nnc LOGOThe NNC Technical Committee approved the theme for this year’s Nutrition Month celebration, “Kalamidad paghandaan: Gutom at malnutrisyon agapan!” on 26 March 2014 during the 2nd NNC TechCom meeting held at the Philippine Statistics Authority in Makati City. The theme stresses the importance of preparedness and prevention of hunger and malnutrition to minimize the impact of calamities and disasters. With the approval of the Nutrition Month theme, stakeholders especially local government units through the local nutrition committees are encouraged to plan for activities related to nutrition in emergency preparedness as these committees  are also the local nutrition clusters. 

Nutrition Month 2014 aims to: 1) promote interventions to address nutritional needs in emergencies and disasters including preparedness, response and recovery; 2) mobilize responders particularly the local nutrition clusters and stakeholders to address gaps in nutrition in emergencies response from national to barangay levels; and 3) increase awareness among families and individuals on coping and resiliency strategies to prevent malnutrition and worsening of nutritional status in times of emergencies and disasters.  

The NNC conducted the Nutrition Month theme writing contest last 6-31 January 2014 which was opened to individual Filipino citizens - students, professionals, nutrition workers, barangay nutrition scholars, and others aged 12 years old and above.  Ms. Desiree P. Reyes of Los Baños, Laguna submitted the winning theme selected  from among the 304 entries received from all over the country. Ms. Reyes will receive Php10,000 as cash prize for her winning entry.

Mindanao-Cluster-SBFP-Planning-Workshop Cagayan de Oro -- A total of 17,524 severely wasted school children in Kinder to Grade 6 of Region 10 will benefit from DepEd's School Based Feeding Program (SBFP) starting this July with a total funding of over 33M. 

This is one of the newest and expanded features of the SBFP for SY 2014-2015 as disclosed by Dr. Ella Naliponguit, Director of DepEd's Health and Nutrition Center during the Mindanao Cluster SBFP Planning Workshop held at the Regional Learning Center, Cagayan de Oro City. The expanded SBFP shall be implemented for 120 days following release of the standardized malunggay based recipes and 20 days cycle menu utilizing locally produced or grown food items. The SBFP nationwide implementation is funded by the General Appropriations Act (GAA) amounting to 1,079,543,040.00. 

In addition to the feeding component, the expanded SBFP will now have a component on Partnership Building as well as Local Alliances Creation.  During the workshop, NPC Navales reminded the group of the existing Local Nutrition Committees from the provincial to barangay levels and requested DepEd to consider these structures as part of the enhancement of the implementation and partnership arrangements of the SBFP. This was welcomed by Dr. Corazon Dumlao of DepEd’s Health and Nutrition Center. 

According to DepEd, the prevalence of severely wasted among school aged children in Region 10  for SY 2013 stands at 3.12%, ranking 4th in the Northern Mindanao region. Supplemental feeding is one of DepEd’s three programs in support of the Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition (PPAN). The two others are school weighing and mainstreaming/integration of nutrition education in the school curriculum.

net-in-actionThree local government units are vying for this year’s Nutrition Honor Award, the highest award conferred by the National Nutrition Council.

These LGUs are: Municipality of Lal-Lo, Cagayan in Region II, Maasin City, Southern Leyte in Region VIII and Ifugao Province in the Cordillera Administrative Region. These LGUs have shown efficient and effective management of its nutrition program for the past 5 years which resulted to low prevalence of underweight among its preschool and school-aged children.

Assistant Secretary of Health and NNC’s Executive Director Maria-Bernardita T. Flores will lead the interagency National Evaluation Team (NET) in conducting the validation visits to these LGUs from April to May 2014. Representatives from the departments of health, agriculture, interior and local government, social welfare and development, national economic development planning, the academe and non-government organizations comprise this year’s interagency NET. Awardees of NHA will get a cash prize of PhP 1 million and a trophy to be presented during the 2014 National Nutrition Awarding Ceremony in October with  His Excellency Benigno S. Aquino III as the Guest of Honor.

Golden03102014 00000 1The Entertainment Press Society, Inc. (ENPRESS) and the Golden Screen Awards have included NNC’s Why Not? as a finalist under the Outstanding Educational Program category in the 5th Golden Screen TV Awards.

Why Not? is an edu-infotainment program that encourages positive eating behaviors for better nutrition. The nutrition show also encourages children, and even adults, to eat a variety of foods every day, particularly the consumption of vegetables. Aired over ABS-CBN Channel 2 from 2011 to 2013, the nutrition program was produced by NNC in partnership with the ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation, Inc.

The Golden Screen TV Awards 2014 will be held on 21 March 2014 at Teatrino in Greenhills, San Juan City. The Golden Screen TV Awards is done annually by the ENPRESS, a group of entertainment writers from newspapers, and recognizes outstanding programs and personalities from the different TV networks in the country.

Why Not? also received the Anak TV Seal Award from 2011 to 2013 and was also recognized as “Child-Friendly TV Program” by the Department of Education, the National Council for Children’s Television (NCCT) and the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB).

The NNC family also congratulates all those who were involved in the production of the show – the writers, editors, guest talents/resource persons and the production crew for a job well done.

NNC’s media programs have received recognition from award-giving bodies and continue to inspire the NNC to come up with better and relevant programs that will encourage the public to practice good nutrition behaviors.

Because of shift in ABS-CBN’s network programming policy, the airing of Why Not? on ABS-CBN Channel 2 was discontinued starting January this year.  

buntis congressAfter winning the prestigious Philippine Quill Award in November 2013, Buntis Congress received the Anvil Award of Merit (Public Relations Tools, Events and Activation) from the Public Relations Society of the Philippines last 26 February 2014.  The award was received by NNC’s partner, ABS-CBN-DZMM.

Buntis Congress is one of NNC’s special events aimed at ensuring healthy pregnancy and giving birth to healthy and well-nourished babies.  In partnership with ABS-CBN-DZMM and the Midwives Foundation of the Philippines, Buntis Congress has reached almost 10,000 pregnant women not only in Metro Manila but also in major cities of the 16 regions in the country. 

The Anvil Award is a symbol of Excellence in public relations in the Philippines which is given to outstanding public relations programs and tools designed and implemented during the previous year.  The Anvil Awards is an annual event organized by the Public Relations Society of the Philippines that honors outstanding public relations programs and tools. 

The awards and recognition given to the different programs of NNC are proof of its commitment to excellence and for putting its best effort toward educating Filipinos on good nutrition.

iodized saltBAGUIO CITY, (PIA) - - Regional line agencies that compose  the Cordillera Bantay ASIN Task Force will  push for stronger  partnership among stakeholders  to increase  awareness and use of iodized salt  and to ensure iodization of salt being sold in the region.

In a forum last February 20, the task force members  agreed to press for stronger ties  among member agencies, local government units in the six provinces and Baguio city, salt traders and salt repackers in line with their goal to achieve 100 percent awareness and usage of iodized salt among Cordillerans   pursuant  to the ASIN Law and the National Salt Iodization Program (NSIP).

Bella Basalong of  the National Nutrition Council in the region  shared  that based on the 2011 Food and Nutrition Research Institute survey, awareness on iodized salt among Filipino households stands at 78.7 percent but national average of usage  is only  59.3 percent.

For Cordillera,  FNRI data shows an 89.3 percent awareness, while usage of iodized salt is at 73.3 percent.

At the provincial level, awareness on iodized salt is high at around 92 percent in Benguet and Mountain Province but low as 60.5 and 70.7 percent in Kalinga and Apayao, respectively.

For usage, Kalinga posted  the highest average at 79.6%,  followed by Benguet at 77.8%.  Abra posted the lowest usage at 50.1%.

Such statistics, prompted the regional ASIN Task Force to re-convene with the Department of Health as the lead agency and NNC as the governing board. Other member agencies are the Department of Trade and Industry, Department of Science and Technology, Department of Education, Technology Research Center, Department of Education, national Economic and Development Authority, Department of Interior and Local Government, Philippine Information Agency and Philippine National Police.

image region3 turn over leadershipNational Nutrition Council Region 3 headed by Ms. Rhodora G. Maestre, Nutrition Program Coordinator (NPC) of Region 2 and Officer in Charge, NPC of Region 3, led a Special Meeting to welcome the newly appointed Nutrition Program Coordinator, Ms. Florinda V. Panlilio on February 17, 2014 at Tiburcio Conference Room, Heroes Hall, City of San Fernando, Pampanga.

Highlighted by the turnover ceremony of leadership from OIC-NPC Maestre to NPC Florinda V. Panlilio, NPC Maestre mentioned  that this welcome and endorsement meeting was the  first ever held for a newly appointed NPC and  she hopes it will set as a model for  the other regions. She introduced the new NPC, Ms. Florinda V. Panlilio as a “kapampangan”, a Registered Nutritionist-Dietitian, very demure, kind and a hardworking person. She also mentioned that NPC Panlilio being a former staff of DOH-HEMS in Central Office has honed her expertise in Nutrition in Emergencies.

In her acceptance message, Ms. Panlilio stated that, “considering that this will be my first day with NNC Region 3, I appreciate this generous effort of bringing the network together thereby giving me the chance to meet all of you at once”. She remarked that ”this made my life certainly easy as this  freed me from a number of courtesy calls to make”. She also stressed that in order for her to be familiarized with the nature of her new work, she needs the help and support of the Regional Nutrition Network. She is thankful to be back in her mother region, Central Luzon.

Meanwhile, exiting OIC-NPC Maestre, in her message, expressed her gratitude towards the Nutrition Action Officers, District/City Nutrition Program Coordinators, Regional Technical Working Group and Media Partners  of NNC Region 3 for their help and support during her 6 months stay as OIC-NPC of NNC Region 3. According to her, along with the numerous learnings and accomplishments, she will leave Region 3 with a lot of memorable experiences and a solid working relationship with Central Luzon. She further said that while she has already achieved her mission in Region 3, “It is not goodbye for me, because Regions 2 and 3 are sister regions that is why I will be here anytime to help and support the implementation of the nutrition program in Region 3”.   

nnc web team core valuesThe National Nutrition Council formulated its very first strategic plan for web operations during its Web Team and Regional Publishers’ General Assembly and Capacity Building Workshop, a first among government agencies. Headed by NNC Executive Director and Website Manager and Editor A/Sec. Maria-Bernardita T. Flores, the formulation of the strategic plan for 2014-2016 highlighted the 3-day workshop, held on 12-14 February 2014 at Hotel 878, Libis, Quezon City.

A/Sec Flores, during the opening program, underscored the importance of the world wide web as a powerful medium for promoting good nutrition.   She emphasized that having a strategic web and social media plan will be a very productive and cost-effective way of advancing NNC’s advocacies. She further encouraged the participants to capitalize on the existing technologies and web applications to make NNC more visible to the public.

Meanwhile, with new standards and guidelines for government websites and opportunities for online advocacies, the general assembly were updated on current social networking practices and oriented on web article writing and publishing.  The NNC guidelines on Web management was also discussed to ensure harmonized management of its website and social network accounts.

Participants of the 3-day activity are members of the NNC Web Team, representing the different units of the NNC Central Office and designated web publishers of the NNC Regional Offices.

image article new npcCongratulations to newly-hired Nutrition Program Coordinators Ma. Eileen B. Blanco for NNC-Region 1, Rita D. Papey for NNC-CAR, Florinda V. Panlilio for NNC-Region III, Catalino P. Dotollo, Jr. for NNC-Region VIII and Marissa  DM. Navales for NNC-Region X.

And to officially welcome the 5 NPCs, the National Nutrition Council through the Administrative Division organized an orientation from 11 to 13 February 2014 at the NNC Board Room. To break the ice and make the newly-hired NPCs comfortable, a round of self-introduction of both resource persons and the NPCs was held.

Assistant Secretary of Health and NNC Executive Director Maria-Bernardita T. Flores personally welcomed the NPCs to their new home. She also introduced the NNC, its rich history, the evolution of its mandates and functions and the range of programs NNC is responsible for. She highlighted NNC’s vision, mission and core values which govern its operations. She specifically discussed the operations of the office of the executive director and its leadership, management and oversight functions. 

ASec. Flores was joined by NPC Milagros Elisa V. Federizo of NNC NCR who discussed the responsibilities of and expectations from NPCs through a walk-through of regional operations. The chiefs of the five NNC divisions completed the orientation team and given half a day each, discussed the role and functions as well as the programs and projects of their respective divisions.

A tour of their new home and its facilities, and meeting their new colleagues and now friends, completed the 3-day introduction.

Bkdrop_NSCR6The National Nutrition Council of the Department of Health Nutriskwela Community Radio Project was born of a need for a long-term and cost-efficient strategy to address the problem of hunger and malnutrition in the Philippines in conjunction with current anti-hunger and anti-poverty programs of government.


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