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Valencia City Nutrition Committee Prepares for Nutrition Honor Award

During its 2nd Quarter Meeting on April 18, 2016, the members and the Technical Working Group of the City Nutrition Committee were briefed on the National Nutrition Evaluation Team Visit and Validation on June this year.

City Councilor Hon. Policarpo P. Murillo IV, MD, CNC Co-chair and the Chairman of Health Committee presided the meeting in behalf of City Mayor Hon. Azucena P. Huervas and Chairperson of City Nutrition Committee and he said that Valencia City is on its 2nd year as a Consistent Regional Outstanding Winner in Nutrition, but the committee still needs to polish the needed documents in preparation of the evaluation.

“The efficient and effective management of the city’s nutrition program, which led to the improvement of the nutritional situation among pre-school and schoolchildren will be affirmed by the evaluation team. This year, we will also showcase our best practices and other initiatives,” Dr. Murillo said.

Meanwhile, City Nutrition Action Officer Ms. Hazel P. Dondonayos, RND also shared the journey of Alberto O. Jacosalem, Valencia City Outstanding Barangay Nutrition Scholar from Barangay Bagontaas. Jacosalem is among the 8 contenders from the municipalities and cities in the region who will be vying for the most coveted Regional Outstanding Barangay Nutrition Scholar.

“Mr. Jacosalem was evaluated by the Regional Evaluation Team last April 12, 2016, and we are hoping that he will also qualify for the national level just like Vivian T. Ochotorena of Brgy. Tongantongan, the Regional Outstanding BNS who ranked 4th in the national level,” CNAO Dondonayos added.

Also presented during the meeting is the calendar of activities for Infant and Young Child Feeding, Nutrition in Emergencies and the preparation and planning for Nutrition Month Celebration.

The 2015 CNC accomplishments and 2015 Nutritional Profile were also discussed and the first dry run was conducted.

Last year, Valencia City garnered the 2nd year CROWN Maintenance Award after the city was evaluated.

For the criteria of the evaluation last year, 70% of the score is taken out from the City Score for the program efficiency and program effectiveness, 25% for the Barangay Scores and 5% for the interview. The tool used is MELLPI (Monitoring and Evaluation of Local Level Plan Implementation) Tool. The activities conducted by the evaluators are desk review, interview with CNC and BNC members, barangay validation weighing and project site visits.