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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 last 18-19 August 2022.

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.

The National and Regional Evaluation Team used 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.

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To kick off the Nutrition Shepherding Project in Isabela Province, RNPC Maria Gisela Lonzaga of NNC Region 02 and PNAO Henedina Cabrera of Isabela Province met with the local nutrition committees of Aurora and Burgos in Isabela. The meetings were both to advocate for the nutrition shepherding project and creation of plantilla positions for nutrition.

Hon. Mayor Joseph Christian Uy of Aurora was represented by the members of their local nutrition committee and Sangguniang Bayan while Hon. Mayor Isis Dominique Uy was represented by Hon. Vice-mayor Ruben Gragasin and the nutrition committee of Burgos.

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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.

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Hon. Liwayway Caramat, Mayor of Santa Fe, Nueva Vizcaya commits full support of LGU Santa Fe in implementing nutrition programs, particularly the Asin Law (RA 8172) during the visit of Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator Meggie Matammu Lonzaga and FDA Director for North Luzon Cluster, Mr. Gomel Gabuna last 10 August 2022. The group discussed strategies on how to strengthen the Regional Bantay Asin Task Force and the Asin Checkpoint situated in their municipality. The team was also joined by DNPC Ruben Ambatali and Mr. Orlando Pitchay, Provincial Consultant who oversees the Bantay Asin Checkpoint in Santa Fe and Kayapa, Nueva Vizcaya.

Dir. Gabuna shared his vision for the Regional Bantay Asin Task Force in the region, particularly in Santa Fe including the digitalization of the systems, records, and tracking of shipments, enhancing existing local ordinances on salt iodization and checkpoints, provision of salt iodizing machine for LGUs, and a regionwide conference of the North Cluster group on Salt Iodization Program. He also shared that Representative Ron Salo of KABAYAN Partylist is set to review the RA 8172.

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The National Economic and Development Authority Region 2 (NEDA2) celebrates this year’s Nutrition Month with a cookfest at the NEDA2 gym on July 22, 2022. The cookfest was participated in by all employees, interns, and on-the-job trainees. It raised awareness on the importance of a healthy and balanced diet especially during this COVID-19 pandemic as well as showcase the talents and skills of personnel in cooking.

The activity started as a culinary challenge that eventually transformed into a luncheon buffet. Each of the NEDA2 five divisions cooked and served their most nutritious dishes, appetizers, and desserts. The buffet table was filled with several native favorites, including alugbati salad, pinakbet, fish (tilapia) escabeche, pork adobo, roasted chicken, buttered shrimps, chicken curry, and the crowd’s favorite, pork blood stew or commonly called “dinuguan”, prepared by the Finance and Administrative Division.

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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.