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CARAGA - December 4, 2017, National Nutrition Council Caraga held its Regional Nutrition Awarding Ceremony (RNAC) at Almont Inland Resort, Butuan City. This annual event is made to recognize the Local Government Units (LGUs), Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNSs) in the region with exceptional performance in the implementation on Nutrition Programs. Partner agencies, organizations, media partners and individuals who gave their support to the nutrition programs in the region. 
 
The event was attended by 150 awardees and guests. DOH Regional Director and NNC Caraga Nutrition Program Coordinator Director Jose R. Llacuna Jr. MD, MPH, CESO together with Ms. Melinda Lagua of Department of Interior and Local Government and the chairperson of the Caraga Regional Nutrition Evaluation Team (RNET) presented the awards and recognitions. 
 
Two LGUs bagged the 2016 Consistent Regional Outstanding Winner in Nutrition (CROWN) Award, the CROWN award is given to a province, city or municipality that has been declared by the interagency regional nutrition evaluation team as outstanding in the region in the implementation of its nutrition action plan and the LGU that received the regional green banner award for three (3) consecutive years. 
 
The City of Bayugan was recognized as a CROWN Awardee, Bayugan Mayor Kim Lope Asis personally accepted the award together with the members of the City nutrition committee. They also received the Green Banner Award for the 3rd time for being ranked the best City in the region for their exemplary performance in managing the nutrition program that contributed to the improvement of the nutritional status of their constituents specially the preschool children.
 
Another LGU who received the CROWN award was the Municipality of San Francisco, Agusan del Sur and they also received the Green Banner Award for Municipal level as the most outstanding Municipality in Caraga. Mayor Jenny de Asis and her municipal nutrition committee members received the award. The two CROWN Awardee was received their CROWN award during the National Nutrition Awarding Ceremony on December 12, 2017 in PICC Manila.
 
Ms. Rocelyn Manliguez, the Outstanding Barangay Nutrition Scholar from Hubang, San Francisco and presentative of Agusan del Sur was awarded as the 2016 Regional Outstanding Barangay Nutrition Scholar (ROBNS), she received cash award worth 20,000 pesos and a plaque of recognition. Barangay Hubang was also recognized for their support to their BNS and nutrition program. 2nd Placer for ROBNS was Soledad B. Garcia of Brgy. Baan Km3, Butuan City and the 3rd placer was Madelyn Lambatan of Brgy. Bayabas, Cabadbaran City.
 
The Province of Agusan del Norte bagged the Green Banner Award – Provincial level for 2 consecutive years - as the most outstanding Province during the conduct of monitoring and evaluation for CY 2016. The 2nd place goes to the Province of Surigao del Sur. For the municipal level, 2nd placer was the municipality of Nasipit, Agusan del Norte followed by the Municipality of Lanuza, Surigao del Sur as 3rd placer.
 
NNC Caraga also recognized the top performing barangays that garnered at least 95% average during the conduct of Monitoring and Evaluation of Local Level Plan Implementation (MELLPI) in Nutrition Program CY 2016: Mahayahay of Kitcharao, Agusan del Norte, Sto. Niño of San Agustin, Surigao del Sur, Zone 2 of Lanuza, Surigao del Sur, Hubang of San Francisco, Agusan del Sur, Alegria of San Francisco, Agusan del Sur, Pisaan of San Francisco, Agusan del Sur, Gethsemane and Bucac of Bayugan City.
 
The Golden Tara Awards were given to local government units with the highest percent change -decrease in the malnutrition (underweight and severely underweight) rate; for the provincial level goes to the Province of Agusan del Sur, Surigao City bagged the Golden Tara award for city level and the Municipality of San Agustin, Surigao del Sur got the award for municipality level.
 
The Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNS) with outstanding performance in their provinces and cities were also given due recognition: Marezhelle D. Lampad of Brgy. Songkoy, Socorro, Surigao del Norte, Jenievel L. Montilla of Brgy. Tagbuyacan,Socorro, Agusan del Norte, Pepenia c. Correos of Brgy. Bag-ong Lungsod, Tandag City, Mary Glorie D. Gil of Brgy. Alegria, Surigao City, Virginia Emia of Brgy. Bucac, Bayugan City and Magdalena O. Betita of Brgy. Linintian, Cantilan, Surigao de Sur. 
 
Certificate of appreciation were given to few Local Government Units and individuals with outstanding contribution and support to the nutrition program.###