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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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tagudinTagudin, Ilocos Sur- The Municipality of Tagudin, Ilocos Sur through Mayor Jose Bunoan, Jr. committed their full support to the Food and Nutrition Security-Early Warning System (FNS-EWS) Project of the National Nutrition Council (NNC) during the preliminary visit to the municipality and FNS-EWS orientation conducted by NNC Regional Office last November 11, 2014 atTagudin Municipal Hall. The orientation was attended by members of the Municipal Nutrition Committee (MNC) spearheaded by the MNC Chairperson, Mayor Bunoan including Presidents of the Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNS) and Barangay Health Workers (BHWs)Federations.

Ms. Ma. Eileen Blanco, Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator of NNC Region I said in her message that Tagudin, Ilocos Sur was chosen as an area for the EWS-FNS because of its high prevalence rate of malnutrition based on the 2013 Operation Timbang Results. “Thisis a specific type of food security information system that provides timely notice of impending acute food security crises,” she added.

Ms. Charmaine Joy Jimeno, Municipal Nutrition Action Officer of Tagudin and Ms. Gretchen Nisperos, Nutrition Officer I of NNC-ROI presented the municipal and regional nutrition situations, respectively, based on the latest OPT Plus results. Mr. Kendall Gatan, Nutrition Officer III of NNC-ROI on the other hand, discussed the overview of the project especially on how the LGU of Tagudin will be benefited from it.

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BJMPSan Fernando City, La Union- In celebration of the National Correctional Consciousness Week (NACOCOW) of the Regional Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (RBJMP1), Nutrition Officer I Gretchen J. Nisperos of National Nutrition Council Region 1 acted as a resource person on Food Handling and Management during the kick off activities conducted last October 22, 2014 at Camp Florendo, Parian, San Fernando City.

The activity was highlighted with a cooking competition dubbed as “Master Mess Officer Season II” which was participated by 20 wardens and mess officers of the region. Ms. Nisperos served as chairperson of the board of judges. The winning recipes were: Inabraw of Agoo Municipal Jail (Champion), Mush-Ampalaya Dinengdeng of Badoc Municipal Jail (First Runner Up), and Squash- Malunggay Patties of Naguilian Municipal Jail (Second Runner Up).

The cooking contest also served as avenue towards food innovations that would cater and sustain the nutritional well-being of the inmates considering the very limited budget allocation per day for each individual.

Relative to the celebration, NO I Nisperos emphasized the importance of food safety and proper food handling and management to protect the nutritional well-being of the inmates.

Senior Inspector Clifford Jay F. Calanoga, Chief of Inmates and Welfare Development believes that much is still needed to improve and scale up their jail messing system region wide. 

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BANGUIBantay, Ilocos Sur-Local Government Units (LGUs) and Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNSs) with exemplary performance in the implementation of local nutrition programs were given due recognition during the 2014 Regional Nutrition Awarding Ceremony (RNAC) held on October 02, 2014 at One Vittoria Hotel, Bantay, Ilocos Sur attended by around 160 guests and awardees coming from the different partners in the region. 

The event was graced by Mrs. Carmelita Abalos, Keynote Speaker and President of the Nutrition Action Officers Association of the Philippines and City Nutrition Action Officer of Mandaluyong City who shared the City’s best practices on nutrition program implementation such as being the pioneer in the installation of breastfeeding area/center in private workplaces and even in the barangays, Task Force Batang Ina and Monthly Fun Run.

The Municipality of Bangui, Ilocos Norte was awarded as the Consistent Regional Outstanding Winner on Nutrition (CROWN) after bagging the Green Banner Award for three consecutive years. At the City level, Candon bagged the Regional Green Banner Award while Galimuyod, Ilocos Sur and Rosario, La Union had been adjudged as Provincial Green Banner Awardees in their respective provinces.

Ms. Liezel Jose of Barangay Barani, Batac City bagged the Regional Outstanding Barangay Nutrition Scholar (OBNS). She was awarded a plaque of recognition and a total cash award of 20,000.00. First and Second Runner Up OBNS went to Ms. Eleanor Casem of Brgy. Carisquiz, Luna, La Union and Ms. Widna Galuardo of Calumbaya, Galimuyod, Ilocos Sur, respectively.

Regional Nutrition Evaluation Team Members (RNET) who participated in the 2014 Monitoring and Evaluation of Local Level Plan Implementation (MELLPI) were also recognized for their active participation during the conduct of the MELLPI.

Nutrition Program Coordinator Ma. Eileen Blanco thanked all the delegates for the successful conduct of the 2014 awarding ceremony and challenged the awardees to “keep the fire burning” in implementing nutrition programs in their respective areas and challenged  areas to strive harder and join the MELLPI the next year.

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FORUMDagupan City- The local media conference or talakayan initiated by the Regional Organization of Nutrition Development Advocates (RONDA) through the Kapisanan ng mga Broadcasters ng Pilipinas (KBP)-Pangasinan Chapter in coordination with the National Nutrition Council- Regional Office I was held last September 25, 2014 at City Deluxe, Dagupan City, Pangasinan. This was participated by the officers of the Regional League of Nutrition Action Officers (RLNAOs), NNC and local media partners.

The panelists include Nutrition Program Coordinator Ma. Eileen B. Blanco, Mr. Floramante I. Yadao, RLNAOs President and Ms. Remelina Maglaya, RLNAOs Vice-President while the conference was moderated by RONDA Chairman Mr. Bernie Errasquin of DZMQ Radyong Bayan and Mr. Jay Mendoza, President of the KBP-Pangasinan Chapter & RONDA Member. The event aims to inform the public on the nutrition situation of Region I based on the newly released 8th National Nutrition Survey Result of the Food and Nutrition Research Institute-DOST and existing nutrition programs of NNC and the different LGUs to address and combat malnutrition.

Nutrition Program Coordinator Ma. Eileen Blanco emphasized during the discussion the importance of convergence, putting together all efforts of the different sectors including government and non-government organizations, private sectors and quad-media partners in addressing hunger and malnutrition in the region.

The conference was aired live over DZMQ Radyo ng Bayan- Dagupan and Sonshine Radio- Dagupan, with special telecast on ABS-CBN TV Patrol Central Luzon and will be replayed with other local radio stations in the region. 

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