3Q BNS MeetingTUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan – Cagayan Valley Barangay Nutrition Scholars Federation Inc. officers conducted their 3rd Quarter virtual meeting to discuss the federation concerns and their remaining activities for the year, last September 14, 2021 via zoom meeting.

The federation discussed on the following agenda: 1. Financial Statement of CVBNS Federation Inc.; 2. Updates on Payment of 2020 and 2021 Annual Dues; 3. CSC Eligibility Requirements; 4. Formulation of BNAP; 5. BNS ID; and 6. BNS Congress.

Nutrition officer II Frances Vea Valdez presented the financial statement of the federation and gave updates on the payment of their annual dues. She reminded them to settle their annual dues for 2020 and 2021. BNSs who requested financial assistance NNC- Central Office will also receive benefits from the federation considering that they have complied to the necessary documents reflected in the guidelines.

Furthermore, she also refreshed them on the requirements for the application of BNSs for the Civil Service Eligibility. BNS Eligibility shall be granted to qualified BNSs pursuant to P.D. No. 1569 or “Strengthening the Barangay Nutrition Program by Providing for a Barangay Nutrition Scholar in Every Barangay, Providing Funds Therefor, and for Other Purposes”. This year, BNS Marissa Aglusulos of City of Ilagan have successfully got her BNS CSC Eligibility. Three other BNS CSC Eligibility applications are currently being processed.

Nutrition Officer III Edzell Arcinue also gave an overview of the Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition 2017-2022. He provided a guide in the formulation of barangay nutrition action plan and reminded the BNS to be involved in the planning and integration of nutrition in their local plans.

The federation also planned to conduct their 2021 BNS Virtual conference on November 11 and 12 via Zoom and FB live on NNC R02 Facebook page. The activity aims to mobilize BNS to implement the PPAN 2017-2022 efficiently and effectively in barangays amid COVID-19 pandemic. The theme of the said event will be “BNS: Bayani ng Nutrisyon at Serbisyo sa New Normal”. A separate meeting with BNS Presidents will be conducted in October to plan on the details of the conference. -Frances Vea T. Valdez