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nnac sen pimentelThe National Nutrition Council held its annual National Nutrition Awarding Ceremony at the Philippine International Convention Center on 21 October 2014. Senator Aquilino “Nene” Pimentel, Jr. was the Guest of Honor and Keynote Speaker. NNC Governing Board Chair Enrique T. Ona was represented by Health Undersecretary Nemesio T. Gako. Senator Pimentel together with USec. Gako and Assistant Secretary of Health and NNC Executive Director Maria-Bernardita T. Flores conferred the nutrition awards to 16 outstanding local government units (LGUs) for excellence in nutrition program management and the National Oustanding Barangay Nutrition Scholars. Awards conferred were the Consistent Regional Outstanding Winner in Nutrition (CROWN), CROWN Maintenance Award and the Nutrition Honor Award.

The 2013 outstanding local government units and Barangay Nutrition Scholars that were recognized for their outstanding achievements are as follows:



Consistent Outstanding winner for Nutrition (CROWN) I Bangui, Ilocos Norte
V Iriga City
X Maramag, Bukidnon
XI Island Garden City of Samal
 First Year CROWN Maintenance  II Cauayan City, Isabela
  III   Paombong, Bulacan
  MIMAROPA  Mogpog, Marinduque
   NCR Mandaluyong City
   VI Jordan, Guimaras
   VII Jagna, Bohol
  X Valencia City, Bukidnon
Second Year CROWN Maintenance  II  Quirino Province
  IX Polangco, Zamboanga del Norte
 Nutrition Honor Award  II  Lal-lo, Cagayan
   CAR  Province of Ifugao
   XIII  Maasin City, Southern Leyte
 National Outstanding Barangay Nutrition Scholar (NOBNS) Calabarzon  BNS Efigenia G. Javier
Barangay Maharlika East
Tagaytay City
 1st Runner-Up NOBNS  II  BNS Ronely S. Marania
Barangay Canan, Cabatuan, Isabela
 2nd Runner-Up NOBNS  NCR  BNS Aurora H. Sedorifa
Barangay Lawang Bato, Valenzuela City

In his keynote speech, Sen. Pimentel lauded the NNC for its continued efforts in recognizing outstanding achievements in nutrition. Likewise, he encouraged the local government units to give priority to nutrition and to invest funds for nutrition to be able to address the nutritional needs of its constituents. He also mentioned the important role played by the Local Government Code in enabling LGUs to implement programs and services that directly cater to the general welfare of its people. For the complete keynote speech of Sen. Pimentel, you may download it here.