BONTOC, Mountain Province – Bontoc is the only municipality in Mountain Province and one among the only seven municipalities in the Cordillera Administrative Region that was awarded a Green Banner Seal of Compliance Award for this year’s Regional Nutrition Awarding Ceremony (RNAC) in Baguio City.
The Green Banner Seal of Compliance is awarded to local government units with an average rating not lower than 60 percent dimension and an overall rating of at least 85 percent using the Monitoring and Evaluation of Local Level Plan Implementation (Mellpi) pro tool.
As a Green Banner Seal of Compliance awardee, Bontoc will receive a P10,000 incentive from the Department of Health.
Mayor Jerome Tudlong, Jr., Municipal Health Officer Diga Kay Gomez, and Municipal Nutrition Action Officer Venous Faith Cofulan presented the award to employees of the local government and partner agencies and stakeholders on Nov. 28, coinciding with the flag raising ceremony.
The award was earlier received by councilors Julian Chumacog, Municipal Nutrition Action Cofulan, and Nutritionist Dietitician II Mary Dianne Saong-Monte during the RNAC.
Bontoc also received two certificates of commendation for sustaining below 10 percent prevalence rate of stunting among zero to 59 months old children based on the 2022 Operation Timbang Plus results and for achieving a continuous prevalence decrease in stunting among zero to 59 months old children from 2010 to 2022 based on Operation Timbang Plus results.
Other Green Banner Seal of Compliance awardees in CAR are Kibungan and Sablan in Benguet; Balbalan in Kalinga; Asipulo, Hungduan, and Lamut, all in Ifugao.
Other municipalities in Mountain Province that received certificates of commendation as LGUs with a consistent decrease in stunting prevalence from 2020 to 2022 were Bauko, Paracelis, Sagada and Tadian. Municipalities that received certificates of commendation for achieving below 10 percent stunting prevalence among zero to 59 months children in 2022 were Bauko, Barlig, and Sabangan. – Alpine L. Killa-Malwagay