The NEDA Regional Office (NRO) XII once again won second place in the recent 2016  Best Gulayan sa Opisina, Phase 4.  The contest was spearheaded by the Regional Nutrition Committee (RNC) XII to promote the value of nutrition and to showcase measures to address hunger and malnutrition.

On behalf of NRO XII RD Arturo G. Valero, ARD Noel E. Quiratman, together with the officers of the Organization of NEDA Employees (ONE) XII Angelina C. Soriano and Desiree T. Jacinto, received the second place prize during the 2016 Regional Nutrition Awarding Ceremony held at The Farm@Carpenter Hill, Koronadal City on October 27, 2016. The Department of Education (DepEd) Regional Office XII won first place.

Aside from the Gulayan sa Opisina, RNC also awarded the most outstanding provinces,  cities, and municipalities for exemplary effectiveness and efficiency in implementing the nutrition program at the local level. Pigcawayan (Cotabato Province), Kiamba (Sarangani), and Polomolok (South Cotabato) were awarded as Most Outstanding Municipalities.   South Cotabato was adjudged the Most Outstanding Province for 2016.

Outstanding Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNS) were also recognized by the RNC.  Ms. Junelia E. Domel of Barangay New Iloilo of Tantangan, South Cotabato was chosen as the Most Outstanding Regional BNS.  Ms.  Domel excelled in identifying and locating targets, delivery of basic nutrition services, achieving program impact, and timeliness in the submission of reports.    The Most Outstanding BNS at the city level were the following:  (a) Ms. Violeta Flores of Barangay City Heights, Gen. Santos City; (b) Ms. Creamhield C. Bation of Barangay Linangkob, Kidapawan City; and (c) Ms. Joy F. Sobredilla of Barangay San Jose, Koronadal City.

The Best Gulayan sa Barangay was won by Barangay Upper Klinan, Pololomok, South Cotabato, while the Best Breastfeeding Station in the Region was awarded to Tulunan, Cotabato.

Ms. Arceli M. Latonio, Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator XII and RNC Secretary, said that recognizing the efforts of various nutrition partners and stakeholders will encourage the sustained promotion of correct nutrition among the region’s population and make them productive members of society. (Evie A. Cabulanan, NEDA XII-DRD)