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Baguio City, Ifugao town get nutrition program awards


By Zaldy Comanda

BAGUIO CITY – This city and the municipality of Alfonso Lista in Ifugao were cited and awarded by the National Nutrition Council for their exemplary implementation of the government’s nutrition programs that resulted in the significant reduction of malnutrition and undernutrition cases.

NO STRAWBERRY FIELD — A fruit-bearing strawberry plant grown in a recycled plastic bottle catches the attention of a guest of the Agri-Tourism Trade Fair in Baguio City. Mayor Mauricio Domogan urged residents to make full use of their backyards and the city’s cooler climate by planting organic vegetables and fruits. (Larry P. Fabian)


Regional nutrition program coordinator Rita Papey of the National Nutrition Council – Cordillera, said that Alfonso Lista, Ifugao is one of the recipients of the coveted Nutrition Honor Award (NHA) for having been a Consistent Regional Outstanding Winner on Nutrition (CROWN) for six consecutive years while Baguio City will be receiving its second CROWN maintenance award.

Papey said nutrition is one of the underrated programs of the government but it is one of the most important aspects of the health and productivity of citizens.

For the regional awardees, the Green Banner Award will also be conferred by the NNC-CAR to Benguet for the provincial level and the municipalities of Tublay in Benguet, Hungduan, Ifugao, Balbalan in Kalinga and Sagada in Mountain Province for the municipal category.

City Health Officer Dra. Rowena Galop said that Baguio City was able to garner a rating of 97.8 percent based on the criteria of the national evaluation team for its second-year CROWN maintenance award.

Thus, the city will be vying for the NHA next year if it will be able to sustain its gains in the implementation of the appropriate nutrition programs and interventions beneficial to the residents of the city’s 128 barangays.

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