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CVBNSF officers takes their oath before NPC Maestre     The newly elected officers of the Cagayan Valley Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNS) Federation took their oath of office before Nutrition Program Coordinator Rhodora G. Maestre of National Nutrition Council- Region 02 during the Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos Forum last March 28, 2014 at the Crown Pavilion, Tuguegarao City. Officers of the Cagayan Valley BNS Federation are the following:


                President: Ms. Mercedes Cara (Benito Soliven, Isabela)

                Vice President: Ms. Janette Vallente (Cabarroguis, Quirino)

                Secretary: Mr. Cipriano Molina, Jr. (Cauayan City, Isabela)

                Treasurer: Ms. Geronima Arao (Tuguegarao City, Cagayan)

                Auditor: Ms. Maritess Nitura (Luna, Isabela)

                PRO: Ms. Estelita Jose (Cauayan City, Isabela)

                Board of Directors:

                                Ms. Modesta Rivera (Solano, Nueva Vizcaya)

                                Ms. Geraldine Parucha (Dupax del Sur, Nueva Vizcaya)

                                Ms. Nida Mariñas (Alcala, Cagayan)

                                Ms. Hilda Arellano (Ballesteros, Cagayan)

                                Ms. Gladys Maramag (Tuguegarao City, Cagayan)

                                Ms. Jennifer Gabilo (Sabtang, Batanes)

                                Ms. Mary Ann Cataluña (Ivana, Batanes)

                                Ms. Marilyn Mebaña (Ilagan City, Isabela)

                                Ms. Relina N. Torres (Ilagan City, Isabela)


    In her opening message, NPC Maestre highlighted the role and contributions of barangay nutrition scholars in the implementation of nutrition programs in the region and tagged them as barangay champions.

    Inducted officers will serve for three (3) years coterminous with the term of barangay officials. Other members of the Cagayan Valley BNS Federation and media partners were also present to witness the said ceremony. 


Cavans of non- standard salt captured in Sta. Fe     

              March 11-29, 2014--- Sta. Fe, Nueva Vizcaya ASIN task force captured an approximately 8 tons of illegally shipped non- iodized and inadequately iodized salt entering the Sta. Fe checkpoint.  According to the report submitted by Mr. Orlando Pichay, Sr., Team Leader of Sta. Fe BANTAY ASIN Task Force, confiscated salt came from Mangaldan and Infanta, Pangasinan which are supposed to be delivered to the Provinces of Nueva, Vizcaya, Isabela and Cagayan. Table below shows a summary of the quarantine violation reports from March 11- 29, 2014.


Date and Time




Action Taken

March 11, 2014 9:47 AM

750 kgs.

Lack of iodine content

(3.7 ppm and 4.7 ppm only)

Mr. Alejandro Erfe

Sent back to origin

March 14, 2014 6:17 AM

1,360 kgs.

No license to operate

No clearance issued

No iodine content

Mr. Jeffrey Carpio

Sent back to origin

March 14, 2014 6:40 AM

765 kgs.

No license to operate

No clearance issued

Lack of iodine content

(6.0 ppm and 1.3 ppm only)

Mr. Jimmy Lemon

Sent back to origin

March 28, 2014 10:02 PM

2,000 kgs.

No license to operate

No clearance issued

Lack of iodine content

 (5.4 ppm only)

Mr. Ernesto Aquino

Sent back to origin

March 29, 2014

9:09 PM

1,200 kgs.

No iodine content

Mr. Sandy Viscera

Sent back to origin


             Since the turn-over of WYD iodine checker by Nutrition Program Coordinator Rhodora Maestre of the National Nutrition Council- Region 02 to the Municipality of Sta. Fe Nueva Vizcaya last October 9, 2013 during their Provincial Nutrition Awarding Ceremony, the ASIN task force has been true to its commitment in sustaining the operations of the ASIN checkpoint located in Sta. Fe, Nueva Vizcaya. As partner in the implementation of the ASIN Law or Republic Act 8172, the asin task force is expected to conduct visual search and thorough inspection of all salt transported and passing in the said municipality as entry point to the Cagayan Valley region. Results of inspection and testing will serve as basis in the issuance of an appropriate clearance to the salt merchandise in transit.


Ms. Saturnina Gonzaga RTAN of DTI giving her insights during the 1st Quarter RNC MeetingThe Regional Nutrition Committee (RNC) of Cagayan Valley held its 1st Quarter meeting last February 26, 2014 at Crown Hotel & Restaurant, Tuguegarao City. In attendance during the said meeting were the RNC-Regional Technical Assistants for Nutritions, Provincial/City Nutrition Action Officers (P/CNAOs) and Nutrition Officers of the region. The meeting highlighted on the organization and activation of Nutrition Cluster Coordination. Other matters tackled during the meeting are the following:


  • 2013 RNC Member Agency and NNC- RO2 Accomplishment reports
  • Updating of the RNC Strategic Plan 2014- 2016
  • 2014 Regional Nutrition Evaluation
  • RNC Resolutions for 2014
  • NNC- RO2 Programs, Projects and Directions for 2014

“This year, we will capacitate local nutrition clusters in nutrition management during emergencies and disasters. We will ensure that the nutritional status of the affected population will not worsen due to emergency,” Nutrition Program Coordinator Rhodora G. Maestre of National Nutrition Council- Region 02 said.

NPC Maestre also discussed that the NNC Regional Office as the Nutrition Cluster Coordinator should lead in the formulation of the Regional Strategic Response Plan. In line with this, the Regional Nutrition Cluster members are scheduled to have their 1st Nutrition Cluster meeting on April 01, 2014. 


NPC Maestre delivering her speech during the 2013 PIRThere is a need to look back in order to prepare for the future.

This is the guiding principle behind the conduct of the 2013 Program Implementation Review (PIR) spearheaded by the National Nutrition Council-Cagayan Valley Region held last January 23 and 24, 2014 at the New Rajah Soliman Restaurant and Hotel in Baguio City.

The PIR was held to assess the programs, projects and activities which were done in the previous year relative to the implementation of the Medium Term Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition (MTPPAN). The results of the PIR along with secondary data from the PPAN accomplishments reports will direct the formulation of the Strategic Plan of the Regional Nutrition Committee 2014-2016 and  annual local nutrition action plans of provinces, cities, municipalities and barangays  in the region.

The PIR participants were Provincial and City Nutrition Action Officers, Nutrition Officers, Regional Technical Assistants for Nutrition (RTANs), members of the Balay ni Ifan Media Group and NNC-02 staff.

In her message, Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator Rhodora G. Maestre recognized the efforts of various agencies and stakeholders in improving the nutrition status in the region. She also proudly shared that the NNC Regional Office was able to achieve its various targets in the past year.


ifanThe National Nutrition Council-Cagayan Valley recently released the second issue of the InFormation About Nutrition (IFAN) magazine which highlights the advocacy on the promotion of the 2012 Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos (NGF).

With the success of the maiden issue of the IFAN magazine released on July 2013, NNC-R02 deemed it proper to continue with its publication. Considering also the wide acceptance of IFAN among the reading public, it had served as a very effective and efficient mode of delivering nutrition information in all corners of the region.

The second issue now focuses on the NGF which was adopted and approved by the National Nutrition Council Governing Board in 2012. A product of the efforts and hard work of an inter-agency and multi-disciplinary technical working group organized by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology, the NGF was promulgated with the end goal that it will serve as guidelines for the “improvement of nutritional status, productivity and quality of life of the population, through the adoption of desirable dietary practices and healthy lifestyle. The set of NGF aims to protect and promote the nutrition of Filipinos. It provides the basis and reference for the nutrition community in the development of nutrition information, education and communication materials and in the conduct of nutrition education and advocacy activities.”

Wednesday, 08 January 2014 14:36

NNC Opens Theme Writing Tilt for 2014


nut month themeThe National Nutrition Council wants your thoughts on what should be the theme for the 2014  Nutrition Month celebration.

This after NNC Manila issued to its regional offices the mechanics of the said competition.

Rhodora G. Maestre, Nutrition Program Coordinator for Region 02, citing the mechanics, said the theme will center on nutrition in emergencies.

The NNC technical committee earlier approved the focus of the theme considering the impact of emergencies and natural disasters on the nutritional status of affected population. It refers to a situation in which food security is often severely threatened causing increased risk to malnutrition, illness and death.

NPC Maestre described nutrition in emergencies as key nutrition services that are components of emergency preparedness, response and recovery phases aimed at preventing death and worsening of malnutrition in the affected population.

Still citing the mechanics, Maestre said that “during emergency and crisis situations, people’s ability to produce, buy and prepare food is severely affected”. Such situation, she said, “result in increased vulnerability to health and food insecurity and consequently, to malnutrition, with infants and young children being the most vulnerable”.

The contest is open to Filipino citizens, 12 years old and above and the theme should be in Filipino consisting of not more than 10 words. Each individual can only submit one entry  through the email address This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Deadline for submission of entries is on 31 January 2014.

The Nutrition Program Coordinator has been doing the rounds  to convince residents of the region to join in the said competition.


 Tuguegarao City, Cagayan, January 7– The National Nutrition Council (NNC) Region 02 said 2013 has been an accomplishment-laden year as it vowed to continue its landmark programs and projects this year.

Rhodora G. Maestre,  NNC- Region 02 Nutrition Program Coordinator said at least three new nutrition policies and  programs were developed including a  resolution passed by the regional nutrition committee  on the adoption of the nutritional guidelines for Filipinos and its communication plan.

“We formulated guidelines for the establishment of ASIN checkpoints and a resolution which supports the Magna Carta for Barangay Nutrition Scholars”, she said.

The year in review likewise saw a massive training for some 2,467 midwives, Barangay Nutrition Scholars, Barangay Health Workers and parent leaders on Infant and Young Child Feeding in the barangay with a combined allocation of Php 6,640,800.00 for the four provinces of the region except  for Batanes who was given full funding in 2012 in the amount of Php 351,600.00.

While NNC provided various trainings for nutrition and health workers, Information and Education Campaign (IEC) materials were distributed.

Aside the local government units and other stakeholders, Maestre likewise zeroed in on the continuing assistance and support provided by the local media through the Balay Ni Ifan Task Force established five years ago. The Task Force gave birth to the establishment of Batang Radyo Sa Nutrisyon  for Cagayan Valley with seven groups as of this report.

Using the various media outlets including electronic media, NPC Maestre added, has maximized to the fullest radio, cable stations and print even as it organized special events in the entire region. Among these include a Gutom at Malnutrition Caravan, Buntis Congress, Nutrition Awarding Ceremonies, Batang Radyo Congress and a Nutri- kalesa Painting Contest.

“While we cannot discount the support of our local officials towards all programs in nutrition, the media has played a rather very significant role in the pursuit of all these programs and projects”, the Nutrition Program Coordinator added.

As the year of the Wooden Horse is ushered, Maestre expressed hope the same fervor, which lead to national recognitions, will be see among most of the stakeholders in the name of nutrition.

1468509 623900820981387 1197312473 n17 December 2013, Tuguegarao City- - The National Nutrition Council Region II staged its first Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos (NGF) Summit held at the Ninoy Aquino Hall, Pulsar Hotel, Tuguegarao City. Invited resource speakers were Ms. Evelyn Gamurot, National President of District/ City Nutrition Program Coordinators Association of the Philippines (DCNPCAP), Dr. Julie Ann Bingayan, and Municipal Nutrition Action Officer of Quezon, Nueva Vizcaya, and Ms. Nareta Maximo, City Nutrition Action Officer of Cauayan City, Isabela. The first ever NGF Summit convened the nutrition officers and district/ city/ municipal nutrition program coordinators in the Cagayan Valley region to build awareness on the Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos and to encourage the Nutrition Officers/ Nutrition Program Coordinators as role models in practicing the guidelines.

NGF with white backgroundTo intensify the promotion of the 2012 Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos, the National Nutrition Council- Region 02 will stage a Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos (NGF) Summit on December 17, 2013 at Pulsar Hotel, Tuguegarao City, Cagayan. The NGF summit will be attended by nutrition officers and district/ city nutrition program coordinators throughout the Region.

The NGF summit aims to build awareness on the Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos and to encourage the Nutrition Officers/ Nutrition Program Coordinators as role models in practicing the guidelines. It will be a perfect venue to inform the Nutrition Officers/ Nutrition Program Coordinators on their roles in disseminating the guidelines.

Participants are also expected to approve/ endorse a resolution supporting the promotion of the NGF at the end of the said summit. 

mobcomRecognizing the imperious need to continuously advocate for breastfeeding and for the good nutrition of babies and children, the National Nutrition Council Regional Office 02 conducted a four-day orientation on the community support for the Infant and Young child Feeding Program. Held at Villa Blanca Hotel in Tuguegarao City last November 19 to 22, 2013, the activity is primarily aimed to enhance the skills and knowledge of health and nutrition workers on community mobilization for them to be able to organize and mobilize IYCF community support groups that will do the peer counseling of pregnant women and mothers with 0-2 years old children.


The participants in the said activity include midwives, nurses, and other health and nutrition workers from the Province of Isabela. Director Rhodora G. Maestre of NNC RO2 said that the orientation is geared towards improving further the implementation of IYCF program in the region. She also noted that the health workers are their best partners in facilitating the conduct of refresher on IYCF counseling and community support with gender concerns in the region.


Wednesday, 20 November 2013 14:12

RNC recognizes Regional Nutrition Awardees


1461160 609925679045568 794195423 nThe Regional Nutrition Committee of Cagayan Valley recently conducted the Regional Nutrition Awarding Ceremony to recognize the various individuals and Local Government Units who made exemplary efforts in promoting good nutrition in their respective communities. The awarding ceremonies held on November 18, 2013 at the Crown Pavillion in Tuguegarao City is also aimed at recognizing the hard work and determination of these individuals and LGU’s in fighting malnutrition in the region and making them role models for the others.

Present during the said event are Ms. Jovita P. Ayson, CESO II, Regional Director BFAR and Chair of the Regional Nutrition Committee (RNC), the Regional Directors of the various agencies in the region who are also members of the RNC, Director Rhodora G. Maestre, Nutrition Program Coordinator of NNC RO2, Local Chief Executives of the provinces, cities, and municipalities in the region and other local officials, Provincial and Municipal Nutrition Action Officers, Barangay Nutrition Scholars, members of the media, and other stakeholders.


Regional Nutrition Awarding CeremonyThe National Nutrition Council – Cagayan Valley Region will stage the 2012 Regional Nutrition Awarding Ceremony to honor top performing local government units in nutrition program management in the region. 

The event will be on November 18, 2013, Monday at Crown Pavillion, Tuguegarao City. Around 300 guests composed of local chief executives, nutrition action officers, barangay nutrition scholars and members of the Regional Nutrition Committee (RNC) will attend the event. 

The awarding ceremony recognizes the importance of local actions in improving the nutrition situation in the region and will be a fitting tribute to men and women who have worked hard for the nutritional well being of the populace of region II.  

NNC IconThe Quirino province through the Provincial Nutrition Committee received its first year Consistent Regional Outstanding Winner in Nutrition (Crown) maintenance award from the  National Nutrition Council during the  awarding ceremony last November 5,2013 at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City.
Provincial Nutrition Officer Luningning Pacudan  said the conferment of the first year Crown maintenance award to Quirino  was based on the recommendation of the National Nutrition Evaluation Team (NNET) who evaluated the province last May.
162077 312890004384 3539532 nTUGUEGARAO CITY, Oct 29 - After the tedious and long process of evaluation of the regional search for outstanding Local Government Unit nutrition program implementers, the regional nutrition evaluation team has  proclaimed Nueva Vizcaya as the outstanding province for this year.

Rhodora Maestre, nutrition program coordinator said Cauayan City successfully snatched the award for the city category and Ivana, Batanes landed first for the municipality category, followed by Jones, Isabela; Aparri, Cagayan; Sta Fe, Nueva Vizcaya; and Diffun, Quirino.

Maestre said the LGU contenders for this year have improved a lot as they garnered above 90 percent of their consolidated scores.

 MG 9835From promoting good nutrition to dolphins, whales, and dugong preservation.

This will be the new task that the Batang Radyo Sa Nutrisyon (BRSN) will have to assume in the coming weeks, after BFAR-Region 02 Director and Regional Nutrition Committee Chair, Dr. Jovita Ayson, declares that these young broadcasters will be tapped as the new advocates for marine mammal preservation efforts in the Cagayan Valley Region.

This developed after Dir. Ayson witnessed how the BRSN evolved from mere school kids to very active nutrition advocates through the assistance of the National Nutrition Council-Region 02 .

“If these children have been very effective in their advocacy campaigns on nutrition, then there’s no doubt they can do the same thing on marine mammal protection. They can very much influence their parents and their adult audiences on these two campaigns,” Ayson explained.


1378859 593123737392429 1899190485 nBAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya – Dalawang Asin Law billboards ang ipapatayo sa lalawigan bilang bahagi ng kampanya ng pamahalaan upang pigilan ang pagpasok ng mga non-iodized na asin sa lalawigan at sa buong lambak ng Cagayan. Ayon kay Rhodora Maestre, regional nutrition program coordinator ng Cagayan Valley, ang dalawang billboards ay ilalagay sa bayan ng Kayapa at Sta. Fe kung saan may mga naipatayong checkpoints upang pigilan ang pagpasok ng mga asin na walang wasto at sapat na iodine content sa mga pamilihan.

Nagbigay din ng mga nutrition program tarpaulin ang National Nutrition Council(NNC) para sa mga iba’t ibang bayan ng Nueva Vizcaya upang mapaigting ang pagpapatupad ng tama at wastong nutrisyon sa mga barangay. Nasa lalawigan si Maestre nuong Oktubre 9 upang dumalo sa Provincial Nutrition Awarding Program ng provincial government sa Ammungan Hall sa bayang ito.

1379381 593072287397574 337406990 nThe National Nutrition Council Region 2 successfully staged a Batang Radyo sa Nutrisyon Congress held last October 11 – 13, 2013 at Baguio City, participated by some 200 Batang Radyo Broadcasters to foster broader exposure, and upgrading of technical abilities on the promote good nutrition concept of the National Nutrition Council.

With the theme: “Wastong Nutrisyon, Alam ko, Sasabihin ko, Gagawin ko” (Practice what they are communicating)the congress aims to a.) Enhance the knowledge, skills and technical ability of Batang Radyo in radio broadcasting, b.) Encourage Batang Radyo sa Nutrisyon to be role models in practicing and promoting good nutrition and c.) Create camaraderie among the Batang Radyo sa Nutrisyon d.) Build awareness on the 2012 Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos and e.) Instill values on good nutrition

The Congress emphasizes the significance of mitigating hunger and malnutrition and promotion of the Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos among school children, and adaptation of efforts and focuses on how each individual, school and community in the region can contribute in mitigating malnutrition in school.

1378859 593123737392429 1899190485 nPledges of additional funds for capability building on Promote Good Nutrition and Infant and Young Child Feeding and provision of equipments from the GAIN as well as the provincial government are expected to boost the implementation of the government’s nutrition program in the province.

Rhodora Maestre, regional nutrition program coordinator said the National Nutrition Council(NNC) will provide P830,000.00 funding assistance for the province to further improve and sustain its performance on the implementation of the nutrition program in the province thru training of barangay implementers on Infant and Yound Child Feeding - a strategy to revitalize world's attention and commitment to infant and young child nutrition and its impact on survival and development of children.

“We are glad to inform you that NNC was inspired by our best practices. In fact, we are the only province which was given with free Iodine checkers because of our performance in the BANTAY ASIN implementation” she said.

Maestre said the Nueva Vizcaya was recently adjudged as a regional 2012 Green Banner Awardee in Cagayan Valley for garnering 94.84 percent for its implementation of the nutrition program.

1374276 593119384059531 1445839636 nBAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya,October 13  - Governor Ruth Padilla here recently has pledged funding assistance to boost the livelihood of at least 300 Barangay Nutrition Scholars(BNS) in the 275 barangays of the province.

The fund, amounting to P10,000.00 each will be given through the Municipal Federation of Barangay Nutrition Scholars(MFBNS), Padilla said during the provincial awarding of outstanding nutrition program implementors for Nueva Vizcaya.

“I am posing a challenge to you to sustain your efforts and in that way, we can maintain or even improve our status particularly on the nutrition program implementation,” Padilla said.

She said that the rate that the province at 94.84 percent that earned its latest recognition as a Green Banner Awardee in Cagayan Valley needs to be sustained for the coming years.

Padilla also encouraged nutrition volunteers to work and dedicate their efforts in uplifting the nutritional status of Novo Vizcayanos especially children and assured the all-out support of the provincial government to the nutrition program.

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