Through various innovations, the corn producing municipality of Alfonso Lista in Ifugao has succeeded in addressing the nutritional needs of the people as evidenced by the Nutrition Honor Award (NHA) conferred by the National Nutrition Council recently.
Alfonso Lista Mayor Glenn Prudenciano and some members of the Provincial Nutrition Council received their trophy during the 2018 National Nutrition awarding ceremony in Manila. Aside from the NHA trophy, a P1-million worth check was also awarded as cash incentive.
The NHA is the highest award given by the NNC to a local government unit that is able to sustain and improve its health programs, benefiting the residents.
The long journey towards the reduction of the number of undernourished children in the municipality of Alfonso Lista required diligent labor and strong commitment on the part of the LGU and the Saluad Salun-at Council, Municipal Nutrition Action Office, Barangay Nutrition Councils, Barangay Nutrition Scholars, health workers and other sectors with the support of the Regional and Provincial Nutrition Councils, and the cooperation of the community.
With the LGU’s innovative programs, the past six consecutive years manifested sustained improvement of the nutritional status of its people, and the efforts have been noticed and recognized from the local to the national level.
In 2013, Alfonso Lista was recognized as regional best implementer in nutrition for the municipal level. It maintained it the following year and in 2015, it bagged its third regional Green Banner Award in 2015 and the Consistent Regional Outstanding Winner on Nutrition (CROWN) at the national level.
Alfonso Lista maintained its status as CROWN awardee for the next two succeeding years, and conferred this year as NHA.
It now joins the rank of other Cordillera LGU-NHA or Hall of Famers namely Kapangan, Benguet (1998), Kiangan, Ifugao (2002) and Ifugao province (2014).
Based on the municipal evaluation and data reviewed, the comparative prevalence rate of malnourished school children decreased to 1.33% in SY 2017-2018 from 1.86% in SY 2016- 2017. For the overweight and obese school children, the prevalence rate decreased to 1.46% from 1.66%. The prevalence rate of malnourished pre-school children decreased to 1.17% from 1%; overweight pre-school children have a rate of 0.14% in SY 2018 compared to 0.17% in 2017.
Strategies and Local Initiatives
According to the National Nutrition Council, among the innovative programs that Alfonso Lista is continuing for years now are the Kumadrona sa Nayon or midwives in the barangays; Task Force for Malnutrition Reduction Program where families with malnourished children are visited and counseled.
The Bitamina Para ti Salun-at Program involves giving multi - vitamins (2 bottles per month for 6 months) to wasted, severely wasted schoolchildren and underweight pre-school children.
With the Insentibo Para sa Kalusugan Mo,26 families improved the nutritional status of their children with the provision of sack of rice and P500 worth of grocery items.
Supplemental Feeding of wasted and severely wasted schoolchildren and Day Care Children are undertaken.
With Watwat a Binnigat,the nutrition counciltapped schools where stretching and exercises are conducted to children especially to the overweight and obese school children.
The Search for Best BNC Implementer has boosted the services for nutrition. This year’s best is Barangays Little Tadian.
Capabilities building on livelihood projects, Pabasa sa Nutrisyon & Mothers as well as disaster- preparedness activities are also continuing activities.
At least two new programs were introduced last year. Under the Karingud Program, financial assistance of is given to poor families with malnourished children during the dry season / no- farming period to ensure provision of food on the table.
The Kamote Program,conceptualized by BNS Kiling in 2016 involves barangay employees channelling their bonuses to the needy – (Senior Citizens, Solo parents, PWDs and poor families) by purchasing/distributing goods.
The schools, leaders and constituents of the 20 barangays are also enjoined in the IEC of the nutrition programs and in the adoption of good nutritional practices and healthy lifestyle.
The LGU loaned money to put-up a third level water system wherein they pump water from the Magat River and bring to the mountain to supply more than half of the 20 barangays of the municipality.
In 2017, the Nutrition Program has a budget increased P77, 060,356.77, up from the P50, 260,848.63 in 2016. There was also fund of P2, 989,600 from NGOs - ALIWA and SN-Aboitiz and P2, 240,640.00 from the National Fund, totaling to P82, 290,596.77.
Prudenciano reiterated that because of the efforts of all the people of Alfonso Lista and innovative programs and support of the LGU, the required rating of 98% to qualify for the NHA was surpassed garnering a total of 101.6% due to the five percent bonus for sustainable innovative programs.
With this milestone accomplishment, Prudenciano said they will continue the same commitment and dedication in maintaining a well-nourished community.(PIA CAR)