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Search for 2019 ROBNSTwelve (12) City/Municipal Outstanding Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNS) in Metro Manila competed for the 2019 Regional Outstanding BNS (ROBNS) Award. The BNSs were evaluated as part of the Monitoring and Evaluation of Local Level Plan Implementation or MELLPI Pro held on June 15-September 10, 2021.

The MELLPI Pro is the monitoring and evaluation mechanism for the implementation of the Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition (PPAN) at the local level. Aside from the monitoring and evaluation of local nutrition program implementation, the MELLPI Pro also assesses the performance of local nutrition workers in carrying out their core functions in line with delivering nutrition services in their area. The assessment of these nutrition workers also called the local nutrition focal points (LNFP) cover Nutrition Action Officer, City/Municipal Nutrition Program Coordinator and BNS.

Eat SmartThe human brain is composed of 70% fat, uses around 20% of the body’s calories and needs plenty of good fuel to keep it healthy and maintain concentration throughout the day. The foods we eat not only affects our body, but also have a big impact on the structure and health of our brains. It supports both the short-term and long-term brain function, therefore, a diet lacking of essential nutrients hinder the ability to focus. 

Sugar in the form of glucose is the brain’s preferred fuel source. It offers a short-term boost to the memory, thinking and mental ability. Since glucose cannot be stored in the brain, it needs a constant supply to prevent poor memory and difficulty in problem-solving. However, the recommended amount of added sugars for adults per day is a maximum of 5 to 10 teaspoons while those aged 2-18 years old should have less than 25 grams or six (6) teaspoons of added sugar daily. Too much sugar is not good as it increases the risk of unhealthy weight gain, dental caries, diabetes, and fatty liver disease.

Photo PPAN Movers GAThe National Nutrition Council – NCR pushed for the integration of Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) services in the first 1000 days of life during the PPAN Movers’ General Assembly held on August 31, 2021. The virtual event was attended by 105 participants composed of nutritionist-dietitians and nutrition action officers from the 17 local government units (LGU) in Metro Manila. 

It is necessary to integrate all existing services of health, nutrition, social welfare, and education to provide the basic holistic needs of young children, particularly the ECCD in the First 1000 Days to ensure that children are provided with the best start to life.

CDNPC Meeting 16Sept21The City/District Nutrition Program Coordinators (C/DNPC) of Metro Manila Association, Inc. will focus its regional conference this year on building food and nutrition resilience in the new normal. Now on its 35th year, the conference is set to take place on December 2-3, 2021.

The Association, in cooperation with the National Nutrition Council – NCR, annually conducts its regional conference to provide its members and partners with technical updates on relevant issues on nutrition. However, they were not able to conduct the regional conference last year due to their involvement in the COVID-19 response in their localities.

2021 MELLPI ProThe inter-agency Regional Nutrition Evaluation Team (RNET) of the National Capital Region successfully conducted the local government nutrition monitoring and evaluation more commonly known as the Monitoring Evaluation of Local Level Plan Implementation (MELLPI) Pro despite the pandemic. The MELLPI Pro was conducted from June 15 to September 10, 2021, to assess the LGUs’ nutrition program implementation in 2019.  The RNET had its deliberation meeting on the MELLPI Pro results on September 15, 2021. A total of fifteen (15) LGUs in Metro Manila, except the cities of Marikina and Mandaluyong, participated in the MELLPI Pro. 

It may be recalled that during the early part of this year, the LGUs in NCR through their Nutrition Action Officers pushed for the deferment of the MELLPI Pro due to the surge of COVID-19 cases in the region (https://www.nnc.gov.ph/regional-offices/luzon/national-capital-region/5190-ncr-nutrition-action-officers-push-for-deferment-of-mellpi-pro-due-to-surge-of-covid-19-cases) but later on, decided to participate in the MELLPI Pro after careful consideration on the importance of assessing their local implementation of the PPAN and ensuring safety of their nutrition workers and members of their local nutrition committees (LNCs) (https://www.nnc.gov.ph/regional-offices/luzon/national-capital-region/5231-ncr-lgus-to-push-through-with-conduct-of-mellpi-pro-this-year). 

RNET NCR deliberation meetingThe Regional Nutrition Evaluation Team of the National Capital Region (RNET-NCR) determined the top performing local government units (LGU) and outstanding local nutrition focal points (LNFP) based on the results of the 2021 Monitoring and Evaluation of Local Level Plan Implementation (MELLPI) Pro during the online deliberation meeting held on September 15, 2021.

For this year, 15 NCR LGUs, except for Marikina and Mandaluyong, eight (8) Nutrition Action Officers (NAO), 14 Outstanding City/Municipal Nutrition Program Coordinators (C/MNPC), and 12 Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNS) participated in the MELLPI Pro. The evaluation was conducted from June 15-September 10, 2021.