Bayambang, Pangasinan - The Municipal Nutrition Office successfully spearheaded the refresher training for barangay-based health and nutrition workers on October 20-22, 2021 held at Royal Mall with the theme “Husay at Kalinga, Lalo Ngayong Pandemya”.
The training was organized by the Municipal Nutrition Office headed by MNAO Venus Bueno together with the District Nutrition Program coordinators and was attended by a total of 139 barangay-based workers composed of Barangay Nutrition Scholars and Barangay Health workers.
MNAO Bueno on her opening remarks said that the goal of the training is to ensure smooth implementation of nutrition and health programs in all barangays despite the challenges experienced by the barangay-based workers.
“Services should be continuously provided to target beneficiaries event in this difficult time to prevent the possible increase of malnutrition problem due to hunger and household food insecurity,” she added
Bayambang First Lady and Local Council of Women President, Ms. Nina Quiambao graced the activity and applauded all the participants for their sustained commitments in providing basic health and nutrition services despite the challenges brought by this pandemic.
“This timely training will equip the barangay based workers to smoothly and completely implement several programs at the barangay considering the challenges we have now. The nutritional and health status of all the constituents of Bayambang most especially the pregnant women and malnourished children should be prioritized”, she said.
Ms. Helen Joy Bugaling, PNFP of the NNC RO 1 served as among the resource persons and discussed the Early Childhood Care and Development in the First 1000 days program in the BNAP during the activity.
She emphasized all the activities to be done at the barangay including the services to be provided to the pregnant and lactating women and children 6-23 months old and encouraged the barangay-based workers to properly coordinate with the members of the barangay nutrition committee to identify projects and activities to be indicated in their barangay nutrition action plan and to allocate appropriate budget.
The six critical interventions in the first 1000 days were also reiterated to ensure quality of life across all life stages and make nutrition as the priority in all local government as the barangay-based workers are the major advocates at the barangay level as nutrition is an important investment in the current situation.
The training surely served as instrument for the participants to further enhance their capacities and improved delivery of health and nutrition services in every community in Bayambang. /HJAB