PALO, LEYTE -- PAHIMOSAN Interlocal Health Zone composed of the Municipalities of Paranas, Hinabangan, Motiong and San Jose de Buan all in Samar Province conducted an orientation on Nutrition Program Management on 19-21 November 2019 at Kirigtaan Hall, Paranas, Samar.
The 3-day orientation was facilitated in by the National Nutrition Council 8 with RNPC Catalino P. Dotollo Jr. and NOIII Nino Archie Labordo as the resource persons. The main aim of the activity was to give the Municipal Nutrition Committee members the knowledge skills and attitude on nutrition program management and to present the enhanced local nutrition action plan.
On their topics, the facilitators focused on the following: (1) key processes in NPM in the context of local governance and development; and (2) ways of improving local NPM particularly in the development & implementation of responsive & effective nutrition plans. The four municipalities presented their enhanced local nutrition action plan 2020-2022 during the third day as an output to the NPM orientation.
During the open discussion, members of the MNC raised the following issues and interventions: Anti-smoking ordinance as one of the policies to reduce stunting and prevent low birth weights; monitoring of teenage females soon to get pregnant for an on time pregnancy tracking- inclusivity of the first 1000 days; inclusion of other relevant members in the MNC to include PopDev Coordinator and civil society organizations; and the working out for the full time municipal nutrition action officer with staff.
Atty. Eunice U. Babalcon, the Municipal Mayor of Paranas and at the same time the Chairperson of the PAHIMOSAN Inter Local Health Zone envisioned to have a unified goal in achieving a malnutrition free interlocal health zone with a proper alignment and prioritization of the programs, projects and activities.