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JAGNA – On November 5, 2013 Jagna Mayor Fortunato R. Abrenilla received from the National Nutrition Council a total of Php 500,000 cash award and a CROWN trophy as Consistent Regional Outstanding Winner in Nutrition (CROWN) Awardee during the 2013 National Nutrition Awarding Ceremony held at the Reception Hall, Philippine International Convention Center, Pasay City.

The CROWN Award is given to a municipality, city or province that has been adjudged by the interagency regional nutrition evaluation team as outstanding in the region in the implementation of its nutrition action plan for three consecutive years.

CROWN Awardees this year are Cauayan City, Isabela (Region II); Paombong, Bulacan (Region III); Mogpog, Marinduque (MIMAROPA); Gubat, Sorsogon (Region V); Mandaluyong City (NCR); Jordan, Guimaras (Region IV); Jagna. Bohol (Region VII); Valencia City, Bukidnon (Region X); New Corella, Davao del Norte (Region XI) and Bislig City (CARAGA).

Proper nutrition education and dissemination is the main strategy employed by the Municipal Nutrition Council (MNC) to combat malnutrition. Pabasa sa Nutrisyon and Nutrition on Air are nutrition education and dissemination campaigns that are geared towards the promotion of good nutrition, including the promotion of exclusive breastfeeding and infant and young child feeding practices and home, school and community food production.  Trainings to boost food production initiatives are being conducted by the Municipal Agriculture Office on rice and corn production technology.

The implementation of innovative support programs as well as the interagency collaboration in the implementation of nutrition in the town caught the attention of the evaluators. Being a consistent national awardee in the Pabasa Sa Nutrisyon since 2010 became an edge for the municipality. Collaboration with Philos Health, the Municipal Agriculture Office, Municipal Health Office, the DepEd, 33 barangays were given attention in the evaluation. The implementation of programs FAITH (Food Always in the Home), HOPE (Herbal Ornamental Plant Enhancement and CHARITY (Chicken Always Raised in the Yard) per purok was looked into by the team. The daily supplemental feeding of the Manna Pack and production of the nutrimix were interventions to address the problem on malnutrition. Additional programs in support to livelihood are piglet dispersal and tilapia dispersal by the Municipal Agriculture Office.

The strategy “A Nutritionally Well-Informed Citizenry is a Well-nourished Community” as adopted by the MNC was proven successful by the significant annual reduction of malnutrition in the town’s underweight pre-school children from 3.95 % in 2010 to 1.79% in 2012.