5 JenoMr. Jeno Josef Figuracion, CNAO, Vigan City“If development has to happen, it must be for the people.”- This serves as the mantra of CNAO Figuracion in his role as the local nutrition action officer. This is because he believes that the local people are the ultimate goal of any development program such as in Nutrition.

Being the lead person in the overall implementation of the City Nutrition Action Plan of Vigan, he ensures that there is smooth coordination among the different stakeholders of Nutrition. He knows the importance of accurate assessment of data and good strategic planning in nutrition; thus, he consistently communicates with the advocates of nutrition, organizes the city nutrition committee and other stakeholders, and conducts various dialogues and planning workshops. He works closely with the Barangays, Non-government organizations, civic groups, Barangay Nutrition Scholars, National Nutrition Council, government agencies to ensure that there is delegation of responsibilities. 

4 Burgos Ilocos NorteBurgos is a small town and a 5th class municipality. Our Population slowly grows at is around a little more around 11,000. The pandemic has hit us hard especially with the halt in transportation and the tourism sectors which is one of the blood lives of the municipality. We are grateful that we were able to prevent the spread of the disease for a year with the vigilance of our people and our front liners from the barangays, the Municipal Health Office, and the MDRRM office.

We never rested, we immediately distributed relief packages to all families, groceries, and cash of P 500.00 for everyone, and the groceries were rationed on a per individual basis. More than the appreciation of other towns and the province for our system, my peace was gained by the people’s peace of mind that they will never go feeling viciously affected by the pandemic. We also lent our vehicles for dialysis patients who had to go according to their schedules. 

1 ViganVigan City continues to meet the health and nutrition needs of the Bigueño through transforming values into actions, visions into realities, obstacles into innovations, disconnectedness into solidarity, and risks into rewards.

The City Nutrition Action Plan serves as the blueprint of Vigan in addressing its nutrition problems as well as in achieving its vision of a health heritage community. It is aligned with the goals and objectives of the Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition 2017-2022. The city appreciates the value of good strategic planning in the delivery of nutrition services through mobilizing members of the City Nutrition Committee Technical Working Group, private individuals, and stakeholders namely the Vigan Zumba Club, Federation of Senior Citizens, BHW Association, Federation of BNS, Philippine Red Cross, Ilocos Sur Medical Society, PWD Sector and youth representative among others. Their inputs had greatly contributed to the development of the city’s nutrition plan. 

3 Urdaneta CityAs part of the Mayatten Tatta agenda, this administration has included in its priorities the focus on positive changes in public health and safety, particularly in the field of nutrition. The Local Chief Executive together with the City Nutrition Council’s passion, dedication, and resourcefulness contributed to the success of the nutrition program implementation in the City of Urdaneta. We are now traversing the road that has made a positive impact on our children and the children of the future. Careful planning and seamless execution have made this possible. 

For FB posting18-19 November 2021--The Regional Nutrition Committee of Region 1 successfully spearheaded the Regional Dialogue with Punong Barangays which was held via zoom and facebook live attended by more than 2,400 participants comprised of Punong Barangays, Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNS), Sangguniang Kabataan Chairpersons, and other Barangay Nutrition Committee (BNC) members.

The dialogue aims to encourage the barangay stakeholders particularly the Barangay Chairpersons to be aware on the importance of increasing investment on nutrition.

NNC’s Executive Director, Assistant Secretary Azucena Dayanghirang on her message recognized the vital roles of Barangay Captains in realizing the PPAN targets and enjoined them to lead the Barangay Nutrition Committee in crafting their Barangay Nutrition Action Plans aligned to PPAN to help end all forms of malnutrition in every barangay.

“If we improve the nutrition of our people, we also give hope to our children to be empowered, improve their intelligence and social adaptation to have better lives,” she added. 

2 SantaSanta is a 4th economic class municipality consisting of 26 barangays. It is one of the coastal towns in the province of Ilocos Sur with fishing as one of the main sources of livelihood and known for its “ipon”, a half-centimeter-long fish caught from Banaoang River. Ipon is the town’s prized fish that is depicted in the town’s seal. Santas’ economy hinges on local cottage industries and in producing blacksmith products, which are made up of wrought iron or steel, bent and out to form gates, grilles, railings, light fixtures, tools, and “buneng or bolo knife”. 

          The Municipal Nutrition Committee of Santa chaired by Mayor Jesus B. Bueno, Jr. believes that the ultimate goal is to reduce if not eradicate the prevalence of malnutrition among pre-school and school children and promote better health for all Santanians. Toward this, the Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) Program was implemented in all 26 Barangays to increase the rate of exclusive breastfeeding. Nutrition education is incorporated during Pre-Natal visits, events like Buntis Congress, Sabay-sabay na pagpapasuso Activity, Pre-Marriage Counselling, and Family Development Sessions.