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!”.

NPC Papey highlighted that it is important to be prepared in order to prevent death and protect the right to nutrition of affected populations during emergencies. “The affected populations are more likely to experience malnutrition because of lack or inadequate food and water, poor access to health services, civil insecurity and inadequate delivery of assistance. Population groups who are already malnourished even before the emergency are more vulnerable to illness and death during emergencies” she added.

Papey and ARD Pangilinan also stressed the need for the organization of the local nutrition clusters to ensure delivery of nutrition services during emergencies as provided for by the RDC-CAR Resolution No. 04 Series of 2014 requiring all LGUs to designate their respective Local Nutrition Committees to serve as the Local Nutrition Cluster.

On the other hand, Director Fortaleza said that as the youth’s population increases, their role in the society becomes significantly important. “It is a fact that young people of today will shape the world for decades to come.  To change the world for the better is to invest in the growth and strength of our youth”

The Nutrition Month Kapihan is a regular event of the Regional Nutrition Committee (RNC) every month of July and is being aired live on radio (DZWT AM 540Gghz) and replayed on skycable TV.

 

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.

To complete the orientation, the group which was spearheaded by the NNC staff visited Kapangan, Benguet, Nutrition Honor Awardee and Barangay City Camp Proper, Baguio City. The visitation aimed purposely to show how a nutrition office is being managed and maintained and what documents and reports should be available. It was also an opportunity for them to get insights on the local nutrition programs as well as the effective strategies of the both areas.

The two staff committed to apply whatever strategies and learning they had absorbed in the two-day orientation.

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.

NPC Papey, Municipal Nutrition Coordinator Dr PJ Ukkong and Apayao DNPC Henschel discussed the local nutrition situation. Dr Mary Jo Dulawan, Provincial Health Office and Provincial Nutrition Action Plan of Ifugao, Barangay Captain Hon Richard Baguilat of Tuplac Kiangan, and Magdalena Sacpa, 2013 Regional Outstanding Barangay Nutrition Scholar all from LGUs awarded for oustanding performance in nutrition shared their experiences in managing local nutrition programs. DILG representative Jocelyn Rojo presented the Legal mandates on Nutrition while ms Angelita Sabado, City Nutrition Program Coordinator presented the Nutrition talking points.

All speakers stressed the need to improve the nutrition situation underscoring the role of provincial, municipal and barangay nutrition committees and the need for collabaoration among members of the local committees.

“High Malnutrition is considered as a silent emergency that makes the population doubly vulnerable in times of emergencies and ensuring that local nutrition committees get organized to act on the situation is a key step to preparedness for addressing nutrition emergencies” was the summary statement made by NPC Papey in her closing remarks.

Representatives from the PNC, MNC and BNCs expressed their commitment to push further the implementation of intervetnions to improve nutrition status in Kabugao.

10440843 709610632439021 8204767103290358558 nBAGUIO 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. 

 

aaaBAGUIO 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.

 

 

rnetBAGUIO CITY, May 13 (PIA) - - The search is on for the  Search for the Regional Outstanding Barangay Nutrition Scholar (BNS) and the best  nutrition program implementers in the Cordillera.

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)

 asinBAGUIO 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.

Monday, 31 March 2014 16:31

NNC- CAR Has New Program Coordinator

 

ritaBAGUIO CITY, March 19 (PIA) – The National Nutrition Council  -Cordillera (NNC-CAR)  is now headed by Nutrition Program Coordinator Rita Papey vice Ma. Eileen Blanco who is  reassigned to Region 1.

The turn-over of leadership  was facilitated by Chona Fernandez, Chief of the NNC Administrative Division  last March 11 at the Fortune Restaurant here during the Regional Nutrition Committee(RNC)  first quarter meeting .

Papey, from Ifugao,  in her acceptance speech  said she is  looking forward to continue  really working  closely with  RNC  in promoting  nutrition programs  in the region.

Meanwhile, in the RNC  meeting presided by Department of Health  Regional Director Valeriano Jesus Lopez, the 2013 Operation Timbang (OPT) result and Nutrition Status of School Children SY 2013-2014 baseline was  presented.

Also discussed were  the  two RNC resolutions requesting  approval by the Regional Development Council. First is  to enjoin all local government units to organize a nutrition cluster and adopt and adhere to the national policy on nutrition management in emergencies and disaster. The  second is  requesting confirmation of  the reorganization of Regional Bantay Asin Task Force and to ensure the implementation of the provisions of the ASIN law in the region. (JDP/MAWC – PIA CAR)

BAGUIO CITY, March 19 (PIA) – The National Nutrition Council  -Cordillera (NNC-CAR)  is now headed by Nutrition Program Coordinato Rita Papey vice Ma. Eileen Blanco who is  reassigned to Region 1.

The turn-over of leadership  was facilitated by Chona Fernandez, Chief of the National NNC Administrative Division  last March 11 at the Fortune Restaurant here during the Regional Nutrition Committee(RNC)  first quarter meeting .

Papey, from Ifugao,  in her acceptance speech  said she is  looking forward to continue  really working  closely with  RNC  in promoting  nutrition programs  in the region.

Meanwhile, in the RNC  meeting presided by Department of Health  Regional Director Valeriano Jesus Lopez, the 2013 Operation Timbang (OPT) result and Nutrition Status of School Children SY 2013-2014 baseline was  presented.

Also discussed were  the  two RNC resolutions requesting  approval by the Regional Development Council. First is  to enjoin all local government units to organize a nutrition cluster and adopt and adhere to the national policy on nutrition management in emergencies and disaster. The  second is  requesting confirmation of  the reorganization of Regional Bantay Asin Task Force and to ensure the implementation of the provisions of the ASIN law in the region. (JDP/MAWC – PIA CAR)

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Publication1BAGUIO CITY, March 15 (PIA) - -Members of the Regional Nutrition Committee(RNC) approved a resolution requesting the Regional Development Council to enjoin all local government units to organize Nutrition Cluster to protect the nutritional status of the affected population from the impact of disasters.

Ma. Eileen Blanco, National Nutrition Council-Cordillera Administrative Region  (NNC-CAR) Officer-In-Charge, explained that the region  inevitably experiences  natural and man-made disasters like typhoons, landslides, earthquakes, floods, peace and order situation.

 “The occurrence of disaster is a threat to the nutritional status of children and other vulnerable groups particularly the infants, underfive children, pregnant, lactating women and older persons,” she said.

The local nutrition committee shall compose the nutrition cluster of each LGU but may include other stakeholders.

“The local nutrition cluster shall be among the sub-structures of the local disaster risk reduction and management councils,” she said.

 

IMG 2811BAGUIO CITY, March 13 (PIA)  - - The National Nutrition Council- Cordillera Administrative Region (NNC-CAR) conducted an orientation on the Monitoring and Evaluation of Local Level Plan Implementation (MELLPI) to members of the Regional Nutrition Evaluation Team (RNET) in preparation for the 2014 monitoring and evaluation.

Kendall Gatan of NNC-CAR  explained that the MELLPI is a monitoring and evaluation system established by the NNC in 1979 which aims to assess the efficiency and effectiveness of local and nutrition-related activities implemented at the local level.

It  aims to measure 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.

Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator Officer-In-Charge Ma. Eileen Blanco stressed that during evaluation, members of Local Nutrition Committees should understand that the MELLPI is not an activity that they must be wary of, but rather, they should treat it as an opportunity to learn how they can improve or sustain their local nutrition program implementation.

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