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 The problem of malnutrition is still prevalent nationwide in the form of undernutrition, overnutrition and specific micronutrient deficiencies affecting a significant number of population group nationwide.  The effects of malnutrition are devastating which will affect the over-all development of an affected individual that may have an impact to socio-economic development of the country.

The causes of malnutrition is varied which can be attributed to immediate factors due to inadequate food intake and the presence of infections and illness. The underlying causes of malnutrition may vary as well depending on the socio-economic background of the family, child care practices, environmental sanitation, status and accessibility of food production, access to health facilities and services and educational background of the parents of malnourished children or caregiver.

 The development and dissemination of nutritional guidelines for Filipinos as a primary recommendations to promote good health through proper nutrition including the advice on consumption of foods for which there are public health concerns may guide the public on achieving good health and nutrition.

 The 2012 Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos, consisting of ten key messages includes both food based and behaviour driven guidelines and addresses current nutritional dietary problems.  The Nutritional guidelines aim to address and prevent malnutrition and diet-related non-communicable diseases such as cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.The NGF was simplified, shortened and translated into 10 KUMAINMENTS (Sigla at Lakas ng Buhay) with a simple, concise and clear key messages and NGF icon.  With messages like “Kumain ng ibat-ibang pagkain”, Kumain ng gulay at prutas araw-araw”, and “Panatilihin ang tamang timbang”, individuals are encouraged to eat the right foods, exercise right and pursue a healthy lifestyle in 10 easy rules.

The National Nutrition Council Caraga urge the public to follow the 10 Kumainments guidelines for a healthy and well nourished body and to prevent the occurrence of lifestyle related non-communicable diseases like diabetes, nutrition related cancers, cardiovascular diseases, among others. NNC Caraga  held 10 Kumainments Regional Launching and Forum on  November 6-7, 2014 at Goat 2geder, Butuan City and 10 Kumainments Launching at Philippine Port Area in Nasipit, Agusan del Norte.

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The National Nutrition Council- Caraga has continued the 2nd batch of barangay-level trainings on the community support for Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF). The training on community mobilization in support to the IYCF Program aims to mobilize stakeholders and involve families and communities to promote, protect and support IYCF practices. The trainings are conducted in selected model barangays in the five provinces of the region.

The Municipality of Nasipit, Agusan del Norte started mobilizing volunteers with the training conducted at the Rural Health Unit of Barangay Kauswagan  on October 6-9, 2014. Over 25 participants, composed of barangay health workers, barangay nutrition scholars, rural health midwives and mother-leaders attended the activity.

 Meanwhile the provinces of Agusan del Sur, Province of Dinagat Island and Surigao del Sur conducted their mobilization on October 14-17, 2014. In Agusan del Sur, the model barangay was Brgy. Consuelo in the municipality of Bunawan. The training was conducted at the barangay hall and led by the Municipal Nutrition Action Officer Ms. Elena Bandoy, with the support of the Provincial Nutrition Action Officer Ms. Laniebelle T. Angchangco. Participants were mostly barangay health workers and some mother-leaders.  

Barangay Poblacion, San Agustin, Surigao del Sur was the site of another model barangay. Provincial Nutrition Action Officer Ms. Ermelinda C. Ascarez led  the training at the barangay hall,  together with District Nutrition Program Coordinator Ms. Marilu M. Gallardo, Nutrition Officer II Ms. Miloniza N. Serra and Municipal Nutrition Action Officer Ms. Ronalyn Francisco.  The participants were a combination of municipal personnel, barangay health workers, barangay nutrition scholar and volunteer mothers.

In Cagdianao, Province of Dinagat Islands, the training was conducted at Barangay Poblacion at the conference room of the municipal hall.  The 25 participants were composed of barangay officials, barangay nutrition scholar, barangay health workers and mother-leaders. The training was facilitated by the Municipal Nutrition Action Officer Ms. Enecita Borja and Provincial Nutrition Action Officer Ms. Ma. Lerma B. Erno.

Surigao del Norte will undertake their community mobilization in the municipality of Claver. NNC Caraga will continue to monitor the conduct of trainings.  ###

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The Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI) conducted a dissemination forum on the result of the 8th National Nutrition Survey on October 10, 2014 at Y Hotel, Butuan City. The national nutrition survey is conducted every three years since 1978 and aims to evaluate the nutrition and health status of Filipinos and update the statistics on food, nutrition and health situation in the country. The 8th NNS was conducted all over the country during the period of June 2013 to April 2014. The survey covers the components on anthropometric survey, biochemical survey, clinical and health survey, economics survey, food security, government program participation, infant and young child feeding, maternal health and salt survey.

Participants during the forum were Nutrition Action Officers, District Nutrition Program Coordinators, DOST provincial directors, inter-agency personnel and other stakeholders.

Highlights of the survey showed that for Caraga, the number of 0-5 year-old children who were underweight reduced to 19.9% from 23.1 % in 2011. Provinces of Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur and Surigao del Norte showed notable decrease in number of underweight children. Data on number of children who are stunted, those who are short for their age, lessened by 3 percentage points from 37.3% in 2011 to 34.3 % in 2013. All provinces in Caraga showed reduction in stunting. Meanwhile the number of children who were wasted, those whose weight is low for their height, also decreased by 1.1 percent to 7.5%.  The provinces of  Agusan del Sur, Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur showed decreased number of wasted children.

On the other hand, the number of overweight children almost doubled from the 2011 rate of 1.9 % to the 2013 rate of 3.7%.  The result of the survey showed the extent of double burden of malnutrition in the region. While undernourished children are prone to infections and have weak resistance to fight off diseases, overnourished children are more at risk for diet-related non-communicable diseases. The challenge to nutrition stakeholders then is to reduce or eradicate the number of children who are not just undernourished  but also the overnourished. ###

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The National Nutrition Council-Caraga conducted a five-day live-in Training of Trainers on the Basic Course for Barangay Nutrition Scholars on September 15-19, 2014 at Goat 2-Geder Hotel and Restaurant, Butuan City. The training aims to capacitate its participants knowledge, attitude and skills that will help them coach Barangay Nutrition Scholars in achieving core competencies.  The BNSs are community nutrition workers who deliver basic nutrition and nutrition-related services to families particularly those with malnourished children. 

The training was organized into six modules that enabled the participants to explain details of the Barangay Nutrition Scholar Program; discuss the basic concepts of food and nutrition; develop the skills needed in performing the roles and tasks of BNSs; describe the nutrition program management at the barangay level and in the context of local development system; illustrate the numerous roles and responsibilities of BNSs in the context of the nutrition program management at the barangay level; and implement training on the basic course for BNSs.

Thirty participants composed of Municipal Nutrition Action Officers and staff attended and completed the training. NNC Caraga staff  NO III Retsebeth M. Laquihon, NO II Rowena C. Gomez, NO II Nancy C. Sarabosing  were the facilitators/ resource persons along with Agusan del Sur OIC -PNAO Laniebelle T. Angchangco, Butuan City OIC-CNAO Nenita C. Rafanan and Surigao del Sur NO II Miloniza N. Serra.     ###

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The National Nutrition Council-Caraga spearheaded the conduct of Nutrition Program Management Training on September 1-5, 2014 at Goat 2-Geder Hotel and Restaurant, Butuan City. The training, participated by 30 Municipal Nutrition Action Officers, aimed to develop capacities of the MNAOs in nutrition program management to help solve malnutrition and hunger within the context of local governance and development.

The training is divided into eight modules that facilitated the understanding of participants on the basic concepts of food and nutrition, the needed core values and skills of nutrition workers, nutrition program management in the local governance and development system and the four phases of nutrition program management.

After the training, the participants are now expected to conduct trainings on NPM among local nutrition workers, members of the local nutrition committee and other stakeholders. The technical assistance to LGUs include how to organize the the local nutrition committees, formulate local nutrition action plans, ensure the plans effective and efficient implementation, monitor their progress and evaluate their outcomes against set objectives.  ###


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July is the Nutrition Month as designated by PD 491 or Nutrition Act of the Philippines. The National Nutrition Council coordinates the nationwide celebration of Nutrition Month. This year the theme focuses on Nutrition in Emergency(NIE) with the theme: Kalamidad paghandaan: Gutom at malnutrisyon agapan! The focus on nutrition in emergencies aims to provide the 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 malnutrition of affected population groups.

With efforts to promote NIE, the National Nutrition Council Caraga, in partnership with the Butuan City Nutrition Office kicked-off the Nutrition Month Celebration with a Jog for Health last July 2, 2014. This was attended by over 500 participants which included city officials, members of Regional Nutrition Committee(RNC), Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNSs) and members of Barangay Nutrition Committee. The Jog for Health started at Agusan del Norte provincial capitol grounds to Guingona Park.  At Guingona Park, the participants enjoyed the hataw dance fitness led by a barangay captain. Afterwards, the different barangay teams participated in the various contest such as chanting competition, nutri-jingle with emphasis on NM theme, jolliest group and best in jogging attire. A short program was then conducted to unveil the Nutrition Month theme. DOH Director Minerva P. Molon was assisted by Atty. Rema E. Burdeos, City Councilor in unveiling the tarp with the NM theme.  Director Molon talked about the NM theme and stressed how important preparedness is during disaster and emergencies. She commended the efforts of the local nutrition committees who participated in the activity.

Moreover, National Nutrition Council held a press conference on the Nutrition Month theme right after the launching activity. Over 20 media personnel from various network attended the event. Nutrition Officer III Ms. Retsebeth M. Laquihon conducted a brief lecture on the NM theme. The panelists for the conference included DOH Director Minerva P. Molon, DOH Health Emergency Management Staff (HEMS) representative Mr. Richard Maniago, OIC- City Nutrition Action Officer Ms. Nenita C. Rafanan and City Disaster and Risk Reduction Management Officer Ms. Grace Espere. Some of the issues raised were the timeliness and quantity of food packs for distribution during emergencies; the extent of readiness of the disaster coordinating council to respond during emergencies; existing programs and projects of NNC to address malnutrition problem; nutrition advocacy efforts of NNC and its scope, among others.  The respective questions were addressed by the panelist accordingly.

In the afternoon, a nutrition forum for Barangay Nutrition Scholars was conducted. The forum was attended by 120 BNSs and RNC members. Nutrition Officer III Ms. Retsebeth M. Laquihon discussed on the highlights of the Nutrition Month theme specifically as to why focus on NIE, nutrition management during emergencies, organization of the local nutrition cluster and key messages on NIE.  To ensure the audience participation, a question and answer portion, with corresponding collateral materials as token prize, was conducted focusing on the NM theme.    ###

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The Philippine Association of Nutrition (PAN) held its 67th Annual Convention at Marco Polo Plaza in Cebu City. More than 400 nutritionists and allied professionals and workers all over the country participated in the gathering. The theme ‘’ Nutrisyong Pangkalahatan, Sangkap ng Kaunlaran’’ draws attention to nutrition as a necessary tool towards equitable development.

The presentation and discussion during the two-day event highlighted inequities in nutritional status and access to nutrition programs and services. Presentation on results of 8th National Nutrition Survey underline the disparities in food and nutrition with respect to location, gender, age and wealth index. Data on expenditures for nutrition and related interventions shows how much is spent for nutrition and how it is distributed. A presentation on the distribution of nutrition expertise in the country identifies the gaps that exist which prevent identification of experts.  The Updated Philippine Development Plan shows how inequity in nutrition is being addressed by the different government agencies.

Best practices in narrowing nutrition equity gaps was also featured during the conference. The Moderate Acute Malnutrition Management through Partnerships Implementation, Localization and Technology Transfer (MAMM PILOT) Project findings suggest that MAM management using Ready to Use Food coupled with nutrition education delivered through existing public health structure can be an effective means of treating MAM cases.  A panel discussion on the Naga City experience conveys that reducing child underweight prevalence is a concerted effort of the different members of the City Nutrition Committee with the ‘hands-on ‘ leadership of its city mayor.  The different presentations in the convention provided much useful information for the barangay health and nutrition program implementers in delivering nutrition services.

After the plenary sessions, the PAN conducted its business meeting and awards ceremony. Dr. Gemiliano DL. Aligui led the oathtaking of the 2014 PAN members.  Awards were given to outstanding students in nutrition and dietetics, exemplary nutrition projects and PAN Fellows.  Dr. Aligui then provided the synthesis of the two-day convention and gave the closing remarks thus marking the closing ceremonies of the convention.   ###

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The Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos are recommendations to promote good health through proper nutrition. The goal of the 2012 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.

As part of its Gender and Development (GAD) activity and in partnership with the National Nutrition Council-Caraga, the Philippine Port Authority conducted the NGF Forum and Breastfeeding Advocacy. During the opening remarks, Engr. Ronaldo C. Montero pointed out that most of the employees were very interested in learning about healthy food choices since they have a history of hypertension and other non-communicable diseases (NCDs).

Ms. Retsebeth M. Laquihon was the guest speaker during the forum. She discussed on the history of the NGF, statistics on fruit and vegetable consumption in the Philippines, information on mortality and morbidity statistics and the 10 Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos. After the lecture, Ms. Leah Vina P. Vargas led the  open forum in which the PPA employees asked several questions. She also facilitated the raffle in which she asked several questions regarding the NGF.

After the forum was the consultative meeting with PPA officials and representatives of shipping services to explore partnership on maintenance of established breastfeeding area in the port terminal and in establishment of breastfeeding corner in passenger ships. The Nasipit Port Terminal already has a family room with breastfeeding area. Part of the discussion included possibility of NNC Caraga providing IEC materials such as breastfeeding posters, flyers and fans. It was also agreed that PPA and NNC will meet with owners and representatives of passenger ships Cokaliong Shipping Lines and 2Go Shipping on May 8, 2014 to coordinate for the campaign of NGF and breastfeeding promotion in passenger ship through posting of NGF posters and stickers and establishment of breastfeeding corner.


In the afternoon, the group went to Nasipit Port Terminal to check out the established breastfeeding area in the designated Family Room. The port terminal manager met with the group and joined in the inspection of the facility. There was a lactating mother breastfeeding her baby during the team’s visit. The group discussed on the improvements that could be made such as  use of logbook for those mothers who enter the area, posting of BF posters and BF booklets and installation of NGF billboards in port terminals.#


commob2Caraga has started mobilizing community support for IYCF in several barangays throughout the region. In Butuan City, the mobilization was conducted at  Barangay Antongalon on March 6-7, 2014. Participants included 25 barangay  personnel led by Barangay Captain Crisanto Carin. The volunteers included pregnant and lactating mothers from different puroks in the area. OIC City Nutrition Action Officer  Ms. Nenita C. Rafanan, together with District Nutrition Program Coordinators facilitated the orientation and organization of the support group. The group called themselves the Breastfeeding Ambassadors and elected their officers.

In San Francisco, Agusan del Sur, the model barangay is Barangay Alegria which is led by Barangay Captain Solomon T. Rufila. Provincial  Nutrition Action Officer  Ms. Laniebelle T. Angchangco and Municipal Nutrition Action Officer  Ms. Mamerlyn Bugaoan oriented the participants on the roles and responsibilities of the municipal and barangay IYCF Team. The mobilization happened on March 24-25, 2014. The Alegria group called themselves the IYCF Prime Movers. The volunteers were composed of representatives from senior citizens, religious sector, TODA, purok leaders and the pregnant and lactating mothers. Aside from volunteers from Barangay Alegria, there were volunteers from other barangays who observed the activity to ensure they will be able to replicate the mobilization in their own area.  

In Bayugan City, the mobilization took place at Barangay Maygatasan on March 26-27, 2014. The group of volunteers named themselves the Maygatasan Breastfeeding Group. They were composed of  barangay kagawads, BNS, BHWs and mother leaders. Barangay Captain  Café expressed his support for the breastfeeding support group. Provincial  Nutrition Action Officer  Ms. Laniebelle T. Angchangco , OIC- City Nutrition Action Officer Ms. Ana Jane Garcia and  City Nutrition Program Coordinator Mr. Carlo Magno Montesclaros led the orientation.  

In Surigao City, the City Nutrition Action Officer Dr. Emmanuel A. Plandano, City Nutrition Program Coordinator Ms. Florence R. Dela Cruz, public health nurses  and the rural health midwives converged on April 1-2, 2014 at Barangay Mat-I for the mobilization. The event started with a motorcade throughout the area to create awareness among the residents. After the motorcade was the community assembly participated by the volunteers as well as representatives from the youth sector, local high school, senior citizens, purok leaders and barangay kagawad. The midwives also gave an orientation to  the volunteers on the use of the IYCF Counseling Cards. After the orientation, the volunteers pledged their commitment to support the group.

Provincial Nutrition Action Officer Ms. Ma. Lerma B. Erno with the help of the rural health midwife and public health nurse organized the community mobilization training at Barangay Poblacion in San Jose, Province of Dinagat Island. The volunteers came from different sectors such as senior citizen, purok presidents, 4Ps leaders, barangay kagawad, barangay council for protection of children. They elected their set of officers to ensure they would have people who will lead in meetings and advocacy activities. They also pledged their commitment to do their best to help promote optimal IYCF practices in their community.

NNC Caraga continues to monitor the other provinces and cities in the on-going community mobilization.   ###






commob1April 1, 2014-The mobilization on Infant and Young Child Feeding counseling and creation of community support groups were conducted to ensure and accelerate the promotion, protection and support of good IYCF in the barangay level. This is also done to strengthen the advocacy on the impact of good feeding practices have on the nutritional status, growth, development, health, and survival of infants and young children.

Each city and province in Caraga has started to mobilize their community IYCF support groups. The IYCF counseling community mobilization includes training on Infant and Young Child Feeding counselling course, Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos and the use of Counseling cards. After the training the participants will be able to counsel pregnant women and mothers with 0-2 years old children and conduct of nutrition education classes in their barangay. Currently, Butuan City, Bayugan City and Agusan del Sur already started their community mobilization while Surigao City and Dinagat Islands province will conduct their first batches this week.



February 14, 2014, National Nutrition Council-Caraga held a special regional nutrition awarding ceremony to recognize the 2012 Outstanding municipality, city and province in the region at Goat 2Geder Hotel and Restaurant, Butuan City. The event gave an opportunity to thank the Local Chief Executives, Provincial, City and Municipal Nutrition Action Officers (P/C/MNAOs) , District and City Nutrition Program Coordinators (D/CNPCs), and Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNSs)  who have supported the local nutrition program through the years.

The province of Agusan del Sur is the Provincial Nutrition Green Banner awardee.  SB on Health  Dr. Susan Gerona accepted the award on behalf of Governor Adolph Edward G. Plaza. Dr . Gerona stressed the support of the local government to the nutrition program specifically on the budget allotted to nutrition. She also emphasized the innovations that Agusan del Sur have implemented on the nutrition program such as establishment of community garden for families with malnourished children and pooling of lecturers who will discuss and advocate about the local nutrition programs.

Socorro, Surigao del Norte is the 2012  outstanding municipality in the region. Surigao del Norte Provincial Nutrition Action Officer Mr. Antonio L. Tiu accepted the plaque in behalf of Mayor Denia T. Florano. Mr. Tiu recalled the first years when they first advocated about the nutrition program and nobody seemed to be concerned, up to the last few years when Socorro came out as the leading municipality in the nutrition program.

Bislig City is the 2012 City Green Banner Awardee. Bislig City also received the Consistent Regional Outstanding Winner in Nutrition (CROWN) award during the National Nutrition Awarding Ceremony in Manila last  October 2013.  Councilor  Pedrito  R. Sulapas accepted the plaque and green banner for Mayor Librado Navarro. Councilor Sulapas proudly narrated the innovations that the city has implemented such as the summer Nutri Skwela for children 5-10 years old and the Nutri-Give.

The other awards were given to the Municipal Green Banner awardees such as Las Nieves (Agusan del Norte), San Francisco (Agusan del Sur), Socorro (Surigao del Norte and Lanuza (Surigao del Sur).

The Regional Outstanding Barangay Nutrition Scholar is Ms. Hilda B. Guiba from Tubay, Agusan del Norte. Ms. Guiba received a plaque and cash award of P20,000. The provincial and city outstanding barangay nutrition scholars also received certificates of recognition and cash awards. They were Mr. Lester E. Maturan (Socorro, Surigao del Norte), Ms. Salvacion Montenegro (Lanuza, Surigao del Sur), Ms. Oshi Cuaresma (San Francisco, Agusan del Sur), Ms. Alma Deiparine (Butuan City), Ms. Arsenia Abala (Bayugan City), Ms.Rufina Dizon (Surigao City), Ms. Liza Taglucop (Cabadbaran City) and Ms. Enrieta Abao (Tandag City).

Aside from the regional winners, National Nutrition Council-Caraga also gave plaques and certificates of recognition to the local nutrition workers of the provinces and cities who have made it possible for the downward trend of  malnutrition in Caraga over the past five years.


 February 12, 2014-The National Nutrition Council aims for continual improvement of services to its clients and stakeholders including timely and quality nutrition and nutrition-related information through media.  To ensure the proper maintenance and sustainability of the NNC website and other social network accounts such as Facebook and Twitter, the NNC Web Team together with the Regional Publishers are currently having the General Assembly and Capacity Building workshop until February 14, 2014, at Hotel 878, Libis, Quezon City. The 3-day workshop aims to enhance skills and knowledge of the participants on NNC website management.

On the first day of the workshop, key resource persons shared their knowledge and expertise by providing updates on the Integrated Government Philippines Project (iGovPhil) for all government websites and web-based communication and information sharing; web article writing, website publishing, posting and managing, monitoring and branding social network sites.

The second day of the workshop is devoted to the formulation of 2014-2016 Strategic Plan for NNC Web Operations. The participants will undergo brief group and plenary exercises to define the vision, mission and core values of the NNC Web Team and to identify the directions, priorities and milestones of the 3-year strategic plan. A work and financial plan for 2014 will also be developed during the 2nd day. A fun filled half-day team-building activity on the last day to promote productivity and harmonious working relationship among the Web Team members who are mainly based in the central office and the Regional Publishers will cap the 3-day event.

Tuesday, 26 November 2013 16:43

NPM and BNS training held for new MNAOs


NPMThe National Nutrition Council-Caraga held the joint training on Nutrition Program Management (NPM) and the Training of Trainers (TOT )Basic Course for Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNS) for new Municipal  Nutrition Action Officers last November 11-15, 2013 at the Goat2Geder Hotel and Restaurant, Butuan City.

The training organized by NNC-Caraga compose of NAOs from the provinces of Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur, Butuan City, Bayugan City and Cabadbaran City. NNC Caraga technical staff also  participated in the training. 

The NPM training aims to  develop capacities of the local government units to  render nutrition service delivery.  The training includes  how to critically analyze the nutrition situation in the local context and find appropriate ways of preventing and controlling malnutrition as well as conduct monitoring and evaluation.

Meanwhile, the TOT Basic Course for BNS covers the discussion of the BNS Program, principles of NPM, how the barangay nutrition program can be situated in the local development system and the roles of the BNS in assessing, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation. ###



999074 542512545817318 1396641777 nThe 4th National DCNPC Conference was held on October 21-22, 2013 at the SMX Convention Center in SM Lanang, Davao City. District and City Nutrition Program Coordinators  from all the 17 regions in the country were able to attend the two-day conference. Caraga region was represented by DCNPCs  Ms. Nenita C. Rafanan (Butuan City), Ms. Florence R. DelaCruz ( Surigao City),  Ms. Eden A. Amper (Agusan del Norte), Ms. Laniebelle T. Angchangco and Mr. Benjamin S. Cuadra (Agusan del Sur),  Ms. Marissa A. Solloso (Surigao del Norte) and Ms. Marilu M. Gallardo (Surigao del Sur). National Nutrition Council staff Ms. Rowena C. Gomez and Ms. Nancy C. Sarabosing  also attended the said event.

The theme of the conference was D/CNPCAP: Bringing New Light to Nutrition and focused on the role of DCNPCs as the technical person in the implementation of nutrition programs in their locality. In her keynote message, Assistant Secretary Maria-Bernardita T. Flores highlighted the many roles of the D/CNPC and noted that their performance of their responsibilities can ‘make or break’  the nutrition program in their  area. That is why, according to Asec Flores, the National Nutrition Council supports the association of D/CNPCs in the Philippines. Asec Flores believes that there should be synergy of efforts especially now that the nutrition situation has stagnated and not moved according to the pace for the attainment of the Millennium  Development Goals (MDGs). D/CNPCs must be the ‘light of nutrition’ in the challenge to scale up efforts to reduce levels of malnutrition in barangays, municipalities and provinces.

The two-day conference was divided into four sessions on policy framework, nutrition programs in action, program updates and media promotion of nutrition. On policy framework UNICEF nutrition specialist Mr. Henry J. Mdebwe discussed the strategy for accelerating reduction of child undernutrition, especially on stunting.  Dr. Martin R. Parreño, from Action Contre la Faim International spoke on the NGO experience of addressing acute malnutrition. For the nutrition programs in action, various speakers spoke on their experience in nutrition governance, infant and young child feeding program and integration of feeding program with group behavior change.  On the  second day, Ms. Maria Lourdes A. Vega, chief of NNC Policy and Plannning discussed on the guidelines on local nutrition planning and the BNS program. Ms. Jovie B. Raval, head of NNC Information and Education Division presented the various capacity development of local nutrition workers and Ms. Marilou E. Enteria outlined the NNC Media Campaign to Promote Good Nutrition especially on the revised Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos.

The D/CNPC also had their general assembly and discussed on their concerns and issues. There were proposed resolutions under further study and assessment. After the synthesis of the two-day event given by Dr. Jean V. Apolinares, the conference formally closed. ###


turnover 2013Butuan City--- Department of Health-Center for Health Development Caraga welcomed its new Regional Director in the person of Minerva P. Molon, MD, MPH, FPPA during the ceremonial turnover at Almont Inland Resort Hotel last August 27, 2013.  Director Ariel I. Valencia, the outgoing director formally turned over the regional office and responsibilities to Director Molon. The event was attended by the DOH CHD Caraga personnel, NNC Caraga staff, provincial health officers, regional hospital chiefs and representatives from the attached agencies and from COA. Director Molon is also the new OIC-Nutrition Program Coordinator for NNC Caraga. NNC was represented by Ms. Hygeia C. Gawe, Chief of Nutrition Surveillance Division.


A plaque of appreciation was presented to Director Ariel I. Valencia for his dedicated service and support to improve the health and nutrition situation in Caraga region. After the formal turnover was the semi-annual program implementation review. Dr. Cesar C. Cassion, Assistant Regional Director presented the accomplishment report which focused on the Millennium Development Goals. The turnover ceremony ended with a socialization of the personnel with the outgoing and incoming regional directors. ###

Tuesday, 23 July 2013 10:18

2013 Butuan Nutrition Kick-Off


Butuan City had their Nutrition Month 2013 kick-off event last July 3, 2013 at Butuan by the River. Ms. Naria Ruth N. Jugao, the Butuan City Social Cluster Coordinator gave a message that their preparation of nutritional foods should always starts at home. Ms. Rowena C. Gomez, Nutrition Officer II and Leah Vina P. Vargas, Nutrition Officer I were judges together with the representatives from Dep Ed and DILG for their Budol-budol Contest. “Budol-budol” is a Filipino military tradition wherein people share the food that's been laden on pieces of banana leaves spread out on a long table.

The rural and urban barangays of Butuan City were grouped according to their districts and there were 6 contenders. The criteria were: 30% for presentation, 25% for nutritional value, 25% for palatability and 20% for variety of foods with a total of 100%.

The winners for the said contest will be announced during their closing and awarding ceremony on July 30, 2013.


cdopicThe National Nutrition Council in collaboration with Metals Industry Research and Development Center (MIRDC) of the Department of Science and Technology organized a Mindanao-wide Training on The Verification of Wooden Height boards and Weighing Scales on June 27, 2013 at Philtown Hotel, Cagayan de Oro City wherein 5 regions in Mindanao namely Regions 10, 11, 12, Caraga and ARMM  had participated. Caraga Region has 6 Local Nutrition Program Coordinators, 1 staff from NNC Caraga and DOST Caraga who completed the training.

The training aims to provide local nutrition workers the knowledge and skills to verify wooden height boards and weighing scales to ensure accurate and quality measuring equipment which was clearly discussed and demonstrated by the speakers, Engrs. Arlene G. Estacio and Rommel N. Coroña, Senior Science Research Specialists of MIRDC. After the lecture and demonstration, the participants were given a competency examination which is a technical qualification of MIRDC-DOST. The top examinees were coming from Caraga Region, Ms. Rowena C. Gomez, Nutrition Officer II from NNC Caraga and Ms. Olga Virginia Demata from DOST Caraga got a perfect score.

The eight authorized verifiers are District Program Coordinators, Ms. Nenita Rafanan (Butuan City), Ms. Florence de la Cruz (Surigao City), Ms. Eden Amper (Agusan Norte), Ms. Marilu Gallardo (Surigao Sur), Ms. Marisa Solloso (Surigao Norte), and Nutrition Action Officer Ms. Lerma Erno (Dinagat Islands), Ms. Olga Virginia Demata (DOST Caraga) and Ms. Rowena Cassion-Gomez (NNC Caraga).

The names of successful trainees will be posted at the NNC website for database. They are expected to be responsible for the maintenance of LGUs’ heightboards and weighing scales. They may also be requested by other LGUs based on mutually agreed terms as to the payment of actual expenses of the “verifier.”




PicMonkey CollageRegional Director Ariel I. Valencia presided the second  Regional Nutrition Committee meeting held at Leaders Hall, CHD Building in Butuan City last  June 24, 2013. The meeting was attended by NNC Caraga staff and Ms. Mariles S. Oclarit (DILG), Mr. Sherwin E. Verdun (NEDA), Ms. Ma. Lea R. Varon (DSWD), Ms. Nelia L. Balacuit (DepEd), Ms. Maidalyn J. Sanchez (DOLE), Mr. Elmer M. Natad (DTI) and Ms. Olga Virginia P. Feliciano (DOST).

On the agenda was the discussion on the following resolutions: (1) Resolution on Adoption of National Policy on Nutrition Management during Disasters and Emergencies, (2) Resolution to Adopt OPT Plus Guidelines for implementation in Caraga region and (3) Resolution to Adopt 2012 Nutrition Guidelines for Filipinos and Request LGUs and Regional Offices to Disseminate and Promote the guidelines.  After a thorough discussion on the said resolutions, Mr. Elmer Natad (DTI) moved for the approval of the resolution, seconded by Mr. Sherwin E. Verdun (NEDA).  Director Ariel I. Valencia then approved the resolutions. The resolutions will be disseminated and then be endorsed to RSDC and to RDC for approval.

The committee discussed on the activities for the 2013 Nutrition Month celebration. The new Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos was also presented and the NNC secretariat solicited ideas for the promotion on the said guidelines. Other matters discussed were the Magna Carta for BNS, RNC project to be piloted in Siargao Island and dissemination of PPAN and NNC to new local chief executives. ###

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