The National Nutrition Council (NNC) Region 02 in coordination with Cagayan Provincial Nutrition Committee represented by DNPC Corazon Baccay accompanied by Sto. Nino Municipal Nutrition Committee through MNPC Sonora Morgado conducted Tutok Kainan Monitoring visits to beneficiaries of program in their locality last 24 March 2022.

The team interviewed barangay nutrition scholars, beneficiaries and other key implementer of the program to monitor the progress. Areas checked were preparation of food, impact to beneficiaries, issues, concerns and challenges were also discussed and shared by the municipality.

The BNSs shared that the implementation of the program was smooth in their respective barangays. The Barangay Nutrition Committees were also supportive in the implementation and provided counterparts such as vehicle service, and cooking equipment and gas. They were also grateful for the load allowance given by NNC. They also expressed their gratitude towards the implementation of the program in their respective barangays and acknowledged the benefits that the program posed for the beneficiaries. Barangay Chairpersons also acknowledged the program and the efforts of the BNSs in leading the program. They also shared their desires to continue the program through their barangays and contributions from NGOs and other stakeholders.

The beneficiaries were also grateful for the program. They commended the menu selection and the commitments of the barangay workers who prepared and delivered their meals. They also lauded the taste and how dense the enhanced nutribun were. Feedback on iron-fortified rice was it is just the same in terms of aroma, taste and texture as normal rice. All health-related services for the first 1000 days, from pre- and postnatal check-ups, micronutrient supplementation, vaccines, and counselling are in place in the municipality. Indigenous peoples were also catered by the program.

Minimal concerns were raised during the visit. Some BNSs reported that they had not received SMS and load regarding Tutok Kainan. They were advised to inform the NNC for updating in their system. They also gave raw ingredients to the beneficiaries to allow them to cook at their own homes.

During the advocacy for the creation of nutrition positions in the municipality, Hon. Mayor Vicente Pagurayan welcomed the team and ensure that the strengthening of nutrition programs and creation of nutrition office with staff complement will be forwarded to the MPDC.

With the conclusion of the program in the municipality, NNC still hopes that they will continue feeding the nutritionally-at-risk pregnant women and 6-23 months old children, in addition to implementing their local nutrition action plan. – Edzell M. Arcinue