28 February 2023, Cagayan de Oro City — The Province of Lanao del Norte held their face-to-face Provincial Health Board Meeting at Multi-Purpose Hall, Provincial Capitol Complex, Tubod, Lanao del Norte last 15 February 2023 spearheaded by Governor Imelda “Angging” Quibranza-Dimaporo.
The meeting was attended by members of the Provincial Health Board, several Local Chief Executives, Provincial Health Officer personnel, and Municipal Health Officers. For regional line agencies, National Nutrition Council (NNC) X led by Nutrition Program Coordinator Gladys Mae s. Fernandez, also attended the activity.
Among the agenda discussed was the implementation of the Universal Health Care (UHC) Law, which aims to provide all Filipinos with access to affordable, high-quality healthcare through the establishment of a province-wide health system, special health fund, and the signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the local government units. Wherein, Governor Dimaporo emphasized the importance of the UHC implementation for improved health and nutrition plans and programs for the people of Lanao del Norte.
NPC Fernandez advocated for the strengthening of the nutrition program in Lanao del Norte Province and the reactivation of the Provincial Nutrition Committee. She presented the nutrition situation of the province, the roles of the Provincial Nutrition Committee, the Shepherding Project wherein Lanao del Norte is one of the priority areas to be shepherded by the Regional Shepherding Team. She also shared the ongoing implementation of Phases 3 and 4 Tutok Kainan Dietary Supplementation Program in select municipalities of the province.
Governor Dimaporo urged all Local Chief Executives of both municipalities and barangays to act and provide necessary interventions to their undernourished children. She also suggested to look for other sources of commodities for the dietary supplementation program. She further thanked NNC for the technical assistance and the food commodities under Tutok Kainan program for under five children and pregnant mothers.