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.
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.
17 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.
NNC’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.
Honorable Oscar S. Moreno
15 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.
05 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.”
Twenty 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.
They 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 Award. The 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.
Ms. 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.
Pledges 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.
She also noted that the towns of Sta. Fe, Kasibu and Quezon also showed outstanding performance and lifted the province’s potentials as a green banner awardee.
24-25 September 2013, Baguio City – The National Nutrition Council once again joined the DSWD and the UN-World Food Programme (WFP) in the conduct of a training for municipal level personnel who will implement the Early Warning System – Hunger and Food Insecurity (EWS-HFI) in Atok, Benguet. The training is a part of a series of trainings under the project “Setting up an Early Warning System for Hunger and Food Insecurity (EWS-HFI) in Atok, Benguet”, initiated by the DSWD with funding support from the UN-WFP. It aims to build the capacity of identified members of the Atok EWS Team on the proper execution and use of Early Warning System on Hunger and Food Insecurity in their municipality. The Atok EWS Team is a sub-group of the Municipal Nutrition Committee chaired by Honorable Mayor Peter B. Alos.
The two-day training had 12 Technical Sessions, from basic concepts of data collection to developing an implementation plan for the food security early warning system. It was attended by nine (9) participants from the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office (MSWDO), Municipal Agriculture Office (MAO), Municipal Planning and Development Office (MPDO), Municipal Health Office (MHO), Local Government Unit (LGU) staff and a Sangguniang Bayan Member of Atok, Benguet. Training sessions were facilitated by EWS Consultants Dr. Demetria C. Bongga and Mr. Carlos V. Cortez Jr., Assistant Professor IV at Bicol State University, while Ms. Alona E. Teo of NNC Manila, Mr. Brett Howard U. Sugando of NNC-CAR, and Mr. Joven Jumamoy of DSWD Central Office assisted in facilitating the sessions.
Agreements during the training included the cut-off levels for Food and Nutrition Security for Atok, Benguet which shall determine the food and nutrition security level in Atok. A level of 90% or better, shall be considered as “Normal” with corresponding color code of Green. On the other hand, a food and nutrition security level between 75% to 89% shall indicate “Warning” with the color code Orange; and a food and nutrition security level of less than 75%, indicates “Critical” level, with the color code Red.
In partnership with the Philippine Information Agency- Ifugao Information Center, the Barangay nutrition scholars (BNS) are set to conduct their own radio program at the Nutri-skwela Community Radio FM 99.1 Radyo Kiphodan. The program will formally start on October 16. According to Veronica Adviento, the BNS provincial federation president, the radio program dubbed “BNS Hour” will air from 9:00-10:00AM every Wednesday with BNSs of the 20 barangay of the municipality invited to discuss their activities in a rotation basis.
Adviento hopes that through the radio program, the people will appreciate more the efforts of nutrition scholars in addressing the nutritional needs of children in the community. (JDP/MBL- PIA CAR,Ifugao)
The DSWD-MIMAROPA led by Regional Director Wilma D. Naviamos in coordination with the National Nutrition Council and TWG-CGS members from local government units of the province of Laguna and Makati City conducted a Training on Child Growth Standards (CGS) for Day Care Workers and Coordinators in line with the DSWD’s Supplementary Feeding Program. A total of 275 participants from Occidental Mindoro, Oriental Mindoro, Romblon, Marinduque and Palawan successfully completed the 2 ½ day training last 14 August to 18 September 2013. Participants were composed of selected provincial and municipal Day Care Workers and Coordinators, Social Welfare and Development Team Leader (SWADT Leader), selected Municipal Social Welfare Officers (MSWDO) and DSWD-MIMAROPA staff (Project Development Officer and Social Welfare Officer).
DSWD-MIMAROPA organized the training to ensure collection of accurate nutritional status data of the target beneficiaries for the Supplementary Feeding Program. The training provided knowledge and skills to selected daycare workers/coordinators and other field workers on correct growth assessment of day care center children using the WHO Child Growth Standards. Topics included steps in growth assessment: computing age in months, determining nutritional status, height and weight measurement, plotting and interpretation of the growth charts and counseling parents. The training also taught the participants how to properly use the height board and microtoise, the two most common tools for height measurement. The participants learned through lectures, demonstration, return-demonstration, role-playing and field practicum.
Funds were provided by DSWD this year to all its regional offices for the training of coordinators on CGS. Collection of height measurement will become mandatory in 2014 in areas already trained and provided with height measuring tools.
05 September 2013, Quezon City – To ensure the widest dissemination of the Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos (NGF) in Metro Manila, a one-day Seminar Workshop was conducted by the National Nutrition Council – NCR. The said planning workshop aims to enable the city and municipal nutrition program coordinators (C/MNPCs) of the 17 local government units and members of the Regional Nutrition Committee (RNC) of NCR in formulating their respective plans of action for the promotion of NGF.
During the workshop, Nutrition Officer II Anjelia C. San Buenaventura presented the revised Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos (NGF) which has been approved by the NNC Governing Board in 2012. The NGF consists of ten (10) messages which are primary recommendations to promote good health through proper nutrition. Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator Milagros Elisa V. Federizo discussed the current regional nutrition situation and explained the rationale and need for the intensive promotion of the NGF. She went on further to emphasize that improving the dietary and related practices of the people through the promotion of the NGF will help ease the double burden of malnutrition in the region as there is both a problem of under and overnutrition in NCR.
The LGUs and partner agencies committed to integrate their action plans in their respective localities and agencies in their planned activities and events for the remaining months of 2013 and for inclusion in their 2014 local nutrition action plan (LNAP) and agency workplan. CNPC Edna Cipriano of Navotas City and Ms. Jerly Mae Villanada of Bantay Bata 163 presented their action plans while CNPC Abelyn Bugayong of Parañaque City and Ms. Dorotea Lilia Nuesca of NSO-NCR presented their re-entry plans.
Exciting promotional events and activities have been lined up for 2013 and in the coming year in line with the NGF Promotion, designed to create awareness and promote behaviour change and dietary practice of the general public.