A regional evaluation team from Cebu City is seeking the mobilization of nutrition committees in the municipalities in Negros Oriental.
The team, which carried out a five-day evaluation on the efficiency and effectiveness of nutrition-related programs implemented at the local level, in their findings noted the need to reactivate the nutrition committees in some towns in the province.
The evaluation was conducted from May 21 to 24 in five towns here, namely Mabinay, Manjuyod, Vallehermoso, Zamboanguita, and Siaton.
Results of said evaluation were presented before members of the Provincial Nutrition Committee during a meeting held last May 25 at the Provincial Health Office here.
The team recommended the strengthening of the municipal nutrition committees through technical assistance from the PNC.
“One way of sustaining the functionality of municipal nutrition committees is to encourage more barangays and municipalities to craft resolutions or ordinances in support to nutrition programs,” said Dave Bargamentos of the National Nutrition Council in Region 7 and one of the members of the regional evaluation team.
He also noted the need for PNC to follow-up the designation of nutrition action officers and barangay nutrition scholars.
Assistant Provincial Health Officer and Provincial Nutrition Action Officer Dr. Edgardo Barredo said the reactivation of said committees and the active participation of the municipal nutrition action officers (MNAOs) are critical for the successful implementation of nutrition-related programs in the local government units.
“Right now there is a need to mobilize the MNAOs and reactivate the local nutrition committees in our province,” said Dr. Barredo during a recent meeting of the Provincial Nutrition Committee here.
To do this, the health official said he plans to meet with the municipal and city nutrition action officers at a quarterly basis. (www.ugnayan.com)