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CITY OF ILAGAN, ISABELA----- “Naalala ko bago ako pumasok bilang Barangay Nutrition Scholar (BNS) sa aming barangay, mataas ang malnutrisyon (prevalence) rate. Dito humugot ako ng inspirasyon at boluntaryong pumasok bilang Barangay Nutrition Scholar upang tugunan ang problemang ito,” emotionally shared by BNS Lenie Q. Bulan, during the interview for the  Search for Regional Outstanding Barangay Nutrition Scholars conducted by Regional Nutrition Evaluation Team (RNET) Region 02.

A barangay nutrition scholar is a barangay-based volunteer worker responsible for delivering nutrition services and other related activities such as community health, backyard food production, environmental sanitation, culture, mental feeding, and family planning to the barangay.

As a volunteer worker, BNS’s receive minimal honorarium and allowances from local, provincial, and national government, however this did not hinder BNS Bulan to persevere and fully commit to serve the vulnerable groups in their barangay.

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CITY OF ILAGAN, ISABELA----- Armed with four decades of public health and nutrition experience, Ms. Clavelina Tolbe, District Nutrition Program Coordinator (DNPC)- Province of Quirino, edged another finalist to bring home the 2019 Regional Outstanding DNPC in the region.

DNPC Tolbe has been working with the Local Nutrition Committees of the local government units as early as the 80’s.  Her presence in the 2019 LNC’s accomplishments can be felt.  One can notice her  presence in mostly of the documents and reports presented to the Regional Nutrition Evaluation Team (RNET) Region 02.

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Tutok Kainan Dietary Supplementation for nutritionally-at-risk (NAR) pregnant women in Cagayan and Isabela Provinces kicked-off in the first quarter of 2020. With almost a year of coordination and implementation, a lot had been accomplished including provision of enhanced nutribuns, lipid-base nutrient supplement-small quantity (LNS-SQ) and iron-fortified rice among 1,193 beneficiaries in partnership with local nutrition committees.

Ms. Chieberly Secreto, ECCD-F1K Provincial Nutrition Focal Point (PNFP) had the opportunity to interview several of the program beneficiaries in Dodan and Gaddang Aparri, Cagayan as part of her monitoring activities. Barangay Nutrition Scholar (BNS) Shara Perpinian and BNS Jona Marciana M. Magara assisted her during the activity.

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CITY OF ILAGAN, ISABELA---- Dr. Edwin Galapon, Provincial Health Officer (PHO) and Provincial Nutrition Action Officer (PNAO)-Province of Nueva Vizcaya, bagged the Regional Outstanding PNAO.

The Regional Nutrition Evaluation Team (RNET) Region 02 during the deliberation has unanimously declared Dr. Galapon as Regional Outstanding PNAO based on the results of Monitoring and Evaluation of Local Level Plan Implementation Protocol (MELLPI Pro), and interview score conducted by the team.

Annually, the MELLPI is conducted by an interagency nutrition evaluation team from the national to provincial/ city/municipal levels to assess the efficiency and effectiveness of local nutrition program management and implementation.

In 2019, the National and Regional Evaluation Team launched the use of the enhanced version of MELLPI called MELLPI Pro.  The MELLPI Pro is used to monitor and evaluate performance of local government units at all levels and local nutrition focal points like the Barangay Nutrition Scholars, Nutrition Action Officers and District/City /Municipal Nutrition Program Coordinators.

The MELLPI PRO for Local Nutrition Focal Points assesses the performance of frontline nutrition workers in carrying out their core functions in line with delivering nutrition services in the locality. Performance is defined along eight management dimensions: P1. Coordination; P2. Advocacy; P3. Planning; P4. Implementation; P5. Monitoring and evaluation; P6. Resource generation; P7. Documentation and record keeping and P8. Capacity building.

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CITY OF ILAGAN, ISABELA----- Dr. Mila Villar, youngest Provincial Nutrition Action Officers in service, sets record as she is hailed as finalist for the 2019 most outstanding PNAO in the region.

She maybe the youngest PNAO in service, however her nine (9) years dedicated service as Municipal Nutrition Action Officer (MNAO) of Cabarroguis, Quirino paved way to her knowledge, skills, strengths and dedication to serve as PNAO of the Province of Quirino.

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CITY OF ILAGAN, ISABELA----- Ms. Luzviminda Ragpa, District Nutrition Program Coordinator (DNPC)- Province of Nueva Vizcaya, hailed as 2019 Regional Outstanding DNPC Regional finalist as evaluated by Regional Nutrition Evaluation Team (RNET) region 02.

As DNPC, her main task is to supervise Barangay Nutrition Scholars. They also organize and conduct appropriate trainings for them. In addition, they also assist the Local Nutrition Action Officers in the planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of of nutrition programs in the locality.