Top 2018 nutrition workers, best school and community garden, feted

Outstanding city nutrition workers, service awardees, school and community gardens, and barangay officials were honored during the 2018 nutrition month culminating program, July 27 at the PFVR gymnasium.

The awarding came after a month-long activities; agri-booth fair at the Health Services Office compound; contests on proper food preparation, cooking demonstration, urban garden lectures, search for the cleanest public elementary and secondary school canteen, best backyard and community gardens, all conforming to the theme, “Ugaliing Magtanim, Sapat na Nutrisyon Aanihin..

Other activities were hydro bonsai making contest, unique fruit and vegetable contest, organic farm tour, seed and seedling distribution to undernourished families, mass feeding, and contests for healthy pregnant women, babies, children, and senior citizens.

Spearheading the activities is the Baguio City Nutrition Council, based at the Health Services Office (HSO), chaired by Mayor Mauricio Domogan, with Head Nutritionist Angelita Sabado as action officer.

Barangays Lower Quirino Hill, Upper Quezon Hill, Lourdes Proper Subdivision ranked first to third place in the best implemented barangay nutrition program.as Camp Henry Allen,Middle Quezon Hill,Camdas Subdivision,City Camp Proper, Victoria Village, and West Bayan Park barangays were awarded for efforts in maintaining the nutrition program in their respective areas.

Imelda Village, headed by Punong Barangay Arturo Rapelo, Jr. was awarded as a hall-of-famer, being outstanding in the best implemented nutrition program three times in a row.

Imelda Dagupon of Imelda Village, Marriane Ramos of Lourdes Proper Subdivision and Emma Dumapis of Middle Rock Quarry are the city’s outstanding barangay nutrition scholars (BNSs), while Bridget Guilod of Lower Quirino Hill, Rosemarie Talledo of Upper Quezon Hill, Bernadette Quicho of Lourdes Proper Subdivision Margie Manzano of Middle Quezon Hill and Emily Valdez of Camp Henry Allen are best performing Barangay nutrition action officers (BNAOs).

Elizabeth Akiapas of Ambiong, Joan Camacho of Victoria Village, Jenny Dang-as of East Quirino Hill, Imelda Espenili of Philippine Military Academy area, Jessica Gabatino of Dizon Manzanillo Medina Masla of Mines View, Conchita Sanchez of South Sanitary, Monica Sicat of City Camp Proper, Dyna Solis of Dominican-Mirador, Minda Soriano of San Antonio Village, and Concepcion Viray of Holy Ghost Proper were awarded for their ten-year service as BNSs.

The City Nutrition Evaluation Team which selected the winners are City Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Director Evelyn Trinidad, with members, Bernadette Brillantes of the City Planning and Development Office, Briccio Domondon of the Special Services Division, and Angelita Sabado of the Nutrition Office.

Jenelyn Bruno of Aurora Hill Proper, Imelda Dagupon of Imelda Village, Garisa Padawag of East Bayan Park, Lailani Santos of Upper QM, Victoria Sumail of Bakakeng Central were awarded for their five year service as BNS

Sherla Belarmino of Fairview Village, Lorna Maliones of Outlook Drive are awardees for 15 years of service as Barangay Nutrition Action Officer (BNAO), Marilou Batara of MRR Queen of Peace, Diana Gajonera of Irisan, Juliet Wakit of West Quirino Hill, 10 years of service; and Rhomena Joy Atolba of Camp 7, Agustina Amaki of Upper Dagsian, Ginalyn Kin-iway of South Drive, Marie Emmalyne Mayona of Burnham Legarda, Nina Dey Orpia of Brookspoint, Demetria Padadac of Kias, Miralyn Quiamco of Andres Bonifacio; 5 years of service.

Department of Agriculture Planning Officer Danilo Daguio as speaker, aptly represented by Danilo Agliam, awardee for rooftop gardening spoke about urban gardening with special attention on providing food for the table. Agliam utilizes his rooftop for a fishpond, hydroponics and ground vegetables, using recycled materials.

“Agriculture should be a basic skill of every Filipino,” to ensure that food is provided in the home, he said. He encouraged interested individuals to inquire at DA about urban gardening.

Councilors Leandro Yangot, Jr. and Joel Alangsab noted that urban gardening within the city is achievable, with the ready assistance of the Department of Agriculture (DA-CAR).

National Nutrition Council (NNC-CAR) head Rita Papey, Mayor Domogan and Congressman Mark Go encouraged city residents not to be complacent and develop the habit of working together for healthy persons and environment. A healthy population is an asset, and a measurement of success, each of them noted. –juliegfianza