The 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|
|XI||Island Garden City of Samal|
|First Year CROWN Maintenance||II||Cauayan City, Isabela|
|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|
|1st Runner-Up NOBNS||II|
|2nd Runner-Up NOBNS||NCR|| BNS Aurora H. Sedorifa
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.