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TUGUEGARAO CITY, CAGAYAN----- Armed with commitment to evaluate nutrition workers and observing minimum health standards and protocol, Regional Nutrition Evaluation Team (RNET) R02 kicked-off the Monitoring and Evaluation of Local Level Plan Implementation Protocol (MELLPI-PRO) in Province of Quirino and Nueva Vizcaya on 14-16 July 2021.

Annually, the Monitoring and Evaluation of Local Level Plan Implementation or MELLPI is conducted by an interagency nutrition evaluation team from the national to provincial/ city/municipal levels to assess the efficiency and effectiveness of local nutrition program management and implementation.

In 2019, the National and Regional Evaluation Team launched the use of the enhanced version of MELLPI called MELLPI Pro.  The MELLPI Pro is used to monitor and evaluate performance of local government units at all levels and  local nutrition focal points like the Barangay Nutrition Scholars, Nutrition Action Officers and District/City /Municipal Nutrition Program Coordinator.

In Region II, all the provinces and cities  are already recipients of Nutrition Honor Award (NHA), the highest nutrition award and there are no entries for search for the Consistent Regional Outstanding Winner in Nutrition. Hence,  RNET R02 focused their evaluation to local nutrition focal points.

“We are ready to finally conduct MELLPI Pro for Local Nutrition Workers and to assess and give recognition to our Nutrition Heroes despite the pandemic who are continuing the implementation of nutrition program in the region,” says Ms. Maria Gisela M. Lonzaga, Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator-NNC R02.

The RNET evaluated BNSs from Brgy. San Antonio, Diffun , Quirino and Brgy. Lantap, Bagabag, Nueva Vizcaya. While MNPCs were from Municipalities of Diffun, Quirino and Bagabag, Nueva Vizcaya. On the other hand, MNAOs were from Saguday, Quirino and Kasibu, Nueva Vizcaya. Both PNAOs and DNPCs of province of Nueva Vizcaya and Quirino were also evaluated.

The RNET were composed of National Nutrition Council, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources and Philippine Information Agency during the kick-off MELLPI Pro. Some members will join during the online deliberation and to other scheduled MELLPI pro in the coming days.### JOHN NESTOR L. BALLAD