The Municipality of Jagna received another recognition from the National Nutrition Council 7 during the 9th Nutrition Action Officer’s Congress held at the Marco Polo Hotel in Cebu City last August 2. The municipality earned awards and recognition as 2012 Outstanding Municipality in the Province of Bohol and in Region 7 and Consistent Regional Outstanding Winner on Nutrition (CROWN) Award for maintaining for 3 consecutive years as outstanding municipality in Region 7. It also received the 2012 Municipal Nutrition Green Banner Award. The awards were received by Honorable Mayor Fortunato R. Abrenilla, Vice Mayor Bonifacio J. Virtudes, Jr., MPDC Engr. Gerry Araneta, Municipal Nutrition Action Officer Anita G. Ocmeja and Municipal Nutrition Program Coordinator Elizabeth Sajulga.
The Municipal Nutrition Council of Jagna is committed to eradicate hunger, malnutrition and poverty in line with the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) on Food Production and Food Sufficiency.
With the above target programs are initiated by the local chief executive on Organic Food Production in the whole municipality. Food sufficiency is encouraged in every household providing for safe, healthy and nutritious food at all times.
Thru the concerted efforts of the members of the Municipal Nutrition Council, we have successfully implemented our nutrition programs and projects.
Initiated programs toward the fulfillment of hunger eradication, malnutrition and poverty are: Nutrimix Production; Daily Feeding Program – The Manna Pack Daily Program is in collaboration with the Philos Health – a partner NGO of the LGU for almost 10 years – which is being implemented until 2015; MNC Garden; Gulayan sa Barangay or BNC Garden; Gulayan sa Paaralan; Purok Center Empowerment; Farmers Field School on Rice Production Technology; Farmers Field School on Corn Production Technology; Farmers Field School on Organic Ubi Production Technology; Entrepreneurship Development in the Barangays; Nutrition On Air; School on Air; Pabasa sa Nutrisyon in the 33 barangays; IGP and Livelihood Projects in the barangays; Nutrition Month Program; Piglet Dispersal; Goat Dispersal Program; Tilapia Fingerlings Dispersal to upland barangays.
All these programs have contributed to the decrease in malnutrition rate and hunger of the children covered under the programs. Most of the Municipal Agriculture Office’s initiated programs have helped in increasing income of the people who availed in the barangays.
Factors that contributed much to the achievement of plans of the Municipal Nutrition Council were the designation of a full time municipal nutrition action officer and municipal nutrition program coordinator. The MNAO and the coordinator are solely attending to duties pertaining to the implementation of programs and projects of the MNC. They are also conducting regular evaluations to the barangays to ensure the continuous, proper and full implementation of all the programs on nutrition. Furthermore, budget is allocated to the MNC annually for the full implementation of the Municipal Nutrition Action Plan.
The MNC holds regular quarterly meetings to update the members of the status of programs as well as inform the members of pending concerns for deliberation if there are any.
The MNC is also in collaboration with departments within the LGU in the implementation of plans and programs such as the Municipal Agriculture Office, Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office; with DepEd and our NGO partner, the Philos Health. In the airing of School-on-Air and Nutrition-on-Air, we are in partnership with the municipal-owned radio station, DYJP.
All these entities have pooled efforts and resources towards a common goal of “healthy community, better Jagna”.