The 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. ###
The 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. ###
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.
The 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.
Regional 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. ###
May 29-31, 2013 Monitoring and Evaluation of Local Level Plan Implementation (MELLPI) and Outstanding Barangay Nutrition Scholar (OBNS) was conducted in Bayugan City with assistance from City Nutrition Action Officer MS. Ana Jane Garcia. NNC Caraga Staff Ms. Rowena C. Gomez and Ms. Mary Nicole A. Arellano attended the activity together with Regional Nutrition Evaluation Team members (RNET) headed by Ms. Dionesia L. Ubanan-ND IV (DOH)and Ms. Mariles S. Oclarit (DILG). The City Nutrition Office and five Barangays of the city were evaluated. There 3 Barangays visited during the first day of MELLPI evaluation were Barangay Noli, Barangay Taglatawan and Barangay Mabuhay. Barangay Mabuhay also had the City OBNS Candidate Ms. Arsenia S. Abala
On the second day, the team visited the far-flung areas of Barangay Bucac and Barangay Grace Estate. The City Nutrition Office of Bayugan City was evaluated during the third day.
May 21-24, 2013- The Regional Nutrition Evaluation Team (RNET) commenced the Monitoring and Evaluation of Local Level Plan Implementation (MELLPI) and Outstanding Barangay Nutrition Scholar (OBNS) evaluation at Tandag City. The team was composed of the RNET chairperson Ms. Dionesia Ubanan (DOH), Ms. Mariles S. Ocllarit (DILG), Mr. Charlie Bagasbas (DTI), Ms. Nancy C. Sarabosing (NNC) and Ms. Leah Vina P. Vargas (NNC). The team was welcomed by the City Nutrition Action Officer Ms. Ermelinda E. Donasco.
The first barangay visited was Barangay Buenavista, where the City OBNS candidate Ms. Ermita V. Abao was evaluated. Ms. Abao was supported by the BNC and BHWs present who helped in the validation weighing of 50 preschool children. On the 2nd day, huge barangays of Mabua and Telaje were visited. 50 children were weighted in the two barangays for the validation of weights. At barangay Mabua, the team spoke with BNS Ms. Virginia Hinayon. After the evaluation, the RNET gave a feedback to the barangay captain and his councilors. At barangay Telaje, the team met with BNS Ms. Maria Cabaliza. The team also gave a feedback on the findings of the evaluation to the barangay captain.
On the 3rd day, the team visited Barangay Salvacion. The BNS there is Ms. Aida Bagdoc. Ms. Bagdoc weighted over 20 children for the validation weighing. After the Mellpi, the team gave a feedback to the barngay captan. The RNET, then proceeded to the City Nutrition Office for the evaluation of the city’s nutrition programs. The findings of the city and barangay evaluation were summed up and presented to the city nutrition committee during their committee meeting on the 4th day. The RNET were able to present their findings –the positive things and the things that need improvement. The team offered technical assistance to Ms. Donasco in the event the city nutrition office would conduct activity to enhance implementation of its local nutrition program. The city administrator and the city mayor Hon. Alexander Pimentel appreciated the feedback and promised to prioritize the nutrition program in their implementation.
The Surigao del Norte Provincial Nutrition Office organized Nutrition Program Management Training to refresh the knowledge on nutrition of their Municipal Action Officers and Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNS) together with Surigao City’s BNS. Leah Vina P. Vargas, Nutrition Officer I of the National Nutrition Council Caraga was invited as one of the resource speakers of the said activity. She has an active lecture discussion about nutrition, malnutrition, diets of Filipinos, actions to address malnutrition, overview of National Nutrition Council, Local Nutrition Committee and Nutriskwela Community Radio Tetwork Program. Other speakers were Mr. Antonio Tiu, the Provincial Nutrition Action Officer, Mrs. Marissa Solloso and Mrs. Nida Taglucop, Surigao del Norte’s Program Coordinators and Mrs. Florence dela Cruz, Surigao City Nutrition Action Officer. The Training was held on May 6, 2013 at the Provincial Convention Hall for the mainland participants and May 9, 2013 at Siargao Islands Institute of Technology for the Siargao MNAOsand BNS.
DXNG-FM 97.7 Nutriskwela Radio Kabakhawan is owned and operated by the National Nutrition Council of the Department of Health in partnership with the municipality of Del Carmen, Siargao Island, Surigao del Norte through their Hon. Mayor Alfredo Coro II and Center for Health Development Caraga spearheaded by the Regional Director, Dr. Ariel I.. Valencia. The radio station was established with the goal of empowering the community through radio to disseminate correct, current and relevant nutrition and health information, as well as educational and developmental information from all concerned sectors of the community, government agencies and non-government agencies.
A hands-on training on community radio broadcasting was conducted last April 22-23, 2013 at the Senior Citizens Building, Del Carmen, Siargao Island, Surigao Del Norte. This was conducted by MQ MediaZone Productions through their Project Team Leader, Mr. Francis “Kiko” J. Flores as part of the capability building aspect of the program wherein the participants of the different sectors of the community were taught on voice and anchoring basics, effective interviewing and basic sound editing with audacity. Ms. Jovita B. Raval, Chief of Nutrition Information Education Division of the National Nutrition Council (NNC) gave an overview of Nutrition and the Nutriskwela Community Radio Network Program stating that Del Carmen is very fortunate to be chosen as one of the 10 new sites for the 3rd Phase of the Nutriskwela Community Radio Network Program. She also stated that Del Carmen was chosen based on their criteria of selection. Del Carmen is included in the 609 priority convergence areas, willingness and support of the LGU to implement, low reach of commercial radio and high prevalence of malnutrition. According to Ms. Rowena Cassion-Gomez, Nutrition Officer II of NNC Caraga as she gave the Regional Nutrition Situation that based on the Operation Timbang Result as of 2010-2011 the municipality of Del Carmen, Siargao is among the 6th of the high prevalence rate of malnutrition in Surigao del Norte.
The DOH-CHD Caraga held its first quarter Regional Implementation and Coordination Team (RICT) meeting last February 6, 2013 at the Leaders Hall, DOH-CHD Building, Butuan City. NNC Caraga staff Ms. Rowena C. Gomez, NO II, Ms. Nancy C. Sarabosing, NO II and Ms. Mary Nicole L. Aceron, NO I participated in the meeting. RICT is chaired by the Department of Health with the current chairman Regional Director Ariel I. Valencia. Members of the team who joined the meeting include representatives from DOH attached agencies such as Population Commission and the Philhealth Insurance Corporation led by AVP Mr. Johhny Y. Sychua. The Provincial Health Team Leaders from Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Province of Dinagat Island, Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur were also present. There were also representatives from the Provincial and City Health Offices and the DOH-retained hospitals.
The agenda of the RICT meeting includes updates on Kalusugan Pangkalahatan (KP), CHT Information System, ISO-PGS and Budget Preparation for 2014. Updates were also given by the PHIC, PopCOm and the DOH-retained hospitals Caraga Regional Hospital and Adela Serra Ty Memorial Medical Center. Dr. Gerna Manatad, KP Point Person presented the KP Updates. She discussed on the status of implementation of programs based on the three strategic thrusts. ARD Dr. Cesar Cassion discussed on the ISO stating that all government offices must be ISO certified, starting with the regional offices. Ms. Emmi Marie Cabahug discussed on the Community Health Team (CHT) Information System and Engr. Meriedeth Pagaran addressed the budget preparation for 2014. The process of budget preparation starts with the concerned agency who will then submit to the regional offices, then regional offices will consolidate for presentation to the RDC, before going to the national level.
The presentation of updates was followed by an open forum. RICT chair Director Ariel I. Valencia then thanked all of the team members who participated in the meeting. He reminded everyone to do their parts for the attainment of the goals for universal health care. ARD Cassion wrapped up with the synthesis and the agreements. RD Valencia then adjourned the meeting. ###
The Adolescent and Youth Health Summit was celebrated last December 10-11, 2012 at Luciana Convention Center, Butuan City and was attended by National Nutrition Council-Caraga Staff Ms. Mary Nicole Nicole L. Aceron- NO I, Ms. Leah Vina P. Vargas- NO I and Mr. John Ryan T. Cantones, AA-III. The program has a theme of “Usapang Pangkabataan Para sa Kalusugang Pangkalahatan” which was participated by CHD Caraga personnel, RN Heals, Staff Nurses from Holy Child Colleges and Butuan Doctor’s Hospital, students and youth leaders of Father Saturnino Urios University, St. Joseph Cathedral Church and from the different barangays of Butuan City. The welcome message was given by Dr. Glynna Andoy of CHD-Caraga, who is the Medical Coordinator for Adolescent and Youth. Dr. Andoy also served as the first speaker of the program. She gave an overview about adolescent health status and situation in the Philippines. The second speaker was from Civil Human Rights, Atty. Marylin M. Pintor. She showed a video presentation and discussed Human Rights and Youth Basic Rights.
On the second day, the National Youth Commission gave an overview of their programs and roles and was given by the Regional Coordinator of Region 10 and Caraga, Ms. Salma Jeanne Tamanop. She said that there are many programs provided by the government to exercise the rights of individual such as those youth who are in jail, e.g. special education and skills development programs. A CHD personnel, Ms. April Rose Yangson presented the HIV status in the Philippines and the different preventive measures such as the ABCDE (A for abstinence, B for being faithful, C by using condom, D by avoiding using drugs and E for education). Coordinators from Butuan City, Bislig City, Agusan del Norte and Agusan del Sur also presented the health services and programs they offer for adolescents and youth development, violence status and the different programs implemented to lessen the existence of crimes among women and children. After a thorough discussion, the delegates were divided and grouped as students, youth leaders, community health workers and hospital staff to present their output with regards to VAW issues and what they could do to lessen them.
The program ended with a signing of the Declaration of Commitment by the provincial and city coordinators and all the participants in the event. ###
September 7, 2012-NNC Caraga Staff Ms. Rowena C. Gomez, NO II, Ms. Nancy C. Sarabosing, NO II, Ms. Mary Nicole L. Aceron, NO I and Mr. John Ryan T. Cantones, AA III participated in the Civil Service activity as they celebrated their 112th Anniversary with the theme of “Kawani, Ikaw Ay Isang Lingkod Bayani”. The month-long anniversary celebration aims to promote, showcase and celebrate heroism in public service, and to highlight stories of triumph and sacrifice among the men and women in government.
The activity started with a three-kilometer Fun Run starting at 4:30 am from the assembly area at Agusan del Norte Provincial Capitol to the Butuan City Sports Complex. Hundreds of participants from different government officers, State Colleges and Universities and Local Government Units attended in the said event.
The Civil Service regional director Adams D. Torres gave his inspirational message. Another message was delivered by Board Member Atty. Aquino Gambe for Agusan del Norte Governor Erlpe John Amante who extended his congratulations to the Civil Service Commission (CSC)-Caraga on the celebration of the 112th Philippine Civil Service this month.
DOH-CHD Caraga personnel headed the “Hataw” dance exercise that all the participants performed as part of the closing program. ###
The National Nutrition Council–Caraga gave tribute to the Outstanding Barangay Nutrition Scholars and the Local Government Units who have implemented effectively the Philippine Plan of Action in Nutrition (PPAN) for the year 2010 in its Regional Nutrition Awarding Ceremonies (RNAC) last July 31, 2012 at Luciana Convention Center.
The event also served as the culmination of the month-long celebration for the 38th Nutrition Month of July 2012 with the theme “Pagkain ng gulay ugaliin, araw-araw itong ihain!” The welcome address was given by the team supervisor Ms. Rowena C. Gomez, Nutrition Officer II. CHD- Caraga Assistant Regional Director Dr. Cesar C. Cassion, Director III gave the inspirational message.
The regional awardee for Outstanding Province went to Agusan del Norte. The Outstanding Municipality in the region was Nasipit, Agusan del Norte and the Outstanding City was Bislig City. The Outstanding Barangay Nutrition Scholar was Ms. Gina Casaba of Brgy. Nonoc, Surigao City. A certificate of recognition was also given to the finalists for the OBNS and the MELLPI. A special acknowledgement was given to the retiring Provincial Nutrition Action Officer of Agusan del Norte, Ms. Gloria L. Pabillore, for her 25 years of service in the implementation of nutrition programs. NNC Caraga also gave due credit to the members of the Regional Nutrition Evaluation Team (RNET) from the agencies of DA, Dep Ed, DOH and DOLE.
After the awarding ceremonies, the Nutrition Action Officers Association of the Philippines (NAOPA)- Caraga had their oathtaking with Dr. Cesar Cassion as the Presiding Officer. The NAOPA then had their second quarterly meeting with agenda about NAOPA membership, SEC registration and other issues and concerns.
The Caraga Barangay Nutrition Scholars Federation also had their election of officers after the RNAC. Their oathtaking was presided by Ms. Rowena C. Gomez.
The meeting was presided by the continuing president, Ms. Mary Lomoljo from Cagwait, Surigao del Sur. The agenda of the meeting is to elect officers from vice president down to the board of directors and discuss the registration fees and annual dues and other concerns of the federation.
The following set of officers was elected:
President: Mary Lomoljo Cagwait, Surigao del Sur
Vice President: Marilou A. Dalaya -Butuan City
Secretary: Judelyn Acera -Bislig City
Treasurer: Elizabeth de Asis -Surigao del Norte
Auditor: Cherry Quinatac-an -Tandag City
PIO: Lolita Losdoce -Butuan City
Board of Directors:
- 1.Flora C.-Surigao City
- 2.Erlyn N.-Sison, Surigao del Norte
- 3.Mely T.- San Francisco Agusan del Sur
- 4.Rosenda-San Farancisco, Agusan del Sur
The Caraga BNS Federation were able to raise funds from the NAOPA Officers headed by President Judith Rendon and was given Php 1,000 for their 2011 and 2012 annual membership fee and monthly dues.
The officers of the BNS Federation Caraga promised to support each other and help with the coordination. They agreed to take it one step at a time and strengthen first from the grass roots level.
The 1st meeting of the Regional Nutrition Committee of Caraga for 2012 was held at Luciana Inn, Butuan City last May 17, 2012. The objective of the meeting is to further strengthen the alliance and support from the members of the RNC. Another objective of the meeting is to advocate the Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition 2011-2016 and better understand the roles and functions of the RNC and its member-agencies in reducing the prevalence of malnutrition in Caraga region
The meeting started with a call to order, presided by CHD Director and OIC-Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator, Dr. Ariel I. Valencia, followed by the introduction of members of the RNC by Nutrition Officer II, Ms. Rowena C. Gomez.
Member-agencies of the RNC were represented by Asst. Dir. Dr. Teodora P. Fiel of DA, Mr. Bryan F. Edulzun of DILG, Ms. Olga Virginia Feliciano of DOST, Ms. Elisa E. Pajaro of DBM, and Dr. Amelia Avila of DepEd.
Dr. Valencia gave his opening message, thanking the partner agencies for their attendance and support for NNC Caraga. He cited the decreasing trend of malnutrition in Caraga but indicated that there remains the challenge of high levels of malnutrition in some areas particularly in Siargao Island and Dinagat Island.
Ms. Marivic S. Samson, NO III of NNC-Nutrition Policy and Planning Division gave an overview of the Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition 2011-2016 which was approved in January 2012 by the NNC Governing Board chaired by DOH Secretary and NNC Chair Enrique T. Ona. The presentation of PPAN 2011-2016 was followed by the presentation of Mr. Danilo Villa B. Agcopra, NO IV also of NPPD on the roles and functions of the Regional Nutrition Committee.
The National Nutrition Council in partnership with the Nutrition Action Officers Association of the Philippines (NAOPA) conducted the 2nd NAOs Conference with the theme ‘Now Na, NAOPA!” on July 12-13, 2012 at the Philippine International Convention Center, Pasay City. The event was attended by over 500 nutrition actions officers in the country. CHD Director IV and OIC Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator Dr. Ariel I. Valencia represented NNC Caraga together with Nutrition Officer II Ms. Nancy C. Sarabosing.
The theme of the conference underscores the need for urgent action of the nutrition action officers as individuals to catalyze and move priority nutrition and related actions at the local level and, as an association, to help influence national policies that affect the nutrition environment.
The two-day conference was divided into three sessions. Session 1 focused on the presentation of program updates that include priority actions that hopefully will be picked up by NAOs and translated into local actions. This included topics on the Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition (PPAN), Integrated Action for Hunger Alleviation and Improved Nutrition (HAIN) and the bill amending RA 10028 and the Milk Code. Session 2 provided a preview of the technological dimensions related to the work of NAOs. The speakers for this session discussed on the Philippine Integrated Management of Acute Malnutrition, understanding height assessment, personality development and social networking using the internet. Finally Session 3 aimed to scale up the performance level of the NAOs by addressing not just the emotional, but the physical and public persona as well. Thus there were topics on weight management and a motivational talk on Why am I Working?
The Philippine Association of Nutrition, Inc held its 65th Annual Convention on July 9-10, 2012 at the Dusit Thani Hotel, Makati City. The theme of the event was “Evolve: Enabling Communities for Adaptation to Climate Change for Food and Nutrition Security.’’ Over 500 participants from all over the country joined in the convention. Officials and staff from the National Nutrition Council also took part. NNC Caraga was represented by Ms. Nancy C. Sarabosing, Nutrition Officer II.
The convention theme of food and nutrition security amidst climate change is opportune and significant, considering the impact of climate change on agriculture and sustainable development. The keynote address was given by UP Los Baῆos Chancellor Rex Victor O. Cruz, Phd. He talked about the greater political commitment, resource allocation and accountability to counter the harmful effects of climate change. Dr. Cruz discussed on how climate change reduces food production and livelihood opportunities. He emphasized on initiatives that the government has engaged in to address climate change and its adverse impacts and risks on the vital sectors of the economy. He mentioned that while the legal policy framework for addressing climate change are already in place and adaptation and mitigation measures have already been identified, the starting point is political commitment and realizing that each one of us has a significant role to play in responding to the challenges of a changing climate.