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Regional Nutrition Cluster Convenes for an Emergency Meeting

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NNC Calabarzon convenes a meeting and discuss response operations in the Glenda-affected communities in the region24 July 2014 – When  Typhoon Glenda struck the Philippines in July 2014, one of the hardest hit regions was Calabarzon, specifically in the provinces of Quezon, Laguna and Cavite. Thus, the NNC Calabarzon convened a meeting of the Regional Nutrition Cluster to discuss response operations in the Glenda-affected communities in the region. The meeting was held at the Fernando Generics Hall, DOH Regional Office IV-A,  Quirino Memorial Medical Center Compound, Quezon City.

During the meeting, the RNC Resolution No. 1, series 2014, “Creating the Regional Nutrition Cluster for Emergencies and Disasters” which was presented during the 1st RNC Meeting for 2014 last 21 March 2014 was approved by the group.  This was following some necessary amendments and revisions by the cluster. RNPC Santiago also explained that the cluster’s main function is to ensure that the nutritional status of the affected populations will not worsen.

Other functions of the nutrition cluster were discussed and emphasized, as well as additional members in addition to the RNC members were added such as the Office of Civil Defense (OCD), Philippine Red Cross (PRC), Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), and State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) including Batangas State University (BSU), Cavite State University (CvSU), Laguna State Polytechnic University (LSPU), Rizal State University (RSU), and Southern Luzon State University (SLSU).

During the meeting, Dir. Vicente F. Tomazar of the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) IV-A reported that as of 23 July 2014, there were 268,588 affected families, 1,231,556 affected individuals, 1,749 affected barangays, and 121 affected municipalities. Moreover, a total of 37,820 families and 182,117 individuals were sent to the evacuation centers. He also enumerated the victims in the region, amounting 70 deaths, 926 injured, and 3 missing persons. He also reiterated the feedback being received by the OCD from the typhoon victims that “government presence is not being felt”.  Meanwhile, DSWD IV-A ND Ms. Escalante said that there are still 60 evacuation centers that can be visited and provided with assistance. Having said, the group agreed to conduct a nutrition response to Calamba City and Bay, Laguna on the next day, 25 July 2014.

The meeting was presided by the DOH Regional Office IV-A Regional Director Nestor F. Santiago, Jr. and was attended by the OCD Regional Director Vicente F. Tomazar, Regional Nutrition Cluster members and representatives from DSWD, DepEd, DILG, NFA, NCIP, DENR, PIA, RRIC, NEDA, and Kabisig ng Kalahi, and PNAO Angeles Peñalba of Cavite.

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