BAGUIO CITY- The city through Mayor Mauricio Domogan and members of the Baguio City Nutrition Council (BCNC) receives the Consistent Regional Outstanding Winner in Nutrition (CROWN) award on Dec. 13 at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC), Pasay City.
With the award is a cash prize of Five Hundred Thousand Pesos (P500,000) to be given during the National Nutrition Awarding Ceremony; Assistant Secretary (Asec) of Health Ma. Bernardita Flores informed the mayor through a letter.
The CROWN award for 2015 is conferred to a city after consistently winning the Outstanding City in the Region for three years, the Flores’ letter states, based on the recommendation by the interagency Regional Nutrition Evaluation Team (RNET), approved by the Regional Nutrition Committee and favorably endorsed to the National Nutrition Council central office.
Flores also informed Mayor Domogan that with the awarding ceremonies will be the launching of the Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition (PPAN) 2017-2022 through the nutrition summit.
Included in the summit are directives, objectives and targets to address child stunting and wasting, prevent micronutrient deficiency and obesity increase among children, adolescents, pregnant women and lactating mothers, Flores said.
National government agencies, local governments, Non-Government organizations (NGOs), communities and other stakeholders are then guided to implement nutrition and nutrition-sensitive interventions, Flores added.
A commitment and declaration of war against malnutrition and PPAN 2017 will also be presented to President Rodrigo Duterte during the occasion.
The communication was received during the BCNC quarterly meeting as nutrition matters such as the need for a more stringent implementation of the Asin law, feeding programs in coordination with the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO), additional machinery, resolution for nutritionally depressed barangyas in the city.
Additional benefits for Barangay Nutrition Action Officers (BNAOs), Barangay Nutrition Scholar (BNS) and Barangay Health Workers (BHWs) were also discussed in the meeting.
By Julie Fianza