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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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Tacurong first in SK to formulate Barangay Nutrition Action Plans

What a way to usher in the Nutrition Month Celebration!

All twenty barangays of Tacurong City are scaling up their nutrition programs by formulating their respective Barangay Nutrition Action Plans (BNAP) and have them approved by their respective Barangay Nutrition Councils (BNC).

In a simple program on June 30, the punong barangays, as head of their BNCs, presented their BNAPs before the members of the City Nutrition Council chaired by Mayor Angelo ‘Roncal’ Montilla.

Present during the activity were Vice Mayor Lino Montilla, City Planning and Development Coordinator Amelia Bochorno, City Nutrition Action Officer Rogelio Garcia, and City Nutrition Program Ccordinator Myka Angelou Tomboc among others.

From the left: City Mayor Angelo O. Montilla, Vice Mayor Lino O. Montilla, Mr. Rogelio Garcia

BNAP serves as the local version of the Philippine Plan of Action or PPAN, the country’s blueprint of actions for nutrition improvement, led by the NNC, together with key national and local stakeholders.

It also serves as a work plan of nutrition interventions at the barangay level that aims to help in reducing cases of malnutrition in their respective localities.

Nutrition governance takes a front seat in terms of priority programs of the current administration as Mayor Angelo ‘Roncal’ Montilla lists nutrition as one of his flagship programs.

Stunting (pagkabansot) and wasting (pagkapayat) are serious malnutrition problems that have long-lasting effects on the child. These are the problems the current administration wanted to dramatically reduce, if not totally eradicate.

Zuellig Family Foundation and Nutirition International have also become essential partners of Tacurong in mainstreaming Urban Nutrition Governance Program anchored on the framework of the First 1,000 Days Law or Republic Act 11148.

RA 11148 aims to take care of the health and nutrition of pregnant women and babies under two years of age.

Studies show that brain development of the child is critical from zero up to two years of age that is why caring for the nutrition of the child should start from the womb of the mother until the child reaches the age of two.

Through the help of ZFF and Nutrition International, Tacurong was able to address critical nutritional gaps such as the importance of having nutrition action plans from the city down to barangay levels.

The activation of the City Nutrition Council and appointment of a City Nutrition Action Officer as well as City Nutrition Program Ccordinator are manifestations of Mayor Montilla’s commitment to battle malnutrition.

He also elevated the status of five barangay nutrition scholars (BNS) from volunteers to job orders and committed to do the same with other BNS in the remaining barangays.

Nutrition situation analysis of Tacurong shows that stunting, underweight, thinness, and obesity are the forms of malnutrition existing in the city.

Stunting has the highest prevalence rate of 8.6 percent or a total of 718 children among 0-59 years old population. It is followed by underweight with prevalence rate of 5.5 percent or 457.

With the formulation of BNAP by all barangays, the public can expect that all problems related to malnutrition will be properly addressed.

Mayor Montilla also conveyed his gratitude to the commitment of the barangays in mainstreaming nutrition programs in local governance. He also thanked the City Documentation Team in assisting the BNCs in encoding, binding, and reproducing the copies of the BNAPs. (ASFreno, LGU Information)

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Tacurong, two other cities attend Module 2 of Nutrition and Health Leadership Training

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)

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Montilla puts mayoralty on the line in fight against malnutrition

“I’m betting my position as mayor in our fight against stunting and other forms of malnutrition”.

That was the commitment made by Mayor Angelo Montilla when he agreed to make Tacurong a pilot city in the implementation of Urban Nutrition Governance Program of Zuellig Family Foundation and Nutritional International.

“I accept the challenge because I know I have the backing not only of the Sanggunian but by the barangays as well,” Montilla said.

The mayor said that under his term, he will make sure that nutrition programs take a front seat in funding prioritization.

“I’ll make sure that there will be a significant drop in cases of stunting and wasting among our children in the next two years of my term”, the mayor added.

Ten barangays are currently attending the second and last batch of training on Barangay Leadership for Nutrition and Development (BL4ND) held in Lake Sebu, South Cotabato.

Aside from punong barangays, participants to the training include barangay kagawads for health, midwives, barangay health workers, barangay nutrition scholars, and barangay secretaries.

The barangays participating in this four-day training are Baras, EJC Montilla, New Passi, Lancheta, Griño, San Antonio, San Rafael, Calean, Tina, and San Emmanuel.

The city government started rolling out the BL4ND when it conducted the same training to the first ten barangays on December 9-12, 2019.

What is BL4ND?

BL4ND is one of the phases in the implementation of Urban Nutrition Governance Program of ZFF and Nutrition International, two non-government organizations providing technical and funding support to the program.

Tacurong is one of the only three pilot city-recipients of this program in the country, the two others being Tagum City and Puerto Prinsesa City.

The Urban Nutrition Governance Program is anchored on the framework of the newly enacted First 1,000 Days Law or Republic Act 11148 that aims to take care of the health and nutrition of pregnant women and babies under two years of age.

The program basically aims to dramatically reduce the number of stunting (pagkabansot) and thinness among children in the pilot cities.

Former Mayor Lina Montilla also served as one of the resource speakers in the training and passionately shared her experiences on bridging leadership program that helped her a lot in bringing positive outcomes on health programs in the city during her incumbency.

One of the outputs of the training is for the barangays to come up with an action plan on First 1000 Days program as well as to capacitate or re-organize their respective Barangay Nutrition Councils.

On the other hand, the Sangguniang Panlungsod headed by Vice Mayor Lino Montilla who also sits as chairperson of SP Committee on Health, has already committed to support the program. (ASFreno, LGU Information)

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