In June 2015, both the Regional Nutrition Committee (RNC) X and the Regional Development Council (RDC) X adopted the guidelines on NorMin’s LGU Mobilization Strategy using a mentoring approach through RNC X Resolution No. 1 s. 2015 and RDC X Executive Committee Resolution No. 9.
The LGU Mobilization Strategy on Nutrition Improvement in Northern Mindanao will engage Normin’s top performing LGUs that sustained the highest awards on nutrition or the Nutrition Honor Awardees (NHAs). These awardees will be vigorously mobilized as mentors of low-performing LGUs which fall under any of the following categories: top nutritionally depressed based on regional rank in the Operation Timbang (OPT) Plus; OPT Plus coverage of below 50%; LGUs without local nutrition action plan (LNAP) and/or Local Nutrition Committees (LNCs); LGUs with LNCs but rated as non or partially functional and LGUs with new local chief executives.
The strategy was launched in November 6, 2015 and gained the support and commitment of the local chief executives of NorMin’s eight NHAs: Province of Bukidnon and its municipalities of Don Carlos, Quezon, Libona, Kadingilan and the cities of Malaybalay, Ozamiz and Valencia City.
Consequently, the Mentoring Team composed of at least five (5) members from the NHAs and the members of the RNC-Technical Working Group were identified and constituted. This was done during a consultative meeting held in 2016. The Nutrition Action Officers of each NHA automatically is a member of the core team. Inasmuch as the mentoring activities will focus on three aspects of Nutrition Program Management - policy and plan development, nutrition programming and budgeting and strengthening local nutrition structures, identified core members of the mentoring team are the NHAs’ Co-Chairperson on the Nutrition Committee, Committee Chairperson on Health and Nutrition, Agriculture Officers, Social Welfare and Development Officer and Budget Officer.
The strategy will continue to ascend its pilot implementation this year through the capacity building of the mentoring team, conduct of consultative meetings with the identified mentee LGUs, conduct of planning workshops with on-site mentoring (theory building with concrete exercises and application; learning visits and experiential learning), among others.
Through the strategy, NNC X envisions to bring positive nutrition outcomes in Northern Mindanao as more and more LGUs and partners will be engaged in NorMin’s journey to One Region in Nutrition. (pcdt,smgt)