The Palawan provincial government will intensify its efforts to reduce last year’s malnutrition rate of 8.98 percent.
Rachel Paladan, provincial nutrition action officer, said the malnutrition rate recorded in 2018 is higher than 2017’s incident of 8.80 percent.
Paladan said their office is currently conducting a Monitoring and Evaluation of Local Level Plan Implementation (MELLPI) in seven barangays in Palawan.
MELLPI is a part of the nutrition program that aims to monitor and evaluate nutritionists in the barangays, she said.
The malnutrition reduction program covers the villages of Alimanguan, San Vicente; Tagumpau in Roxas town; Cabigsing in Cuyo; Villa Fria in Agutaya; Los Angeles in Magsaysay, and Panacan, Narra.
She said the evaluation started in March.
“Nagsimula na tayo sa MELLPI para doon sa mga barangay na ready to evaluate ang kanilang nutrition programs, strategy natin ito para malaman natin ang implementation ng mga programa ng barangay nutrition committee at kasama din ang mga barangay nutrition scholars natin for evaluation,” Paladan said.
The MELLPI will also evaluate the effeciency of the nutrition program, including the Barangay Environment and Nutrition Scholars (BEANS) in every municipality.
After the evaluation, the PNO will identify Outstanding Barangay Nutrition Committee, Outstanding Barangay Nutrition Scholar, and the Green Banner Awardee.
In 2018, the Outstanding Barangay Nutrition Committee was won by Barangay Panacan in Narra while San Vicente won as the Green Banner Awardee in 2016.
“Naglalayon din na masuri ang kahusayan at pagiging epektibo ng mga lokal na pamahalaan sa pagpaplano at pagpapatupad ng mga lokal na programa sa nutrisyon sa kanilang nasasakupang munisipyo sa pangunguna ng mga Municipal Nutrition Action Officers (MNAOs),” Paladan also said.