Region 8 Barangay
Nutrition Scholars attend congress!
By NATION BUILDER
TACLOBAN CITY – The
fully packed Tacloban Astrodome reverberated with cheers and applause
coming from more than 3,500 Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNS) as
Department of Health (DOH) Assistant Secretary Maria-Bernardita T.
Flores mentioned a provision in the Senate Bill 2397 which is to
provide a P5,000 monthly allowance for Barangay Nutrition Workers.
Senate Bills No. 9 and
2397 or “An Act Creating the Position of Barangay Nutrition Worker in
Every Barangay, Providing Incentives Thereto Appropriating Funds
Therefor, Amending for the Purpose Presidential Decree 1569” authored
by Senators Loren Legarda and Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr., when passed,
will make the position of the BNS – that shall be called Barangay
Nutrition Worker (BNW) a mandatory position in the barangay.
Maria-Bernardita T. Flores, also Executive Director of National
Nutrition Council (NNC), was Keynote Speaker in the First Eastern
Visayas Barangay Nutrition Scholar Congress held July 28, 2011 at the
Tacloban City Convention Center. The summit, which bannered the theme
“BNS: Bida ng Sambayanan”, was attended by Barangay Nutrition Scholars
from all over the region.
House Bill 2889
entitled “Strengthening the Barangay Nutrition Scholar Program”
authored by Agham Partylist Rep. Angelo Palmones and likewise his
House Resolution 592 entitled “A Resolution Directing the Retention of
Barangay Nutrition Scholars in Service to Help Pursue the Achievement
of the Millennium Goals”, were other revelations of Asst. Sec. Flores,
in her address, that drew euphoria from the audience.
Flores explained that
with the help of Cong. Palmones, the Department of Interior and Local
Government (DILG) has issued a Memorandum Circular 2010-147 directing
the barangay captains nationwide to retain and re-appoint the trained
barangay workers and BNS in order to utilize their skills, knowledge
and experience, instead of training anew new uninitiated barangay
But the highlight of
the one-day BNS affair was the turnover of a draft Magna Carta of BNS
from Region 8 BNS Federation President Lydia Nuñez to the Region 8
legislators represented by Southern Leyte lone district Cong. Roger G.
Mercado for its support and passage in Congress.
The Magna Carta for
BNS, drafted by DOH Regional Director Edgardo M. Gonzaga, once
legislated will institutionalize the BNS. It was learned the DOH
director likewise had solicited the support from all the congressmen
of Eastern Visayas for the passage of said measure that will not only
benefit the BNSs in the region, but the BNSs nationwide.
The 1st Eastern
Visayas BNS Congress was conducted as the culmination of this year’s
Nutrition Month celebration in the region with the theme: “Isulong ang
BREASTFEEDIKNG-Tama, Sapat at EKskusibo!”