Gubat bags 2009 Crown Award in nutrition
by BA Recebido
Gubat, Sorsogon (21 October) -- The municipal government here has notched this year's Consistent Regional Outstanding Winner for Nutrition (CROWN) for its outstanding achievements in the implementation of nutrition programs for three successive years.
Gubat Mayor Deogracias Ramos personally received the P100,000 cash prize and a trophy from the National Nutrition Council (NNC) conferred by Pres. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo herself during the awarding ceremony on October 15 held at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in Manila.
Ramos said Gubat has been chosen by the evaluation team from the NNC as the local government unit (LGU) with the most effective nutrition program being implemented in the region resulting to a remarkable decrease of malnutrition cases in the municipality.
He said the municipal government annually allocates P400, 000 for nutrition programs, and ensures to carry out and intensify measures in line with the hunger mitigation program.
"Likewise, each barangay allocates a minimum of P10,000 as seed money for their nutrition program," he added.
The Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) here has also done its share staging the Children Summer Camp and spearheaded a 20-day feeding program, health and nutrition-related lectures to identified malnourished elementary school children.
"We also maintain community gardens in various areas of the town and the produce is used for the community feeding program. We also see to it that our documents are in tact and well-organized. That's probably our edge over our contenders," the mayor related.
He said CROWN award is a clear manifestation of the town's strong commitment to provide adequate nutrition programs for the underprivileged sector of the community.
Gubat is a Consistent Banner Awardee, since early of 1996 up to present in the provincial and regional levels, qualifying them for this year's CROWN Award.
"I owe this to my staff who have painstakingly exerted efforts to improve our nutrition program and to Gubatnons who keep supporting our programs," Ramos also said.
The Green Banner Award for Nutrition is conferred to a province, city or municipality judged to have an exemplary performance in managing its nutrition action plan within the province and region.
The Nutrition Green Banner Awardees at the city, provincial and regional levels were evaluated by the City/Province/Regional Evaluation Teams during the MELLPI evaluation.
LGUS who garnered three Nutrition Green Banner Awards for three consecutive years will be recommended for the CROWN Award by the Regional Evaluation Team.
The CROWN award, on the other hand, is given to Green Banner Awardees that were able to maintain good performance in managing nutrition plans for three consecutive years.
CROWN awardees are monitored by an inter-agency National Evaluation Team for a period of three years to check whether their efforts in maintaining a downward trend of malnutrition are sustained through a well coordinated plan implementation. (PIA Sorsogon) [top]