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Agusan del Norte Provincial Nutrition Committee Chaired by Governor Dale Corvera led the turnover ceremony of the nutrition commodities to its component city and municipalities on February 4, 2021 at  Provincial Capitol, Butuan City.February 4, 2021, Butuan City - the Provincial Nutrition Committee Chaired by Governor Dale Corvera led the turnover ceremony of the measurement tools funded and procured by the provincial government of Agusan del Norte and IEC materials from the NNC to respective LGUs in the province. NNC Caraga OIC-RNPC Retsebeth M. Laquihon also graced the ceremony. She presented the nutrition situation of Agusan del Norte and emphasized the need to invest for nutrition in the First 1000 Days to prevent child stunting. Mayor Enrico Corvera of the municipality of Nasipit and Municipal Nutrition Action Officers representing their LGUs received various IEC materials and measurement tools that are very useful for nutrition assessment and nutrition promotion and advocacy at the local level.

Governor Corvera stated "We have Agusan Up and nutrition program is one of the components, focusing in agricultural development." The basic foundation of the province is the health and nutrition of the children.

He recognized the roles of the municipal nutrition committees led by the mayors; the provincial government will pass policies that will support the nutrition programs but the real actions are in the municipalities. "The success of the province is in the hands of our leaders," Governor Corvera said.

He also recognized the roles of the Nutrition Action Officers and they will find ways to extend support to the nutrition program manpower.

One of the governor’s personal commitment is to improve their health and nutrition services for the people "tarungon ang nutrition program, not just for compliance but let's a have better program for better results! Let's invest for better future!" He added.

After the turnover, the NNC Caraga oriented the NAOs on the Interim Guidelines in the conduct of OPT, GMP and Nutrition Screening. The guidelines are in line with the provisions of DOH-Department Circular 2020-0167 Continuous Provisions of Essential Health Services during the COVID-19 Epidemic and DOH-Department Memorandum 2020-0237 Interim Guidelines for the Delivery of Nutrition services in the Context of COVID 19 Pandemic under Growth and Development Monitoring and Promotion.

OIC-RNPC Laquihon also informed the MNAOs that NNC Caraga is willing to provide them technical assistance to ensure the important interventions for nutrition programs are integrated to the Annual Investment Program (AIP) and Local Development Investment Program (LDIP) by capacitating their local nutrition committees.

 

(NO II LVPVARGAS/OIC-RNPC RMLAQUIHON)