The National Nutrition Council (NNC) Region 10 and the Regional Nutrition Evaluation Team (RNET) visited Ozamiz City for a two-day 2017 Regional Monitoring and Evaluation of Local Level Plan Implementation (MELLPI) of Nutrition Programs in the city.
Princess Christine Daliba Tababa, Nutrition Officer II of NNC 10 shared during the exit conference that the goal of the nutrition program of the government is to reduce the prevalence of lifestyle diseases.
She added that they are very happy because the local government of Ozamiz is improving and sustaining the gains in nutrition of the young people in Ozamiz City.
Barangays visited include Brgy. Pantaon which was awarded 2016 Outstanding Barangay Nutrition Scholar (BNS), Brgy. Sangay Daku – Outstanding Barangay, Brgy. Trigos – High Operation Timbang Plus (OPT) prevalence group, Brgy. Diguan – Medium OPT prevalence, Brgy. Baybay San Roque – Low OPT prevalence.
Among the recommendations of the RNET include to sustain city and barangay nutrition committee, expand partnership with non-government organisations for direct nutrition interventions, livelihood programs or assistance, continuing nutrition intervention and livelihood programs or assistance and scale up/expand proven effective and sustainable activities among others.
In 2013, Ozamiz City received the Nutrition Honor Award (NHA), Pabasa sa Nutrition (PSN) Diamond Awardee, Gawad Kalasag Awardee and Seal of Good Local Governance.
Linked to an incentive and award system, top performers will receive: Green Banner Awards (at Regional level), National Awards CROWN (Consistent Regional Outstanding Winner in Nutrition– 3 yrs. GB) – 500,000, CROWN Maintenance (Year 1 & 2) – 150,000, Nutrition Honor Award (NHA)- 1,000,000.
The National Nutrition Council, is mandated among others, to monitor and evaluate the implementation of the country’s food and nutrition program, the Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition (PPAN). Toward this mandate, the interagency NNC annually conducts the Monitoring and Evaluation of Local Level Plan Implementation.
It aims to assess the efficiency and effectiveness of local governments in planning and implementing local nutrition programs. Likewise, in conjunction with the MELLPI, the NNC also evaluates the performance of the Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNS).
The BNSs are the barangay-based volunteers tasked to coordinate the delivery of basic nutrition and related services in their respective area of assignments. Both the MELLPI and BNS evaluation are institutionalized activities since 1979 of the national and local nutrition committees.
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 (at Regional level), Consistent Regional Outstanding Winner in Nutrition (CROWN), Nutrition Honor Award (NHA) and the National Outstanding BNS. (Shaine Mae R. Nagtalon/PIA Misamis Occidental)