BONTOC, Mountain Province – A Barangay Nutrition Scholar (BNS) from Samoki is a regional outstanding BNS finalist.
As an awardee, she received cash incentives and a plaque of recognition during the Regional Nutrition Awarding Ceremony (RNAC) held in Baguio City.
Eufemia Miranda received P8,000 cash incentive from the National Nutrition Council-Cordillera and an additional P3,000 from the Department of Health-CAR.
She received her award, together with Councilor Julian Chumacog and midwife Pascuala Fantiyao who is also the Barangay Nutrition Action Officer of Samoki.
Miranda, a dedicated BNS has been serving the barangay for 17 years, working tirelessly to implement health and nutrition programs and activities for the constituents.
Per a write-up published by the NNC-CAR, Miranda has implemented various strategies to address the issue. One of her notable initiatives, along with fellow BNS is conducting house-to-house visits where she communicates with parents of children under five. During these visits, she emphasizes the importance of participating in regular weighing and height measurements to ensure the health and development of their children. She even accompanies children to the clinic to ensure 100 percent participation.
Recognizing the significance of proper nutrition, she also collaborated with the Sangguniang Kabataan of Samoki to secure funding for a 120-day feeding program for underweight children from kinder to grade 3.
Miranda also promotes backyard gardening. She coordinated with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and the Department of Agriculture to provide seedlings to families with malnourished children, encouraging them to grow fruits and vegetables.
She goes beyond her official duties by taking the time to talk to mothers and discuss the importance of the first 100 days of a child – a crucial period for their development. She believes that providing education and support to parents during this critical phase can have a long-lasting positive impact.
Miranda also participates in community gatherings to discuss health and nutrition topics, sharing her knowledge and inspiring others to prioritize the well-being of their families. Her unwavering dedication, passion and commitment, to achieving zero malnutrition is a testament to her genuine concern for the welfare of her community. – Alpine K. Malwagay