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Baguio City - National Nutrition Council (NNC)-CAR kicked-off the 2nd season of the Cordillera NutriSong Contest for Local Nutrition Committees earlier this June in celebrations of the 2021 Nutrition Month and the 34th Cordillera Month in July.   

The NutriSong Contest aims to increase awareness among key stakeholders on the nutrition month theme “Malnutrisyon Patuloy na Labanan, First 1000 Days Tutukan!”. It also aims to increase camaraderie among Local Nutrition Committee (LNC) members.

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Baguio City – Nutrition Action Officers’ Association-Cordillera Administrative Region (NAOA-CAR) officers agreed to strengthen LGU nutrition programs through the implementation of the Supreme Court Ruling on the Mandanas case during their virtual meeting on May 18, 2021 presided over by the association President Jimmy Taguilingon.

As a step towards this, the NAOA-CAR officers agreed that a conference will be conducted in collaboration with NNC CAR to discuss the SC Ruling on Mandanas case and the strengthening of LGU nutrition programs. Options for strengthening of the LGUs nutrition programs also will be presented during the conference.  Participants will be those involved in the budgeting and planning of funds particularly from the SB/P on Heath, SB/P Committee on Appropriations, Budget Officers, P/MPDO and P/C/MNAOs. The officers agreed on June 3 as the date of the conference, however, NPC Papey later said that per advise from NEDA and DBM, date will be adjusted to wait for the release of the local budget memorandum and related executive order.

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Baguio City – Cordillera Barangay Nutrition Scholars Federation (CordiBNS Fed. Inc.)  met to push the Survivorship Assistance Fund (SAF) project and approved activities for 2021 amid the COVID 19 pandemic.

The Cordi BNS president and treasurer presented  the financial statement of the federation and updates on the payment of 2020 annual dues and Survivorship Assistance Fund (SAF). The SAF is a project of the federation that aimed at helping families of BNSs when a BNS passes away.  The president tasked all the other officers to track and follow up annual contributions from members and ensure proper recording, orderly processing and release of  the cash assistance to beneficiaries. The officers listed 5 BNSs who passed away and agreed that the fund assistance for these members be issued soonest.

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Baguio City – The Cordillera Barangay Nutrition Scholars Federations Inc. (CordiBNS Fed Inc.) started implementing the Survivorship Assistance Fund (SAF) Project as supplement to the survivorship assistance to Barangay Nutrition Scholars provided by the National Nutrition Council. The benefits of the project can now be availed by the BNSes.

The SAF is a project of the CordiBNS Fed Inc. aimed at making BNS members help families of other BNS members upon death of a BNS through provision of financial assistance to the BNS beneficiary. This project was discussed in two meetings in 2019 (October 17 and December 27) and was approved through CordiBNS Fed, Inc. Resolution no. 4, series of 2020 on February 27, 2020.

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Baguio City – The Regional Nutrition Committee-Cordillera Administrative Region (RNC-CAR) approved the first resolution for 2021 titled “Reiterating RNC resolution no. 7, s. of 2017: Enjoining all local government units and regional line agencies to ensure verification and calibration of weighing scales for health and nutrition services with specific recommendations”. This reiteration of the policy is a result of the policy review conducted by NNC-CAR on the 2017 resolution on calibration from October to December 2020.

The review showed that DOST-CAR conducted trainings on calibration and for Local Government Units (LGUs) on 2017 and 2018 and conducted with DOH actual calibration of 336 weighing scales for health services of LGUs and hospitals in 2019 and some LGUs undertaking verification/calibration activities including some few LGUs having procured test weights for verification/calibration.

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Baguio City - The Regional Nutrition Evaluation Team (RNET) of Cordillera Administrative will conduct the Monitoring and Evaluation of Local Level Plan Implementation (MELLPI) Pro for Local Government Units (LGUs) and Local Nutrition Focal Persons starting May this year. This was firmed up during the virtual MELLPI Pro orientation and organization of the 2021 Regional Nutrition Evaluation Team held April 29, 2021.

Monitoring and Evaluation of Local Level Plan Implementation (MELLPI) Pro aims to assess the efficiency and effectiveness of local governments in planning and implementing local nutrition programs. This is a tool for monitoring implementation of the Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition (PPAN), provision of technical assistance at the same time identification of high performing LGUs and local nutrition focal persons.