Wednesday, 11 March 2015 10:36

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LAMUT, Ifugao-Twenty-Four community mobilizers and peer counselors here recently trained on Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) Program of the Government.

The four day training was conducted to community mobilizers and peer counselors consisting of barangay officials and health workers and volunteer mothers by staff members by the officials of the provincial and municipal government through the nutrition and health offices.

The lecturers gave an overview on the Philippine IYCF strategic plan; community support; and proper position of breastfeeding and mapping or identification of partners; conducting assembly; practices in the community orientation of peer counselors, action planning, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and documentation; and overview of IYCF counseling and use of counseling cards.

“As trained community mobilizers, you should continue to educate mothers about breastfeeding and share the learning gained to your clients and family Z,” said National Nutrition Council-CAR Director Rita D. Papey.

The participants are expected to recruit more volunteers to join community mobilizers and peer counselors.

According to the Department of Health website, a global strategy for IYCF was issued jointly by the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children’s Fund in 2002 to reverse the disturbing trends in infant and young child feeding practices.

This global strategy was endorsed by the 55th World Health Assembly in May 2002 and by the UNICEF Executive Board in September 2002, respectively. Marcelo B. Lihgawon

Monday, 23 February 2015 09:56

Town's BNS to Get Incentives


ALFONSOLISTA, Ifugao – Mayor Glenn Prudenciano approved an ordinance granting incentives to retiring barangay nutrition scholars upon reaching the optimal or mandatory age of retirement.

The ordinance states nutrition scholars, at the age of 60 to 65, could apply early retirement with an incentive of P20, 000. Those who reach the compulsory retirement age of 65 will receive P25, 000.

The giving of incentives is in recognition of the untiring services of barangay nutrition scholars who help in the reduction of malnutrition cases in the municipality and gaining the Green Banner Award on nutrition in the region.

Barangay nutrition scholars are trained community workers whose basic tasks include caring for the malnourished, mobilizing the community for the improvement of their nutrition situation, linking the community with service providers, and assisting in the delivery of nutrition services.

To qualify as a barangay nutrition scholar, one must be bonafide resident of the barangay for at least four years and can speak the local language well. They must possess leadership potentials as evidence d by membership and leadership in community organizations and willing to serve the barangay, part-time or full-time for at least one year.

they must at least elementary graduate but preferably reached high school level, physically and mentally fit, more than 18 years old, but younger than 60 years old. Presidential Decree 1569 mandated the development of one BNS in every barangay in the country. It also mandated the National Nutrition Council to administer the program in cooperation with local government units. - Marcelo B. Lihgawon

Monday, 09 February 2015 09:36



Lagawe, Ifugao – More Nutriskwela Community Radio Stations (NCRS) will be established and upgraded in the country radio to disseminate correct, current, and relevant nutrition and health information, the National Nutrition Council (NNC) reported during the fifth conference of the NCR network program in Manila, recently.

The NNC announced ten more NCRSs will be established in seven regions in the country under its Nutriskwela phase 4 expansion program. These regions include the Cordillera, regions 1, 4B, 5, 8, 9, and 12.

In Cordillera, the station is eyed to be set u in Pasil, Kalinga. NCRS are already established in this town and in Lagangilang, Abra.

There are currently 25 NCRSs in 15 regions nationwide established by the NNC in partnership with local government units or state universities and colleges with the goal of empowering the community through radio to disseminate correct, current and relevant nutrition and health information.

NCRS is a non-profit and non-partisan that disseminate educational and developmental information from all concerned sectors of the community, government and non government agencies.

The criteria to establish the radio station are high prevalence of underweight children, absence or limited access to commercial radio broadcasts, willingness of partner local government units to provide counterpart personnel, space and funds for the operations, pass the technical evaluation of NNC, and feasibility of sustaining the operations of the broadcast facility. – Marcelo B. Lihgawon The Baguio Midland Courier

LAGAWE, Ifugao – Stakeholders of the Nutriskwela Community Radio Stations (NCRS) Network Program nationwide have renewed their commitment that would propel excellent delivery of services to the people and the community as a whole during a national conference in Manila on January 6 and 7.

Assistant Health Secretary and National Nutrition Council Executive Director Maria-Bernardita T. Flores led the renewal of pledge of commitment of about 100 participants from 25 National Capital Region stations nationwide and NNC central and regional offices.

In the Cordillera, the Radyo Kiphodan, DZNC-FM 99.1 in Lagawe, Ifugao and Radyo Kabinnulig, DZNA-FM 99.7 in Lagangilang, Abra joined in the renewal of commitment.

Flores reminded NCRS is not just a music station. It also focuses on broadcasting nutrition-related information, wherein 60 percent of the broadcast is devoted to health and nutrition and 40 percent for music, fun and other related activities.

She said only timely and correct information should be broadcast in nutriskwela community radion stations, which should be used extensively during calamities and other kinds of disasters.

NCRS was established by the NNC in partnership with a local government unit or state university or college in 2008 with the goal of empowering the community through radio to disseminate correct, current, relevant nutrition and health information, and education and developmental information from all concerned sectors of the community. – Marcelo B. Lihgawon Baguio Midland Courier.

Monday, 15 December 2014 10:40


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The Local Government Units (LGUs) of Abra, Mt. Province and Kalinga in coordination with the National Nutrition Council- Cordillera Administrative Region (NNC-CAR) conducted the Monitoring and Evaluation of Local Level Plan Implementation (MELLPI) and Search for Outstanding Barangay Nutrition Scholar (OBNS) Orientation. The orientation in the provinces of Abra and Mt. Province were simultaneously held on November 25, 2014 while the orientation in Kalinga was conducted on December 4, 2014.

Participants of the orientation are the members of the Provincial Nutrition Committee, Municipal Nutrition Action Officers and other members of the Municipal Nutrition Committee. MELLPI was included  in the Regional Development Council-CAR FLAME (Forwarding Local Autonomy Medal of Excellence) Awards, a mechanism of the RDC-CAR that will  recognize and reward valuable contributions of local governments in attaining economic prosperity, social well-being, and environmental integrity. The evaluation and awarding of FLAME will commence next year.

Similar orientation for the provinces of Apayao and Benguet will be scheduled in the month of January or February next year prior to the conduct of their provincial MELLPI.

The conduct of MELLPI orientation by LGUs was an offshoot of the Joint NAOs, DNPC, and BNS Federation Officers’ meeting held in Abra last October where they identified the activity as one of the next steps for all provinces.



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Bangued, Abra-- Thesecond Nutrition Forum for 2014 coordina

ted by the National Nutrition Council was held in the province of Abra last October 29, 2014. The forum was  participated by the Municipal Nutrition Action Officers (MNAOs) of the municipalities of Abra, Provincial Nutrition Committee members of Abra and the regional officers of the various associations/federations on nutrition particularly the Nutrition Action Officers (NAOs)-CAR, District/City Nutrition Program Coordinators (D/CNPCs)-CAR and Cordillera Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNSs).

In the opening and welcome message of the Provincial Administrator representing the governor- Honorable Eustaquio Bersamin, she said that undernutrition among preschool children is a big challenge to the province since they ranked 2nd among the provinces in the region with the highest prevalence of underweight, based on OPT Plus 2013 data. She encouraged the MNAOs present in the forum to initiate measures to address the problem and she committed the support of the province to fight malnutrition in the province.

Activities in the forum include presentati

The activity is a strategy of the RNC to assist the local nutrition committees in the region and the said forum was conducted as a joint activity of the RNC, the Regional Federation Officers of the (NAOs)-CAR, (D/CNPCs)-CAR and BNSs-Cordillera and the Provincial Government of Abra.on of the regional and provincial nutrition situation; sharing of best practices in nutrition program implementation of Ifugao province as a Nutrition Honor Awardee by the District Nutrition Program Coordinator of Ifugao, Ms. Corazon P. Dawong; conduct of Focused Group Discussion (FGD) to identify the strengths and weaknesses of the local nutrition committees facilitated by Ms. Rita D. Papey (Nutrition Program Coordinator, NNC-CAR), Ms. Jocelyn Rojo (Regional Technical Assistants on Nutrition member, DILG-CAR), Ms. Candice Willy (Regional Technical Assistants on Nutrition member, DOH-CAR) and Ms. Bella Basalong (Nutrition Officer III, NNC-CAR) and meeting of the Nutrition Action Officers of Abra by the president Ms. Myrna Ruth Borgonia (MNAO, Bangued, Abra). 

The activity is a strategy of the RNC to assist the local nutrition committees in the region and the said forum was conducted as a joint activity of the RNC, the Regional Federation Officers of the (NAOs)-CAR, (D/CNPCs)-CAR and BNSs-Cordillera and the Provincial Government of Abra.


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Barangay Labueg, Kapangan, Benguet-- Barangay officials, health and nutrition workers, senior citizens, youth representative and parents  of this barangay attended a training that made them Community Mobilizers and Peer Counsellors on Infant and Young Child Feeding. The training was conducted by the Municipality of Kapangan in coordination with the Bengeut Provincial Nutrition Action Officer, Barangay  officials of Labueg and  National Nutrition Council -CAR on October 14-17, 2014. Barangay Labueg was chosen among the 141 barangays of Benguet province as the IYCF Model Barangay of Benguet because of its very active and committed Barangay Nutrition Committee (BNC).

The training on Community Mobilizers and Peer Counsellors on Infant and Young Child Feeding aimed  to mobilize community support for IYCF program and organize peer counselors or support group to conduct peer counselling among pregnant and lactating mothers in the barangay. The main components of the training include lectures on the detailed steps in mobilizing the community support and skill enhancement on IYCF counselling.

The participants of the training reorganized the ‘Barangay Labueg IYCF and Community Support Group’ and agreed on the following activities/strategies:  a)  inclusion of new members and leadership transition; b) creation of new local policies in support to IYCF; c) continuation of IYCF counselling during home visits and semi-annual Barangay Nutrition Committee (BNC) monitoring activity (Mabodbodeg); d) conduct of Focus Group Discussion among parents by each peer counsellors during the immunization day starting on November 2014; e) implementation of the  2015 Barangay IYCF plan;    f) proper documentation of  all the IYCF counselling conducted;  and  g) centralization of filing records of  clients counselled for easier consolidation.  With these activities, the barangay hopes to achieve 100% exclusive breastfeeding among 0-6 month old children and improved complementary feeding practices in the barangay and  sustain  zero underweight cases among preschool children. 

Thursday, 23 October 2014 08:37

NNC confers Nutrition Honor Award to Ifugao

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LAGAWE, Ifugao, Oct. 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


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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. 

Friday, 10 October 2014 13:36


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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

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