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Palawan has been recognized recently by the National Nutrition Council (NNC) in MIMAROPA region as the “Most Improved Province” in implementing nutrition projects and programs.

The recognition was given to the province during the 2019 MIMAROPA Regional Awarding Ceremony on September 30, according to a press statement released by the Provincial Information Office (PIO) on Thursday.

The award was received by Board Member Eduardo Modesto Rodriguez and Provincial Nutrition Action Officer Rachel T. Paladan.

Regional Nutrition Program coordinator and officer-in-charge Carina Z. Santiago was quoted in the statement saying that Palawan was given the award because of its success in bringing government and non-government stakeholders together to bring down the malnutrition prevalence rate in the province.

“Ang Palawan ay napiling most improved province in the region kasi before, hindi pa ganoon nakikita ‘yong initiative pero ngayon ay nakikita natin na nagpupursige na ma-improve ang situation ng province. Dahil dati mataas talaga ang malnutrition prevalence rate ng Palawan at ngayon nakikita natin unti-unting nag-iimprove,” said Santiago.

Rodriguez thanked all nutrition stakeholders in Palawan for helping in the implementation of nutrition programs.

Rodriguez said there will be more collaborations with the Provincial Nutrition Council (PNC) to ensure the further decrease in prevalence cases.

“We will have more collaboration with our Provincial Nutrition Council and we will also strengthen our Provincial Nutrition Committee together with our external partners like NGOs and of course to our media group and we will continue to rally to our LGUs to fill-in the position of Municipal Nutrition Action Officers on a permanent basis,” he said.

Meanwhile, Barangay Panacan in Narra won third place as the “Outstanding Barangay Nutrition Committee” in MIMAROPA.

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