The duck dispersal project for ECCD beneficiaries is one of the identified projects of the municipality of Bato, Camarines Sur under the Home and Community Food Production component of the ECCD F1K program. This project aims to increase the nutritional needs of the families through consumption of protein source of food like poultry meat, eggs and for use in complementary feeding for young children.
The livelihood project covers 20 barangays of Bato, Camarines Sur. The distribution of ducks to ECCD beneficiaries was facilitated by the Municipal Agriculture and Nutrition Action Officers (MAO and MNAO). A turn-over ceremony was held on 11 June for the initial distribution of ducklings to five (5) barangays, namely: Barangays Sagrada, San Juan, San Rafael, Mainit, and San Miguel prioritizing those families with nutritionally-at-risk pregnant women and mothers with 6-23 months old children.
The Early Child Care and Development F1K Program addresses the call for a holistic approach for the provision of health, nutrition, education, and social welfare services to children 0-8 years old, but with an even refined focus on the First 1000 days of life. The ECCD-F1K covers pregnancy period and the first 2 years of life of the child or the First 1000 days of life. This period has been called the “golden window of opportunity” duringwhich delivery of health, nutrition, and early learning interventions would result to optimum physical and brain development.
In Region V, there are four (4) Local Government Units with ECCD-F1K Program funded by the National Government through the National Nutrition Council. These LGUs ave their own ECCD-F1K Plans that are being implemented to address the problems on stunting and wasting, and prevent maternal deaths among pregnant women.
Special events in Sipocot, Camarines Sur were held on 7-8 June 2018 with Mother’s Classes Graduation, HAKAB Na Sipocoteῆos, and Buntis Congress 2018. These activities aimed to increase awareness of the community about the F1K program in the community and to generate community participation and commitment to enable conduct of F1K related activities such as IYCF and Home Food Production. There were 351 mothers from 21 barangays of Sipocot who completed the Idol Ko Si Nanay Learning Session and Participatory Cooking Demonstration. PNC Henedina V. Betito was the Guest Speaker, and she encouraged the parents and MNC members to continuously support and encourage other pregnant women, women planning to get pregnant, and mother of children 0-23 months to attend nutrition education classes for optimal breastfeeding and complementary feeding. The F1K also aims to facilitate adoption of desired behaviors to contribute to the reduction in the prevalence of nutritionally-at-risk pregnant women and stunting among children 0-23 months old, increase breastfeeding rates and improve complementary feeding practices. In closing, she encouraged all the ECCD workers to sustain the interest among target groups and stakeholders in the implementation of the program. Vice-Mayor Elizabeth O. Abergos and Kagawad on Health Jeane M. Chan likewise shared their respective message to the graduating mothers and thanked NNC for this special program in Sipocot.
The National Nutrition Council – Region 5 led by NPC Arlene R. Reario together with ECCD F1K – PNC Betito, handed over the 2017 funds for the implementation of the program components on mother’s classes, nutrition education, home food production, and monitoring to all the ECCD F1K areas in Camarines Sur, namely Iriga City and the municipalities of Bato, Libmanan, and Sipocot with a total number of 190 barangays. These areas were considered to have the highest magnitude of poverty ranging from 23% to 40.3%.
The municipality of Bato was the first to receive its financial assistance on 7 April at Rotber’s Garden, Sta. Cruz, Bato, Camarines Sur during the consultative meeting for Nutrition Early Warning System for Food and Nutrition Security, with Mayor Francisco B. Bernaldez.
Finally, ECCD F1K has begun in the City. The Joint Training for Home Food Production, Food Demonstration on Complementary Feeding, and Distribution of Planting Source and Height Board was held on from 27 September up to 9 October in 4 batches. Led by CNAO Rosa Jeannie P. Bolivar and City Administrator and Agriculturist, Mr. Ruben De los Santos, first batch was held in the morning of 27 September, with 60 beneficiaries composed of pregnant and lactating mothers, and mothers with 0-23 months old children. The same number of beneficiaries attended the second batch on the same day. This was supported by their respective Barangay Captains and Chairs of the Committee on Health with the very hardworking BNSs and BHWs. At present, barangay communal gardens are now in place in most barangays. Soon, these vegetables will be harvested not only in the communal gardens but in their own homes too. Meantime, the ECCD Team has started to monitor the various barangays in their food production activities. In fact, pechay has started to grow already. Soon, many children and mothers would enjoy eating these vegetables. Fresh, organic vegetables, anyone?
Writeshop cum Workshop for the Formulation of the RDP 2017-2022 of Bicol conducted by NEDA Regional Office V, Arimbay, Legazpi City on 29 November 2016.
The SDC Technical Staff led by Director Agnes Espinas of NEDA organized the Planning-Workshop for the formulation of the Regional Development Plan 2017-2022 of Bicol.
The National Nutrition Council, represented by NO III Valeza, participated in writing the plan chapter on “Reducing inequality in opportunities for human development”. The Writeshop cum Planning-Workshop was attended by more than sixty (60) focal persons of the different government agencies including Provincial/City Planning Officers from 6 provinces and 7 cities, representatives from people’s organizations, and officials from State Universities and Colleges in the region. The participants were grouped according to their agency’s assigned Chapter. The draft RDP 2017-2022 has 22 Chapters and nutrition was under Chapter 11 under human development as an end in itself. Other agencies involved on this chapter include DOH, PopCom, DOLE, TESDA, CHED and DepED. This chapter focuses on the following: to improve outcomes in nutrition, health (i.e. guarantee services that provide care for all stages, ensure the accessibility of services through universal health coverage), and basic education (i.e. provision of quality, accessible, relevant and liberating basic education for all).
Completion of the draft RDP 2017-2022 is expected on 6 December 2016 when the group meets again. ( NO III Valeza)
NNC Legazpi City - 30 May 2017. The quest for the Best 2016 Barangay Nutrition Scholar (BNS) continues. Today, the written examination for the respective 2016 Outstanding BNSs from all over the region are at Jennifer’s Kababayan Hotel in Legazpi City for their 1.5 hour written examination. Yesterday afternoon, Naga City’s 2016 Outstanding BNS, Florenia D. Mariano, together with the city’s District Nutrition Program Coordinator, Ms. Raquel B. Buere, were already in Legazpi City to ensure early arrival at the venue and relax before the day of the examination. We are sure that all the contenders from various cities and provinces in the region studied hard and prepared well for this examination. Two OBNSs particularly from the provinces of Catanduanes and Masbate no longer joined today’s examination as the same test was administered to their respective OBNS during the team’s evaluation in their barangays held on 22 and 26 May, respectively. The provincial outstanding BNS of Masbate is Lalaine A. Recaña from Brgy Sawang, Aroroy while the POBNS of Catanduanes is Evelyn Q. Magtagob from Brgy Palnab del Sur, Virac.
As in the past years, the written examination was prepared by NNC Central Office, and the same test is given to all contenders to the Search for 2016 Regional OBNS in the country. The Bicol Regional Nutrition Evaluation Team for this year, with Ms. Anneli Alejo of POPCOM Region 5 as the Chairperson, will meet and deliberate the results of 2016 Regional Outstanding BNS on the 6th of June. Good luck to all contenders to the Search for Bicol region’s 2016 outstanding Barangay Nutrition Scholar. (arr/nnc 5)