The National Nutrition Council (NNC) national nutrition evaluation team validation visits officially starts with the conduct of the National Evaluation Team (NET) general assembly held at the NNC Board Room on 29 March 2017. An interagency NET convened to discuss procedures in assessing the efficiency and effectiveness of local nutrition program management and implementation of the 19 local government units (LGUs) vying for various nutrition awards.
The NET will conduct validation visits from April to June in 11 areas vying for the First-Year Consistent Regional Outstanding Regional Winners in Nutrition (CROWN) Maintenance Award, 7 areas vying for Second Year CROWN Maintenance and 1 area vying for the Nutrition Honor Award.
Nutrition Honor Award Contender:
Second Year CROWN Maintenance Award Contenders:
Province of Agusan del Sur
Province of Nueva Vizcaya
Alfonso Lista, Ifugao
Sta. Rosa City, Laguna
Piñan, Zamboanga del Norte
First Year CROWN Maintenance Contenders:
Province of Benguet
Province of Bulacan
Pamplona, Negros Oriental
Province of Zamboanga Sibugay
Gingoog City, Misamis Oriental
Province of South Cotabato
The validation visits include review and analysis of pertinent nutrition documents, site validation of nutrition projects and interview of family-beneficiaries, validation weighing of children, interview nutrition committee members or BNS, and an oral feedback to nutrition committees on the initial results of the validation.
The validation visit also aim to assess whether efforts of the CROWN winners to maintain a downward trend of malnutrition were sustained through a well-coordinated implementation of local level nutrition action plan. It also aims to advocate for the continued support of the LGUs to the nutrition programs and improve the nutrition situation in the area. The search for the National Outstanding Barangay Nutrition Scholar (NOBNS) will be conducted in mid-July to September 2017.
A deliberation meeting among the NET members after all the validation visits will determine areas that will be conferred with the awards The NNC Technical Committee, upon recommendation of the NET, approves the list of awardees for CROWN Maintenance and Nutrition Honor Awards. Winners will be recognized during the National Nutrition Awarding Ceremony scheduled in October 2017. (Daniel G. Salunga)