The saying “Life begins at 40” sounds true for the Municipality of Dingalan, Aurora as it landed to be the 40th Nutriskwela community radio from among the 45 Nutriskwela radio networks established by the National Nutrition Council in 2017. The municipality is also the very first LGU-recipient of the Nutriskwela Community Radio in Central Luzon.
Truly life begins when the municipality chose “Kaedup” to be the radio station’s name. Derived from the tribal dialect “MAEDUP”, which means “Mabuhay”or “Kaagapay sa Buhay”, Radyo Kaedup now literally brings life to its community through the nutrition and development information provided by radio broadcast.
As the song goes, “…and we can build this dream together, stand this storm forever, nothing’s gonna stop us now”. Yes, nothing can stop the expanded Regional Nutrition Evaluation Team of Central Luzon (RNET-CL) from taking a wide stride to start and finish the 2018 Monitoring and Evaluation of Local Level Plan Implementation (MELLPI) from April to August 2018.
The team’s “take off point” for the 2018 MELLPI was the validation visits of the contenders for the 2017 Search for the Regional Outstanding Barangay Nutrition Scholars (ROBNS) held on 23 April to 26 May 2018. The 2017 Search for the ROBNS aims to recognize individuals with outstanding performance in improving the nutrition situation of their respective communities. Participating ROBNS contenders came from the cities of Cabanatuan, Science City of Muñoz, San Jose and Palayan (Nueva Ecija); Malolos and Meycauayan (Bulacan), Angeles, San Fernando and Mabalacat (Pampanga) and from the provinces of Aurora (Dilasag), Bataan (Samal), Nueva Ecija (Talavera), Pampanga (Lubao), Tarlac (La Paz) and Zambales (Candelaria).
On 10 February 2017, the National Nutrition Council (NNC) Central Luzon inked partnership with the Tricycle Operators-Drivers Association (TODA) in Dingalan, Aurora. About 25 drivers and MNC membersheed NNC’s invitation to take part in its project, dubbed as “NGF-10 Kumainments Sticker on Wheels”.
The “NGF-10 Kumainments Sticker on Wheels” is part of the Local Media Campaign of NNC Central Luzon which involved the posting of 10 Kumainments stickers in public transport such as tricycles and “tri-bike” wheelers as venue to convey the 10 simple messages of the Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos or its popularized version 10 Kumainments.
The launching program also included a short lecture on 10 Kumainments to help the TODA members appreciate and understand better the messages that they carry with them. As “carrier” of the 10 Kumainments sticker, the TODA members committed to bring the messages wherever they go such as “Kumain ng iba’t-ibang pagkain”, “Sa unang 6 months ni baby breastfeeding lamang; mula 6 months, bigyan din siya ng ibang angkop na pagkain”, among others. The most well-liked 10 Kumainments messages amongthe TODAmembers are: Kumainment No. 8 “Hinay-hinay sa maaalat, mamantika at matatamis and Kumainment No. 10 “Maging aktibo. Iwasan ang alak; huwag manigarilyo”, as most of them wants to help curve or stop the habit of drinking alcoholic beverages and smoking of cigarettes, among the populace and even among themselves.
One of the highlights of the activity was the hand-over of the 11 pieces of steel rules and 11 sets of BNS Kits to the Association of Barangay Captains President Mr. Victor Maneja, Barangay Captain Abner Narciso and BNS Melany Arsenas, President of Dingalan BNS Federation. The hand-over of the steel rules was done during the discussion of Kumainment No. 9 “Panatilihin ang Wastong Timbang”, where NO III Angelita M. Pasos emphasized the role of the BNSes in the conduct of OPT Plus and reweighing of 0-71 month of preschool children, as part of the Growth Monitoring Promotion activity, to ensure the improvement of nutritional status of children in the barangays.
May 22, 2018, Benigno Aquino Conference Hall, City of San Fernando, Pampanga. The National Nutrition Council-Region III, along with the participants from various Local Government Units in Pampanga and national government agencies in Central Luzon joined the seminar on Flag and Heraldic Code of the Philippines.
The seminar was spearheaded by the National Historical Commission with Mr. Teodoro Atienza as resource person. Mr. Atienza discussed the proper protocols and practices that should be observed in respect and recognition to the Philippine Flag pursuant to Republic Act 8491 or commonly known as the Paggalang sa Watawat.
On 24 January 2017, the National Nutrition Council was among the 22 agencies that witnessed the launching of the Philippines' Chairmanship of the Association of South East Asian Nation (ASEAN) Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC) Pillar at the Marquee Mall in Angeles City, Pampanga. Led by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) as chair and the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) as co-chair, the launching was participated by the following agencies (in alphabetical order): ASEAN Center for Biodiversity (ACB), Civil Service Commission (CSC), Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC), Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Department of Education (DepEd), Department of Health (DOH), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC), National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA), National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC),National Nutrition Council (NNC), National Youth Commission (NYC), Philippine Commission on Women (PCW), Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), Philippine Sports Commission (PSC), Philippine Information Agency, Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).
The ASEAN envisions a community that encompasses all faces of life, as reflected by its political-security, economic, and socio-cultural pillars which seeks to build a caring and sharing society that is inclusive and sensitive to the needs of the community, particularly the marginalized and vulnerable sector of the Philippines’ society.
As the old adage says, “when it rains, it pours”, NNC-Region III experienced another well-attended gathering of Central Luzon government information officers and multi-media practitioners to support the full implementation of the Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition (PPAN), 2017-2022.
After the successful National Launch of PPAN in Iloilo City on 2 May, National Nutrition Council-organized regional media groups marched on to their respective regions to spread the battle cry “Sa PPAN, panalo ang bayan”. Highly motivated and driven by its commitment during its participation in the Regional Media Group’s Planning Workshop in Iloilo City, Central Luzon Media Group (CLMG) immediately decided to convene its members to revitalize and restore what the group had started in 2013.
May 23, although a rainy Tuesday afternoon, 24-member representatives of the CLMG convened at the conference room of the new building of the Department of Trade and Industry-Region III located at the Diosdado Macapagal Government Center, Barangay Maimpis, City of San Fernando, Pampanga.
Why “it pours”? It is just because of many reasons. Firstly, it was the first time, after the CLMG was established in September 2013, that all group members, old and new were present; Secondly, the original CLMG leader in 2013, Pampanga Press Club was also present and all members from the media were well-represented; Thirdly, it was the very first time that the DTI-Region III sponsored a meeting in its newly-built regional office (former office was in Angeles City); Fourth, four of the five CLMG representatives who attended the National Launch of the PPAN, 2017-2022 in Iloilo City on 2 May 2017 shared their learnings, insights and commitment to PPAN, and Lastly, a new set of officers was finally installed, after three attempts since its inception in 2013.