A high school graduate from Barangay Guinles, Polanco, Zamboanga del Norte with only four years in the service as a barangay nutrition scholar topped the search for the prestigious 2012 National Outstanding Barangay Nutrition Scholar (NOBNS) Award.
Ms. Felisa J. Guilingan bested eight other top contenders for the national award that included Mila P. Buya of Barangay Sagubo, Kapangan, Benguet; Cecilia G. Santos of Barangay Kaybagal South, Tagaytay City; Josephine R. Balingit of Barangay Devilla, Sta. Cruz, Marinduque; Dorothy P. Felipe of Barangay North Poblacion, Maramag, Bukidnon; Sherwin C. Abellaniza of Barangay Magugpo East, Tagum City; Lorena P. Cabillo of Barangay Magsaysay, Kidapawan City and Sharon A. Tablada of Barangay Barraca, Vigan City, Ilocos Sur.
For her feat, Guilingan received a trophy and P150,000 cash award during the National Nutrition Awarding Ceremony held at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City on November 5, 2013.
Dorothy P. Felipe of Barangay North Poblacion of Maramag, Bukidnon, (first runner-up) received P100,000.00 and a certificate of recognition while Sherwin C. Abellaniza of Barangay Magugpo East, Tagum City and Josephine R. Balingit of Barangay Devilla, Sta. Cruz, Marinduque who tied as second runners-up) received P80,000.00 and a certificate of recognition.
Guilingan got the nod of the interagency National Evaluation Team led by Assistant Secretary of Health and NNC Executive Director Maria-Bernardita T. Flores, and the members of NNC Technical Committee because of her simple yet innovative but effective nutrition and related projects in Barangay Guinles which led to the rehabilitation of 18 underweight preschool children in 2012.
She was the second National Outstanding BNS awardee from the Zamboanga Peninsula.
Guilingan’s projects were focused on ensuring continuous access to health, nutrition and other services including markets. She was instrumental in the construction of gakit (bamboo raft) which was used to ferry residents of two puroks when heavy rain water flooded the area and a bamboo bridge which provided access to two puroks dissected by a creek.
The materials for both projects were donated by residents and constructed through pintakasi or bayanihan.
She also succeeded in developing a tracking and monitoring system for a hog dispersal project, a simple system of monitoring the status of hogs dispersed in the community way back from 2002. Most of her projects are along nutrition in emergencies, purok-focused infant and young child feeding training and deployment of community breastfeeding support groups, and resource generation.
These projects were all supported by resolutions of the Barangay Council and the Barangay Nutrition Committee.#