NNC-6 continues evaluation of nutrition plan in cities in Negros Occidental

May 21, 2015 4:53 am 

ILOILO CITY, May 19 — The National Nutrition Council (NNC) Region 6 continues its monitoring and evaluation on the implementation of the Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition (PPAN) in Negros Occidental.

The implementation of PPAN was formulated by NNC to address and prevent malnutrition through direct nutrition interventions and development measures.

According to Nona B. Tad-y, Nutrition Program Coordinator of Region 6, their evaluation started last March 30 in cities and municipalities in Negros Occidental specifically in La Carlota City, Silay, Kabankalan, Sipalay, Talisay and Bago City.

The province of Negros Occidental was the first in the region that they have evaluated.

PPAN is also an institutionalized activity of the local nutrition committees and a management tool to assess progress of plan implementation, identify strengths and weaknesses in implementing the local nutrition program, institute appropriate corrective measures and facilitate achievement of the plan’s objectives.

In the 2014 results of the conduct of monitoring and evaluation of NNC, the number of underweight children is declining. The province of Antique has a high number of underweight children while Guimaras has the least. Usually, children in rural areas are underweight and children in urban areas are overweight.

The results of the monitoring and evaluation of the NNC will be their basis for technical assistance to be given to the areas that have severe number of underweight children.

NNC also recognizes the province, city, municipality in the region that has outstanding performance in nutrition.

The municipality of Numancia in the province of Aklan was the 2014 Outstanding Municipality in Region 6. The Green Banner award will also be given to the first ranking municipality in a province and first ranking province/city/municipality in the region after the conduct of the 2015 evaluation.

Further, Tad-y said that environment also plays a vital role in nutrition and committees in nutrition and people should work hand in hand for nutrition improvement in the country. Care from the parents that includes food, security and health is highly encouraged.

NNC estimated to finish the evaluation of all provinces of Region 6 by August. (PNA)

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