The NNC in partnership with the Institute of Human Nutrition and Food of the University of the Philippines Los Baños certified 28 new trainers on Nutrition Program Management (NPM) during the closing program of the Training of Trainers on NPM on 6-9 August 2014 in Makati City. The new trainers, consisting of NNC central and regional technical staff, will add to the existing pool of trainers that assists local government units improve the management of their nutrition programs. The new trainers are expected to train selected local government units that need assistance in terms of organizing the local nutrition committees, formulating local nutrition action plans, ensuring the plans’ effective and efficient implementation, monitoring their progress and evaluating their outputs and/or outcomes against set targets.
The NNC has also developed and printed the Trainer’s Manual and User’s Manual on NPM which is now being distributed across regions in the country. These efforts are part of NNC’s capacity development strategy to assist its stakeholders in contributing to improved nutritional situation of the country. A new feature of the training on NPM is the synchronization of local nutrition planning with the development planning of local government units every 3 years and the development of annual investment plans to include annual targets in the three-year nutrition action plan.
The NNC regional offices are also slated to conduct trainings on NPM targeting newly-designated or appointed Nutrition Action Officers, and District/City Nutrition Program Coordinators in municipalities that do not have local nutrition action plans.
The Department of Health (DOH) recognized the exceptional efforts of all local government units, local response teams, foreign partners, DOH regional offices, DOH hospitals and medical centers, bureaus, services, and offices of the DOH Central Office, and DOH attached agencies that responded to Typhoon Yolanda-affected areas and populations through a ceremony entitled "Awarding of the Unsung Heroes: Ty Yolanda Responders" which was held on 25 July 2014 at the Heritage Hotel in Pasay City.
Secretary of Health Enrique T. Ona expressed his heartfelt gratitude to the almost 9,000 medical/health responders from about 222 institutions and agencies, including the 351 medical teams both local and foreign who courageously dedicated their time, services, expertise and resources to the victims of Typhoon Yolanda.
On behalf of the National Nutrition Council (NNC), Ms. Dianne Kristine P. Cornejo, Nutrition Officer III, and Ms. Margarita DC. Enriquez, Nutrition Officer II of the Nutrition Policy and Planning Division received the plaque and certificates of appreciation from Secretary Ona.
The NNC (which had barely assumed chairmanship of the National Nutrition Cluster when Typhoon Yolanda hit the country on 08 November 2013) participated in the deployment of the DOH Response Team and was involved in providing technical assistance, distribution and administration of vitamin A supplements, and counseling on infant and young child feeding. The NNC NCR office, together with barangay nutrition scholars, participated in the operations at the Villamor Air Base, with two NNC staff volunteering to wet-nurse the infants in the temporary shelters. The NNC regional offices received and collated reports on nutrition services being delivered. The NNC was also a key player in the conduct of the SMART or Standardized Monitoring and Assessment of Relief and Transitions survey, particularly in data collection, data collation, report writing, and dissemination of survey results. Results of the SMART survey supported the National and Regional Nutrition Clusters in prioritizing resources and planning and adjusting the nutrition response and its targets. Results of the SMART survey were shared with the Cabinet Cluster on Human Development and Poverty Reduction for their information and for them to consider nutrition activities that can be integrated in their existing programs.
The Food and Nutrition Research Institute-Department of Science and Technology (FNRI-DOST) released the initial results of the National Nutrition Survey 2013 during the Nutrition Summit on 26 June. The stunting (low height-for-age) prevalence among children age 0-5 years significantly decreased from 33.6% in 2011 to 30.3% in 2013. The three regions with lowest share of stunted children age 0-5 years are NCR (22.4%), Central Luzon (23.1%) and CALABARZON (25.3%); while those with highest stunting burden are Bicol (39.8%), ARMM (39.0%) and Zamboanga Peninsula (38.7%). There was also a significant decline in stunting among children age 5.08-10.00 years from 33.6% in 2011 to 29.9% in 2013, and among adolescents age 10.08-19.00 years from 35.7% in 2011 to 31.5% in 2013. Stunting is a result of long-term food and nutrient deprivation that retards physical growth and cognitive development, and increases the risk to illnesses which may later affect economic productivity.
There was also a small decline in the underweight (low weight-for-age) prevalence among children age 0-5 years from 20.2% in 2011 to 19.9%. NCR (12.9%), CAR (16.5%) and Northern Mindanao (17.7%) had the lowest prevalence of underweight children age 0-5 years while MIMAROPA (27.5%), Western Visayas (26.0%) and Bicol (24.6%) had the highest prevalence. Better results are seen among children age 5.08-10.00 years, indicating a significant decrease in underweight from 32.0% in 2011 to 29.0% in 2013.
The National Nutrition Council and the United Nations Children’s Fund, in partnership with the Global Nutrition Cluster held a training on cluster coordination in the context of nutrition in disaster risk reduction and management last 3-5 July 2014 at the Bayview Park Hotel.
The training aimed to provide a clearer and better understanding of the cluster approach to enable the Philippine Nutrition Cluster to carry out its functions to ensure a predictable, timely, coordinated and effective nutrition response to disaster-affected populations.
About 35 participants attended the training, and included all the NNC regional nutrition program coordinators or their representative; selected staff from the NNC central office, and selected members of the Philippine Nutrition Cluster, specifically, UNICEF, Action Contra La Faim (ACF), World Vision representing the Philippine Coalition of Advocates for Nutrition or PhilCAN, and Save the Children.
The training involved interactive learning sessions on the context of the Philippine Nutrition Cluster; humanitarian reform and transformative agenda; the cluster approach; humanitarian programme cycle from assessment to planning to implementation to monitoring; cluster coordination performance monitoring; and accountability to clients.
Participants had a glimpse of both international and local standards and protocols for a coordinated nutrition response in emergencies from the speakers of the Global Nutrition Cluster, Dr. Ayadil Saparbekov, and Dr. Anna Ziolkovska; National Nutrition Council, Ms. Maria Lourdes A. Vega, and Health Emergency Management Bureau of the Department of Health, Dr. Ronald P. Law. True to the Welcome and Opening Remarks of Assistant Secretary of Health Maria-Bernardita T. Flores, discussions provided inputs for participants to reflect and determine “how the nutrition cluster at various levels can adopt or adapt key processes to further improve and strengthen the performance of the cluster and in the process prevent a worsening of the nutrition situation”.
NNC Executive Director Assistant Secretary of Health Maria-Bernardita T. Flores led the book launch of NNC’s publication to commemorate the 40th birthday of the organization. The book entitled “NNC 40 Years: Nurturing the Filipino Towards a Stronger Nation” highlights the beginnings of NNC, what it has achieved, the challenges that it has gone through and recognizes the people who have forged and shaped the NNC to what it is today. Set against the backdrop of six political administrations of varying priorities and programs, the book is a testimony of the hard work and dedication of the men and women behind and in front of the NNC. Its title captures the spirit of the NNC – nurturers of every Filipino to ensure optimal nutrition for them to become productive citizens.
This book is also NNC’s way of recognizing its guiding lights… former and present chairs of the NNC Governing Board, NNC Technical Committee, former Executive Directors, members of the various committees, task forces, and technical working groups, the local chief executives and members of local nutrition committees, the nutrition action officers, district/city nutrition program coordinators, the barangay nutrition scholars, development partners, international and local non-government organizations and all its partners in the fight against hunger and malnutrition.
The book launch was held during the 40th anniversary celebration of the NNC on 25 June at the NNC office. The launch was attended by special guest Assistant Secretary Gerardo V. Bayugo representing the current NNC Governing Board Chair Health Secretary Enrique T. Ona. About 300 guests and the entire NNC Secretariat attended the milestone event.
A Nurture Run was recently organized in May at the CCP grounds in Pasay City by Beauty Brains and Breastfeeding (BBB, Inc) and UNICEF, co-presented by the Department of Health and the National Nutrition Cluster chaired by the National Nutrition Council. The objective of the Run was to raise the public’s awareness on the importance of breastfeeding during emergencies including in the work place. More than 1,700 runners from all walks of life — the general public, government sector, non-government organizations and private sector participated in the activity. Former PBA basketball star, Mr. Vince Hizon was there together with his sports caster and television host wife Patricia Bermudez-Hizon and kids, Vicente and Paul Andre to support the historic breastfeeding run.
Patricia related how Vince emotionally affirmed her when she was still exclusively breastfeeding their two kids. She shared that husbands who show full support to their partners make breastfeeding a joyful part of parenthood and truly a family affair.
Aside from promoting closer ties between the mother and infant, breastfeeding provides the right amount of nutrients and significant immunoglobulins which the infant needs for optimum growth and development. Families can also save as much as P4,000 a month from freed cost of formula milk, distilled water and fuel. During emergencies, breast milk assures babies of readily available, nutritionally adequate and clean food.
Truly, breastfeeding anytime anywhere is the Filipino families’ best bet for nurturing children.
Headed by Assistant Secretary of Health and Executive Director Maria-Bernardita T. Flores, the National Nutrition Council (NNC) management composed of regional Nutrition Program Coordinators from across the country and Division Chiefs of NNC Central Office, recently flew to Nutrition Honor Awardee Batanes for the conduct of the 2nd Quarter NNC Management Conference (ManCon) for 2014.
The 2nd Quarter ManCon took place at the Department of Agriculture-Batanes Experiment Station in Basco, Batanes on 12-15 May 2014. The objectives of the conference were to update the management on the status of various NNC programs, projects and activities; tackle and resolve issues on nutrition policy and plan development, promotion of good nutrition, monitoring and evaluation, and governance; and, discuss other concerns with regard to the operations of NNC. The conference included a visit to the Nutriskwela Radyo Kayvayvanan Community Radio Station, one of the 25 stations established by NNC to provide current and relevant news and information on nutrition and other development concerns to communities that are less accessible to commercial radio facilities. It was lkewise an opportunity to observe and witness a live broadcast of the Batang Radyo sa Nutrisyon of Batanes.
NNC-Regional Office 02 led by NPC Rhodora G. Maestre hosted the said conference. In coordination with the Provincial Nutrition Committee and Provincial Tourism Office, NNC-Region 02 arranged an orientation-briefing on the Batanes Provincial Nutrition Program and the municipal nutrition programs of the neighboring municipalities of Mahatao and Ivana, and the island municipality of Sabtang. In 2012, NNC recognized the Province of Batanes by bestowing it the Nutrition Honor Award for its outstanding and sustained performance in nutrition improvement for six consecutive years.
San Fernando City, La Union -- The National Nutrition Council - LUPangIlocos has started organizing Nutrition Clusters in the region. During a meeting held on May 8, 2014, NNC’s Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator Ma. Eileen B. Blanco explained to the members that the Cluster’s main purpose is to ensure the nutritional well-being of vulnerable groups such as the infants, children, pregnant and breastfeeding women, older persons and persons with disabilities during emergencies and disasters. Partner agencies such as DOH, DSWD, DA, DILG, DOST, OCD, CHED, and DTI, who were present during the meeting, were also oriented on their respective roles and responsibilities as members of the Nutrition Cluster.
A training on Nutrition in Emergencies and Infant Feeding in Emergencies will be conducted for the Regional Nutrition Cluster members by NNC-Region I Office, sometime in August 2014, as a preparatory activity.
This initiative was conducted in response to the National Nutrition Council Governing Board Resolution No. 1 s. 2000, adopting the DOH National Policy on Nutrition Management in Emergencies and Disasters. The policy specifies the guidelines to be followed in the delivery of nutrition and nutrition related services for the vulnerable groups during emergencies and disasters. The amendatory DOH Department Personnel Order 2007-2492 designated NNC as the chair of the Nutrition Cluster within the Health Emergency Cluster, prompted the series of activities towards the organization and activation of local nutrition clusters.
For the 2nd time, National Nutrition Council’s Radyo Mo sa Nutrisyon was recognized as the Best Radio Public Service Program during the 22nd Golden Dove Awards of the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP). The awarding was held on 29 April 2014 at the Star Theater in Pasay City. Ms. Jovita B. Raval, Chief of the Nutrition Information and Education Division of the NNC received the award in behalf of Assistant Secretary of Health Maria-Bernardita T. Flores who anchors the program, together with Mr. Rod Marcelino, co-anchor and Ms. Mackay Quadra, of MQ MediaZone Productions which assists the NNC in producing the radio program. Radyo Mo sa Nutrisyon won for its episode “Wastong Nutrisyon Para sa Malinaw na Paningin.” Its two other episodes on “Prostate Cancer Iwasan” and “Food Allergy: Alamin ang mga dapat gawin” were also among the finalists. Radyo Mo sa Nutrisyon bested DZRH’s Doctors on Call and ABS-CBN DZMM’s Magandang Gabi Dok!.
Radyo Mo sa Nutrisyon is a 30-minute block time nutrition radio program aired over DZXL 558 kHz AM every Saturday from 12:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.. It discusses issues about nutrition, health and developmental programs and other concerns. NNC invites qualified resource persons to discuss the technical discussion in the weekly radio program.
Radyo Mo sa Nutrisyon is currently on production break after concluding its 4th year of airing. RMN will be back on air in a few weeks to continue promoting good nutrition among Filipinos.
The 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.
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.
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.
The 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.
After 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.
BAGUIO 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.
National 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”.
The 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.
Congratulations 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.
28-31 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.
The 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.
22 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
11 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.
To 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.