In the effort to strengthen the Salt Iodization Program as the primary intervention to ensure iodine sufficiency and eradicate the Iodine Deficiency Disorders among the vulnerable population groups in the region, the NNC together with DOH 09 holds regular meetings with the members of the Regional Bantay Asin Task-Force (RBATF) to discuss status of program implementation as well as issues and concerns arising during its implementation.
The Department of Health (DOH 09) and the National Nutrition Council 09 convened a meeting the members of the Regional and Local Bantay Asin Task Force on 22 June 2018 at the Grand Astoria Hotel, Zamboanga City. A total of 12 RBATF members were in attendance.
The second year of the NNC coordinated Early Childhood Care and Development in the 1st 1000 Days (ECCD-F1K) Program has put in full action the implementation of various program components that will provide continuum of care and services for the child in the first 1000 days from pregnancy of the mother to the child’s second birthday.
To ensure that the planned activities will be fully implemented as scheduled within the given timeframe, a Joint Meeting of ECCD F1K Zamboanga del Sur Provincial and Municipal Core Groups was organized and facilitated by the National Nutrition Council Region 9 with the aim of identifying issues and barriers affecting timely program implementation. The meeting was held on 3 May 2018 at the Hotel Guillermo, Pagadian City. The meeting was attended by the core groups of the ECCD F1K Program sites namely Aurora, Kumalarang and Mahayag as well as the Provincial focal persons of the program. Composing the core groups were the heads of offices from the health, Agriculture, Social Welfare & Development, Accounting office and the Nutrition Action Officers.
The National Nutrition Council together with the Regional Nutrition &anti-Hunger Committee, Zamboanga Peninsula held the Regional Dissemination of the Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition (PPAN) 2017-2022 on 05 December 2017 at the Palacio Del Sur Hotel and Convention Center, Zamboanga City. The PPAN is the Country’s framework for nutrition action. It serves as a guide for national governments, local government units, non-government organization, development partners and other stakeholders who wants to be involved in nutrition actions to address malnutrition particularly stunting and wasting, micronutrient deficiency and obesity.
The forum gathered 137 participants from all over the region. In attendance were some Local Chief Executives, Nutrition Action Officers, District/City Nutrition Program Coordinator, Barangay Nutrition scholars, Media partners, NGOs and RNAHC Members. The Chairperson of the Regional Development Council IX (RDC) Mayor Annamel Olegario delivered the keynote message stating her strong support for the PPAN. The Chairperson who is also the mayor of Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay underscored the importance of good nutrition to development as she committed to support the PPAN in her municipality and be a nutrition champion among the other LCEs in the RDC.
The battle cry “Sa PPAN: Panalo ang Bayan!” sought to motivate the participants to be involved in transforming the PPAN 2017-2022 into local actions to fight malnutrition. Thus, the activity focused on deepening the understanding and appreciation of local officials and critical nutrition partners on the effect of malnutrition particularly on stunting and wasting in children as well as treat it as a development problem.
“Health Education: A key to a better living!” is the theme of the BS Social Work (BSSW) Students of Western Mindanao State University (WMSU) in their community outreach in Vale Vista Phase II, Barangay Kasanyangan, Zamboanga City. Assisted by the NGO -- Integrated Resource Development for Tri-People (IRDT) of Zamboanga City, the BSSW students organized an integrated nutrition, health and food security information class on February 2, 2018 where thirty-five (35) Muslim Women of different ethnic groups participated.
The objective of the activity is to equip the women specially mothers/child caregivers in the resettlement community the necessary nutrition and healthcare information to live healthy life. The class provided the women with appropriate knowledge and skills to practice in feeding children, taking care of personal hygiene and waste disposal as well as maintaining a sustainable vegetable gardens within their home yard.
Barangay Nutrition Scholar (BNS), Angelie B. Mamentod or fondly called “Angel” is an indigenous resident of Barangay Milagrosa in Alicia, Zamboanga Sibuagy. Angelie is 29- years old married and has a daughter aged 5 years old. She has a natural passion for community service and her persistent tagging along with the Barangay Health Workers during home visits had caught the notice of the Punong Barangay who appointed her as the Barangay Nutrition Scholar in 2014 upon observing her interest to serve in the community.
Zamboanga Peninsula is one of the regions piloted by the National Nutrition Council in scaling up the Local Nutrition Early Warning System (LNEWS-FNS). To date the region has a total of four municipalities where the LNEWS-FNS is in placed and data generated being utilized by the LGUUs for planning purposes. At one area per year since 2014, the municipalities with functional LNEWS-FNS are Polanco, ZDN, Diplahan, ZSP, Kumalarang, ZDS and Jose Dalman, ZDN.
The LNEWS-FNS is a surveillance system that aims to build capacities of the local officials and workers in collecting , analyzing , reporting and utilizing food security and nutrition data for evidence - based decision making and program planning. Implementation of the system has generated various practical experiences among LGUs. To mention a few these are the following: 1) high level of acceptance by the LGU to the program, 2) Active involvement and cooperation of the data collectors and the sentinel barangays, and 3) result of the survey was used in planning.