CROWN Award for Zamboanga City PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 29 November 2012 10:16

The Zamboanga City Nutrition Council (ZCNC) brought honor to our city last November 9, 2012 when it received the coveted CROWN (Consistent Regional Outstanding Winner in Nutrition) Award. The National Nutrition Council that conferred this award cited ZCNC for its exceptional implementation of nutrition programs in Zamboanga City from 2009 to 2011.

Held at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in Manila, Zamboanga City Mayor Celso Lobregat, Councilor Lilia Nuño and City Health Officer Rodel Agbulos led members of the ZCNC in receiving the CROWN award which included a plaque and a cash prize of P250, 000. The city’s score card has been consistently over the 97% record, way above the cut off which is only 90 percent.

Distinguished guests during the affair were President of the Philippines Benigno Aquino III, Department of Agriculture Proceso Alcala, Health Secretary Enrique Ona, and National Nutrition Council officials led by Health Assistant Secretary for Nutrition Maria Bernardita Flores and a representative of Secretary Mar Roxas.

Present also were Dr. Ruth Yanga who represented the Department of Education-9, Dr. Jam Marbella in charge of nutrition program at the CHO, and City Nutritionist Virgie Sagrado.  They formed part of the ZCNC team.

Dr. Agbulos said that Zamboanga City will be elevated to the prestigious Hall of Fame or the so-called Roll of Honor Award once the City Nutrition Council maintains the record in the next succeeding three years (do it, Doki!). The local government will continue to fulfill its mandate and responsibility to promote the importance of health and nutrition in a bid to ensure a healthy and progressive city, he added.

Mayor Lobregat attributed the award to the hardworking men and women of the City Nutrition Council, who he said, exerted all their best efforts to reach out to the target sector. He stressed that the local government is working hard not because of the awards but because it is the mandate and obligation of the local nutrition council.

The health and well-being of each and every Zamboangueño is of paramount importance in his administration, Lobregat said. “The city government is very serious in addressing the medical and health as well as the nutritional needs of our constituents because we believe that progress is only possible if everyone is healthy,” he said.

Here cheers to the good health of our people and our city!

I hope who ever seats in the next city administration can build a city hospital where poor and indigent local people can be confined for free. The present capacity of Zamboanga Medical Center is not enough. It is always congested and charges now a minimum payment.

By Dante Corteza