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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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IMG 5600Vigan City—Around 1,200 Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNSs), Disctrict/ City Nutrition Program Coordinators (D/CNPCs) and other nutrition stakeholders attended the 4th Regional BNS & D/CNPC Congress held last September 19, 2014 at Vigan Convention Center, Vigan City, Ilocos Sur with the theme: “LuPang Ilocos D/CNPCs and BNSs: Together in Building Bridges and Overcoming Challenges!”. This annual gathering is a venue to apprise BNSs and other nutrition stakeholders with current and new updates through series of discussions focused on nutrition promotion to strengthen their roles as frontliners at the local level.

The event was hosted by the Provincial Government of Ilocos Sur in coordination with the National Nutrition Council-ROI and the LuPang Ilocos BNS Federation, Inc. The congress was graced by Governor Ryan Luis Singson, Chairperson of the Ilocos Sur Nutrition Committee. He said in his message that this event is a great opportunity to strengthen the camaraderie among the frontliners in the region. “Together let us continue to make a difference”, he added.

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IMG 5493San Fernando City, La Union—Undernutrition and Overnutrition still persist in the region with increasing prevalence of underweight (19.8% in 2011 to 21.4% in 2013) and very high prevalence of wasting (9.8% in 2013- highest among the region together with MIMAROPA) among 0-5 years old children and with increasing trend on overweight and obesity (23.0% in 2008 to 26.1% in 2011 to 27.3% in 2013) among adults based on the result of the 8th National Nutrition Survey (NNS) of the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI)- DOST. The 8th NNS result was disseminated last September 18, 2014 at Sea and Sky Hotel in coordination with the DOST- Regional Office I and the National Nutrition Council-RO I.

The NNS is being conducted every five years to determine and evaluate the food intake, nutrition and health status of Filipinos and update official statistics on food, nutrition and health situation in the country.

The 8th NNS Dissemination Forum with the theme “Juan Mission for a Well- Nourished Nation” was attended by about 40 delegates coming from the different regional line agencies, local government units, private sectors and partners from the media.

Dr. Cecilia Acuin, Chief Science Research Specialist of FNRI-DOST, together with the FNRI Team presented the results of the survey. She requested that the results should also be disseminated to LGUs targeting the LCEs for immediate action.

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artilceBaguio City- The National Nutrition Council- Regional Office 1 certified new trainers on Nutrition Program Management and on Basic Course for Barangay Nutrition Scholars after the concluded back to back trainings held at Hotel Supreme, Baguio City on August 4-8 and August 11-15, 2014 respectively. A total of 60 participants consisting of new P/CNAOs, D/CNPCs, MNAOs and BNSes attended the trainings.

The new trainers are expected to train selected local government units in the region in terms of organizing or reactivating Local Nutrition Committee’s, formulating local nutrition action plans, ensuring effective and efficient implementation, coordination, monitoring and evaluation of nutrition programs in the context of the overall local governance and development system. On the other hand, new BNS trainers are expected to improve the implementation of the BNS Programs in their respective areas and to capacitate newly appointed BNSs.

Ma. Eileen Blanco, Nutrition Program Coordinator of NNC-ROI mentioned during her closing message that participants are now capacitated and capable of managing nutrition programs in their respective areas. She added that the NNC is looking forward for an efficient and effective nutrition program implementation in all the municipalities in the region in order to improve the nutrition situation of the region. All participants can be tapped also as facilitators in   the conduct of future trainings for they will be included in the pool of trainers. 

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