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.
29-30 August 2013, Baguio City-- The NNC-CAR, in coordination with the Cordillera Administrative Region – Media Educators on NUtrition (CAR-MENU), conducted a two-day Seminar-Workshop on Business Correspondence for Nutrition Workers of the region. This is to enhance their communication skills for a more efficient and effective delivery and dissemination of information on nutrition and nutrition-related activities of their respective local nutrition committees.
The Seminar Workshop, highlighted by lectures and workshops focusing on letter and news writing, radio news writing, radio anchoring, and documentary photography, were facilitated by the officers of CAR-MENU: Mr. Dexter A. See, Journalist for the Manila Standard, Mr. Joseph B. Manzano, Radio Anchor for DZWT-AM and Mr. Larry P. Fabian, Photojournalist for SUNSTAR-Baguio. Workshop on Documentation of best practices was facilitated by the NNC Technical Staff.
The Seminar-Workshop was attended by Nutrition Action Officers, District/City Nutrition Program Coordinators, Officers of the Regional Barangay Nutrition Scholar Federation and NNC-CAR staff.
29 August 2013, Legazpi City, Albay -- The Barangay Nutrition Scholars of the Bicol Region joined forces in a very successful BNS Conference in Albay Astrodome, Legazpi City. More than a thousand participants attended the 1-day conference which was packed with interesting topics and new information on the Bicol nutrition situation, priorities for action, local governance and participation in the context of maternal and young child nutrition security, population and its interrelationship with nutrition and bringing out the best in the BNS through effective communication and personality development.
Board Member Herbert S. Borja, representing Albay Governor Joey Salceda as keynote speaker, urged the BNSs to continue serving in their respective barangays despite the challenges of the forthcoming barangay elections. He likewise shared some interesting updates about DOST technology on nutritious snack foods which could be used for the supplemental feeding program in the barangay and went on further by expressing his plans of proposing a resolution adopting the DOST technology and appropriating funds for its production in Albay.
NNC Nutrition Program Coordinator for Bicol, Ms. Arlene R. Reario, on the other hand, expressed her joy and appreciation for the overwhelming participation of the BNSs from various municipalities and cities in the region, during her welcome message. She was particularly impressed by the island provinces and municipalities that brought some of the largest contingents to the Conference.
27 August 2013, Butuan City--- Department of Health-Center for Health Development Caraga and National Nutrition Council (NNC) - Caraga Office welcomed their new Regional Director and OIC-Nutrition Program Coordinator in the person of Minerva P. Molon, MD, MPH, FPPA, during the ceremonial turnover at the Almont Inland Resort Hotel. Outgoing director Ariel I. Valencia, formally turned over the regional office and responsibilities to Director Molon. The event was attended by,the DOH CHD Caraga personnel, NNC Caraga staff, provincial health officers, regional hospital chiefs and representatives from the attached agencies and from COA. Also present in the ceremony was NNC representative Ms. Hygeia Ceres Catalina B. Gawe, Chief of Nutrition Surveillance Division, NNC Central Office.
A plaque of appreciation was presented to Director Ariel I. Valencia for his dedicated service and support to improve the health and nutrition situation in Caraga region. The semi-annual program implementation review followed the formal turnover . Dr. Cesar C. Cassion, Assistant Regional Director presented the accomplishment report which focused on the Millennium Development Goals. The turnover ceremony ended with a socialization of the personnel with the outgoing and incoming regional directors.
Among the 39,000 Barangay Nutrition Scholars deployed nationwide,16 Regional Outstanding BNS selected from all Provincial and City Outstanding BNSs was shortlisted to comprise the top 8 vying for the prestigious National Outstanding BNS Award for 2012.
For this year, the contenders for the Search for 2012 NOBNS are: 1). Ms. Sharon A. Tablada of Barangay Barraca, Vigan City; 2). Ms. Cecilia G. Santos of Barangay Kaybagal South, Tagaytay City; 3) Ms. Josephine R. Balingit of Barangay Devilla, Sta. Cruz, Marinduque; 4) Ms. Jimnah A. Llagas of Barangay Sagrada, Iriga City; 5). Ms. Felisa J. Guilingan of Barangay Guinles, Polanco, Zamboanga del Norte; 6). Ms. Dorothy P. Felipe of Barangay North Poblacion, Maramag, Bukidnon; 7). Mr. Sherwin C. Abellaniza of Barangay Magugpo East, Tagum City; and 8) Ms. Lorena P. Cabillo of Barangay Magsaysay, Kidapawan City.
The Search aims to assess the performance of the BNS and recognize those with exemplary performance in the delivery of basic nutrition and related services in his/her barangay. The interagency National Evaluation Team, led by Assistant Secretary of Health and NNC Executive Director Maria-Bernardita T. Flores, will evaluate the eight contenders from August to September. The top three winners will be given each a trophy and certificate of recognition and cash prize during the 2013 National Nutrition Awarding Ceremony on 05 November 2013 at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City.
24 July 2013, Pasay City -- Senator Grace Poe was the guest of honor and delivered the keynote message during the Hunger Summit organized by the National Nutrition Council held at the Summit Hall of the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City. The first Hunger Summit convened major stakeholders from the national government, local government units, legislature, business sector, academe, civil society/people’s organizations, international development organizations, faith-based organizations and the media to share current programs and best practices in addressing hunger and malnutrition.
Senator Poe urged the delegates to adopt a ‘zero-tolerance’ policy for malnutrition. She added that “I believe that we can end hunger and malnutrition in the country if we all work together towards this end.” Senator Poe highlighted the need to invest in child nutrition considering the cost of malnutrition and its repercussions to the economy and development. She urged the nutrition experts to support and provide their technical expertise in the improvement of the legislation that she proposed, in particular, Senate bill 79 or the “Sustansiya sa Batang Pilipino Act of 2013.” The bill aims to give free nutritious meals to public school students from kindergarten to Grade 6 five days a week for 120 days. She shared that the bill will need Php 10 billion over a period of 5 years to fund its implementation. (To view Senator Poe’s message, click here)
“End hunger!” was the battle cry during the concert organized by the National Nutrition Council (NNC) of the Department of Health on 19 July 2013 at the Music Hall of SM Mall of Asia. The event raised awareness on the hunger situation in the country and the actions that can be done by everyone. The concert is one of the major events in this year’s Nutrition Month celebration keeping in line with its theme, “Gutom at malnutrisyon, sama-sama nating wakasan!”
With over 1,000 attendees, the two-hour concert gathered various stakeholders who pledged to work together to put an end to hunger and malnutrition. According to NNC Executive Director Assistant Health Secretary Maria-Bernardita T. Flores, the concert is the first that the NNC has organized. “We believe that we can unite people to end hunger through the universal language of music.” Flores added that “we need people to know that many go to bed hungry and that each and everyone, not just the government, can do something to end this injustice.”
Singer Nikki Gil together with Luis “Lucky” Manzano served as the event hosts. Guests “Aleng Maliit” Ryzza Mae Dizon danced to her hit song “Chacharap” and folk singer and composer Noel Cabangon sang the National Year of Rice theme song to promote the conservation of rice and use of rice alternatives. Acoustic singer Princess Velasco also entertained the audience and pledged her own commitment to end hunger. The Dancing DOH Assistant Secretary Eric Tayag also graced the event with his pop dance and the Palay Dance as part of the National Year of Rice campaign. The concert came in full blast as singer Bamboo Mañalac brought the house down with his hit songs.
One of the highlights of the night’s affair was the showing of video clips of solidarity for the End Hunger campaign from Senator Grace Poe, Senator Pia Cayetano, Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala, Association of Nutrition Action Officers of the Philippines President Carmelita Abalos, and National Capital Region Barangay Nutrition Scholars Federation President Concepcion Benosa.
04 July 2013, UPLB -- Another addition to her laurels, Assistant Secretary of Health Maria-Bernardita T. Flores, Executive Director IV of the National Nutrition Council, was presented with the Achievement Award
A/Sec. Flores was recognized for her exemplary leadership, commitment and education in her more than 30 years of service at the NNC and for her important and significant contribution in crafting nutrition policies and programs and leading the monitoring, evaluation, and advocacy efforts of the NNC. A/Sec. Flores was one of the 18 other awardees who have rendered excellent professional services in the last 20 years along nutrition food research, nutrition promotion, education and advocacy, community nutrition, clinical nutrition and dietetics, nutrition administration, nutrition policies and programs and nutrition in industry or corporate nutrition.
The National Nutrition Council was also recognized by the IHNF as an institutional friend for extending support and assistance to IHNF students.
One of the highlights of the 25th anniversary of the IHNF is the conduct of the international conference on “Econutrition: the Nexus Among Human Nutrition, Ecology, Agriculture and Economics” on 4-5 July 2013 at the SEARCA Auditorium. NNC technical staff from the central and regional office attended the conference to learn more about the relationship and impact of nutrition and ecology.
In pursuit of the Nutrition Month celebration, three major events along the theme "Gutom at malnutrisyon, sama-sama nating wakasan!" are lined up. For the national launch on 2 July in a hotel in Manila, the NNC is scheduled to have the signing of the Philippines' intention to join the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement. The SUN is a global movement founded on the principle that all people have the right to food and good nutrition. It also aims to unite efforts from government, NGOs, civil society, donors, businesses and researchers in a collective effort to improved nutrition. Since the movement is launched in 2010, 40 countries have joined the SUN Movement and have country-driven scaled up action to reduce undernutrition substantially. Statements of support will be given by the different sectors to show support to the movement as well as their support to end hunger and malnutrition. A press conference will also follow after the participants pledge to support the registration of the country in the SUN movement and to commit to ending hunger and malnutrition in the country.
For the second event, the first-ever concert to end hunger will be held. With music as a unifying element, the concert aims to unite various stakeholders to address hunger and malnutrition. Pledge and statement of support from various stakeholders shall likewise be presented during the concert. The concert is scheduled on 19 July from 7:00-10:00 pm at the SM MOA Music Hall. NNC will invite 500 guests but the general public can join and listen to music of various artists and bands.
8 May 2013 -- After several years of retirement, Ms. Elsa Bayani, former Executive Director of the National Nutrition Council and now based in the United States, visited the NNC office. Her visit was well received with the presence of current Executive Director, A/Sec Bernie Flores as well as former employees of the NNC including Dr. Demetria Bongga, former Deputy Executive Director. Other NNC staff members who have retired from government service who joined in welcoming Director Bayani were Ms Alice Ramos, Ms Cecile Quimbo, Mr. Benjamin Formento, Mr. Nick Jardinero and Mr. Gabriel Perez. The NNC employees were very happy to see and talk to their former boss.
A highlight of the visit was the interview of Director Bayani and Dr. Bongga over the NNC radio program “One Nutrition, One Nation” which is hosted by A/Sec. Flores. Director Bayani shared her message of congratulations to the NNC for the progress it has made in nutrition policy and program coordination under the helm of Asec. Flores.
After Director Bayani’s retirement in 2006, she together with her husband, went to join their son in the U.S. She was NNC’s Executive Director from 1989 to 2006. Meanwhile, Dr. Bongga served as Deputy Executive Director for Technical Services from 1988 to 1992. Dr. Bongga is a professor at the University of the Philippines Diliman.
The NNC block time radio program Radyo Mo sa Nutrisyon won Best Radio Public Service Program award during the 21st Golden Dove Awards besting two other finalists, ABS-CBN- DZMM’s Aksyon Ngayon and ABC/Nation Broadcasting’s Alerto sa Sakuna. The prestigious award was presented by the Kapisanan ng mga Broadkaster ng Pilipinas during the awarding night on 26 April 2013 at the Star Theater in Pasay City. The award was received by NNC Executive Director and Assistant Secretary of Health Maria-Bernardita T. Flores, Ms. Mackay Quadra, Managing Director of MQ MediaZone Productions, NNC’s partner for this project, and Mr. Rod Marcelino , broadcaster of DZXL. According to Asec. Flores during the awarding, “The honor bestowed on Radyo Mo sa Nutrisyon as Best Radio Public Service Program serves as an inspiration to the NNC family to continue to work harder to bring more correct, current and relevant information about nutrition to the Filipino people.”
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. A/Sec Flores anchors the program with radio broadcaster Rod Marcelino. Radyo Mo sa Nutrisyon discusses issues about nutrition, health and development. Technical resource persons are invited to provide expert information on topics ranging from breastfeeding, vegetable consumption, poverty alleviation programs of the government and related issues.
Radyo Mo sa Nutrisyon was also a finalist in last year’s Catholic Mass Media Awards for Best Public Service Program and KBP Golden Dove Awards for Best Educational Program. Radyo Mo sa Nutrisyon’s Year 4 will resume airing on May 4 over DZXL on the same time slot.
Arvin International Marketing Inc. was the first salt industry player in the Philippines that was awarded with certificate of quality assurance and quality control on salt iodization from the Industrial Technology Development Institute (ITDI) of the Department of Science and Technology. The award is an evidence that the company is doing quality management for excellence in the field of salt iodization which showcases its dedication and engagement to ensure the quality of its iodized salt.
Consistent with the intent of understanding the dynamics and realities on the ground, the second meeting of the Technical Working Group of the National Salt Iodization Program for 2013 was held in the Province of Pangasinan since it is one of the salt-producing areas in the Philippines. The meeting included visits to Pacific Farms Inc., and public markets, sari-sari stores, food service establishments, health centers, bakery and households in the municipalities of Dasol and Bolinao.
It’s full speed ahead for the new Nutriskwela Community Radio Stations! After the conduct of the hands-on training on community radio broadcasting, the ten new radio stations will immediately have their inaugural broadcast as the National Telecommunications Commission has granted the NNC the necessary licenses to operate the stations. To date, seven of the ten radio stations are now on air and broadcasting. These are:
1. Radyo Kauswagan, DYNF-FM 91.3, Eastern Samar State University, Borongan City, Eastern Samar
2. Radyo Kalamboan, DXNE-FM 94.3, Tubod, Lanao del Norte
3. Radyo Kaunlaran, DZNI-FM 99.7,
5. Radyo Kahimsog, DYNE-FM 97.5, Cebu Technological University, Barili,
7. Radyo Kaamigo, DZNJ-FM 98.9, Catanduanes State Colleges, Panganiban, Catanduanes on 1-5 April