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TACLOBAN CITY –The Regional Nutrition Evaluation Team (RNET), the regional interagency body created to make assessment on the efficiency of Nutrition Action Plans implementation at the local level, thoroughly reviewed and discussed the guidelines set for the evaluation in a meeting held on April 10, 2015 at Hotel Alejandro, this city.

This developed as the RNET gears for year 2015 round of evaluation that would identify Region 8’s Most Outstanding BNS, and local government units with excellent implementation of their local nutrition programs--that resulted to the reduction in prevalence of under-nutrition in their respective locality through Green Banner Award, Consistent Regional Outstanding Winner in Nutrition (CROWN) Award, and CROWN Maintenance Award.

Topic taken up on the meeting were “Guidelines for Monitoring and Evaluating Barangay Nutrition Scholars” in the search for most outstanding BNS; Guidelines on the Monitoring and Evaluation of Implementation of the Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition at provincial, city and municipal levels; and Monitoring forms—DSWD, DOH, and SBFP.

 

The guidelines for monitoring and evaluating Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNS) are intended to provide directions for the continuous monitoring and evaluation of the performance of BNSs in order to periodically assess their capability in carrying out their tasks. The evaluation is to be based on their accomplishments compared with the proposed targets initially set in their respective action plan.

Monitoring and evaluation is built on the premise that an efficient delivery of basic nutrition and related services by the BNS will improve the nutritional situation of a barangay. Thus the annual evaluation covers an assessment of the efficiency and effectiveness of the BNS. Efficiency includes ability to meet the targets set by the BNS in the delivery of basic nutrition and related services; identification and location of target groups; and records management. Effectiveness refers to the changes in the nutritional status of identified severely and moderately underweight preschool children served by the BNS.

Meanwhile as to local level implementation, the Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition (PPAN) is the systematic integration of efforts of government and private agencies and institutions to address the country’s malnutrition problem. PPAN is formulated by the National Nutrition Council (NNC) and is part of the Philippine Development Plan under the Human Development Chapter. It intends to address and prevent malnutrition through direct nutrition interventions and development measures.

The core and support programs of PPAN are implemented by member, cooperating partner agencies of NNC. At sub-national levels, PPAN is operationalized by various nutrition committees composed of representatives from government and private sectors involved in the program, with local chief executives at various levels serving as chairpersons.

Nutrition planning has been an institutionalized activity of local nutrition committees. This is a result of the continuing capability-building process made possible through technical, financial and material support from NNC central and regional offices.

PPAN monitoring and evaluation has also been an institutionalized activity of the local nutrition committees. It is a management tool to: (a) assess progress of plan implementation; (b) identify strengths and weaknesses in implementing the local nutrition program; (c) institute appropriate corrective measures; and (d) facilitate achievement of the plan’s objectives.(Jack Gadaingan)