Bantay, 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.
Dagupan 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 especial telecast on ABS-CBN TV Patrol Central Luzon and will be replayed with other local radio stations in the region.
Vigan 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.
San 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.
Baguio 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.
Vigan, Ilocos Sur— With the theme “LUPang Ilocos D/CNPCs and BNSs: Together in Building Bridges and Overcoming Challenges”, the Province of Ilocos Sur will host the 4th Regional Barangay Nutrition Scholars Congress scheduled on September 19, 2014 at Hotelinda Suite, Barangay 8, Vigan City.
The Congress is an annual activity of the LUPANG Ilocos BNS Federation Inc. in partnership with the National Nutrition Council- Region I to update and equip the BNSs to sustain efficient and effective delivery of basic nutrition services to address hunger and malnutrition in their respective areas.
Around 800 BNSs coming from the different provinces and cities in the region are expected to participate in the said event.
SAN FERNANDO CITY, July 31 (PIA) – Nutrition experts have advised nursing mothers to continue breastfeeding babies in evacuation areas instead of turning to infant formula milk which is not allowed in temporary shelters.
Ma. Eileen B. Blanco, National Nutrition Council Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator, said mothers should continue breastfeeding despite harsh conditions in evacuation centers.
“Infant formula in these areas (are not allowed) in compliance to Executive Order 51 or the Milk Code. Though in reality, evacuation centers are flooded with milk donations during disasters,” Blanco added.
The council noted that malnutrition incidence increases in evacuation centers due to scarcity of food.
“When breastfeeding mothers are under stress, their milk production decreases,” she added.
“Life in evacuation areas is not normal but parents, particularly mothers, should understand that this is just temporary. Sooner or later, everything will go back to normal, ” Blanco said.
As part of the Nutrition Month celebration, the council partnered with Ajinomoto culinary expert to teach the Pantawid Pamilya (4Ps) beneficiaries, mothers, barangay officials, health workers, media, and line-agency representatives on how to cook a variety of recipes using sardines and noodles as the primary ingredients noting that these are the most common food items available in evacuation centers.
Ms. Leizel C. Jose is a Barangay Nutrition Scholar of Brgy. Barani, Batac City. She is 26 years old, married and blessed with a very supportive husband and a child. Leizel is a college undergraduate who served as BNS since 2012. With her perseverance and ability to learn fast, she was able to perform her duties and responsibilities as BNS.
Leizel find life’s fulfillment when she works with people. She is always ready to render her services, ready to share her God-given talents and skills and above all, very willing to learn and share new things. Through her initiative the following innovative programs were made possible:
1.Membership to Barani Meat Processors Association (BAMEPA)-This is an IGP of the barangay where 10% of their net income is shared to Supplementary Feeding of Day Care Pupils and Pre-schoolers including the provision of BNS supplies and materials.
2.Medical and Dental Mission during their annual barangay fiesta-Medical services conducted include Blood Letting, FBS Screening, BP Monitoring and Dental Check-up
To highlight the month long celebration of Nutrition Month this July, regional launching activity was held last July 08, 2014 at Barangay Parian Este Covered Court, Bauang, La Union. The activity was a joint project of the National Nutrition Council Regional Office I in coordination with the Regional Nutrition Committee with its chair, Director Myrna C. Cabotaje and the Municipality of Bauang, La Union under the stewardship of Hon. Eulogio Clarence Martin P. De Guzman.
Section 7 of Presidential Decree No. 491 or the Nutrition Act of the Philippines designates the month of July as Nutrition Month to create greater awareness among Filipinos the importance of nutrition. With this year’s theme, “Kalamidad paghandaan: Gutom at malnutrisyon agapan”, it aims to provide a venue for the general public to realize the importance of preparedness during emergencies, how to respond and what recovery measures can be taken to prevent death and worsening of affected population groups.
The launching program started with a simple opening program and a discussion on the Nutrition Month Theme including an orientation on Emergencies/ Disasters. This was followed by a Food Demonstration of Nutritious Low Cost and Easy to prepare Menu during disaster by Ms. Manelie V. Cruz, Culinary Nutritionist of AJINOMOTO Philippines Corporation. Likewise, a Ceremonial Distribution of Disaster Materials were given to all the Barangays of Bauang, La Union represented by ABC President, Hon. David de Guzman Ballesil.
“Wastong Nutrisyon at Kalusugan, BNS Maaasahan” was the theme of the Annual BNS Congress of the Federation of Barangay Nutrition Scholars of the Province of Ilocos Sur held last May 27 at Candon Civic Center, Candon City. The event served as a venue of continuously build capacities of BNSes in order to improve nutrition service delivery. Likewise, it will help the BNSes in prioritizing programs for hunger and malnutrition mitigation in order to strengthen their role as front liners in nutrition at the community level.
The event pays tribute to Barangay Nutrition Scholars who untiringly volunteered their services to their constituents despite the very minimal allowance they are receiving. It was an avenue for the BNSs to be updated on current health and nutrition issues through the lectures given by the invited resource speakers.
Atty. Pablito Sanidad Jr., Board Member of the Province of Ilocos Sur attended the event who even volunteered himself to serve as the legal adviser of the federation. On the other hand, Ms. Ma. Eileen B. Blanco, Nutrition Program Coordinator of NNC Region 1 congratulated the Federation for holding the said event. She thanked the participants for their services and sacrifices for the cause of nutrition in their respective barangays.