VIGAN CITY- After securing the grand slam for maintaining the Green Banner Award for three consecutive years since 2010 and adjudged as one of the 1st Year CROWN Maintenance Awardees last year, this World Heritage City is one step closer to the Nutrition Honor Award, the highest award given by the National Nutrition Council (NNC) for local government units with outstanding performance in nutrition.
Last June 10-14, 2014, the National Nutrition Evaluation Team (NNET) led by Ms. Ellen Ruth Abella, Nutrition Officer IV, Nutrition Surveillance Division, with Ms. Jovita Raval, Chief of the Nutrition Information and Education Division, both from the NNC together with Ms. Angelina Bustos of the University of the Philippines, Los Baños undertook a validation visit to Vigan City to assess the efficiency and effectiveness of the local level plan implementation for the year 2014.
NNC-Region 1 Nutrition Program Coordinator Ma. Eileen B. Blanco and Nutrition Officer II Ethelreina A. Balisnomo with Ms. Jovita Leny S. Calaguas as the RNET Chairman together with the members of the CNC accompanied the evaluators when they visited the five sampled barangays of Vigan City that included Pantay Laud, Mindoro, Barangay VII, Capangpangan and San Julian.
As part of the evaluation, the team weighed 10% of the total pre-school children in each barangay including identified underweight, severely underweight and overweight pre-school children based on the 2013 Operation Timbang Plus Report. The evaluating team conducted a desk review of records with the Barangay Nutrition Committees (BNCs) which were also validated through interview and other supporting data. The team made site visitations to validate the various projects/programs of the city.
During the exit conference, the National Evaluation Team presented their observations and findings on the following aspects: 1. Efficiency of the Local Level Plan Implementation, 2. Weight status of pre-school and school children validation weighing, 3. Extent of Nutrition integrated into the Local Development Plans and Programs and 4. Functionality of Nutrition Committees both at the City and Barangay Level. Recommendations were given to enhance the performance of the City Nutrition Committee as well as the Barangay Nutrition Committee in the implementation of Nutrition Programs and Projects.
Through the innovative programs for nutrition implemented with the active participation of the City Nutrition Committee (CNC) and the proactive Barangay Nutrition Scholars, Vigan City officials led by Mayor Eva Marie S. Medina are optimistic to bag the 2nd Year CROWN Maintenance Award and to sustain the gains to be able to get the Nutrition Honor Award next year.#