22 (PIA) - - The National Nutrition Council has conferred to Ifugao the Nutrition Honor Award (NHA) during the National Nutrition awarding ceremony on October 21 at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City.
The award was received by Provincial Nutrition Council members and technical working group led by Governor Denis Habawel, Dr. Aileen Habawel, Dr. Mary Josephine Dulawan, provincial nutrition action officer Corazon Dawong.
Ifugao is one of the three NHA awardees for 2014 that include Maasin City and the municipality of Lal-lo in Cagayan province.
Aside from the NHA trophy and certificate, a P1-million worth check was also awarded to the province as cash incentive.
Department of Health Assistant Secretary Maria Bernardina Flores said the conferment of the NHA to Ifugao was based on the recommendation of the National Nutrition Evaluation Team (NNET).
The result of the NNET validation visit on April 7-12 affirmed the efficient and effective management of the provincial nutrition program, which led to the improvement of the nutritional situation especially among pre-school and schoolchildren, Flores said.Ifugao has been consistently scoring in its nutrition programs bagging the Green Banner Award and the Consistent Regional Winner in Nutrition (CROWN) award on its way to winning the highest nutrition award of the country. (JDP/MBL-PIA CAR,Ifugao)
By: Marcelo B. Lihgawon
Baguio City. The Food and Nutrition Research Institute-Department of Science and Technology (FNRI-DOST) in coordination with DOST-CAR and NNC-CAR presented the result of the 8th National Nutrition Survey (NNS) during the
Regional Dissemination Forum held on October 09, 2014 at El Cielito Inn, Baguio City.
The FNRI report bared a lower prevalence rate for underweight (weight for age below standard) preschool and school children in CAR 16.5% and 19.7% respectively compared to the national average of underweight preschool children of 19.1% and school children of 29.0%. The report also showed CAR having the lowest prevalence rate for wasting (weight for height below standard) among preschool, school age children and adolescents with prevalence of 7.9%, 4.3% and 6.0% respectively compared to other regions in the country.
The report however showed that CAR is very high on stunting, overweight and obesity compared to other regions. The prevalence of stunting is 32.4% among preschool children and 29.9% for school children or about 3 out of 10 pre-school children and school age children are stunted. Based on the report CAR belongs to the top four regions with the highest prevalence rates for overweight and obesity in the region in all age groups (pre-school children, school age children, adolescents and adults) are within the top four highest compared to other regions in the country. Across all ages, overweight and obesity is continuously increasing from the past surveys.
Ms. Rita Papey, the Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator who facilitated the interactive session of the forum, said the region is experiencing a double burden of malnutrition. While undernutrition particularly stunting as a major concern, the problem on overweight and obesity aggravates the battle on malnutrition. During the interactive discussion, participants pointed out that obesity and overweight are major concerns that nutrition workers in the region should give more focus while sustaining and further improving the gains in undernutrition.
The resource speakers from FNRI-DOST were the Science Research Specialist II of Nutrition Assessment and Monitoring Division (NAMD) Ms. Juamina Belen T. Quiogue, Senior Science Research Specialist of NAMD Ms. Chona F. Patalen and Supervising Science Research Specialist of Nutrition Statistics and Information Section (NSIS) Ms. Charmaine A. Duante.
Baguio City- -Twelve nutrition champions in the cordillera region were cited on Thursday (October 2, 2014) for their exemplary implementation of nutrition programs in the provinces and cities.
Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator Rita Papey said the awardees were chosen through a system of assessment of strengths and weaknesses in the planning of their local nutrition action plans.
This year’s awardees are recipients of Green Banner Outstanding Program Implementer and Outstanding Barangay Nutrition Scholars Awards.
Among the awardees region-wide are the Green Banner Awardees that include Benguet as Regional Most Outstanding Nutrition Implementer (Provincial Level), Baguio as Regional Most Outstanding Nutrition Implementer (City Level), and Alfonso Lista in Ifugao as Regional Most Outstanding Nutrition Implementer (Municipal Level). Ifugao province was also recognized for bagging the National Nutrition Honor Award.
Also feted as Green Banner Awardees as Municipal Most Outstanding Implementer in Nutrition are Alfonso Lista in Ifugao and Tublay in Benguet.
The Green Banner Award is given to a town, city and province with exemplary performance in nutrition program implementation.
Aside from local governments, also awarded as Outstanding Regional Barangay Nutrition Scholars is Magdalena Sacpa of Central Kapangan in Benguet. The finalists in the outstanding Barangay Nutrition Scholars Awards are Purita Perez (Baguio), Love-in Lagat (Ifugao), Easel Ledesma (Abra), Ellen Lingayo (Kalinga), and Milagros Cabe (Tabuk City).
The awardees received a plaque of recognition and cash awards from the National Nutrition Council.
Ifugao Representative Teddy Baguilat Jr., the guest of honor and speaker during the awarding ceremony held Thursday, said the challenge of nutrition remains at the country side which needs to be given importance by local governments.
The removal of the Priority Development Assistance Fund has affected the implementation of nutrition programs but he says this was cushioned by the local governments who have implemented the programs of combatting malnutrition in region’s far flung barangays and sitios, he said.
Baguilat said nutrition program sustainability depends mostly in local chief executives from town to provincial officials by implementing a sustainable and successful nutrition program.
He also said that the region’s geography and terrain remains a challenge that is being addressed by nutrition workers regularly through their sacrifice and hard works which needs regular recognition and incentives from government. – Baguio Chronicle
CAR-MENU TRAINS BROADCASTERS FOR RADYO KIPHODAN
Lagawe, Ifugao, the National Nutrition Council-Cordillera Administrative Region in partnership with the Cordillera Administrative Region-Media Educators on Nutrition (CAR-MENu) and the Municipality of Lagawe, Ifugao conducted the Broadcasters’ Training for Radio Kiphodan Council last September 24 to 25, 2014 at the Community Development Conference (CDC) Multi-purpose Hall, Municipal Health Office (MHO) Building, Lagawe, Ifugao. The thirty-two participants were composed of the Radio Kiphodan Council, the Radyo Kiphodan staff, representatives from the different provincial and municipal offices and representative of the Barangay Nutrition Scholar Municipal Federation. Speakers of the training were Mr. Joseph Manzano and Mr. Dexter See who shared their expertise in a practical and coherent manner.
The activity aims to capacitate, enhance, and strengthen the Radio Kiphodan Council in order to effectively and efficiently manage Radyo Kiphodan. The said radio station is a community radio established by the National Nutrition Council in partnership with the municipal government of Lagawe, Ifugao in 2008 and it is one of the two community radio stations in the Cordillera.
Participants were able to come up with an enhanced radio program with more participation from the various sectors or offices of the municipality and the province of Ifugao.
According to Budget Officer of Lagawe and chairperson of Radio Kiphodan Council Magdalena Namingit, the council will meet to finalize the proposals of the participants through a resolution.
The National Nutrition Council-CAR facilitated two sequential workshops for the Regional Technical Assistants on Nutrition (RTAN) and for the Regional Nutrition Cluster last August 2-4, 2014 at Leisure Coast, Bonuan Binloc, Dagupan City. The workshops aimed to identify activities to be participated by the RTAN or the TWG members of the Regional Nutrition Committee to reduce malnutrition in the region and to establish nutrition cluster that will respond to the nutrition concerns during disasters and emergencies.
Discussion on the legal mandates on nutrition, review of the 2011-2016 Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition and analysis of the regional nutrition situationer helped the RTAN members in formulating the RTAN Technical Assistance plan for LGUs particularly for areas with high undernutrition prevalence. Moreover, Regional Nutrition Cluster member representatives were oriented on the operation of the disaster risk reduction and management system in region by the presentations of team from the Office of Civil Defence-CAR led by Dir. Andrew Alex H. Uy. The participants discussed the roles and responsibilities of the nutrition cluster and identified some capacity building activities to be undertaken as part of disaster preparedness for the local nutrition clusters as well as the regional nutrition cluster to be undertaken as part of disaster preparedness.
Participants of the workshops were the focal persons on nutrition from the different regional line agencies.
LAGAWE, IFUGAO – AUGUST 20, 2014 “Barya Mo Para Sa Kalusugan Ko” project of the Provincial Government of Ifugao has decreased malnutrition cases in the province.
Provincial Nutrition Action Officer Dr. Mary Jo P. Dulawan said that the project together with other local initiatives helped lowering the malnutrition rate of Ifugao to 2.37 percent in 2014.
The Office of the Provincial Nutrition Led by Ms. Corazon P. Dawong, the frontline in the implementation of the project has collected P 13, 194.00 in 2013 from various donors. The collected amount was used in their feeding program. Collection boxes and can were placed in government offices, business establishments, associations and other stakeholders.
For this year, there are still 557 identified severe and underweight children in the province who need help.
The positive implementation of the project last year inspired the provincial nutrition office to duplicate the fundraising activity this year which culminated early this month of August with a collection of more than P15, 000.00. The PNO decided to end the project due to the availability of resources to support the nutrition program courtesy of SN ABOITIZ MAGAT and Bethesda feeding program.
Dr. Dulawan greatly appreciated the support and dedication of all donors to the “Barya Mo Para Sa Kalusugan Ko” project.
The National Nutrition Council-Cordillera Administrative Region Office led by Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator Ms. Rita D. Papey appreciated the aggressive implementation and monitoring of various nutrition programs down to the barangay level of Ifugao.
The “Barya Mo Para Sa Kalusugan Ko” project was first implemented in 2006 wherein the malnutrition rate was 77.72 percent or a total of 1,661 underweight and severely underweight preschool children. – Joseph Manzano - The Northern Tribute
Baguio City-- The second batch of the Training of Trainers on the Basic Course for Barangay Nutrition Scholar and Nutrition Program Management Training conducted by NNC-CAR was held last August 4 to 8, 2014 and August 11 to 15, 2014 respectively. The trainers training aims at creating a pool of trainers who will be expected to help train BNSs while the Nutrition Program Management Training aims to capacitate nutrition managers at the provincial and municipal levels in the planning and managing of local nutrition programs.
The trainings were attended by selected BNSs, Municipal Nutrition Action Officers and members of the municipal nutrition committees. Members of non-government organizations specifically BABENG, KALIPI and Nutritionist-Dietitians Association of the Philippines-Baguio Benguet Chapter also participated in the training.
Participants appreciated the training because it clarified various concerns in the implementation of nutrition programs in their areas and served as a venue to learn good practices on nutrition from their co-participants.
The trained participants can serve as speakers for similar training or activity and they are expected to conduct the activities they had indicated in their re-entry plans.
July 22-24, 2014—The Regional Nutrition Action Officers Association-CAR (NAOA-CAR), District/ City Nutrition Program Coordinators-CAR (D/CNPC-CAR) and Cordillera Barangay Nutrition Scholars Federation, Incorporated (CordiBNSFed.,Inc.) with support from NNC-CAR had their joint meeting in the Province of Ifugao. Aside from the regular semestral meeting, one of their agenda is a visit to the province of Ifugao, known for their commendable performance in nutrition implementation.
The governor of Ifugao, Hon. Denis B. Habawel warmly welcomed the delegates. In his message the Governor mentioned that although Ifugao is one among the top poorest provinces in the country, Ifugao has a very low malnutrition rate. He said, “We may be cash-poor, but we are naturally food-rich that is why we only have few malnourished children.”
The group visited the Ifugao Provincial Nutrition Office and Dr. Mary Jo Dulawan, Provincial Health Officer and Provincial Nutrition Action Officer assisted members of the TWG discussed their local strategies to eradicate malnutrition particularly their activities on resource generation, partnership with NGOs, strong convergence among PNC members, support to the BNS Program and the intensive monitoring and evaluation system that include several recognitions to their constituents.
Representatives from the Cordillera Regional Offices of the Office of Civil Defence, Department of Health and the National Nutrition Council, met last July 11 on the Nutrition Cluster Workshop that will capacitate the newly organized Regional Nutrition Cluster that aims to become an active partner for regional disaster preparedness and response .
Tropical storm Glenda prevented the conduct of the regional workshop that should have been held July 17-18, 2014 but the activity was re-scheduled to the last week of August as representatives from the three agencies agree that there is a need to sit down and talk about how agencies can better work together as members of the nutrition cluster and contribute to disaster preparedness and response.
Ensuring that LGUs have designated local nutrition committees and having these local committees oriented or capacitated is one of the major concerns of the nutrition cluster in the coming months.
The regional nutrition cluster was organized last April 14 a substructure of the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council to support implementation of the NNC Governing Board Resolution No. 1 Series of 2009 that provides the guidelines in the management of nutrition in emergencies.
Baguio City-- In observance of the Nutrition Month and the World Population Day, the Regional Nutrition Committee- Cordillera and PopCom-CAR in coordination with the Philippine Information Agency-CAR and the Cordillera Association of Regional Executives held the Joint Nutrition Month and World Population Day Kapihan sa Baguio last July 9, 2014 at PIA-CAR Conference Room attended by around 30 local media partners.
The panelists were composed of NPC Rita D. Papey of NNC-CAR; Dir. Rosa Fortaleza of PopCom-CAR; ARD Amelita Pangilinan of DOH-CAR, ARD Jojo V. Valera of OCD-CAR; Ms. Marcia Espinueva of DSWD-CAR and Ms. Michelle Andaya of Deped-CAR anchored by Ms. Jing of DZEQ Radyo ng Bayan- Baguio and Ms. Susan Aro of the Philippine Information Agency.
The event aims to increase awareness of the listeners and televiewers in celebrating the nutrition month with the theme: “Kalamidad paghandaan: Gutom at malnutrisyon agapan!” and the World Population Day with the theme: “Investing in Young People!”.