Members of Tacurong City Nutrition Committee (CNC) attended the Nutrition and Health Leadership (NutriHeal) Training organized by the Zuellig Family Foundation on February 18-20, 2020 at Hue Hotel in Puerto Princesa, Palawan.

The second of a two-module training, NutriHeal aims to develop the leadership competencies of CNC members to prepare them in responding to complex challenges in urban nutrition development.

NutriHeal is anchored on ZFF and Nutrition International’s urban nutrition governance program focusing on the First 1,000 Days or from pregnancy up to two years of child’s life.

Aside from Tacurong, the cities of Tagum and Puerto Prinsesa are the other pilot areas in the implementation of the program that basically aims to reduce malnutrition among all pregnant women, lactating mothers, women of reproductive health, adolescent girls, and children under two years of age.

Vice Mayor Lino Montilla headed the 12-team Tacurong delegation in the training that also included another known bridging leader champion in the person of former Mayor Lina Montilla.

ZFF Program Manager Jescir Cresencio said that NutriHeal Module 2 aims to enhance the leadership competencies of participants in keeping pace with the emerging and difficult health and nutrition system challenges.

One of the resource speakers, ZFF Consultant Dr. Timothy Ting, discussed the adaptive leadership concept vis a vis the bridging leadership framework, an approach that promotes multi-stakeholder processes to address social inequities.

Meanwhile, Dr. Elizabeth Alma de Castro of UP Diliman Department of Psychology detailed the rich components of the so-called Filipino loob or inner self, which is deemed essential in bridging leadership practice.

Conflict management was another topic presented in the training and discussed by Prof. Buenalyn Ramos Mortel of UP Manila College of Public Health.

After the training, participants are expected to undergo a 5-month practicum in their respective communities.

Apart from the NutriHeal training, ZFF and Nutrition International had also conducted Executive Courses for the mayors of the three pilot cities as well as Barangay Leadership for Nutrition and Development Training for the cities’ component barangays.

Vice Mayor Montilla said that with the help of ZFF and Nutrition International, Tacurong will be able to expedite the attainment of its goal of reducing stunting and other forms of malnutrition in the city. (ASFreno, LGU Information)