RNAC minDecember 7, 2018, National Nutrition Council Caraga celebrated its annual Regional Nutrition Awarding Ceremony (RNAC) at Watergate Hotel, Butuan City. It was attended by the members of Regional Nutrition Committee members (RNC), Regional Technical Working Group (RTWG), Regional Nutrition Evaluation Team (RNET), LGU Awardees and Nutrition networks including media partners and guest. This annual event is to recognize the Local Government Units(LGUs) with exceptional performance in the implementation on Nutrition Programs, Partner agencies and organizations who gave their support to the nutrition programs in the region.

The event was started with an opening message by Nutrition Officer III Ms. Leah Vina P. Vargas. Ms. Chona Fernandez, Chief Administrative Division of National Nutrition Council delivered her keynote speech and DOH Regional Director and NNC Caraga Nutrition Program Coordinator Director Jose R. Llacuna Jr. MD, MPH, CESO III together with Ms. Melinda Lagua of Department of Interior and Local Government and a member of Caraga Regional Nutrition Committee member joined Ms. Fernandez on stage to present the awards.

Bayugan City and Municipality of San Francisco bagged the 1st year Consistent Regional Outstanding Winner in Nutrition (CROWN) Award, this award is given to the local government unit who is consistent in implementing the nutrition program with exemplary performance.

The Municipality of Rosario received a Green Banner Award for being ranked the best Municipality in the region for their exemplary performance in implementing the nutrition programs, followed by the Municipality of Nasipit, Agusan del Norte who ranked 2nd placer for the Green Banner Award, and Municipality of Kitcharao, Agusan del Norte.

Local Chief Executives of Local Government Units with satisfactory performance was also recognized. Surigao del Sur received recognition for having satisfactory performance in implementing Nutrition Programs in provincial level as well as the Local Government Unit of Municipality of Talacogon Agusan del Sur, Municipality of Del Carmen Surigao del Norte, Municipality of Sta. Josefa Agusan del Sur, Municipality of Socorro Surigao del Norte, Tandag City and Surigao City.

The Golden Tara award is given to the Province/Municipality/City who will have the highest percent change and continuous decline of the prevalence rate of malnutrition for the past three years that led to the improvement of nutritional status among preschool children. Golden Tara awardee for provincial level goes to the Province of Surigao del Sur, Butuan City for the city level and Municipality of Kitcharao, Agusan del Norte for the municipal level.

Top-performing Barangay Nutrition Committee was also recognized as well as barangays with a satisfactory performance during the Monitoring and Evaluation on Local Level Plan Implementation.   

The Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNS) with outstanding performance were also given due recognition. This year’s Regional Outstanding Barangay Nutrition Scholar was from Brgy. Mahayahay, Kitcharao, Agusan del Norte, Ms. Miraflor A. Calacat.

Certificate of appreciation were also given to non-governmental organizations, National Line Agencies and partners, LGUs and few individual who supports the Local Media Activities and Campaign.

Author: NO II Ivy Sheryl C. Sablas, RND