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PIA Press Release
2008/02/21

Hinabangan LGU trains 24 BNS

By Ninfa B Quirante

Catbalogan City (February 21) -- Hinabangan (Samar) LGU trained 24 Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNS) in a bid to address the worsening malnutrition situation in this 4th class municipality.

The 24 BNSs gathered at the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office (MSWDO) Training Center from February 18-20 for the acquisition of skills in monitoring the nutritional status of its children.

MSWD Officer also designated as Municipal Nutrition Action Officer (MNAO) Purita Cabanggangan, Provincial Nutrition Action officer (PNA0) Alva Gadin and Samar Integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO) Technical Services Chief Felecita Borata and LGU department heads served as resource speakers.

The 2006 Operation Timbang revealed that Hinabangan belong to the top 30 nutritionally depressed area second to Gandara, still in Samar.

Other municipalities include Jiabong, Taranganan, San Jose de Buan, Pagsanghan, Sta. Rita, Tagapul-an, Sta. Margarita, Sto. Niņo, San Jorge, Catbalogan City, and Calbiga.

Mayor Alejandro Abarritigue of Hinabangan said his MNAO proposed the BNs training to address malnutrition.

He vowed that his leadership will strengthen the basic social services especially the welfare of children.

The BNS program involves the training, deployment and supervision of volunteer workers on nutrition in the barangay.

Presidential Decree No. 1569 mandated the deployment of one BNS in every barangay in the country to monitor the nutritional status of children and link communities with nutrition and related service providers.

The National Nutrition Council through Regional Coordinator Carina Santiago provides financial and technical assistance for the LGUs to effectively implement the BNS Program. (PIA-Samar) [top]

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