The nutrition action plans of Palawan’s 23 municipalities are currently undergoing evaluation to determine if they are responding correctly to the good health needs and well-being of Palaweños.
Since last week, the Palawan Nutrition Council-Technical Working Group (PNC-TWG) of the Monitoring and Evaluation of Local Level Planning Implementation (MELLPI) has been doing the evaluation.
Palawan Provincial Nutrition Action Office (PNAO) chief Rachel Paladan said Monday it is part of the MELLPI’s task to evaluate if Barangay Nutrition Committees (BNCs) are implementing effective local nutrition plans in their areas of responsibilities.
“Bahagi ng MELLPI ang pagtatasa sa mga BNC sa pangunguna ng mga punong barangay nito at konseho, kasama ang mga Barangay Environment Agriculture and Nutrition Scholars or BEANS (It is part of MELLPI’s responsibility to evaluate the BNC through the barangay chairmen and the municipal council, including the Barangay Environment Agriculture and Nutrition Scholars or BEANS),” she said.
Paladan said the PNC-TWG went last week to six barangays in Quezon town, southern Palawan, for them to undergo the MELLPI. These are barangays Calatagbac, Isugod, Maasin, Panitian, Malatgao and Calapumpang.
The evaluation team went next to Narra, particularly in barangays Tacras, Ipilan, Estrella, El Vita, and Panacan 1.
She said that the barangays they visited in the two towns were those that logged high malnutrition prevalence rate (MPR) that are being addressed due to better implementation of nutrition action plans.
Next week, the PNC-TWG will visit the towns of San Vicente, Roxas, El Nido, and Linapacan for a similar evaluation activity.
The MELLPI task also includes the selection of BEANS in local governments that will be recognized and awarded for their exemplary contributions to the implementation of nutrition programs.
Paladan said the awards and recognition include the Green Banner Award, Outstanding Barangay Nutrition Scholar, and Outstanding Barangay Chairman that are jointly supported by the National Nutrition Council (NNC) and the provincial government of Palawan.
In 2016, the town of San Vicente emerged as the recipient of the Green Banner Award in the Mimaropa Regional Awards.
The nutrition awards are part of the program of the Philippine Food and Nutrition Surveillance System under the NNC. (PNA)
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