15 November 2013 - Katumbas ay Biyaya, National Nutrition Council’s nutrition radio drama series bagged the 35th Catholic Mass Media Award for Best Public Service Program during last night’s awarding ceremony held at the GSIS Theater, Pasay City. Katumbas ay Biyaya bested GMA7/DZBB’s Imbestigador and ABS-CBN/DZMM’s Negosyo (last year’s winner). Already on its 8th Season, Katumbas ay Biyaya is aired over DZRH 666 kHz AM every Saturday between 10:00 to 11:00 am. The Catholic Mass Media Awards pays tribute to programs on radio, TV, print, the Internet and other media that enhance total human development of the Filipino audience through competent and professional use of mass media techniques.
Katumbas ay Biyaya is part of National Nutrition Council’s multimedia campaign to promote good nutrition to the public. This latest recognition will continue to inspire the National Nutrition Council to come up with better and relevant programs that will inform and encourage the public to practice good nutrition behaviors.
Katumbas ay Biyaya features a 15-minute drama followed by an informative discussion on a nutrition topic related to the drama. It also includes real life stories from Katumbas listeners who have personally benefited from the program’s lessons and information sharing.
Katumbas ay Biyaya is also aired over National Nutrition Council’s Nutriskwela Community Radio Network Program in 25 provinces nationwide from Batanes to Tawi-Tawi.
05 November 2013, Pasay City -- The National Nutrition Council awarded nutrition champions coming from all corners of the country in a fitting awards rite held at the Philippine International Convention Center.
The 2013 National Nutrition Awards Ceremony pays tribute to the hard work of local nutrition committees headed by the local chief executive and assisted by their Nutrition Action Officers. It also gives special recognition to the untiring efforts of barangay nutrition volunteer workers also known as Barangay Nutrition Scholars.
“The awardees are living manifestations of local governments and Barangay Nutrition Scholars who were able to improve the nutrition situation in their areas” emphasized Maria Bernardita T. Flores, Assistant Secretary of Health and NNC Executive Director. A/Sec. Flores added, “While levels of malnutrition among children have decreased in the last decades, the awardees have demonstrated that malnutrition prevalence can be reduced to almost zero in their localities.”
Twenty two (22) local government units (LGUs) and the 2012 National Outstanding Barangay Nutrition Scholar will be honored during the 2013 National Nutrition Awarding Ceremony on 5 November 2013 at the Philippine International Convention Center, Pasay City. NNC Governing Board Chair Enrique T. Ona will be the keynote speaker and will hand over the awards together with the NNC Executive Director Assistant Secretary of Health Maria-Bernardita T. Flores.
LGUs will be conferred with the Consistent Regional Outstanding Winner in Nutrition or CROWN Award, CROWN Maintenance Award and the Nutrition Honor Award. These awards are presented to LGUs that have consistently shown excellent implementation of their local nutrition programs and reduction in the prevalence of undernutrition for three consecutive years for CROWN holders, and sustained this performance for the first and second year for the CROWN maintenance awardees. The Nutrition Honor Award, on the other hand, is awarded to an LGU that has increasingly improved further its outstanding performance and held the record in the region for six (6) consecutive years. This year’s National Outstanding Barangay Nutrition Scholar (NOBNS) will be recognized for besting the more than 39,000 BNSs all over the country.
Twelve LGUs that will receive the CROWN award are the provinces of Misamis Oriental and Davao del Norte; cities of Cauayan in Isabela,Valencia in Bukidnon, Mandaluyong in Metro Manila and Bislig in Surigao del Sur; and the municipalities of Paombong in Bulacan, Mogpog in Marinduque, Gubat in Sorsogon, Jordan in Guimaras, Jagna in Bohol, and New Corella in Davao del Norte. These LGUs, in the last three years, have been the consistent outstanding LGUs in their respective regions.
The First Year CROWN Maintenance Award will be presented to the province of Quirino, cities of Vigan in Ilocos Sur, Tarlac in Tarlac, and Toledo in Cebu; and the municipality of Polanco, in Zamboanga del Norte for having garnered a score of at least 90%. The Second Year CROWN Maintenance Award will be presented to the province of Ifugao, Maasin City in Southern Leyte and municipality of Lal-lo in Cagayan for having garnered a score of at least 95%. The CROWN Maintenance Award is given to the CROWN awardees that have been able to maintain and exceed their performance in nutrition program implementation.
The municipality of Tubigon in Bohol and Ozamiz City in Misamis Occidental top the LGUs by garnering the Nutrition Honor Award, the most prestigious award in nutrition conferred by the National Nutrition Council . These areas have garnered a score of at least 98%.
For this year, aside from a trophy or plaque, CROWN Awardees will each receive P500,000, First Year CROWN Maintenance Awardees P100,000 each, Second Year CROWN Maintenance Awardees P200,000 each, and the Nutrition Honor Awardees P1,000,000 each. The cash awards shall be used by LGUs to further enhance the implementation of their nutrition programs.
BNS Felisa J. Guilingan of Barangay Guinles, Polanco, Zamboanga del Norte is the 2012 National Outstanding Barangay Nutrition Scholar. Meanwhile, BNS Dorothy P. Felipe of Barangay North Poblacion, Maramag, Bukidnon is the first runner-up and BNS Sherwin C. Abellaniza of Barangay Magugpo East, Tagum City and Ms. Josephine R. Balingit of Barangay Devilla, Sta. Cruz, Marinduque tied for second runner-up.
Aside from the trophy, the NOBNS will receive cash award in the amount of Php150,000; the first runner-up Php100,000 and for the second runner-up, Php80,000.
The NNC annually conducts the awarding ceremony to recognize the efforts of local governments and the nutrition volunteer workers for their contribution and excellent performance in improving the nutrition situation in their areas.
Pledges of additional funds for capability building on Promote Good Nutrition and Infant and Young Child Feeding and provision of equipments from the GAIN as well as the provincial government are expected to boost the implementation of the government’s nutrition program in the province.
Rhodora Maestre, regional nutrition program coordinator said the National Nutrition Council(NNC) will provide P830,000.00 funding assistance for the province to further improve and sustain its performance on the implementation of the nutrition program in the province thru training of barangay implementers on Infant and Yound Child Feeding - a strategy to revitalize world's attention and commitment to infant and young child nutrition and its impact on survival and development of children.
“We are glad to inform you that NNC was inspired by our best practices. In fact, we are the only province which was given with free Iodine checkers because of our performance in the BANTAY ASIN implementation” she said.
Maestre said the Nueva Vizcaya was recently adjudged as a regional 2012 Green Banner Awardee in Cagayan Valley for garnering 94.84 percent for its implementation of the nutrition program.
She also noted that the towns of Sta. Fe, Kasibu and Quezon also showed outstanding performance and lifted the province’s potentials as a green banner awardee.
24-25 September 2013, Baguio City – The National Nutrition Council once again joined the DSWD and the UN-World Food Programme (WFP) in the conduct of a training for municipal level personnel who will implement the Early Warning System – Hunger and Food Insecurity (EWS-HFI) in Atok, Benguet. The training is a part of a series of trainings under the project “Setting up an Early Warning System for Hunger and Food Insecurity (EWS-HFI) in Atok, Benguet”, initiated by the DSWD with funding support from the UN-WFP. It aims to build the capacity of identified members of the Atok EWS Team on the proper execution and use of Early Warning System on Hunger and Food Insecurity in their municipality. The Atok EWS Team is a sub-group of the Municipal Nutrition Committee chaired by Honorable Mayor Peter B. Alos.
The two-day training had 12 Technical Sessions, from basic concepts of data collection to developing an implementation plan for the food security early warning system. It was attended by nine (9) participants from the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office (MSWDO), Municipal Agriculture Office (MAO), Municipal Planning and Development Office (MPDO), Municipal Health Office (MHO), Local Government Unit (LGU) staff and a Sangguniang Bayan Member of Atok, Benguet. Training sessions were facilitated by EWS Consultants Dr. Demetria C. Bongga and Mr. Carlos V. Cortez Jr., Assistant Professor IV at Bicol State University, while Ms. Alona E. Teo of NNC Manila, Mr. Brett Howard U. Sugando of NNC-CAR, and Mr. Joven Jumamoy of DSWD Central Office assisted in facilitating the sessions.
Agreements during the training included the cut-off levels for Food and Nutrition Security for Atok, Benguet which shall determine the food and nutrition security level in Atok. A level of 90% or better, shall be considered as “Normal” with corresponding color code of Green. On the other hand, a food and nutrition security level between 75% to 89% shall indicate “Warning” with the color code Orange; and a food and nutrition security level of less than 75%, indicates “Critical” level, with the color code Red.
In partnership with the Philippine Information Agency- Ifugao Information Center, the Barangay nutrition scholars (BNS) are set to conduct their own radio program at the Nutri-skwela Community Radio FM 99.1 Radyo Kiphodan. The program will formally start on October 16. According to Veronica Adviento, the BNS provincial federation president, the radio program dubbed “BNS Hour” will air from 9:00-10:00AM every Wednesday with BNSs of the 20 barangay of the municipality invited to discuss their activities in a rotation basis.
Adviento hopes that through the radio program, the people will appreciate more the efforts of nutrition scholars in addressing the nutritional needs of children in the community. (JDP/MBL- PIA CAR,Ifugao)
The DSWD-MIMAROPA led by Regional Director Wilma D. Naviamos in coordination with the National Nutrition Council and TWG-CGS members from local government units of the province of Laguna and Makati City conducted a Training on Child Growth Standards (CGS) for Day Care Workers and Coordinators in line with the DSWD’s Supplementary Feeding Program. A total of 275 participants from Occidental Mindoro, Oriental Mindoro, Romblon, Marinduque and Palawan successfully completed the 2 ½ day training last 14 August to 18 September 2013. Participants were composed of selected provincial and municipal Day Care Workers and Coordinators, Social Welfare and Development Team Leader (SWADT Leader), selected Municipal Social Welfare Officers (MSWDO) and DSWD-MIMAROPA staff (Project Development Officer and Social Welfare Officer).
DSWD-MIMAROPA organized the training to ensure collection of accurate nutritional status data of the target beneficiaries for the Supplementary Feeding Program. The training provided knowledge and skills to selected daycare workers/coordinators and other field workers on correct growth assessment of day care center children using the WHO Child Growth Standards. Topics included steps in growth assessment: computing age in months, determining nutritional status, height and weight measurement, plotting and interpretation of the growth charts and counseling parents. The training also taught the participants how to properly use the height board and microtoise, the two most common tools for height measurement. The participants learned through lectures, demonstration, return-demonstration, role-playing and field practicum.
Funds were provided by DSWD this year to all its regional offices for the training of coordinators on CGS. Collection of height measurement will become mandatory in 2014 in areas already trained and provided with height measuring tools.
05 September 2013, Quezon City – To ensure the widest dissemination of the Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos (NGF) in Metro Manila, a one-day Seminar Workshop was conducted by the National Nutrition Council – NCR. The said planning workshop aims to enable the city and municipal nutrition program coordinators (C/MNPCs) of the 17 local government units and members of the Regional Nutrition Committee (RNC) of NCR in formulating their respective plans of action for the promotion of NGF.
During the workshop, Nutrition Officer II Anjelia C. San Buenaventura presented the revised Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos (NGF) which has been approved by the NNC Governing Board in 2012. The NGF consists of ten (10) messages which are primary recommendations to promote good health through proper nutrition. Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator Milagros Elisa V. Federizo discussed the current regional nutrition situation and explained the rationale and need for the intensive promotion of the NGF. She went on further to emphasize that improving the dietary and related practices of the people through the promotion of the NGF will help ease the double burden of malnutrition in the region as there is both a problem of under and overnutrition in NCR.
The LGUs and partner agencies committed to integrate their action plans in their respective localities and agencies in their planned activities and events for the remaining months of 2013 and for inclusion in their 2014 local nutrition action plan (LNAP) and agency workplan. CNPC Edna Cipriano of Navotas City and Ms. Jerly Mae Villanada of Bantay Bata 163 presented their action plans while CNPC Abelyn Bugayong of Parañaque City and Ms. Dorotea Lilia Nuesca of NSO-NCR presented their re-entry plans.
Exciting promotional events and activities have been lined up for 2013 and in the coming year in line with the NGF Promotion, designed to create awareness and promote behaviour change and dietary practice of the general public.