29 November 2013- As part of the Communication and Advocacy Plan of the National Nutrition Council, LUPang ilocos, a stakeholders forum was held at the Hotel Ariana, Paringao, Bauang, La Union. It was attended by participants coming from the Regional Nutrition Committee, Provincial/City Nutrition Action Officers, District and City Nutrition Program Coordinators, Officers of the Regional League of NAOs, Region I and the LUPang Ilocos BNS Federation Inc., selected representatives from the State Colleges and niversities, Non-Government Organizations including some media partners.
OIC Rose Lulu P. Pagaduan stressed that the objective of the forum is to increase the level of awareness of the public and draw support from the various stakeholders for the continuing promotion and advocacy of the Revised NGF. Participants were not only encouraged to promote it but to adopt them in their daily lives and serve as models of good health and nutrition.
Invited speakers from the Department of Health, Regional Office I as well as from the LGU of Ilocos Norte shared their insghts and experinces on the NGF messages especially message no. 10 regarding the practice of healthy lifestyle to address malnutrition and non-communicable diseases which are the emerging problems in the country.
The challenge to support the advocacy campaign in promoting the 10 Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos was an assurance made by the stakeholders.
Ms. Mency V. Tolentino, MNAO of Bacarra, Ilocos Norte, Ms. Elma S. Irapta, PNAO of Ilcocos Norte, Ms. Remelina M. Maglaya, PNAO of La Union, Ms. Rosalina Estillore, DNPC of La Union and Ms. Analiza S. Miranda, DNPC of Pangasinan served as trainor-facilitators.
The training consisted of a variety of learning methods like lecture-discussions, role-plays, practice sessions and group activities. During the preparation of re-entry plans, PNAO Irapta emphasized on the need
OIC- NPC Rose Lulu P. Pagaduan commended everybody for their presence ad active participation during the training. Finally, she emphasized on the actions to be taken for the efficient and effective management of their local nutrition program
San Fernando City, La Union- The 2012 Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos (NGF) was successfully launched at the Sea & Sky Hotel on September 23, 2013 by the National Nutrition Council (NNC) Regional Office I headed by Ms. Rose Lulu P. Pagaduan, OIC-Nutrition Program Coordinator and all stakeholders of LUPangIlocos region.
The NGF consists of ten (10) primary recommendations to promote good health through proper nutrition. The messages include both food-based and behavior-driven guidelines to address current nutritional and dietary concerns. The goal of the NGF is the improvement of the nutritional status, productivity and quality of life of the population, through adoption of desirable dietary practices and healthy lifestyle.
A ribbon cutting of the Exhibit on the10 NGF Messages and ceremonial signing of the Pledge of Commitment for its promotion and advocacy was held. The members of the Regional Nutrition Committee (RNC), the Regional Nutrition Planning and Evaluation Team (RNPET), the Regional League of Nutrition Action Officers, Region I, Inc., the Regional Organization of Nutrition Development Advocates (RONDA) or the local media group of Region I, the Provincial and City Nutrition Action Officers (P/CNAOs), the District/City Nutrition Program Coordinators (D/CNPCs) and the LUPang Ilocos BNS Fedration Inc. witnessed the event. Assistant Regional Director, Benito F. Arca of DOH-Center for Health Development I served as the Guest of Honor and Speaker during the occasion.
The advocacy campaign through the “EXPO” was believed to be the start of the widest dissemination of the NGF in the region in order to improve the nutritional status of the Ilocanos and Pangasinenses through proper nutrition and healthy lifestyle practices.
Laoag City- The Regional LUPangIlocos District/City Nutrition Program Coordinators (D/CNPCs) and Barangay Nutrition Scholar (BNS) Federation, Inc. just recently held their 3rd congress last September 20, 2013 at the Plaza del Norte Convention Center. This was hosted by the Province of Ilocos Norte with the National Nutrition Council (NNC), Regional Office I serving as the overall coordinator of the event.
This year’s regional congress is guided by the theme, “Gutom at Malnutrisyon: D/CNPCs and BNSs, Kaagapay sa Solusyon” to highlight their important roles in addressing hunger and malnutrition in their respective localities and in line with the nutrition month celebration theme. The regional congress this year was remarkably successful because around 796 delegates coming from the four (4) provinces, namely Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union and Pangasinan including the seven (7) cities of the region, Batac, Candon, Dagupan, Laoag, San Fernando, Urdaneta, and Vigan City attended.
The National Nutrition Council (NNC) Regional Office I in collaboration with the Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Division (AMADs) of the Department of Agriculture Regional Field Unit I (DA RFU) shared “Nutrition Concepts” and “The Important Role of Barangay Food Terminal (BFT) during the recently conducted Management & Capability Enhancement Training for Barangay Food Terminal Operators of Brgy. San Marcelino, Dingras, Ilocos Norte.
The BFT in Barangay San Marcelino was the 3rd one built in the marginalized and depressed barangays in the Province of Ilocos Norte, which aims to make foods available and accessible for the residents of the barangay and to ensure the sale of fresh and quality foods products such meat, poultry, fish, vegetables, fruits, and root crops. It also allows creation of employment opportunities and empowering the residents of the barangays through the livelihood components like food processing and packaging, which means bringing more food on the table for the residents and families of Barangay San Marcelino.
With the management and capability enhancement training, residents of the area were informed on the importance of good nutrition in their daily lives, that a BFT is established to serve as outlet of nutritious, safe, and affordable food commodities, and more importantly, on how to address the prevailing issues on hunger and malnutrition particularly among the vulnerable groups which include infants, growing children, as well as the pregnant and lactating women.
The annual activity is conducted at the provincial, city, municipal and barangay levels in order to assess the efficiency of local level plan implementation as indicated by the outreach of activities undertaken relative to local nutrition action plans as well as funds expended and management and support extended by local government units; measure changes in weight status of preschool and school children during the evaluation year; determine the extent to which nutrition is integrated in the Local Development Plans or Annual Investment Plan; and advocate for the continuing support to the local nutrition program.
The organized Regional Evaluation Team (RET) composed of the member agencies of the Regional Nutrition Committee (RNC) will make the rounds of desk review of documents, accomplishment reports including actual weighing of 10% but not more than 50 preschool children per barangay.
July 30, 2013 - In observance of the 39th Nutrition Month with the theme of ‘Gutom at malnutrisyon, sama-sama nating wakasan!”, Provincial Nutrition Committee (PNC) of Ilocos Norte in cooperation with the National Nutrition Council (NNC), Regional Office I conducted a Nutri-Forum cum Media Conference at the Provincial Auditorium, Laoag City.
The media conference is timely as it served as a venue to present the provincial nutrition situation since the province is ranked no 1 among the 4 provinces in the region with the highest prevalence of combined severely underweight and underweight preschool children. Also, the issues and factors affecting the prevalence of malnutrition as well as possible programs/projects to address the problems were enumerated and discussed.
It was well participated by the Provincial Press Corps, representatives from the line agencies, Municipal Nutrition Action Officers (MNAOs) as well as selected Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNSes) of the province. Mr. Freddie Lazaro, Information Manager of the Philippine Information Agency (PIA), Ilocos Norte served as the facilitator the activity.
To be able to realize an improvement in the provincial nutrition situation, all stakeholders were challenged to do their share especially the BNSes who are the frontliners of nutrition in their respective barangays to make nutrition work at its best.
26 July 2013, San Fernando, La Union -- The Department of Agriculture Regional Office I launched its One Stop Agribusiness and Information Center at DA-RFU I to support the DA clients in the promotion and showcasing their agri-fishery products, fresh and processed, and to serve as trade and investment promotion kiosk.
A thanksgiving Mass was officiated by Rev. Father Noel Lazo, afterwhich was the Launching Proper-the Ribbon Cutting, Blessing of the New Building and Product Exhibit Tour with Guest Speaker Engr. Leandro H. Gazmin, Director Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Service. He explained that A One Stop Agribusiness Center (OSAC) for farmers, fisher folks, cooperatives, investors/entrepreneurs is necessary to be able to access market/price information, technical services, business opportunities and direct links with the private sector/institutions.
To ensure the widest dissemination and use of the 2012 NGF, the National Nutrition Council LUPangIlocos conducted a Technical Working Group planning workshop on July 24, 2013 at Max Restaurant, Parian, City of San Fernando, La Union.
The activity was attended by representatives from various sectors coming from the line agencies, non-government organizations, Local Government Units and media practitioners from the region.
To determine the priority communication messages based on the region’s nutrition situation, a report on the regional nutrition situation was presented. Afterwhich, the ten (10) NGF were explained in detail. The ten (10) messages include both food-based and behavior-driven guidelines that address current nutritional and dietary concerns.
The group was able to formulate the Regional Communication and Advocacy Plan based on the inputs provided by the various sectors. The timetable is 2013-2016 consistent with the Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition (PPAN) and in line with the three-year term of the new administration of the local government units.