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.

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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.

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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. 

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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



Lagawe, Ifugao, the National Nutrition Council-Cordillera Administrative Region in partnership with the Cordillera Administrative Region-Media Educators on Nutrition (CAR-MENu) and the Municipality of Lagawe, Ifugao conducted the Broadcasters’ Training for Radio Kiphodan Council last September 24 to 25, 2014 at the Community Development Conference (CDC) Multi-purpose Hall, Municipal Health Office (MHO) Building, Lagawe, Ifugao. The thirty-two participants were composed of the Radio Kiphodan Council, the Radyo Kiphodan staff, representatives from the different provincial and municipal offices and representative of the Barangay Nutrition Scholar Municipal Federation. Speakers of the training were Mr. Joseph Manzano and Mr. Dexter See who shared their expertise in a practical and coherent manner.

The activity aims to capacitate, enhance, and strengthen the Radio Kiphodan Council in order to effectively and efficiently manage Radyo Kiphodan. The said radio station is a community radio established by the National Nutrition Council in partnership with the municipal government of Lagawe, Ifugao in 2008 and it is one of the two community radio stations in the Cordillera.

Participants were able to come up with an enhanced radio program with more participation from   the various sectors or offices of the municipality and the province of Ifugao.

According to Budget Officer of Lagawe and chairperson of Radio Kiphodan Council Magdalena Namingit, the council will meet to finalize the proposals of the participants through a resolution.

Picture1The National Nutrition Council-CAR facilitated two sequential workshops for the Regional Technical Assistants on Nutrition (RTAN) and for the Regional Nutrition Cluster last August 2-4, 2014 at Leisure Coast, Bonuan Binloc, Dagupan City.  The workshops aimed to identify activities to be participated by the RTAN or the TWG members of the Regional Nutrition Committee to reduce malnutrition in the region and to establish nutrition cluster that will respond to the nutrition concerns during disasters and emergencies.

Discussion on the legal mandates on nutrition, review of the 2011-2016 Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition and analysis of the regional nutrition situationer helped the RTAN members in formulating the RTAN  Technical Assistance plan for LGUs particularly for areas with high undernutrition prevalence. Moreover, Regional Nutrition Cluster member representatives were oriented on the operation of the disaster risk reduction and management system in region by the presentations of team from the Office of Civil Defence-CAR led by Dir.  Andrew Alex H. Uy.  The participants discussed the roles and responsibilities of the nutrition cluster and identified some capacity building activities to be undertaken as part of disaster preparedness  for the local nutrition clusters as well as the regional nutrition cluster to be undertaken as part of disaster preparedness.

Participants of the workshops were the focal persons on nutrition from the different regional line agencies. 

Friday, 05 September 2014 10:04

Donations to reduce malnutrition in Ifugao



LAGAWE, IFUGAO – AUGUST 20, 2014 “Barya Mo Para Sa Kalusugan Ko” project of the Provincial Government of Ifugao has decreased malnutrition cases in the province.

Provincial Nutrition Action Officer Dr. Mary Jo P. Dulawan said that the project together with other local initiatives helped lowering the malnutrition rate of Ifugao to 2.37 percent in 2014.

The Office of the Provincial Nutrition Led by Ms. Corazon P. Dawong, the frontline in the implementation of the project has collected P 13, 194.00 in 2013 from various donors. The collected amount was used in their feeding program. Collection boxes and can were placed in government offices, business establishments, associations and other stakeholders.

For this year, there are still 557 identified severe and underweight children in the province who need help.

The positive implementation of the project last year inspired the provincial nutrition office to duplicate the fundraising activity this year which culminated early this month of August with a collection of more than P15, 000.00. The PNO decided to end the project due to the availability of resources to support the nutrition program courtesy of SN ABOITIZ MAGAT and Bethesda feeding program.

Dr. Dulawan greatly appreciated the support and dedication of all donors to the “Barya Mo Para Sa Kalusugan Ko” project.

The National Nutrition Council-Cordillera Administrative Region Office led by Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator Ms. Rita D. Papey appreciated the aggressive implementation and monitoring of various nutrition programs down to the barangay level of Ifugao.

The “Barya Mo Para Sa Kalusugan Ko” project was first implemented in 2006 wherein the malnutrition rate was 77.72 percent or a total of 1,661 underweight and severely underweight preschool children. – Joseph Manzano - The Northern Tribute



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