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)

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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

Wednesday, 11 March 2015 10:36

24 Trained on Child Feeding

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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