The city’s nutrition monitoring team reported a continuous decreasing incidence of undernourished children in Baguio City.
During the Regional Nutrition Evaluators Exit Conference, the team reported to Mayor Mauricio Domogan a steady drop in the number of undernourished children from 4.18 percent last year to 3.47 percent this year.
The development is attributed to the increase in the incentives of Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNS), Barangay Nutrition Action Officers (BNAO0, and Barangay Health Workers (BHW), along with the activation of nutrition clusters in every barangay to protect the nutritional well being of the populace and proper use of allocated funds for nutrition.
Passage of resolutions and ordinances on nutrition and nutrition related-activities and sustained involvement of the private sector in Baguio City Nutrition Council (BCNC) are also considered as strengths in curbing malnutrition.
The monitoring team also acknowledged the close coordination of the Barangay Nutrition Committee members and kagawads, BNS, BNAO, BHW, day care workers, Department of Education representatives, and other voluntary groups; the strong leadership of the barangay captains and officials, and the intervention in the Barangay Nutrition Action plan that focuses on malnourished children as major strengths in fighting malnutrition.
The committee also included the conduct of Pabasa sa Nutrisyon, the conduct of various livelihood projects, strengthened implementation of the barangays on Infant and Young Child Feeding program, presence of barangay breastfeeding corners, and creation of IYCF support groups as strengths which helped in the fight against malnutrition. The city government will also be strengthening the vegetable garden program in every barangay by giving free seeds and enhancement trainings from other government agencies on planting will also be conducted to promote healthy living. – Mr. Paul Rillorta, The Baguio Midland Courier
The National Nutrition Council (NNC)established two new radio stations, Nutriskwela Radio Kasalip in Pasil, Kalinga and Nutriskwela Radio Kasaranay in Luna Apayaothrough its Nutriskwela Community Radio Network Program.
Station personnel for both stations attended a training on Community Radio Broadcasting in Manila last March 2-3, 2015. This was followed by a hands on training on radio broadcasting held on April 23-25, 2015 in Pasil, Kalinga and April 27-29, 2015 at ASC, Luna Apayao for members of the community radio council of each community radio. Both training culminated with the inaugural broadcast and launching of the community radio.
The criteria for the identification of areas for the establishment of radio stations are as follows: absence or limited access to commercial radio broadcasts, willingness of partner to provide counterpart personnel, space and funds for the operations, area pass the technical evaluation of NNC, and feasibility of sustaining the operations of the broadcast facility. The high malnutrition rate in Apayao was also a major consideration for establishment of the radio station in Luna.
To date, the region has four nutriskwela stations that includes the two existing Nutriskwela stations in CAR located in Lagawe, Ifugao and Lagangilang, Abra.
The community radio stations are established nationwide with the aimof empowering the community through the dissemination of correct, relevant and up-to-date nutrition and health information, as well as educational and developmental information from all relevant sectors of the community, government agencies, and non-government organizations.
Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNSs) and selected Barangay Health workers (BHWs) from the five barangays, midwives and nurses under the Nurse Deployment Program assigned in the Rural Health Unit (RHU) of Lagayan, Abra completed the training on proper weight and length/height measurement as well as nutritional status interpretation for preschool children on April 20 to 22, 2015 held at Lagayan Catholic Church, Poblacion, Lagayan, Abra.
In particular, the participants received training on the following: computation of age-in-months; measurement and recording of child’s weight and height/length (with demonstration); assessment of the nutritional status using the WHO-CGS reference tables; nutritional status plotting in the Early Childhood Care and Development Card (ECCD); counselling on proper infant and child feeding; updates on micronutrient supplementation; Nutrition in Emergencies; and filling-up of Barangay OPT Plus forms. They had workshops and practicum where they applied the learnings and new skills learned while under the guidance of the facilitators who assisted them in their in difficulties. With the said activity, the trainees were expected to strengthen their involvement in the growth monitoringin the municipality and to ensure the accuracy of their OPT Plus report.
DOH-CAR, in partnership with the NNC-CAR conducted the activity as part of the implementation of the Regional Technical Assistants on Nutrition (RTAN) workplan formulated in the third quarter of 2014. The activity aimed at addressing the need to be capacitate BNSs and local nutrition workers on correct growth assessment and recording to ensure the accuracy of their OPT reports.
The Municipality of Lagayan was chosenfor the training being the top most Nutritionally Depressed Municipality(NDM) in the region in based of the OPT Plus result of 2014.
ASIPULO, Ifugao – Twelve Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNS) in the province were among those honored by the National Nutrition Council for their long years of service during the 3rd National Conference for BNS Northern Luzon Cluster in Vigan, Ilocos Sur recently.
Provincial Nutrition Program Coordinator Corazon Dawong said the awardees spent 30 to 36 years in the service delivering nutrition services and other related activities in the barangays.
Among the provinces in the Cordillera, Ifugao has the highest BNS Awardees. “Every year, the province is producing outstanding BNS”, Dawong said.
Aside from a plaque, awardees received a cash incentive of 12,000 for 30 years in service and P400 for every additional year of service. Ifugao has registered a total of 191 BNS province-wide.
The giving of long-service award is in recognition of the invaluable contribution of BNS in implementing the Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition. It also aims to encourage continuous and dedicated service among BNS.
The Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition is the country’s response to malnutrition. As a component of the 2011 – 2016 Philippine Development Plan, the Action plan provides the frame work for improving the nutritional status of Filipinos.
The action plan is anchored on the Millennium Development Goals, particularly those related to nutrition nutrition that targets halving the 1990 levels of underweight among under-fives and households with inadequate energy intake.
The Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition takes off from the nutrition situation as determined by the 2008 national nutrition survey. Challenges that should be addressed are hunger, child undernutrition, deficiencies in iron, iodine and vitamin A, obesity, and overweight. – Marcelo B. Lihgawon
The Regional Nutrition Committee (RNC) and the National Nutrition Council (NNC) recently came up with guidelines on good practices on nutrition award that recognizes the outstanding achievements and contributions of various stakeholders in addressing malnutrition problems and promoting good nutrition among their respective targets clientele.
Regional nutrition program Coordinator Rita D. Papey said tough the Best practice on Nutrition Award is essentially accorded to local government units. The guidelines include programs or activities of non-government organizations, national government agencies, and other private institutions with significant contributions in nutrition improvement.
Criteria for identifying best practices are uniqueness/originality/innovative in nature, relevance, effectiveness, completeness of supporting documents, efficiency, sustainability, and client or community involvement.
Entries for the search can be through self-nomination or nomination by other parties. After validation, the result will be presented to the RNC for approval.
There is no limit, to the number of winners as long as the entry meets the required score of 88 points.
Papey said malnutrition in the region remains a concern with the substantial number of undernourished preschool children in some areas and other vulnerable groups suffering from undernutrition.
She added undernutrition is aggravated by the increasing number of overweight and obese individuals across all age groups. Acknowledging the effect of malnutrition to the affected individuals and to the economy in a broader sense, some local government units and civil society groups favor programs to address malnutrition. – PIA-CAR Maria Aprila W. Cruz The Baguio Midland Courier
LUNA, Apayao, April 23 (PIA) - - The National Nutrition Council –Cordillera (NNC-CAR) through the members of the Regional Nutrition Evaluation Team (RNET) started its annual Monitoring and Evaluation of Local Level Plan Implementation (MELLPI) for the year 2015 here last week.
The RNET led by the NNC-CAR in collaboration with the interagency evaluation team will go around the region to monitor and evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of the local nutrition program being implemented by the different local government units (LGUs) in the region.
First stop of the RNET composed of representatives from the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, Department of Health, Philippine Information Agency and NNC, was at Luna where the team met with the Municipal Nutrition Action Officer, Barangay Nutrition Scholar, and conducted interviews and review and analysis of documents.
The group proceeded to Kabugao on April 16 and met the members of the Municipal Nutrition Committee led by Dr. PJ Ukkong. She presented the MNC 2014 accomplishment report and shared some information about the municipality.
Kabugao has 21 barangays and not even half of it are accessible by road at the moment. Hopefully before the year ends, majority of the barangays will be accessible through the Kabugao-Solsona road, she said. The town has also 8 barangay health stations, of which two were converted to birthing facility.
The RNET is organized to evaluate provinces, cities, municipalities and barangays with Nutrition Action Plans (NAP). For monitoring purposes, the RNET also visits local government units without NAP, non-functional nutrition committee and without nutrition program to provide technical assistance.
The RNET is scheduled to go to Abra on April 27-30; Baguio City and Mt. Province (May 4-8); Kalinga and Tabuk City (May 11-15); Ifugao (May 18-22) and Benguet (May 25-29). Maria Aprila Cruz
ASIPULO, Ifugao, April 22 (PIA) - - Twelve Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNS) in the province were among those honored by the National Nutrition Council for their long years of service during the 3rd National Conference for BNS Northern Luzon Cluster in Vigan, Ilocos Sur recently.
Corazon Dawong, Provincial Nutrition Program Coordinator and in-charge of the BNS, said that these awardees of the long Service Award spent 30 to 36 years in service delivering nutrition services and other related activities in the barangays.
Dawong disclosed that among the provinces in the Cordillera, Ifugao has the highest BNS awardees. “Every year, the province is also producing outstanding BNS in the region,” she added.
Aside from the plaque, the awardees received cash incentive of P12,000 for 30 years in service and P400 for every additional year of service. Ifugao has registered a total of 191 BNS provincewide.
The giving of long-service award is to recognize the invaluable contribution of Barangay Nutrition Scholars in implementing the Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition. It also aims to encourage continuous and dedicated service among BNSs to the cause of nutrition. Marcelo B. Lihgawon
BAGUIO CITY, April 20 (PIA) -- The Regional Nutrition Committee (RNC) and the National Nutrition Council (NNC) recently came up with the guidelines on the good practices on nutrition award that recognizes the outstanding achievement and contributions of various stakeholders in addressing malnutrition problems and at the same time promoting good nutrition among their respective target clientele.
Regional Nutrition Coordinator Rita Papey said though the best practice on nutrition award is essentially accorded to local government units , the guidelines include programs or activities of non-government organizations, national government agencies and other private institutions with significant contributions in nutrition improvement of their clientele.
Criteria for identifying best practices include the following: uniqueness/originality/innovative in nature, relevance, effectiveness, completeness of supporting documents, efficiency, sustainability, and client or community involvement.
Entries for the search will be by nomination either by other party or by self-nomination. After validation of the entries, the result will be presented to the RNC for approval.
There is no limit to the number of winners as long as the entry will meet the required score of 88 points or 88%.
According to Papey, malnutrition in the region is persistently a concern with the substantial number of undernourished preschool children in some areas and other vulnerable groups suffering from undernutrition.
Problems on undernutrition are aggravated by increasing number of overweight and obese individuals across all age groups, she added.
She explained that acknowledging the effect of malnutrition to the affected individuals and to the economy in a broader sense, some local government units impressively favor programs to address malnutrition in their agenda and conduct innovative programs, strategies and activities to decrease malnutrition and promote good nutrition. So, too, are some NGOs, and civil society groups, among others.
The search will be incorporated in the annual Monitoring and Evaluation of Local Level Plan Implementation of the region. Winners will be given recognition during the annual regional nutrition awarding ceremony. (Maria Aprila Cruz – PIA CAR)
Members of the Regional Nutrition Evaluation Team (RNET) enhanced their assessment skills during an orientation and planning for the 2015 Monitoring and Evaluation of Local Level Plan Implementation (MELLPI) at the Pines View Hotel.
In preparation for the upcoming monitoring and evaluation, the team was oriented on MELLPI guidelines, updates and monitoring protocol, which provide insights and ideas on various validation techniques when conducting desk review of documents or interviews with local partners, conducting visits to project sites, and appropriate behavior as regional monitors.
Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator Rita D. Papey said only areas with nutrition action plans can vie for the award as outstanding municipality in a province or region, outstanding city, and outstanding province.
However, the RNET visits provinces, municipalities, and barangays with no nutrition action plan for monitoring and technical assistance.
The evaluation will start on the second week of April and ends May 31.
MELLPI is a monitoring and evaluation system established in 1979 by the National Nutrition Council to assess the efficiency of local nutrition program implementation, measures changes in the nutritional status of children, determine the extent to which nutrition is integrated into local development plans and programs, and advocate for the continuing support for local nutrition programs.
Meanwhile, Candice Willy of the Department of Health and Eddison Baddal of the Department of Interior and Local Government were elected as this year’s RNET chair and vice chair, respectively, the NNC as the secretariat.
The RNET is composed of representatives from the different government agencies and academe. Maria Aprila W. Cruz
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