The National Nutrition Council in Region 7 has recognized Dumaguete City Nutrition Committee chaired by Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo as Outstanding Local Nutrition Committee for 2021 by outshining other local governments in the Central Visayas Region and for garnering the highest overall score in the Monitoring and Evaluation of the Local Level Plan Implementation (MELLPI) Pro Tool.
City Nutrition Action Officer Lourdes Taburaza also disclosed that the Dumaguete City Nutrition Committee was also adjudged as one of the Best Performing Local Nutrition Committees for 2021 along with Barangay Cantil-e, Barangay Tabuc-Tubig and Barangay Balugo for their strengths in the 5 dimensions of the MELLPI Pro Tool namely: vision and mission, nutrition laws and policies, governance and organizational structure, local nutrition committee management and nutrition intervention services.
Taburaza credited the administration of Mayor Remollo for its strong and consistent support to the nutrition programs and activities that significantly help in reducing the malnutrition rates among the city’s 15, 000 pre-schoolers (children ageing 0-6 years old).
In fact, the malnutrition rate among the pre-schoolers has declined from 1.9% in 2019 to 1.7% in 2020; underweight or stunting from 3.4% to 2.4%; wasting from 1.3% to 0.7% and obesity from 2.7% to 2.4%.
The Regional Nutrition Evaluation Team has considered the best practices, significant funding allocations and consistent implementation of the various nutrition programs and activities in all 30 barangays when it decided to confer the distinctions and awards to the Dumaguete City Nutrition Committee and the local nutrition committees of Barangays Balugo, Tabuc-Tubig and Cantil-e.
Mayor Remollo, Balugo Barangay Captain Glenn P. Noay, Cantil-e Barangay Captain Pilardo P. Sarte and Tabuc-Tubig Barangay Captain Randy M. Fausto have been invited to participate in the virtual 2021 Grand Nutrition Awards on Friday so they will be formally and officially recognized as this year’s outstanding performers.
The city government has made it a priority to implement nutrition programs that will provide better access and education for children to obtain nutritious food, vitamins and healthy habits for improved school performance, prevent diseases and deaths.
Mayor Remollo also commended the Barangay Nutrition Scholars led by City Action Officer Taburaza and the barangay officials for their industry and dedication to address cases of malnutrition in their communities.