Committed to address the malnutrition problems in the province, the Provincial Nutrition Committee under the Provincial Health Office remains persistent in formulating and delivering programs that cater to the nutritional needs of Caviteños as they facilitated the Joint Nutrition Action Officers ( NAOs) and Provincial Nutrition Committee-Technical Working Group (PNC-TWG) Meeting on April 4, 2019 at the Cavite Collaboration Center for Public Health in Trece Martires City.
During the gathering, Provincial Nutrition Action Officer Angeles Peñalba explained the scope and overview of the Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition 2017-2022 for the neophyte NAOs. She also asserted the call for action on the rampant measles cases in the province which reached more than 1,000 and 17 deaths. Ms. Peñalba also pointed out the urgency of collaborating with all the NAOs in the province as the data on stunting or short for age cases alarms the PHO and malnutrition continues despite the efforts of the provincial government to reach out the poorest members of the community.
On the other hand, background on the updated nutrition Monitoring and Evaluation of Local Level Implementation Protocol (MELLPI) for local government and nutrition workers was discussed by Nutrition Officer II Ms. Liberty Mojica-Guzman. The participants were given time to ask their query on the new MELLPI Pro guidelines and elaborated some issues concerning the present practices in their locality. The different phases of the MELLPI were clarified during the assembly.
Nutritionist – Dietitian II Ms. Dessa May Alibangbang introduced the key features of MELLPI Pro and its tools and showed presentations on the journey to nutrition awards. For 2019, the province/city/municipality will be ranked based on MELLPI Pro scores and top performing local government units with ratings not lower than 3 shall be given the Certificate of Quality Nutrition Program in lieu of the Green Banner. Other awards include the Consistent Regional Outstanding Winner in Nutrition (CROWN), CROWN Maintenance Award, and the Presidential Award for Nutrition.
In the afternoon, updates on BNS Project, PPAN accomplishment reports to be submitted to the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), and submission of BNS reports were conversed with the nutrition action officers and representatives of the city/municipality in Cavite.