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DZNPCervantes, Ilocos Sur- The DZNP-FM 93.5Mhz Nutriskwela Radyo Kabinnadang in Ilocos Sur Polythecnic State College (ISPSC) is now officially on air after its inauguration and blessing last May 20, 2015 witnessed by the Community Radio Council, station personnel,and NNC officials.

Radyo Kabinnadang is one of the 35 Nutriskwela Community Radio Stations established by the National Nutrition Council in partnership with LGUs and State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) and the second nutriskwela radio station in Region I with the objective of empowering community through the dissemination of correct, relevant and up-to-date nutrition and health information, as well as education and developmental information from all sectors.

The National Nutrition Council represented by Ma. Eileen Blanco, Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator of NNC- Region I and Ms.Catherine Villanueva, Nutrition Officer II of NNC- Central Office turned-over the National Telecommunication Commission (NTC) license to operate to ISPSC-Cervantes represented by President Rafael Querubin and Cervantes Campus Director Renato Sawey during the closing ceremony of the concluded hands-on training on Community Radio Broadcasting organized and facilitated by the MQ Mediazone Productions, NNC’s media partner led by Ms. Mackay Quadra, Mr. Mario Garcia, Mr. Francis “Kiko” Flores and Mr. Andy Vital.

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CGSBaguio City—A total of 92 nutrition planners and frontline workers coming from the different Local Government Units of LUPang Ilocos Region were trained on World Health Organization- Child Growth Standards (WHO-CGS) held last April 28-30, 2015 in Hotel Veniz. The training aims to capacitate nutrition workers on WHO-CGS, strengthen the implementation of the Operation Timbang Plus and to promote full adoption of the CGS. The training was organized by the National Nutrition Council-I and was funded by the Department of Health- Regional Office.

The training was divided into three batches with Municipal/City Nutrition Action Officers (MNAOs) and selected District/City Nutrition Program Coordinators (D/CNPCs) and Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNSs) as participants.

In her welcome message, Nutrition Program Coordinator Ma. Eileen Blanco explained that the training is undertaken to ensure accuracy of OPT results and capacitate all P/C/MNAOs on the promotion of optimum child growth and development through the enhanced implementation of Growth Monitoring and Promotion (GMP) and Operation Timbang Plus (OPT+) using the WHO-CGS. She added that after the training, participants are expected to acquire knowledge and skills on nutrition assessment and submit reliable and accurate data.

The facilitators of the training were composed of technical experts on WHO-CGS namely: Ms. Teresita Ramos, PNAO of Laguna; Ms. Jeline M. Corpuz, Nutrition Officer II of NNC- Central Office; Ms. Ma. Eileen Blanco, NPC of NNC-Region I; Mr. Kendall A. Gatan, Nutrition Officer III of NNC-Region I; Ms. Wendy M. Mana-a, Nutrition Officer II of NNC-CAR; Ms. Rosalina P. Estillore, DNPC of La Union, Ms. Jennie B. Apilas, DNPC of La Union; Ms. Rafaela Milagros C. Ducusin, DNPC of Baguio City; and Ms. Lourdes U. Aduan, MNAO of Rosario, La Union.

The participants are expected to re-echo learnings from the training to their barangay health and nutrition partners. GJN/KPAG

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RLNAOs LOGOSan Fernando City, La Union— As a strategy to increase awareness on good nutrition in LUPang Ilocos Region, the League of Nutrition Action Officers in Region I, Inc. (RLNAOs) will be conducting a “Raffle for a Cause” on July 2015. The raffle for a cause will be conducted during the launching of the Regional Nutrition Month Celebration.

The proceeds of the activity will be utilized for reproduction of Nutrition IEC Materials particularly the 10 Kumainments, the popular version of the 10 Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos to be distributed to the top 10 nutritionally depressed municipalities (NDMs) in Region I that were identified based on the 2014 Operation Timbang Plus (OPT+) result.

The proceeds will also be used in the conduct of nutrition civic advocacy activity targeting the most nutritionally depressed municipality in the region in partnership with the Regional Organization of Nutrition and Development Advocates (RONDA).

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aaaCaoayan, Ilocos Sur - The Department of Health – Regional Office 1 conducted a 3 day orientation/training on the use of the Iodine Checker Machine from February 17-20, 2015 at Alad Bar and Resort, Caoayan, Ilocos –Participants of the training were Municipal Nutrition Action Officers (MNAOs) from the provinces of La Union, Iocos Norte and Ilocos Sur including and Ms. Nancy E. Paclos of NNC Region 1.

The training aims to introduce the Iodine Checker Machine as a monitoring tool in the implementation of the ASIN Law and to train MNAOs on the proper use and operation of the Iodine Checker Machine for accurate results.

Dra. Amelia Dumaoang, Medical Officer IV and Focal Person of the ASIN Program explained that MNAOs play a very important role in the ASIN Law particularly in monitoring compliance of the Law.

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EWS-FNS PICSThe Municipality of Tagudin, Ilocos Sur, as the identified pilot area for expansion in Region 1 of the Early Warning System- Food and Nutrition Security (EWS-FNS) conducted a 4-day training on Early Warning System-Food and Nutrition Security for Municipal EWS Team and Household Enumerators on February 10-13, 2015 at  Villa D’ El-Lita, Sudipen, La Union. This project was first established in some areas in the country and is one of the NNC’s commitments to expand and sustain the effort towards its establishment in other municipalities and these areas shall serve as models for scaling up of the food and nutrition security EWS in as many areas in the country.

The training which was composed of 12 technical sessions for the Municipal EWS Team and 6 sessions for Household Survey Enumerators was facilitated by Ms. Ma. Cynthia B. Vengco, Nutrition Officer III of the Nutrition Surveillance Division- NNC Central Office, together with Ms. Ma. Eileen B. Blanco, Nutrition Program Coordinator of NNC-ROI and Mr. Kendall A. Gatan, Nutrition Officer III of NNC-ROI.

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PPBauang, La Union- With the aim of enhancing the knowledge and skills of Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNSs) on nutrition through capacity building and continuing education, the LUPang Ilocos Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNS) Federation, Inc. in coordination with the National Nutrition Council- Regional Office I held its 1st Nutrition Symposium and General Assembly last February 17, 2015 at Marand Resort and Spa, Bauang, La Union which was attended by around 50 officers from the regional, provincial and city BNS Federations.

The event was highlighted with presentations and discussions on Basic Computer and Documentation Processes by Mr. Cesar O. Obar, Publisher, Weekly City Bulletin and  Ms. Joan Gonzales, of the Information Communication Technology (ICT), DOH-ROI, respectively. The presentations gave BNSs a wider and deeper appreciation of their roles and responsibilities as frontline workers in their respective communities.

Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator of NNC-ROI, Ma. Eileen B. Blanco emphasized in her message that the said symposium is designed to capacitate each BNS on how to document and package best practices in nutrition program implementation.

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TARP11 February 2015—The League of Nutrition Action Officers in Region I, Inc. (RLNAOs) in cooperation with the Provincial Nutrition Office of Ilocos Sur and in coordination with the National Nutrition Council- Regional Office I (NNC-ROI) will hold its 21st Annual Conference cum General Assembly on March 11-13, 2015 at Nueva Segovia Consortium Cooperatives (NSCC) Plaza, Caoayan, Ilocos Sur. This year’s conference will be hosted by the Province of Ilocos Sur.

The conference with the theme: “RLNAOs: Responding to the Increasing Incidence of Overnutrition, Gearing up for New Challenges” will focus on overnutrition as one of the major factors in developing non-communicable diseases.

One of the highlights of the activity will be the regional launching of the 10 Kumainments. The 10 Kumainments was developed by the National Nutrition Council as the popular version of the Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos to promote positive nutrition practices to prevent malnutrition and encourage healthy lifestyle among the Filipinos. It consists of shorter and simpler messages for better recall and understanding.

Around 200 nutrition action officers, local nutrition committee members and other local-based nutrition workers are expected to attend the activity.

The conference will be an avenue for nutrition action officers and nutrition partners to learn more and be updated on nutrition. (KPAG)

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PIRrrBauang, La Union – The NNC- Regional Office I conducted the annual Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition- Program Implementation Review (PPAN-PIR) last January 8-9, 2015 at Marand Resort and Spa, Bauang, La Union to assess the implementation of local PPAN implementation in the region.

The PPAN is the country’s blueprint in addressing hunger and malnutrition in the country. It provides the framework for improving the nutritional status of Filipinos. The periodic assessment of local PPAN implementation is essential to determine whether programs and projects were done as planned and whether resources are utilized efficiently.

Around 25 participants from the provinces, cities and municipalities of the region including Presidents of the Regional League of Nutrition Action Officers (RLNAOs), BNS Federation and D/CNPC Federation attended the PIR.

Nutrition Officer III Kendall Pilgrim A. Gatan presented the overview of the activity and Updated PPAN 2014-2016, while Ms. Gretchen Nisperos presented the Regional Nutrition Situation. Mr. Gatan explained that much is still needed to be done to achieve the PPAN targets as well as the MDG targets.

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Civic Advocacy28 November 2014-- With the objective of increasing awareness of the community on proper health and nutrition particularly families with underweight preschool children, the National Nutrition Council in coordination with the Regional Organization of Nutrition Development Advocates (RONDA), local media group in Region I, conducted a one day civic advocacy activity in Salomague Sur, Bugallon, Pangasinan which was attended by around 100 participants from the barangay particularly, parents of undernourished children, barangay officials and barangay volunteers.

The event was graced by Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator Ma. Eileen Blanco, Municipal Administrator Amado Aquino, Provincial Nutritionist-Dietitian Mila Gutierez, Barangay Captain Edilbrando Maza and the members of RONDA.

Bugallon was chosen as the venue of the activity because based on the 2013 OPT results, the municipality is included in the top 100 cities/municipalities nationwide with high incidence of underweight and severely underweight among 0-23 months old preschool children.

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Cervantes, Ilocos Sur—Empowering the community through radio to disseminate correct, current and relevant nutrition and health information from all concerned sectors of the community, government agencies and non-government agencies” – this is the goal of the radio program established by the National Nutrition Council (NNC) at the Ilocos Sur Polytechnic State College- Cervantes Campus.

Nutriskwela Community Radio Network Program was launched inside the ISPSC campus during the orientation and ocular visit conducted last November 13, 2014 at the College Canteen, ISPSC. The orientation was spearheaded by Ms. Jovita Raval, Division Chief of NIED- NNC, Mr. Francis “Kiko” Flores, NNC Media Partner of MQ Mediazone and Ms. Ma. Eileen B. Blanco, Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator of NNC-Region I and was attended by the officials and faculty members of the ISPSC- Cervantes Campus with ISPSC President, Dr. Rafael B. Querubin.

A total of 25 nutriskwela radio stations were already established nationwide and this project is a part of the Phase IV expansion on the establishment of additional 10 radio network programs which will complete the 35 stations by 2015.

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