Lingayen, Pangasinan—Pangasinan is the only province in Region 1 that was accorded the Green Banner Seal of Compliance (GBSC), the highest nutrition seal of compliance given to a Local Government Unit (LGU), for its exemplary performance in the implementation of nutrition programs and sustainable health governance.
The 2022 GBSC was awarded to the province for passing the minimum criteria for Green Banner with an overall Monitoring and Evaluation of Local Level Plan Implementation Protocol (MELLPI PRO) rating of 91.77 conferred by the Regional Nutrition Committee of Region 1 during the Gawad Parangal sa Nutrisyon held on November 23, 2023, at Hotel Ariana, Bawang, La Union.
Receiving the prestigious GBSC award for two consecutive years, CY 2021 and CY 2022, respectively, magnifies the cohesive efforts of the provincial government in implementing quality nutrition interventions to combat and address nutrition issues, especially among children.
The undertaking speaks of acknowledging the efforts of the provincial government and the PNC towards achieving what the PNC has envisioned for Pangasinan as the home of the well-nourished and healthiest Pangasinense.
Moreover, various accolades have so far been received by the province under the stewardship of Gov. Ramon V. Guico III, together with the Sangguniang Panlalawigan headed by Vice Gov. Mark Ronald DG Lambino.
The province’s various programs relative to health reflect good governance and best practices that significantly yield positive results.
Some of the significant programs on health under the Guico administration include the newly created Hospital Management Service Office, which is focused on providing quality and speedy health services among Pangasinenses.
Among its flagship programs are PhilHealth Konsulta, Universal Health Care, providing doctors for the 14 government hospitals in the province, and currently, the MAIP, or Medical Assistance for Indigent Patients/financially incapacitated patients.
(Chona C. Bugayong/PIMRO)