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Regional Nutrition Shepherding Team of Region 02 was deployed in the municipality of Lasam, Cagayan last 11 August 2022 to advocate for nutrition and mentor their local nutrition committee on nutrition program management. RNST members Ms. Corie Soriano, President of Rotary Club of Tuguegarao Citadel and Mr. Edwardson Tad-o, ND III of DSWD FO2 joined RNPC Maria Gisela Lonzaga and NO III Edzell Arcinue in the deployment. The activity aimed to review the previous MELLPI Pro Results of Lasam and assess their current nutrition program implementation for the RNST to develop the nutrition shepherding action plan for Lasam.

RNPC Lonzaga oriented the LNC on the Nutrition Shepherding Project of the National Nutrition Council. She shared that the project aims to mentor LGUs through their local nutrition committees to strengthen their nutrition program management. She also advocated for the creation of nutrition office with staff complement for Lasam to oversee the nutrition programs of different offices of the municipality. MPDC Rodel Urian and the Executive Assistant to the Mayor, Ms. Isabella Lozada ensure that the LNC headed by Hon. Mayor Dante Dexter Agatep, will explore the creation of the positions, and include it in their devolution transition plan.

Moreover, NO III Arcinue presented the 2019 MELLPI Pro Result of Lasam conducted by the Provincial Nutrition Committee of Cagayan Province. Based on the results, their nutrition program management needs strengthening in all aspects of nutrition programs. He reiterated that the MELLPI Pro tool is a document-based tool developed by NNC to monitor the implementation of nutrition programs at the local level, hence, their nutrition initiatives shall be documented properly.

With the acceptance of Hon. Mayor Agatep to the nutrition shepherding project, the RNST shall visit and mentor the municipality monthly, and support their nutrition programs. – Edzell M. Arcinue