims to assess the efficiency and effectiveness of local governments in planning and implementing local nutrition programs. In conjunction with the MELLPI, the NNC also evaluates the performance of the Barangay Nutrition Scholars (Barangay-based volunteers tasked to coordinate the delivery of basic nutrition and related services in their respective area of assignments).
The MELLPI and BNS Evaluation culminate with the recognition of LGUs and BNSs with exemplary performance in nutrition program management and delivery of nutrition services, respectively. Recognition comes in the form of incentives/awards such as the Green Banner Award, Consistent Regional Outstanding Winner in Nutrition (CROWN), Nutrition Honor Award (NHA) and the National Outstanding BNS.
The Green Banner Award is given to a municipality, city or province, which has shown very satisfactory performance in implementing its nutrition program. An area awarded the Green Banner for three consecutive years as outstanding regional winner automatically is awarded the CROWN Award. NNC 10 also gives Green Banner Awards to barangays with exemplary performance in nutrition.
Recipients of the CROWN Award which have maintained a downward trend of malnutrition for three consecutive years qualify to vie for the Nutrition Honor Award, the highest award given by NNC to outstanding achievers in nutrition program implementation for another three consecutive years.
Meanwhile, the Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition (PPAN) for 2017-2022 is the country’s framework for nutrition action. It serves as a guide for national governments, LGUs, NGOs, development partners and other stakeholders who want to be involved in nutrition action as it lays the targets, directions and priority actions that will address malnutrition particularly stunting and wasting, micronutrient deficiencies and obesity.
The PPAN 2017-2022 is an integral part of the Philippine Development Plan 2017-2022. It is consistent with the Duterte Administration 10-point Economic Agenda, the Health for All Agenda of the Department of Health (DOH), the development pillars of malasakit (protective concern), pagbabago (change or transformation), and kaunlaran (development), and the vision of Ambisyon 2040. It factors in and considers country commitments to the global community as embodied in the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, the 2025 Global Targets for Maternal, Infant and Young Child Nutrition, the 2014 International Conference on Nutrition.
The NNC Governing Board approved the PPAN on February 2017. A national launch was held on 2 May 2017 in Iloilo City where the NNC Governing Board had a ceremonial turn-over of the PPAN to various stakeholders.
It consists of 12 programs and 46 projects serving as a framework for actions that could be undertaken by member agencies of the National Nutrition Council (NNC), other national government agencies, local government units (LGUs), Non-Government Organizations (NGOs), academic institutions, and development partners. For better accountability, a member agency of the NNC Governing Board has been designated as lead for one or more of these programs.
In Region 10, PPAN 2017-2022 focus areas are the provinces of Bukidnon and Lanao del Norte. (JMOR/PIA10)