The Municipality of San Joaquin headed by Mayor Ninfa Garin won the Best in Nutrition Program award in the first ever Pasidungog sa Nutrisyon 2017 organized by the provincial government through the Provincial Nutrition Committee (PNC).
The awarding ceremony, which gave recognition to local government units (LGU) and key players in the implementation of nutrition programs, was held on Thursday, December 7, 2017, at the Casa Real de Iloilo.
Gov. Arthur Defensor, Sr., who chairs the PNC, led the giving of plaques, certificates and cash incentives to the lucky awardees.
The municipality of Concepcion and the City of Passi won first runner up and second runner up, respectively.
Under the Most Nutritionally Improved Municipalities category, the municipality of Dumangas was declared champion, with Carles as first runner up and Bingawan as second runner up.
On the other hand, the Top Nutritionally Improved Municipality Based on OPT (Operation Timbang) (2014-2016) are Tigbauan, Passi City and Badiangan.
Declared as the Most Functional Nutrition Committee were Tigbauan as champion, San Joaquin as first runner up, Concepcion as second runner up and Carles as third runner up.
In the individual awards, the Top Performing Municipal Nutrition Action Officers were Felipa Matchan of Tigbauan, Dr. Helen Minguez of Concepcion, and Dr. Josefa Monserate of Tigbauan.
The Top Performing Municipal Nutrition Coordinators, on the other hand, were Nepchie Pamplona of Passi City, Ellen Grace Santoral of Dumangas, and Franco Paulo Bacinillo of Carles.
Adjudged as Top Performing Punong Barangays in the implementation of nutrition programs were Nonito Jinon of Brgy. Cagamutan, Leganes and Leonida Cordero of Brgy. Tagsing, Sta. Barbara.
Meanwhile, under the Best Performing Barangay Nutrition Scholar (BNS) category, Milagros Subang of Brgy. Tagsing, Sta. Barbara won as champion, Eliza Traza of Brgy. Cagamutan Norte, Leganes became first runner up and Emelia Siaton of Brgy. Purok 5, San Joaquin became second runner up.
“Pasidungog sa Nutrisyon” was conceptualized to recognize the efforts of the LGUs and the key players which contributed to the reduction of the province’s malnutrition rate.
Gov. Defensor noted that “all the developments we have attained mean nothing if we fail to address our health problems particularly the nutrition situation of our children.” He likewise congratulated all those who work hard for the reduction of the malnutrition rate of the province. “Let us continue to work together to ensure the success of this endeavor,” he stressed.