By Freddie G. Lazaro, PIA, Ilocos Sur
VIGAN CITY, November 6 (PIA) — After winning the Region 1 Green Banner Award for three consecutive years for outstanding performance in nutrition program implementation, Vigan City received the national “Consistent Regional Outstanding Winner on Nutrition” (Crown) on November 9, 2012 at the ceremonial hall in Malacanan Palace.
The national Crown award for 2011 was conferred to Vigan City after winning consecutively the outstanding city in the Region award on nutrition program implementation for three years based on the recommendation by the inter-agency Regional Nutrition Evaluation Team (RNET), approved by the Regional Nutrition Committee (RNC) and favorably endorsed to the NNC Central Office, Assistant Secretary Maria Bernardita T. Flores of the Department of Health (DOH) said.
Flores, who is also concurrent executive director of National Nutrition Council (NNC) said that as Crown awardee, Vigan City received a cash award amounting to P250,000 during the national nutrition awarding ceremony,”
OIC-Region 1 NNC Officer Lulu Pagaduan said Vigan City was elevated as the national Crown awardee after garnering the Green Banner Award as Region 1’s Best Implementer of Nutrition Program for three consecutive years covering the periods 2009, 2010 and 2011.
She said that Vigan City bested all the cities in Ilocos region in the efficiency, management and impact in the implementation of various nutrition programs.
“With this achievement, the city is qualified for the “Nutrition Honor Award”- the highest national award for nutrition program implementation if it maintains its outstanding performance in the next three consecutive years,” Pagaduan said.
She said that Vigan City was rated on its performance in various nutrition programs categorized under the following aspects: home and community food production; livelihood assistance; micronutrient supplementation; food fortification; food assistance; nutrition education; nutrition in essential maternal and child health care services; and capability building for nutrition advocates.
For her part, Vigan City Mayor Medina expressed her elation on the latest national award received by the city government on November 9, 2012 at Malacanan Palace.
“Our all out effort to promote proper nutrition among our children started to bear fruit as we bring home the National Crown Award. As a Crown awardee, our nutrition programs shall be monitored by the National Nutrition Evaluation Team in the next three consecutive years to check whether their efforts to maintain a downward trend of malnutrition are sustained through a well-coordinated plan of implementation. We are also qualified as an entry for the Nutrition Honor Award, the highest award given by the NNC to outstanding achievers in nutrition program implementation,” Medina said.
“I would like also to share this award to the members of the City Nutrition Council, our stakeholders and our people in Vigan for their all–out support and cooperation for the implementation of our nutrition programs,” she added.
To sustain the nutrition program implementation, Vigan City has lined up various long term programs such as: search for best school in a garden, search for the most nutri-functional school canteen, intensive information education campaigns on the significance of nutrition and health lifestyle through tri-media, feeding programs for pre-schoolers, massive backyard and school gardening and container gardening, evaluation of nutritional status of secondary school children, elementary and day care, strengthening of barangay nutrition council, mother class for healthy lifestyle, operation K2/shampoo day/hygiene day, search for the barangay with best nutrition practices;
Search for outstanding Barangay Nutrition Scholar (BNS), hataw sa barangay, monthly spot inspection of food handlers, hydroponic gardening for parents of malnourished children, simultaneous breastfeeding, search for barangay with best vegetable garden, pagsapulan raniag masakbayan, and batang Bigueño, lalaking Bibo.#