Council lauds city for top nutrition award PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 23 December 2010 16:17

The City Council has commended the city government under the leadership of Mayor Celso Lobregat for its latest feat as Outstanding City in Region 9 in the implementation of the nutrition program that also entitled the city with the Green banner Award.

The expression of commendation was contained in Resolution 860 authored by Councilor Lilia Nuño, chair of the Council committee on Health and supported by all members of the legislative body.

Councilor Nuño said the award is proof that the city government is very committed in its vision to have “un ciudad sin enfermedad”. She likewise expressed appreciation to the people who are exerting all efforts to ensure that the different services and programs related to nutrition are implemented.

The award was presented to the city government December 1st during the Regional Nutrition Awarding ceremony.

The nutrition program of the city is one of the functions under the City Health office under Dr. Rodelin Agbulos since a year ago. Prior to that, nutrition program was under the City social Welfare Office under Francisco Barredo.

The recognition was in line with the Monitoring and Evaluation of Local Plan Implementation (MELLPI) for nutrition initiated by the Regional Nutrition Committee and presented during the committee’s third quarter meeting last November 15.

The MELLPI is a management tool used in assessing efficiency and effectiveness of program for nutrition improvement.

Based on the evaluation, Zamboanga City got a final score of 91.87% followed by Dipolog City with a score of 88.20 percent and third Dapitan City with a grade of 84.92 percent.

In the provincial level, Zamboanga Sibugay topped the evaluation while Polanco, Zamboanga del Norte obtained the highest score among the municipalities in the region.

The Regional Nutrition Committee had deputized the Regional Nutrition Evaluation Team composed of interagency members to evaluate the 2009 nutrition plan implementation of the 3 provinces and 5 cities in the region using the standard tool provided by the National Nutrition Council. The evaluation results had been reviewed and found to have strictly abided by the guidelines set.

Meanwhile, barangay nutrition scholar Teresita Policarpio of Tetuan, was also adjudged as one of the seven 2009 Outstanding Barangay Nutrition Scholars (OBNS) in the region, according to Dr. Agbulos.

The recognition is based on the evaluation of the performance of the BNS in the region. It is one of the yearly activities included in the MELLPI. — Sheila Covarrubias