Gin­goog eyes nu­tri­tion awards

Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro - - Top Stories - Jo Ann Sablad

GIN­GOOG City is vy­ing for the Nu­tri­tion Honor Award (NHA), the high­est award given by the Depart­ment of Health (DOH) to a lo­cal govern­ment unit that is able to sus­tain and im­prove health pro­grams ben­e­fit­ing the res­i­dents.

The lo­cal govern­ment unit should be able to ob­tain the grades rang­ing from 98 per­cent to 100 per­cent, to be de­ter­mined by the mem­bers of the na­tional eval­u­a­tion team com­posed by the Na­tional Nu­tri­tion Coun­cil of DOH, in or­der to re­ceive the Nu­tri­tion Honor Award.

“We do this effort not be­cause of the award but be­cause this is right and just for our mal­nour­ished chil­dren whose lives could have been wors­ened if CNC (City Nu­tri­tion Coun­cil) movers have not per­formed their tasks ef­fi­ciently and ef­fec­tively,” Gin­goog City Mayor Marie de Lara Guing­ona said.

City Health of­fi­cer doc­tor Grace Jadol, for her part, said that prior to the po­lit­i­cal en­try of Guing­ona, Gin­goog City has

been keep­ing a record of mal­nour­ish­ment with preva­lence rate of 14.3 per­cent.

In or­der to re­duce the preva­lence rate, a pro­gram called “An Egg a Day, Drives a Mal­nour­ished Away” was im­ple­mented.

“Our city is now wait­ing for the re­sult and pro­nounce­ment

from DOH’s cen­tral of­fice af­ter its eval­u­a­tors had con­ducted an oc­u­lar and fac­tual eval­u­a­tion last De­cem­ber 2018. We are very hope­ful that our or­ches­trated un­der­tak­ings man­i­fested by our com­mit­ted stake­hold­ers from the na­tional, lo­cal and civic en­ti­ties will al­ways be fruit­ful and suc­cess­ful for the right of our mal­nour­ished chil­dren,” City Nu­tri­tion Ac­tion of­fi­cer Elmer Risonar said.

Gin­goog City has been the re­cip­i­ent of the Con­sis­tent Re­gional Out­stand­ing Win­ner on Nu­tri­tion award for two years, re­ceiv­ing P300,000 cash award dur­ing the first year and P500,000 in the sec­ond year. The city is hop­ing to re­ceive NHA’s P1 mil­lion cash award this 2019.

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