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NNC Region 1 league of nutrition actionofficers27 January 2013, Vigan City - The Officers of the League of Nutrition Action Officers, Region I, Inc. with the National Nutrition Council, Regional Office I as secretariat were at Vigan Culture and Trade Center for the first quarter meeting. The meeting was hosted by the local government of Vigan- the 1st CROWN Maintenance Awardee in Region I for 2013. Hosting of meetings has been the practice in the region in order to observe nutrition program implementation of respective LGUs worthy of replication.

The group was warmly welcomed by Vice-Mayor Lourdes Baquiran on behalf of Mayor Eva Marie Medina. She proudly presented the innovations being undertaken in the city which include the functional City and Barangay Nutrition Committees, involvement of various NGOs in the nutrition program as well as the Search for the Best Barangay and Barangay Nutrition Scholar. To help augment income of families with malnourished children and indigents, the city government provided livelihood projects tagged as “Pagsapulan: Raniag ti Masakbayan” like the provision of tricycle for hire, ice cream carts, Muscovy ducks and Murrah buffalos for animal dispersal among others. In addition, a BNS Nutri-Canteen which sells mikilunggay and other nutritious snacks was provided to the Federation of Barangay Nutrition Scholars with a starting capital of P50, 000.00. In order to provide quality services, access cards were provided to its constituents. The access card includes a list of services that the recipients can avail of such as medical and dental services, livelihood and financial assistance, legal assistance and burial assistance, among others. Moreover, activities like Healthy Buntis, Healthy Baby, Healthy Barangay Projects is a service caravan –type of project which brings health services to the barangays including the conduct of pre-natal check-ups and laboratory exams for pregnant mothers and the promotion of exclusive breastfeeding and complementary feeding.

Vice Mayor Baquiran enjoined the group to visit their different projects along food production and child welfare and wished that everybody will enjoy their short stay in the heritage city of the north-Vigan City.