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Wednesday, 31 January 2024

Tandag City gets another CROWN from nutrition council

By Nida Grace P. Barcena

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur – The city government of Tandag, under the leadership of Mayor Roxanne Pimentel, has been declared a Consistent Regional Outstanding Winner in Nutrition (CROWN) by the National Nutrition Council (NNC).

The recognition underscored the city's sustained efforts in championing nutrition and fostering a healthy community as it formulated the ten pillars of development, of which access to health care and nutrition served as an integral accomplishment that allowed the city to fully implement and deliver nutrition and related services to Tandaganons.

During the pandemic and recovery years, the city government ensured nutrient sufficiency and nutritionally healthy and self-reliant Tandaganons through the strong interventions made by the members of its Local Nutrition Committee and stakeholders in the implementation of nutrition-related programs, projects, and activities based on the approved City Nutrition Action Plan.

The enactment of nutrition-related policies was also part of its effort to guarantee program implementation, such as healthy meals being served to identified recipients like pregnant women and preschool children during the dietary supplementation program in the 21 barangays of the city.

Further, Operation Timbang Plus (OPT Plus) conducted Operation Timbang among children from 0 to 59 months old, including administration of vitamin A supplementation and the distribution of the micronutrient powder to all its barangays.

In October 2023, Tandag City was also a recipient of the said CROWN.

Tandag City conducted Operation Timbang Plus (OPT Plus) at the barangay level to weigh children from 0 to 59 months, including the administration of Vitamin A supplementation. Photo courtesy of LGU-Tandag City.

Meanwhile, the NNC also gave recognition to the city’s frontline in nutrition, as Reyveen John B. Geli, city nutrition action officer (CNAO) was also recognized as the winner for the National Search for the Outstanding City/Municipal Nutrition Action Officer (C/MNAO).

National Nutrition Council Executive Director and Assistant Secretary, Azucena M. Dayanghirang, congratulated the city government of Tandag for its unwavering performance, together with Geli as local nutrition focal point.

Geli, among then national contenders, emerged as the national winner in which he was assessed onsix dimensions, namely, coordination, orientation, advocacy and implementation, planning, documentation, resource generation, and capacity development.

Also in  2021, Geli was the region's outstanding CNAO and a national finalist.

Mary Joy Galolo added another layer of pride to the city’s   achievement as she received a certificate of recognition for her outstanding role as the city nutrition program coordinator.

The awarding of national winners will happen on February 12, 2024, at The Manila Hotel in Manila City. (NGPB/PIA-Surigao del Sur with reports from NNC and LGU-Tandag City)