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Santiago MNAO 2022Butuan City- On 12 September 2022 at 3rd Floor Santiago Government Center Building, Santiago, Agusan del Norte the Regional Evaluation Team (RNET) visited the outstanding Municipal Nutrition Action Officer (MNAO) of the Province of Agusan del Norte.

The 56 years old Municipal Nutrition Action Officer (MNAO), Ms. Belen Estrosos, is a devoted wife and mother of two children as well as a caring grandmother of three grandkids.

Since 1997, Ms. Estrosos had worked for the municipality as a designated and regular employee with the responsibility of interacting with senior citizens. Despite having an education degree, she hasn't been in a teaching field since 1991. After serving for eight years, she came to the conclusion that helping others makes her happy and satisfied than teaching.

On 2014, she began serving as the Municipal Nutrition Action Officer at the Municipality of Santiago Agusan del Norte. MNAO Estrosos is in charge of nine barangays in her capacity as the MNAO. She campaigns on exclusive breastfeeding in mothers, pinggang pinoy, and 10 kumainments on coastal and rural areas that implement home gardening to meet their daily needs. These initiatives are carried out with the assistance of barangay nutrition scholars.

In coordination with the Municipal Agriculture Office, seedlings were distributed to undernourished children. One of the challenges that she encountered by the MNAO difficulty in coordinating with the Barangay Nutrition Committee (BNC) members. To resolve this challenge, one of her strategies is to visit the BNCs personally and provide technical assistance for the reactivation of their respective committees

The MNAO's dedication and commitment determine the effectiveness of her management, such as barangays and, in particular, Barangay Nutrition Scholars, in reaching out to more communities. Through her experience in nutrition, it helped her in molding who she is as the Municipal Nutrition Action of Santiago, Agusan del Norte and she believes that she is capable of accomplishing what she sets out to do. #AKAlbastro/NASLabordo