caibiran1BARAS, Palo, Leyte -- The municipality of Caibiran in the island province of Biliran, for second year in-a-row has bagged the highest regional citation in nutrition, reaping the Green Banner Award as Regional Outstanding Municipality in tandem for its being Provincial Outstanding Municipality in Biliran Province. First Runner Up Regional Outstanding Municipality also in tandem for its being  Provincial Outstanding Municipality in the Province of Samar is the municipality of Taranganan.

Other Green Banner awardees for Provincial Outstanding Municipality are Allen for Northern Samar; Sulat for Eastern Samar; and Inopacan for Leyte.

These were the top local government units (LGUs) in Eastern Visayas recognized  for their outstanding performance in implementation of nutrition action plans in year 2016. They were bestowed due honours in a Regional Nutrition Awarding Ceremony held on December 6, 2017 at Oriental Hotel here.

Dr. Catalino P. Dotollo Jr., Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator of National Nutrition Council (NNC) Region 8, said the Green Banner Award is the highest honour given to an LGU (municipality, city or province) for exemplary implementation and management of nutrition programs. The award is given to the first ranking municipality/city or province adjudged by the interagency Regional Nutrition  Evaluation Team (RNET)--in recognition of their efficient implementation of the Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition, he added.

Cited Regional Outstanding Barangay Nutrition Scholar (BNS) was Jennifer U. Dejesica of Barangay Sto. Niño, Maasin City followed by 1st Runner Up Germila L. Lacerna of Bgry. Catmon, St. Bernard, Southern Leyte. Both also bagged the City OBNS Maasin City and Provincial OBNS Southern Leyte respectively. Josephine B. Lacano of Brgy. Lico, Naval also bagged the Provincial OBNS of Biliran province.

Special Citations were awarded for the Outstanding Barangay Nutrition Committee (BNC)  gained by Sto. Niño village of Maasin City; Outstanding Pabasa sa Nutrition Implementation went to Inopacan town (Leyte), and Limasawa and Maasin City; Sustained Breastfeeding Advocacy to Caibiran, Biliran; Efficient Nutrition Program Implementation again to Caibiran; Effective Nutrition Program Implementation to Taranganan, Samar;

Most Improved Barangay Nutrition Program Implementation to Brgy. Palenke in Caibiran (Biliran) and Brgy. Catmon in St. Bernard (Southern Leyte); Innovative Food Production Scheme to St. Bernard; Sustained Nutrition Program Implementation to Limasawa and Maasin City; Huwaran sa Nutrisyon Lider Award to Remegilda M. Salomon of Limasawa; and 2016 Bayani ng Kalusugan Award to Vice Mayor Melchor P. Petracorta, of Limasawa.

Awarded with ‘Certificate of Appreciation’ for their participation in the Monitoring and Evaluation of Local Level Plan Implementation (MELLPI) were the LGUs of the cities of Baybay, Borongan, Calbayog, Catbalogan, Maasin, Ormoc and Tacloban. Likewise to the towns of Bobon, Mapanas and Gamay in Northern Samar; Almeria, Biliran, Kawayan, Maripipi and Naval in Biliran; Basey, Calbiga, Daram, Sta. Margarita in Samar; Giporlos in Eastern Samar; Abuyog, Bato, Hilongos, Hindang and Mahaplag in Leyte; and Hinunangan, Limasawa, St. Bernard and  Tomas Oppus in Southern Leyte.

Again now for second year in-a-row, given the spotlight as ‘Most Active Nutrition Organization’ was the Eastern Visayas Association of Barangay Nutrition Scholars Inc. (EVA-BNS) and the Harmonized Initiatives of Media for the Spread of Good Nutrition in Region 8 (HIMSoG-8).

For participation as Active Nutrition Evaluator, individual Certificate of Appreciation were awarded to HIMSoG-8 members Jacob C. Gadaingan, Evelyn B. Bacool, Nelson Braga, Cecelia P. Tibo, Vicky Arnaiz, Antonio C. Pueblos, and Ray P. Gaspay. For DA-8 to Francis C. Rosaroso and Merlinda Tuazon. For VSU-BIDANI to Saloma B. Gisulga and Elena I. Monteroso. For PIA to Nimfa B. Quirante and Gemma P. Tabao. For NEDA-8 to Resurrecion Q. Enage and Marlon Dumagsa. For FDA-8 to Ma. Christine T. Ty and for Popcom-8 to Donald Esmund B. Tejada.

Named Most Active Non-Government Organization were: ADRA Philippines, World Vision, Plan International, Samaritan's Purse, and Rotary Club of Kandaya. And the Most Active Member/Line Agencies are: DOH, DOST, DA, DSWD, DepEd, DTI, DOLE, NEDA, POPCOM, EVSU, FDA, DILG, PIA, DBM, VSU-BIDANI, PNP and PPA Port Management Office (PMO) of  Western and Southern Leyte, and Eastern Leyte and Samar. (Jack C. Gadaingan)