Provincial nutrition committee looks into barangay action plans

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MAMBAJAO, CAMIGUIN, July 3 (PIA) – The provincial nutrition committee here is focused on addressing the needs of nutritionally depressed barangays, this after having recently carried out a monitoring and evaluation activity starting April up to June of this year.

newsletter89_europeBarangays identified as nutritionally depressed by their respective municipal nutrition committee are required to come up with its own barangay nutrition action plan.

Provincial Nutrition Action Officer, Telefora G. Madelo said the process will enable barangay officials get a good grasp of the underlying problems in malnutrition and together, with the health office, they can work hand-in-hand for interventions to combat malnutrition.

These barangays are now finalizing their action plans with coordination and assistance from the provincial nutrition committee.

Depressed barangays were identified using the seven (7) indicators or causal model recommended by the National Nutrition Council (NNC) which includes the following: (1) prevalence of underweight preschoolers (2) prevalence of underweight school children (3) type of dwelling (4) water supply (5) size of family (6) garbage disposal and (7) presence of sanitary toilets.

Madelo explained that compliance to the mandate of drafting an action plan is often low because of the absence of permanent persons assigned to oversee on the nutrition program implementation.

As of this year, only the municipalities of Guinsiliban, Mahinog and Mambajao have submitted for the municipal level nutrition program monitoring and evaluation because of the absence of the nutrition action plan.

The province is likewise set to undergo the evaluation this month, for the provincial level, which will be conducted by the National Nutrition Council. (JCV/PIA)

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