|PhilHealth XII winners of the complementary cooking and nutria-quiz contest L-R: Rocky John A. Manansala, Queenie Jane J. Tamalla and Dennis F. Gaurana|
The Awarding Ceremony honored not only government employees but also government agencies that participated in the various Department of Health (DOH) and National Nutrition Council’s (NNCs) contests.
Recipients are the Outstanding Municipalities in the Province, Outstanding Barangay Nutrition Committee in the Region, Outstanding Municipality in the Region, Outstanding Province in the Region, Outstanding BNS in the Province, Outstanding BNS in the City, Outstanding BNS in the Region, Best Gulayan sa Barangay, Best Gulayan sa Opisina Project, and Best Breastfeeding Station in the Region.
Awardees of the nutri-poem, nutri-photo exhibit, malusog na buntis and nutrition quiz on the air have also received their prizes.
“I just hope that this one will not only end up here because we have already done our part as your leaders. May all of us will continue supporting each other because health should not just be taken care of during Nutrition Month or during Awarding Ceremonies like this. It is everybody’s concern that must be sustained every day,” South Cotabato Vice Governor Vicente de Jesus said.
DOH representative, Dr. Fatima Emban and Koronadal City Councilor, Mark Lapidez both agreed that everybody must help each other sustain the government’s program that supports the physical well-being of the people.
“We cannot do this alone without everybody’s help. We may envision to ensure the nutritional well-being of all Filipinos locally and globally with our competent and committed team but if the community will not join us, all this orchestrated efforts will just end up in vain,” Emban said.
She stressed that DOH meant to address hunger and malnutrition of the country through policy and program formulation coordination; capacity development; promotion of good nutrition; nutrition and surveillance; resource generation and mobilization; advocacy and partnership and alliance building.
NNC, according to her, supports them in the formulation of policies and coordinating, planning, monitoring and evaluation for the national nutrition program. The same agency also helps strenghten competencies and capabilities of their stakeholders; releases funds, loans and grants the need of the people as it arises. (hanah g. naanep, PRO III)