Ms. Shaira Vita A. Calumpang, NDDP, Negros Oriental – Born of the need for facilitators but with the limited inter-island mobility, the Municipal Nutrition Committee of Mabinay in Negros Oriental pioneers Central Visayas’ own blended Nutrition Program Management training activities.
Banking on the strength of Human Resource for Health (HRH) assigned to the Nutrition Program and with inputs from the National Nutrition Council Region VII’s technical staff, Mabinay was able to cover five (5) batches for all its 32 barangays producing 32 nutrition action plans, and budgets all incorporated in their respective annual investment plans.
With inputs from pre-recorded sessions by the NNC 7 staff and workshops facilitated by fielded HRH for Nutrition, many of the participants have gained a better appreciation of the nutrition program and its impact on individual health and the community’s development.
Hon. Ranel Cadalzo, Barangay Committee on Health of Poblacion, Mabinay voiced out his gratitude for the activity and even mentioned that his and his Barangay Nutrition Committee once thought that one-time feeding activity per year is enough to decrease malnutrition and that his take-home message is that “dili feeding lang” and there are different nutrition interventions that his nutrition committee can do to solve the malnutrition problem in the barangay.
The five batches with schedules done weekly running from 24 September to 15 October 2020 would not have been possible without the outmost support from Municipal Mayor Hon. Joeterry A. Uy, Vice Mayor, and MNAO Hon. Ernie Uy, and MHO Dr. Ernest Uy who were constantly monitoring the activity.
With the success of the Mabinay Nutrition Committee’s planning activities, the NNC 7 is hoping that other LGUs could follow suit and strengthen their barangay nutrition committees, craft their nutrition action plans and ensure that these plans are budgeted despite the COVID-19 pandemic. After all, nutrition interventions should be given priority to help build pandemic-resilient local governments. //