VIGAN CITY – To give health and nutrition updates to all Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNS), the BNS Provincial League of Ilocos Sur conducts a Provincial BNS Congress annually. This event also serves as an avenue to hold its General Assembly.
Last April 26, 2016, the Provincial League of Barangay Nutrition Scholars in Ilocos Sur in coordination with the Provincial Nutrition Office and Provincial Govern–ment held its Provincial BNS Congress at Baluarte Zoo Park, Vigan City with the theme: “First 1000 Days ni Baby Paha-lagahan para sa Malusog na Kinabukasan!” which is adopted from the 2016 Nutrition Month. It was attended by more than 500 BNSs coming from the 32 municipalities of Ilocos Sur.
Kendall Gatan and Nancy Paclos of NNC, Regional Office I served as resource speakers on Automated OPT Plus Tool and First 1000 Days of Life, respectively.
Gatan presented the auto-mated OPT Plus tool which ensures efficient, accurate and timely submission of the Operation Timbang Plus results which the local and national government and external partners use as basis in executing nutrition actions.
In her presentation, Paclos explained that the first 1000 days of life which starts from day one of a woman’s pregnancy and up to the child’s second birthday is a unique window of oppor-tunity to give the right start of life, especially on the physical and mental development.#