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Mannapack to scale up nutritio programs in Tacurong

Set to heighten existing nutrition programs in the city, the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Tacurong, in partnership with Zuellig Family Foundation (ZFF), Assisi Development Foundation, and Nutrition International Canada, launched anew a supplemental feeding program on November 24, 2020, utilizing the soy-induced Mannapack Fortified Rice in fray against malnutrition amongst children in the locality.

As early as the first quarter of 2021, through the City Nutrition Council with its partner-agencies, Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNS), Barangay Health Workers (BHW) and daycare workers, LGU-Tacurong will start rolling out the Mannapack Fortified Rice Supplemental Feeding Program using various recipes to children aged 6 years old and below in the twenty barangays of Tacurong.

According to City Nutrition Action Officer, Rogelio Garcia, the LGU anticipates 500 children, identified to be undernourished and malnourished, to directly benefit from the said program.

Moreover, as complementary to the First 1,000 Days Law the City Government eagerly pushes for, the assistance also includes nutritionally-at-risk pregnant women as prevention against stunting and wasting among their children.

City Mayor Angelo O. Montilla, Chairperson of the City Nutrition Council, expressed his gratitude towards the partner-agencies for backing him up on the priority nutrition programs under the City Development Plan. Mayor Montilla further announced five (5) additional Job Order positions as merit to the BNS, BHW and daycare workers in assisting the government’s programs.

The launching event at the Tacurong City Cultural and Sports Center was also graced by Former City Mayor Lina O. Montilla with her input on the challenges in addressing nutritional issues and how the Health Services and Nutrition Programs were the biggest pinch of her incumbency.

Julie Llavore, Area Monitoring and Action Officer of ZFF highlighted the “TKMN” or the “Tama, Kumpleto, Maaga, Nagagamit” approach in the monitoring and evaluation of nutrition programs.

Florinda M. Lacanlalay, Executive Director of Assisi Development Foundation, video-messaged her congratulations to Tacurong City. Meanwhile, Executive Director of National Nutrition Council, Dr. Azucena Dayanghirang’s message was read by Ms. Analita Flores, Nutrition Officer III, NNC XII.

City key officials present during the launch were: City Vice Mayor Lino O. Montilla, City Councilor Lalaine Montilla, City Health Officer Dr. Giovanni Deles, City Planning and Development Officer Amalia Bochorno, and City Local Government Operations Officer Victoria Dolido. (DEC, LGUTac- Info)

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Mayor Montilla talks with CNC on feat against malnutrition

Headstrong towards his commitment to elevate the nutrition status of Tacurongnons, City Mayor Angelo Montilla discussed with the City Nutrition Council (CNC) the milestones reached by the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Tacurong in addressing the prevalent malnutrition and health issues in the city on a meeting sited at the Tacurong City Cultural and Sports Center, October 28, 2020.

Mayor Montilla vowed in December of last year to vacate his office if he fails in ceasing malnutrition in the city. With Mayor Montilla’s relentless effort and the unwavering support of the academe and agencies involved, the CNC achieved such quite a feat in attaining this goal in a short span of time.

In a partial accomplishment report by the City Nutrition Office, Myka Angelou Tomboc, City Nutrition Program Coordinator, bared the City Technical Roadmap of revived, sustained and completed health programs by the CNC, and substantial effect of these in solving the health issues in the city.

One of the flagship programs of CNC is the First 1000 Days (F1KD) program that aims to provide maternal health care to pregnant women and to prevent or resolve stunting and wasting of children age 2 years old and below.

Julie Anne Llavore, City Account Officer of Zuellig Family Foundation (ZFF) shared their experiences with CNC since the term of Former City Mayor Lina O. Montilla until the takeover of Mayor Angelo’s term.

The CNC, in partnership with ZFF, kickstarted projects such as the Community Kitchen Program, Micronutrient Supplementation, and Buntis Class to selected pregnant women.

In a call for a continuous action and sustainability, City Vice Mayor Lino O. Montilla, also the Sangguniang Panlungsod Chairperson on Health and Nutrition, presented various ordinances passed in support of the CNC. City Councilors Lalaine Montilla and David Salazar who were present in the meeting, backed up the motion.

CNC’s milestones were commended by the Department of Health Region XII through Lorelie Resmundo, Development Management Officer, and the National Nutrition Committee through Annalita Flores, Nutrition Officer III.

Elated by the report made by the CNC, Mayor Roncal expressed his gratitude and appreciation towards the hardship of LGU-Tacurong and its partners in the mission to alleviate malnutrition in the city.

Amelia Bochorno, City Planning and Development Coordinator, stressed the importance of the City Nutrition Coordination Plan (CNAP) integrated with the Comprehensive Development Plan (CDP) and Executive-Legislative Agenda (ELA) of the city, and the assimilation to the Barangay Nutrition Action Plan (BNAP) of the twenty barangays in Tacurong for a more fluid implementation to their constituents.

Dr. Giovanni Deles, City Health Officer and Rogelio Garcia, City Nutrition Action Officer also shared their insights on the meeting.

The importance of other related programs and offices were also highlighted by their respective program heads: Leoncia Nebres, City Agricultural Services Office Head, for food security, Victoria Dolido, City Local Government Operations Officer, for Sangguniang Kabataan, Allan S. Freno, City Information Officer, for Information, Education and Communication (IEC), Emilyn Dimacali, City Social Welfare and Development Office, for Dietary Supplementation Program and Jose V. Lim VI, Rotary Club President.(DEC,LGUTac-Information)

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