For three years in a row, the Province of Ifugao bested all other CAR provinces in the field of Nutrition Program implementation. In recognition of this, the Regional Nutrition Council presented the province with the CAR Consistent Regional Winner on Nutrition (CROWN) Award during the awarding ceremony that took place on November 29, 2011, at the City Light Hotel in Baguio City.
It was attended by CAR LGU representatives from Ifugao, Kalinga and Baguio City and representatives from the RLAs headed by Director Myrna C. Cabotaje of DOH-CAR, who also chairs the Regional Nutrition Council, and Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator June Falancy.
Other awardees are as follows: 1) Most Outstanding Implementor on Nutrition (Provincial level) – Province of Ifugao, 2) Most Outstanding Implementor on Nutrition (City level) – Baguio City, 3)Most Outstanding Implementor on Nutrition (Municipal level) – Atok, Benguet, and 4) Outstanding Barangay Nutrition Scholar – Ms. Gracether Pugu-on of Barangay Antipolo, Asipulo, Ifugao.
The Guest of Honor was Ms. Leila S. Africa, an Associate Professor of the Institute of Human Nutrition and Food, University of Los Baños. She emphasized the importance of nutrition to the general well-being of individuals. She also said that nutrition programs should focus on the first two months of pregnancy and the first six years of a child’s life, as these will greatly determine how physically and emotionally fit the child will be in the future.