By Perla Lena
TACLOBAN CITY, July 30 (PNA) — The National Nutrition Council here Tuesday capped its celebration of Nutrition Month by giving recognition to the best program implementers in Eastern Visayas.
In a ceremony at the Matapat Hall of the Camp Kangleon in adjacent Palo town, NNC honored six outstanding barangay nutrition scholars; three best performing nutrition committees, 16 local government units that passed the scorecard on nutrition indicator; three Pabasa sa Nutrisyon awardees and other program partners.
Local government units of Biliran, Naval and Maasin were recognized for having the best performing nutrition committees for the province, municipality and city categories, respectively.
The committee chaired by the local chief executive undertakes programs and interventions to address malnutrition incidence in their areas based on the result of their nutritional assessment, health survey and operation timbang.
The towns of Tarangnan and Basey in Samar and the Plan International Philippines on the other hand were named as Pabasa sa Nutrisyon awardees for coming up with best information and education campaign to promote proper nutrition.
Further, Tita B. Gaviola of Abgao village in Maasin City was recognized as the 2012 outstanding barangay nutrition scholar for her contribution that caused her barangay to have a zero malnutrition rate.
Other outstanding BNS were Ma. Cynthia T. Estoya for Tacloban City, Gilda L. Bajado for Eastern Samar, Editha L. Bernaldes for Northern Samar, Carmelita R.Ecalla from Biliran and Lolita A. Magaipo from Southern Leyte.
Meanwhile, the towns of Isabel, Babatngon, Barugo and Julita in Leyte and Anhawan, Liloan and Limasawa in Southern Leyte were among the 16 LGUs that passed the scorecard on nutrition indicator.
Also getting a good record were Balangiga, Llorente, Mercedes, Sulat and Taft in Eastern Samar; Talalora and San Vicente in Samar and Allen and Victoria in Northern Samar.
NNC 8 officer-in-charge Segundina Devota A. Dilao said that these LGUs have malnutrition rate of below 10 percent and the coverage of their operation timbang ranges from 80 to 100 percent of their preschoolers.
A regional nutrition evaluation team chaired by nutritionist/dietician of the Department of Health-Center for Health Development Emily O. Grande undertook a series of visitation among LGUs in the region in search for the best implementers. (PNA)