CMP takes steps to improve nutrition programs – Nueva Vizcaya, Philippines
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CMP takes steps to improve nutrition programs

By on January 23, 2017

“I will definitely approve the increase of the incentives of the Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNS) but I cannot tell you yet how much,” Governor Carlos M. Padilla said during a meeting with the Provincial Nutrition Council (PNC) on January 18 at Provincial Health Office function room.

Being a BNS is a voluntary work and the Provincial Local Government Unit gives a meager P165 honorarium plus a P15 share from the National Nutrition Council (NNC) in a monthly basis. The NNC will increase its share for the BNS to P30 this 2017. The PNC proposed a P250 increase but the Governor said that it will depend on the evaluation of the Local Finance Committee (LFC) on the availability of funds to be allocated.

During the monitoring and evaluation of local level program implementation in nutrition, members of the Provincial Nutrition Council-Technical Working Group (PNC-TWG) who act as the provincial evaluators will be relieved from their posts for almost 2 months. The Governor suggested that the scheduled evaluation of 5 Barangay Nutrition Committees (BNC) in every municipality will be the responsibility of the Municipal Nutrition Committee (MNC). The PNC-TWG will then evaluate the outstanding MNC, BNC and BNS.

The NNC had also proposed resolution and ordinance; such as the adoption of the first 1000 days of a child’s life to ensure good nutrition and to pass ordinance regulating the sale of empty calorie foods (junk foods), carbonated, synthetic and sugary beverages in public and private school canteens and food vendors near the school premises; to be adopted by the province.

However, the Governor said that the following resolution and ordinance should be adopted based on the local situation of the province. Because the proposals from the NNC are based on national data. “We all agree that these steps are for the nutrition of the children. But we will draft the resolutions based on our local data,” the Governor said.

The PNC-TWG will draft resolutions and be reviewed by the Provincial Legal Office before submitting to the Sangguniang Panlalawigan for approval.

With regards to the P100,000 cash award of the province in the national nutrition awards, the PNC will purchase 110 pieces of backpacks (worth P350 each) for the BNS, in addition to the 200 pieces of backpacks purchased under the General Fund 2016 of the Nutrition Division of the Office of the Governor.

The remaining amount will be added to the cash awards of the Outstanding MNC, BNC and BNS during the Provincial Nutrition Awards. Previously, the outstanding awards had P10,000 each. The Governor proposed to give P15,000 or P20,000 each, depending on the available funds. #bg

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