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!”.
7-9 July 2014—The National Nutrition Council-CAR (NNC-CAR) invited the two newly hired support staff of the Provincial Nutrition Committee of Abra for a nutrition program orientation held at the NNC-CAR Regional Office as one strategy of the Regional Nutrition Committee to focus technical assistance on areas in the region with high malnutrition rate and with not fully functional local nutrition committees.
The Provincial Nutrition Committee- Abra established its Provincial Nutrition Office last February 2014 managed by Provincial Nutrition Action Officer (PNAO) Dr. Leona Beroña and District Nutrition Program Coordinator Glenda Benedito. In support with the PNAO who is at the same time the Provincial Health Officer and DNPC Benedito who is assigned as dietitian at Lapaz District Hospital, Gov. Bersamin hired two staff, Ms. Lhea Grei Benedito and Ms. Krizmae Roanne VIllaruz to assist in managing the said office. Hence, the orientation focused on the management of the provincial nutrition office in which part of the orientation is the presentation of the following: NNC organizational structure, Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition, Operation Timbang Plus and the Monitoring and Evaluation of Local Level Plan Implementation. Checklist of reports to be maintained in the office was also shared.
July 02, 2014 – The Regional Nutrition Committee (RNC) kicked off nutrition month celebration through a forum held at Kabugao, Apayao in partnership with the Municipal Government and the Provincial Government of Apayao.
RNC representative from the DOH, DILG, POPCOM, Dep-Ed and NNC took 14 hours of travel(one way) for this activity attended by around 100 nutrition stakeholders from the Provincial Nutrition Committee members of Apayao , Municpal Nutrition Committee memebers of Kabugao and Members of the Barangay Nutrition Committees. The RNC also invited LGU partners from Baguio City, Ifugao and Benguet particulary Kapangan.
This kick off activity in Kabugao, one of the municipalities in the region with high in malnutrition prevalence and among the farthest municipalities from the regional center demonstrates the RNC’s commitment to its mission to converge efforts, programs and projects on nutrition prioritizing the nutritionally at risk areas in collaboration with local government units.
BAGUIO CITY, June 25 (PIA) - -The Regional Technical Assistants on Nutrition (RTAN) members have come up with proposed activities in line with the Nutrition Month celebration this July with the theme "Kalamidad paghandaan: Gutom at malnutrisyon agapan!".
Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator Rita Papey informed that the 40th Nutrition Month campaign focus on nutrition in emergencies aims to provide the venue for the general public to realize the importance of preparedness during emergencies, how to respond and what recovery measures can be taken to prevent death and worsening of malnutrition of affected population groups.
It also aims to promote interventions to address nutritional needs in emergencies and disasters including preparedness, response and recovery; mobilize responders particularly the local nutrition clusters and stakeholders to address gaps in nutrition in emergencies response from national to barangay levels; and 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.
BAGUIO CITY, June 13(PIA) - - Members of the Regional Nutrition Evaluation Team (RNET) convened recently to deliberate the result of evaluation of the annual Search for Outstanding Barangay Nutrition Scholar in the Cordillera Administrative Region.
There are six contenders for the Regional Outstanding Barangay Nutrition Scholar (ROBNS) title namely Easel D. Ledesma of Penarrubia, Abra; Magdalena Sacpa of Kapangan, Benguet; Love-In Lagat of Aguinaldo, Ifugao; Ellen Lingayo of Pasil, Kalinga; Purita Perez of Queen of Peace, Baguio City, and Milagros Cabe of Tabuk City.
Each of the contenders was evaluated and rated based on the comparison of their annual accomplishments and the targets set in her BNS action plan following the basic tasks of identifying and locating target beneficiaries, delivering services, surveillance of identified and interventions done to identified malnourished children and credit will be given to performance of additional activities such as more frequent weighing of all pre-school children and assistance in other barangay nutrition activities.
The first ranking BNS with a final rating of 90% and higher shall be declared ROBNS and shall be given a trophy and cash award during the Regional Nutrition Awarding Ceremony which will be announced soon.
The Regional Nutrition Evaluation Team (RNET) composed of representatives from national government agencies, non-government organizations and the academe, is now going around the provinces for the Monitoring and Evaluation of Local Level Plan Implementation (MELLPI) on Nutrition Programs.
The MELLPI which aims to assess the efficiency and effectiveness of local governments in planning and implementing local nutrition programs is an annual activity of the National Nutrition Council in partnership with the RNET.
Both the MELLPI and BNS evaluation are institutionalized activities since 1979 of the national and local nutrition committees.
The evaluation of MELLPI and the BNS has started in the City of Baguio last April 28, 2014 to May 2 followed by to Kalinga and Tabuk City on May 5-9; Abra on May 12-16, Mt. Province on May 19-23, Apayao on May 26-30, Benguet on June 9-13 and Ifugao on June 16-18. (JDP/MAWC – PIA CAR)
BAGUIO CITY, April 2(PIA) - -The Regional Nutrition Committee (RNC) is requesting the Regional Development Council (RDC) to confirm the re-organization of the Regional Bantay Asin Task Force (RBATF) and ensure the implementation of the provisions of the ASIN Law in the region.
The ASIN Law or Republic Act 8172 mandates all traded or distributed food grade-salt, whether locally produced or imported, should be iodized. It also mandates the use of iodized salt for processed food in food establishment.
Jesus Lopez, regional director for Center for Health Development –Cordillera and the RNC chairperson, said the RBATF facilitates and ensures the sustainable implementation of the ASIn Law in the region. It has been unoperational for some time and was re-organized last February 13, 2014 with CHD-CAR as chair and National Nutrition Council as co-chair.
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, Philippine National Police, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Department of Science and Technology, and the Department of the Interior and Local Government.