nnc LOGOThe NNC Technical Committee approved the theme for this year’s Nutrition Month celebration, “Kalamidad paghandaan: Gutom at malnutrisyon agapan!” on 26 March 2014 during the 2nd NNC TechCom meeting held at the Philippine Statistics Authority in Makati City. The theme stresses the importance of preparedness and prevention of hunger and malnutrition to minimize the impact of calamities and disasters. With the approval of the Nutrition Month theme, stakeholders especially local government units through the local nutrition committees are encouraged to plan for activities related to nutrition in emergency preparedness as these committees  are also the local nutrition clusters. 

Nutrition Month 2014 aims to: 1) promote interventions to address nutritional needs in emergencies and disasters including preparedness, response and recovery; 2) mobilize responders particularly the local nutrition clusters and stakeholders to address gaps in nutrition in emergencies response from national to barangay levels; and 3) increase awareness among families and individuals on coping and resiliency strategies to prevent malnutrition and worsening of nutritional status in times of emergencies and disasters.  

The NNC conducted the Nutrition Month theme writing contest last 6-31 January 2014 which was opened to individual Filipino citizens - students, professionals, nutrition workers, barangay nutrition scholars, and others aged 12 years old and above.  Ms. Desiree P. Reyes of Los Baños, Laguna submitted the winning theme selected  from among the 304 entries received from all over the country. Ms. Reyes will receive Php10,000 as cash prize for her winning entry.

Mindanao-Cluster-SBFP-Planning-Workshop Cagayan de Oro -- A total of 17,524 severely wasted school children in Kinder to Grade 6 of Region 10 will benefit from DepEd's School Based Feeding Program (SBFP) starting this July with a total funding of over 33M. 

This is one of the newest and expanded features of the SBFP for SY 2014-2015 as disclosed by Dr. Ella Naliponguit, Director of DepEd's Health and Nutrition Center during the Mindanao Cluster SBFP Planning Workshop held at the Regional Learning Center, Cagayan de Oro City. The expanded SBFP shall be implemented for 120 days following release of the standardized malunggay based recipes and 20 days cycle menu utilizing locally produced or grown food items. The SBFP nationwide implementation is funded by the General Appropriations Act (GAA) amounting to 1,079,543,040.00. 

In addition to the feeding component, the expanded SBFP will now have a component on Partnership Building as well as Local Alliances Creation.  During the workshop, NPC Navales reminded the group of the existing Local Nutrition Committees from the provincial to barangay levels and requested DepEd to consider these structures as part of the enhancement of the implementation and partnership arrangements of the SBFP. This was welcomed by Dr. Corazon Dumlao of DepEd’s Health and Nutrition Center. 

According to DepEd, the prevalence of severely wasted among school aged children in Region 10  for SY 2013 stands at 3.12%, ranking 4th in the Northern Mindanao region. Supplemental feeding is one of DepEd’s three programs in support of the Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition (PPAN). The two others are school weighing and mainstreaming/integration of nutrition education in the school curriculum.

net-in-actionThree local government units are vying for this year’s Nutrition Honor Award, the highest award conferred by the National Nutrition Council.

These LGUs are: Municipality of Lal-Lo, Cagayan in Region II, Maasin City, Southern Leyte in Region VIII and Ifugao Province in the Cordillera Administrative Region. These LGUs have shown efficient and effective management of its nutrition program for the past 5 years which resulted to low prevalence of underweight among its preschool and school-aged children.

Assistant Secretary of Health and NNC’s Executive Director Maria-Bernardita T. Flores will lead the interagency National Evaluation Team (NET) in conducting the validation visits to these LGUs from April to May 2014. Representatives from the departments of health, agriculture, interior and local government, social welfare and development, national economic development planning, the academe and non-government organizations comprise this year’s interagency NET. Awardees of NHA will get a cash prize of PhP 1 million and a trophy to be presented during the 2014 National Nutrition Awarding Ceremony in October with  His Excellency Benigno S. Aquino III as the Guest of Honor.

Golden03102014 00000 1The Entertainment Press Society, Inc. (ENPRESS) and the Golden Screen Awards have included NNC’s Why Not? as a finalist under the Outstanding Educational Program category in the 5th Golden Screen TV Awards.

Why Not? is an edu-infotainment program that encourages positive eating behaviors for better nutrition. The nutrition show also encourages children, and even adults, to eat a variety of foods every day, particularly the consumption of vegetables. Aired over ABS-CBN Channel 2 from 2011 to 2013, the nutrition program was produced by NNC in partnership with the ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation, Inc.

The Golden Screen TV Awards 2014 will be held on 21 March 2014 at Teatrino in Greenhills, San Juan City. The Golden Screen TV Awards is done annually by the ENPRESS, a group of entertainment writers from newspapers, and recognizes outstanding programs and personalities from the different TV networks in the country.

Why Not? also received the Anak TV Seal Award from 2011 to 2013 and was also recognized as “Child-Friendly TV Program” by the Department of Education, the National Council for Children’s Television (NCCT) and the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB).

The NNC family also congratulates all those who were involved in the production of the show – the writers, editors, guest talents/resource persons and the production crew for a job well done.

NNC’s media programs have received recognition from award-giving bodies and continue to inspire the NNC to come up with better and relevant programs that will encourage the public to practice good nutrition behaviors.

Because of shift in ABS-CBN’s network programming policy, the airing of Why Not? on ABS-CBN Channel 2 was discontinued starting January this year.  

buntis congressAfter winning the prestigious Philippine Quill Award in November 2013, Buntis Congress received the Anvil Award of Merit (Public Relations Tools, Events and Activation) from the Public Relations Society of the Philippines last 26 February 2014.  The award was received by NNC’s partner, ABS-CBN-DZMM.

Buntis Congress is one of NNC’s special events aimed at ensuring healthy pregnancy and giving birth to healthy and well-nourished babies.  In partnership with ABS-CBN-DZMM and the Midwives Foundation of the Philippines, Buntis Congress has reached almost 10,000 pregnant women not only in Metro Manila but also in major cities of the 16 regions in the country. 

The Anvil Award is a symbol of Excellence in public relations in the Philippines which is given to outstanding public relations programs and tools designed and implemented during the previous year.  The Anvil Awards is an annual event organized by the Public Relations Society of the Philippines that honors outstanding public relations programs and tools. 

The awards and recognition given to the different programs of NNC are proof of its commitment to excellence and for putting its best effort toward educating Filipinos on good nutrition.

iodized saltBAGUIO CITY, (PIA) - - Regional line agencies that compose  the Cordillera Bantay ASIN Task Force will  push for stronger  partnership among stakeholders  to increase  awareness and use of iodized salt  and to ensure iodization of salt being sold in the region.

In a forum last February 20, the task force members  agreed to press for stronger ties  among member agencies, local government units in the six provinces and Baguio city, salt traders and salt repackers in line with their goal to achieve 100 percent awareness and usage of iodized salt among Cordillerans   pursuant  to the ASIN Law and the National Salt Iodization Program (NSIP).

Bella Basalong of  the National Nutrition Council in the region  shared  that based on the 2011 Food and Nutrition Research Institute survey, awareness on iodized salt among Filipino households stands at 78.7 percent but national average of usage  is only  59.3 percent.

For Cordillera,  FNRI data shows an 89.3 percent awareness, while usage of iodized salt is at 73.3 percent.

At the provincial level, awareness on iodized salt is high at around 92 percent in Benguet and Mountain Province but low as 60.5 and 70.7 percent in Kalinga and Apayao, respectively.

For usage, Kalinga posted  the highest average at 79.6%,  followed by Benguet at 77.8%.  Abra posted the lowest usage at 50.1%.

Such statistics, prompted the regional ASIN Task Force to re-convene with the Department of Health as the lead agency and NNC as the governing board. Other member agencies are the Department of Trade and Industry, Department of Science and Technology, Department of Education, Technology Research Center, Department of Education, national Economic and Development Authority, Department of Interior and Local Government, Philippine Information Agency and Philippine National Police.

image region3 turn over leadershipNational Nutrition Council Region 3 headed by Ms. Rhodora G. Maestre, Nutrition Program Coordinator (NPC) of Region 2 and Officer in Charge, NPC of Region 3, led a Special Meeting to welcome the newly appointed Nutrition Program Coordinator, Ms. Florinda V. Panlilio on February 17, 2014 at Tiburcio Conference Room, Heroes Hall, City of San Fernando, Pampanga.

Highlighted by the turnover ceremony of leadership from OIC-NPC Maestre to NPC Florinda V. Panlilio, NPC Maestre mentioned  that this welcome and endorsement meeting was the  first ever held for a newly appointed NPC and  she hopes it will set as a model for  the other regions. She introduced the new NPC, Ms. Florinda V. Panlilio as a “kapampangan”, a Registered Nutritionist-Dietitian, very demure, kind and a hardworking person. She also mentioned that NPC Panlilio being a former staff of DOH-HEMS in Central Office has honed her expertise in Nutrition in Emergencies.

In her acceptance message, Ms. Panlilio stated that, “considering that this will be my first day with NNC Region 3, I appreciate this generous effort of bringing the network together thereby giving me the chance to meet all of you at once”. She remarked that ”this made my life certainly easy as this  freed me from a number of courtesy calls to make”. She also stressed that in order for her to be familiarized with the nature of her new work, she needs the help and support of the Regional Nutrition Network. She is thankful to be back in her mother region, Central Luzon.

Meanwhile, exiting OIC-NPC Maestre, in her message, expressed her gratitude towards the Nutrition Action Officers, District/City Nutrition Program Coordinators, Regional Technical Working Group and Media Partners  of NNC Region 3 for their help and support during her 6 months stay as OIC-NPC of NNC Region 3. According to her, along with the numerous learnings and accomplishments, she will leave Region 3 with a lot of memorable experiences and a solid working relationship with Central Luzon. She further said that while she has already achieved her mission in Region 3, “It is not goodbye for me, because Regions 2 and 3 are sister regions that is why I will be here anytime to help and support the implementation of the nutrition program in Region 3”.   

nnc web team core valuesThe National Nutrition Council formulated its very first strategic plan for web operations during its Web Team and Regional Publishers’ General Assembly and Capacity Building Workshop, a first among government agencies. Headed by NNC Executive Director and Website Manager and Editor A/Sec. Maria-Bernardita T. Flores, the formulation of the strategic plan for 2014-2016 highlighted the 3-day workshop, held on 12-14 February 2014 at Hotel 878, Libis, Quezon City.

A/Sec Flores, during the opening program, underscored the importance of the world wide web as a powerful medium for promoting good nutrition.   She emphasized that having a strategic web and social media plan will be a very productive and cost-effective way of advancing NNC’s advocacies. She further encouraged the participants to capitalize on the existing technologies and web applications to make NNC more visible to the public.

Meanwhile, with new standards and guidelines for government websites and opportunities for online advocacies, the general assembly were updated on current social networking practices and oriented on web article writing and publishing.  The NNC guidelines on Web management was also discussed to ensure harmonized management of its website and social network accounts.

Participants of the 3-day activity are members of the NNC Web Team, representing the different units of the NNC Central Office and designated web publishers of the NNC Regional Offices.

image article new npcCongratulations to newly-hired Nutrition Program Coordinators Ma. Eileen B. Blanco for NNC-Region 1, Rita D. Papey for NNC-CAR, Florinda V. Panlilio for NNC-Region III, Catalino P. Dotollo, Jr. for NNC-Region VIII and Marissa  DM. Navales for NNC-Region X.

And to officially welcome the 5 NPCs, the National Nutrition Council through the Administrative Division organized an orientation from 11 to 13 February 2014 at the NNC Board Room. To break the ice and make the newly-hired NPCs comfortable, a round of self-introduction of both resource persons and the NPCs was held.

Assistant Secretary of Health and NNC Executive Director Maria-Bernardita T. Flores personally welcomed the NPCs to their new home. She also introduced the NNC, its rich history, the evolution of its mandates and functions and the range of programs NNC is responsible for. She highlighted NNC’s vision, mission and core values which govern its operations. She specifically discussed the operations of the office of the executive director and its leadership, management and oversight functions. 

ASec. Flores was joined by NPC Milagros Elisa V. Federizo of NNC NCR who discussed the responsibilities of and expectations from NPCs through a walk-through of regional operations. The chiefs of the five NNC divisions completed the orientation team and given half a day each, discussed the role and functions as well as the programs and projects of their respective divisions.

A tour of their new home and its facilities, and meeting their new colleagues and now friends, completed the 3-day introduction.

image nutriskwela visit region 12 caption28-31 January -- Assistant Secretary of Health and National Nutrition Council Executive Director Maria-Bernardita T. Flores together with Nutrition Officer II Ralph P. Calucag of the Nutrition Information and Education Division conducted an unannounced monitoring of Radyo Katilingban in Tacurong City, Sultan Kudarat and Radyo Kasadya in President Roxas, Cotabato.

The monitoring visit intended to check whether the Nutriskwela stations are working according to station policy and broadcast policy prescribed by the Nutriskwela Community Radio Network Program of the NNC. The visit was also intended to determine if Radyo Katilingban and Radyo Kasadya remain compliant to the rules and regulations of the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC). 

Nutrition Program Coordinator of NNC-Region 12 Arceli M. Latonio accompanied the monitoring team to Tacurong City and President Roxas, Cotabato. Assistant Secretary Flores and NPC Latonio met and discussed with Radio Station Managers Mr. Alfredo Lucas and Dr. Ruby S. Hechanova of Radyo Kasadya and Radyo Katilingban, respectively, on how the Nutriskwela Community Radio Program helped in disseminating nutrition and related information.  Issues in the management of the radio station, state of radio equipment and counterpart of partner institutions were likewise discussed. Feedback of the visit in the form of an accomplished monitoring checklist was presented before the team left the station. Copies of the report were left with the station, the station manager, Honorable Mayor Jaime H. Mahimpit of President Roxas and President Dr. Teresita L. Cambel of Sultan Kudarat State University and NPC Latonio for reference on follow-through actions. 

1st ISS 2014The NNC Secretariat held its first quarter Information Sharing Session (ISS) on 5 February 2014 at the NNC Board Room. Ms. Maria Lourdes A. Vega, Nutrition Officer V and Chief of the Nutrition Policy and Planning Division (NPPD), presented the “Guidelines on Local Nutrition Planning” developed by the NNC. Ms. Vega presented a brief history on how nutrition planning evolved from the 1970s to the present; considerations in the formulation of the guidelines such as changes brought about by devolution and the harmonization of local development planning.


The guidelines consisted of the following: 1) objectives; 2) definition and importance of local nutrition planning; 3) timing and activities of plan formulation; 4) mobilization; 5) situational analysis; 6) setting plan’s goals and outcome objectives; 7) selecting interventions and developing the workplan; 8) preparing the monitoring and evaluation plan; 8) plan packaging; 9) approval of the plan; 10) translating the LNAP into an Annual Investment Plan; 11) submission to the Local Planning and Development Office; and 12) Setting the plan to action. The guidelines will be presented to the NNC Governing Board for approval prior to dissemination for field use.

image gaw article22 January 2014, Manila -- The National Nutrition Council, as member of the Thyroid Council of the Philippines (TCP), joined the launching of the 8th Goiter Awareness Week (GAW) celebration. This year’s GAW theme “Goiter Sugpuin, Isip Patalinuhin, Iodized Salt Gamitin” follows the 2013 theme to continually raise awareness on combating and eliminating Iodine Deficiency Disorders among Filipinos. 


The morning activity was conducted at the Epifanio de los Santos Elementary School  where at least 100 Grade 4 pupils attended the program. School principal Ms. Zenaida Q. Manansala welcomed the guests and attendees while Mr. Noel Cadete, President of the Philippine Nurses Association and lead organizer of the 8th GAW celebration, delivered an inspirational message. Activities conducted during the morning event included a quiz bee led by NNC, song and dance number of selected students, and thyroid screening for all attendees by doctors from the Philippine General Hospital. The Department of Health also conducted testing of salt brought by students from their homes. The test showed that some salt samples were not iodized. The students were advised to inform their parents to make sure to buy iodized salt only. 

image region6 article11 January 2014, Guimaras – Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator (RNPC) Nona B. Tad-y of National Nutrition Council (NNC) Region VI, met with Guimaras Representative JC Rahman Nava, requesting support for the Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNS) Program. 

As Senior Vice-Chair for the Committee on Appropriations - House of Representatives, a former Governor of Guimaras, and a medical doctor by profession, Congressman Nava can lead and generate support from other legislators to address the needs and concerns of the BNSs.  Among the BNS’s concerns raised by NPC Tad-y include the lack of security of tenure; limited health insurance; insufficient, irregular or inconsistent financial compensation from the local government units and the inadequate support from the barangays to attend trainings/seminars, as well as lack of logistics and mobility to  carry-out their tasks.

Through this advocacy effort, NPC Tad-y is hoping to generate the much needed support for the BNS Program through the formulation of policies and ordinances, allocation of funds, and approval of pending policy recommendations relevant to the BNS Program, among others.

The Barangay Nutrition Scholar (BNS) Program is a human resource development strategy of the Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition, which involves the recruitment, training, deployment and supervision of volunteer workers or barangay nutrition scholars (BNS). Presidential Decree No. 1569 mandated the deployment of one BNS in every barangay in the country to monitor the nutritional status of children and/or link communities with nutrition and related service providers. PD 1569 also mandated the NNC to administer the program in cooperation with local government units.

ISO launchingTo facilitate the achievement of NNC’s mandate, vision, mission and contribution in the promotion of the nutritional well-being of  Filipinos, NNC, with the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP) signed a Memorandum of Agreement to establish NNC’s Quality Management System (QMS), a significant step in NNC’s journey toward ISO 9001:2008 certification.

In June 2013, Special Order No. 013 authorized the creation of the 20-member QMS Core Team from the NNC divisions, regional offices and Office of the Executive Director.  The Core Team attended several technical sessions to develop an in-depth understanding of the systems requirements, structure and QMS documentation.

As part of the 4th Management Conference for CY 2013 on 9 December 2013, the QMS Core Team members presented the successful and satisfactory completion of QMS documentation, a requirement for the ISO 9001:2008 certification.  These QMS documentation consisted of the NNC Quality Policy, Quality Process Map, Quality Manual and NNC Mandatory Procedures.  Assistant Secretary of Health and NNC Executive Director Maria-Bernardita T. Flores approved and signed said documents.

Mr. Arnel D. Abanto, DAP Vice President and Managing Director of DAP’s Center for Quality and Competitiveness, witnessed the launching and signing of these ISO QMS documents, together with Ms. Arlene Castillo, DAP’s Project  Manager for NNC, all Nutrition Program Coordinators, Nutrition Officers III and other senior staff.

image anak tv seal awardsThe National Nutrition Council is proud to announce that its TV program “Why Not?” produced in partnership with the ABS-CBN Foundation, Inc. (AFI)  was awarded the Anak TV Seal for 2013. 

The ANAK TV SEAL is a national award bestowed by various stakeholders (including parents, educators, business and media people, government, NGOs, the religious sector, and the youth) to TV programs airing on Philippine television (both locally- and internationally-produced) which they consider as most child-sensitive. 

“Why Not? is an edu-infotainment program that airs every Saturday morning targeting children in order to encourage positive eating behaviors for better nutrition.  Each episode tackles the nutritional benefits of a specific food commodity and other information such as planting, selecting, storing, preparation and cooking.  The nutrition show which features ABS-CBN talents Nash Aguas, Kelly Nakanishi, Maliksi Morales and Brenna Garcia, encourages children, and even adults, to eat a variety of foods every day, particularly the consumption of vegetables. 

Children find the show not only educational but entertaining as well since nutrition is taught in a fun and interactive way.   This is the 3rd consecutive year that Why Not? won the award.

image region2 ngf summit17 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.

Technical updates regarding the revised Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos and initiatives were given by Ms. Ma. Gisela M. Lonzaga and Ms. Benjielyne E. Estudillo, Nutrition Officers III and II of NNC RO2, respectively. Some of the invited resource speakers also shared their own NGF Initiatives which inspired the participants. 

The said summit was also conducted to organize a nutrition officers/ nutrition program coordinators federation in Region 02. Elected officers of the federation had their oath taking immediately after the election headed by Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator Rhodora G. Maestre. 

In her speech, NPC Maestre urged the DNPCs to do their part as advocates of the NGF and challenged them to take the lead in the promotion of the said guidelines. “We shall work tirelessly and with the same zeal and compassion so that all Ivatans, Cagayanos, Isabelinos, Vizcayanos and Quirinians will fully appreciate the importance of the NGF towards attaining a better and healthier life”, she said. 

image quill awardsNNC’s Buntis Congress won the Philippine Quill Award for ABS-CBN – DZMM under the Corporate Social Responsibility Category, Corporate Management Division.  The National Nutrition Council has been a partner of ABS-CBN – DZMM for the past 6 years in conducting this annual event.  Since 2008 when it started to partner with DZMM, the annual gathering has expanded from Metro Manila to major cities in 14 regions and has reached more than 8,000 expectant mothers.  Local governments have also conducted their own Buntis Congress events.

Buntis Congress has improved the awareness of pregnant women on the importance of proper health and nutrition for the mother and the baby before, during, and after pregnancy to contribute to the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals of reducing maternal deaths and infant mortality.  The one-day Buntis Congress is highlighted by lectures on nutrition of pregnant women, safe motherhood, breastfeeding and complementary feeding, and responsible parenthood,  other relevant topics, distribution of information materials, as well as entertainment.   The evaluation of the event made by NNC showed that pregnant women find attending the Buntis Congress very helpful for them.

Since the NNC-DZMM partnership, Buntis Congress has expanded its coverage to reach more pregnant women outside of Metro Manila.  For 2013, the Buntis Congress was held in NCR, Tuguegarao City, Batangas City, San Fernando City, Pampanga and Cagayan de Oro City.

b 320 212 2734 0   images stories Region10 SAM 2496Cagayan de Oro City is one of the five cities in the country chosen as the venue for the Buntis Congress on its 11th year. Spearheaded by ABS CBN DZMM in partnership with Department of Health (DOH), National Nutrition Council (NNC) and Midwives Foundation of the Philippines which took place last November 29, 2013, at Grand Caprice Hotel and Convention Center, Cagayan de Oro City. The participants were about 300 pregnant women coming from Cagayan de Oro City and nearby municipalities of Misamis Oriental. The one day activity aimed  to increase awareness of pregnant women in the importance of proper health and nutrition for the mother and the baby before, during and after pregnancy.


Series of events were highlighted in the program which was hosted by DZMM Anchor Ms Winnie Cordero. Honorable Oscar S. Moreno - CDO City Mayor, lead the ribbon cutting along with Dr. Fe Bongcas - CDO City Health Officer, Ms. May Valle Ceniza - Head of DZMM Special Projects, Ms. Marilou R. Enteria – Nutrition Officer IV NIED NNC, and Engr. Zenaida T. Tondares – Nutrition Program Coordinator, NNC X. Mayor Moreno also delivered his welcome remarks during the program assuring that Northern Mindanao is moving forward together in achieving the Millenium Development Goals. Ms. May Valle Ceniza - Head of DZMM Special Projects delivered her message which revolved on letting the participants to know everything about Buntis Congress. There were technical sessions on nutrition and pregnant women and breastfeeding and other relevant topics facilitated by representatives from different agencies.

cmma3515 November 2013 - Katumbas ay Biyaya, National Nutrition Council’s nutrition radio drama series bagged the 35th Catholic Mass Media Award for Best Public Service Program during last night’s awarding ceremony held at the GSIS Theater, Pasay City. Katumbas ay Biyaya bested GMA7/DZBB’s Imbestigador and ABS-CBN/DZMM’s Negosyo (last year’s winner). Already on its 8th Season, Katumbas ay Biyaya is aired over DZRH 666 kHz AM every Saturday between 10:00 to 11:00 am. The Catholic Mass Media Awards pays tribute to programs on radio, TV, print, the Internet and other media that enhance total human development of the Filipino audience through competent and professional use of mass media techniques.

Katumbas ay Biyaya is part of National Nutrition Council’s multimedia campaign to promote good nutrition to the public. This latest recognition will continue to inspire the National Nutrition Council to come up with better and relevant programs that will inform and encourage the public to practice good nutrition behaviors.

Katumbas ay Biyaya features a 15-minute drama followed by an informative discussion on a nutrition topic related to the drama. It also includes real life stories from Katumbas listeners who have personally benefited from the program’s lessons and information sharing.
Katumbas ay Biyaya is also aired over National Nutrition Council’s Nutriskwela Community Radio Network Program in 25 provinces nationwide from Batanes to Tawi-Tawi.

2013 National Nutrition Awarding Ceremony Stage Backdrop05 November 2013, Pasay City -- The National Nutrition Council awarded nutrition champions coming from all corners of the country in a fitting awards rite held at the Philippine International Convention Center.

The 2013 National Nutrition Awards Ceremony pays tribute to the hard work of local nutrition committees headed by the local chief executive and assisted by their Nutrition Action Officers. It also gives special recognition to the untiring efforts of barangay nutrition volunteer workers also known as Barangay Nutrition Scholars.

“The awardees are living manifestations of local governments and Barangay Nutrition Scholars who were able to improve the nutrition situation in their areas” emphasized Maria Bernardita T. Flores, Assistant Secretary of Health and NNC Executive Director. A/Sec. Flores added, “While levels of malnutrition among children have decreased in the last decades, the awardees have demonstrated that malnutrition prevalence can be reduced to almost zero in their localities.”

image nnac article2013Twenty two (22) local government units (LGUs) and the 2012 National Outstanding Barangay Nutrition Scholar will be honored during the 2013 National Nutrition Awarding Ceremony on 5 November 2013 at the Philippine International Convention Center, Pasay City. NNC Governing Board Chair Enrique T. Ona will be the keynote speaker and will hand over the awards together with the NNC Executive Director Assistant Secretary of Health Maria-Bernardita T. Flores. 

LGUs will be conferred with the Consistent Regional Outstanding Winner in Nutrition or CROWN Award, CROWN Maintenance Award and the Nutrition Honor Award. These awards are presented to LGUs that have consistently shown excellent implementation of their local nutrition programs and reduction in the prevalence of undernutrition for three consecutive years for CROWN holders, and sustained this performance for the first and second year for the CROWN maintenance awardees. The Nutrition Honor Award, on the other hand, is awarded to an LGU that has increasingly improved further its outstanding performance and held the record in the region for six (6) consecutive years. This year’s National Outstanding Barangay Nutrition Scholar (NOBNS) will  be recognized for besting the more than 39,000 BNSs all over the country. 

Twelve LGUs that will receive the CROWN award are the provinces of Misamis Oriental and Davao del Norte; cities of Cauayan in Isabela,Valencia in Bukidnon, Mandaluyong in Metro Manila and Bislig in Surigao del Sur; and the municipalities of Paombong in Bulacan, Mogpog in Marinduque, Gubat in Sorsogon, Jordan in  Guimaras, Jagna in Bohol, and New Corella in  Davao del Norte. These LGUs, in the last three years, have been the consistent outstanding LGUs in their respective regions. 

The First Year CROWN Maintenance Award will be presented to the province of Quirino, cities of Vigan in Ilocos Sur, Tarlac in Tarlac, and Toledo in Cebu; and the municipality of Polanco, in Zamboanga del Norte for having garnered a score of at least 90%. The Second Year CROWN Maintenance Award will be presented to the province of Ifugao, Maasin City in Southern Leyte and municipality of Lal-lo in Cagayan for having garnered a score of at least 95%. The CROWN Maintenance Award is given to the CROWN awardees that have been able to maintain and exceed their performance in nutrition program implementation. 

The municipality of Tubigon in Bohol and Ozamiz City in Misamis Occidental top the LGUs by garnering the Nutrition Honor Award, the most prestigious award in nutrition conferred by the National Nutrition Council .  These areas have garnered a score of at least 98%. 

For this year, aside from a trophy or plaque, CROWN Awardees will each receive P500,000, First Year CROWN Maintenance Awardees P100,000 each, Second Year CROWN Maintenance Awardees P200,000 each, and the Nutrition Honor Awardees P1,000,000 each.  The cash awards shall be used by LGUs to further enhance the implementation of their nutrition programs. 

BNS Felisa J. Guilingan of Barangay Guinles, Polanco, Zamboanga del Norte is the 2012 National Outstanding Barangay Nutrition Scholar. Meanwhile, BNS Dorothy P. Felipe of Barangay North Poblacion, Maramag, Bukidnon is the  first runner-up and BNS Sherwin C. Abellaniza of Barangay Magugpo East, Tagum City and Ms. Josephine R. Balingit of Barangay Devilla, Sta. Cruz, Marinduque tied for second runner-up. 

Aside from the trophy, the NOBNS will receive cash award in the amount of Php150,000; the first runner-up Php100,000 and for the second runner-up, Php80,000.  

The NNC annually conducts the awarding ceremony to recognize the efforts of local governments and the nutrition volunteer workers  for their contribution and excellent performance in improving the nutrition situation in their areas. 

NHA trophy - resizedThey  made it! Ozamiz City and the municipality of Tubigon in Bohol Province join the roll of outstanding local government units awarded the most coveted Nutrition Honor AwardThe prestigious award is conferred by the National Nutrition Council to local government units with exemplary performance in nutrition program management and has sustained reduction of prevalence of undernutrition for both preschool and school children for 6 consecutive years.   

On the other hand, the CROWN award is given to an LGU with outstanding performance in nutrition program for three consecutive years in their respective regions.

The NHA and CROWN Maintenance awardees were visited from March to August 2013 and   by the interagency National Nutrition Evaluation Teams the results of which were endorsed to and approved by the NNC Technical Committee on 04 October.

This year’s batch of winners will receive their NHA trophy and cash incentive of P500,000.00 during the 2013 National Nutrition Awarding Ceremony on 05 November 2013  at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City.  CROWN awardees will receive a trophy and cash prize of P250,000.  Recipients of the CROWN 1st and 2nd Year Maintenance Award will receive a plaque of recognition and the chance to vie for the next higher award next year.

image article nobs2012Ms. Felisa J. Guilingan of Barangay Guinles from the town of Polanco in Zamboanga del Norte is the 2012 National Outstanding Barangay Nutrition Scholar (NOBNS).  A high school graduate and with 4 years in service under her belt, BNS Guilingan got the nod of the interagency National Evaluation Team, led by Assistant Secretary of Health and NNC Executive Director Maria-Bernardita T. Flores, and the members of NNC Technical Committee because of her simple yet innovative but effective nutrition and related projects in Barangay Guinles which led to the rehabilitation of 18 underweight preschool children in 2012. She is the 2nd National Outstanding BNS from the Zamboanga Peninsula.

Bkdrop_NSCR6The National Nutrition Council of the Department of Health Nutriskwela Community Radio Project was born of a need for a long-term and cost-efficient strategy to address the problem of hunger and malnutrition in the Philippines in conjunction with current anti-hunger and anti-poverty programs of government.


KBiyaya-logoKatumbas ay Biyaya Season 7 is a 30-minute radio program that tackles nutrition and health related topics. The program airs on DZRH every Saturday, 10:30 - 11:00 am.


Radyo Mo sa Nutrisyon

Radyo Mo sa Nutrisyon aims to educate the general public on nutrition and the coping strategies to address poverty and hunger among poor households, specifically on reducing rice plate waste, increasing consumption of affordable alternative sources of nutrients, practicing exclusive breastfeeding and...


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