July is the Nutrition Month as designated by PD 491 or Nutrition Act of the Philippines. The National Nutrition Council coordinates the nationwide celebration of Nutrition Month. This year the theme focuses on Nutrition in Emergency(NIE) with the theme: Kalamidad paghandaan: Gutom at malnutrisyon agapan! The focus on nutrition in emergencies aims to provide the venue for the general public to realize the importance of preparedness during emergencies, how to respond and what recovery measures can be taken to prevent death and worsening of malnutrition of affected population groups.
With efforts to promote NIE, the National Nutrition Council Caraga, in partnership with the Butuan City Nutrition Office kicked-off the Nutrition Month Celebration with a Jog for Health last July 2, 2014. This was attended by over 500 participants which included city officials, members of Regional Nutrition Committee(RNC), Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNSs) and members of Barangay Nutrition Committee. The Jog for Health started at Agusan del Norte provincial capitol grounds to Guingona Park. At Guingona Park, the participants enjoyed the hataw dance fitness led by a barangay captain. Afterwards, the different barangay teams participated in the various contest such as chanting competition, nutri-jingle with emphasis on NM theme, jolliest group and best in jogging attire. A short program was then conducted to unveil the Nutrition Month theme. DOH Director Minerva P. Molon was assisted by Atty. Rema E. Burdeos, City Councilor in unveiling the tarp with the NM theme. Director Molon talked about the NM theme and stressed how important preparedness is during disaster and emergencies. She commended the efforts of the local nutrition committees who participated in the activity.
Moreover, National Nutrition Council held a press conference on the Nutrition Month theme right after the launching activity. Over 20 media personnel from various network attended the event. Nutrition Officer III Ms. Retsebeth M. Laquihon conducted a brief lecture on the NM theme. The panelists for the conference included DOH Director Minerva P. Molon, DOH Health Emergency Management Staff (HEMS) representative Mr. Richard Maniago, OIC- City Nutrition Action Officer Ms. Nenita C. Rafanan and City Disaster and Risk Reduction Management Officer Ms. Grace Espere. Some of the issues raised were the timeliness and quantity of food packs for distribution during emergencies; the extent of readiness of the disaster coordinating council to respond during emergencies; existing programs and projects of NNC to address malnutrition problem; nutrition advocacy efforts of NNC and its scope, among others. The respective questions were addressed by the panelist accordingly.
In the afternoon, a nutrition forum for Barangay Nutrition Scholars was conducted. The forum was attended by 120 BNSs and RNC members. Nutrition Officer III Ms. Retsebeth M. Laquihon discussed on the highlights of the Nutrition Month theme specifically as to why focus on NIE, nutrition management during emergencies, organization of the local nutrition cluster and key messages on NIE. To ensure the audience participation, a question and answer portion, with corresponding collateral materials as token prize, was conducted focusing on the NM theme. ###
The Philippine Association of Nutrition (PAN) held its 67th Annual Convention at Marco Polo Plaza in Cebu City. More than 400 nutritionists and allied professionals and workers all over the country participated in the gathering. The theme ‘’ Nutrisyong Pangkalahatan, Sangkap ng Kaunlaran’’ draws attention to nutrition as a necessary tool towards equitable development.
The presentation and discussion during the two-day event highlighted inequities in nutritional status and access to nutrition programs and services. Presentation on results of 8th National Nutrition Survey underline the disparities in food and nutrition with respect to location, gender, age and wealth index. Data on expenditures for nutrition and related interventions shows how much is spent for nutrition and how it is distributed. A presentation on the distribution of nutrition expertise in the country identifies the gaps that exist which prevent identification of experts. The Updated Philippine Development Plan shows how inequity in nutrition is being addressed by the different government agencies.
Best practices in narrowing nutrition equity gaps was also featured during the conference. The Moderate Acute Malnutrition Management through Partnerships Implementation, Localization and Technology Transfer (MAMM PILOT) Project findings suggest that MAM management using Ready to Use Food coupled with nutrition education delivered through existing public health structure can be an effective means of treating MAM cases. A panel discussion on the Naga City experience conveys that reducing child underweight prevalence is a concerted effort of the different members of the City Nutrition Committee with the ‘hands-on ‘ leadership of its city mayor. The different presentations in the convention provided much useful information for the barangay health and nutrition program implementers in delivering nutrition services.
After the plenary sessions, the PAN conducted its business meeting and awards ceremony. Dr. Gemiliano DL. Aligui led the oathtaking of the 2014 PAN members. Awards were given to outstanding students in nutrition and dietetics, exemplary nutrition projects and PAN Fellows. Dr. Aligui then provided the synthesis of the two-day convention and gave the closing remarks thus marking the closing ceremonies of the convention. ###
The Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos are recommendations to promote good health through proper nutrition. The goal of the 2012 NGF is the improvement of the nutritional status, productivity and quality of life of the population, through adoption of desirable dietary practices and healthy lifestyle.
As part of its Gender and Development (GAD) activity and in partnership with the National Nutrition Council-Caraga, the Philippine Port Authority conducted the NGF Forum and Breastfeeding Advocacy. During the opening remarks, Engr. Ronaldo C. Montero pointed out that most of the employees were very interested in learning about healthy food choices since they have a history of hypertension and other non-communicable diseases (NCDs).
Ms. Retsebeth M. Laquihon was the guest speaker during the forum. She discussed on the history of the NGF, statistics on fruit and vegetable consumption in the Philippines, information on mortality and morbidity statistics and the 10 Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos. After the lecture, Ms. Leah Vina P. Vargas led the open forum in which the PPA employees asked several questions. She also facilitated the raffle in which she asked several questions regarding the NGF.
After the forum was the consultative meeting with PPA officials and representatives of shipping services to explore partnership on maintenance of established breastfeeding area in the port terminal and in establishment of breastfeeding corner in passenger ships. The Nasipit Port Terminal already has a family room with breastfeeding area. Part of the discussion included possibility of NNC Caraga providing IEC materials such as breastfeeding posters, flyers and fans. It was also agreed that PPA and NNC will meet with owners and representatives of passenger ships Cokaliong Shipping Lines and 2Go Shipping on May 8, 2014 to coordinate for the campaign of NGF and breastfeeding promotion in passenger ship through posting of NGF posters and stickers and establishment of breastfeeding corner.
In the afternoon, the group went to Nasipit Port Terminal to check out the established breastfeeding area in the designated Family Room. The port terminal manager met with the group and joined in the inspection of the facility. There was a lactating mother breastfeeding her baby during the team’s visit. The group discussed on the improvements that could be made such as use of logbook for those mothers who enter the area, posting of BF posters and BF booklets and installation of NGF billboards in port terminals.#
Caraga has started mobilizing community support for IYCF in several barangays throughout the region. In Butuan City, the mobilization was conducted at Barangay Antongalon on March 6-7, 2014. Participants included 25 barangay personnel led by Barangay Captain Crisanto Carin. The volunteers included pregnant and lactating mothers from different puroks in the area. OIC City Nutrition Action Officer Ms. Nenita C. Rafanan, together with District Nutrition Program Coordinators facilitated the orientation and organization of the support group. The group called themselves the Breastfeeding Ambassadors and elected their officers.
In San Francisco, Agusan del Sur, the model barangay is Barangay Alegria which is led by Barangay Captain Solomon T. Rufila. Provincial Nutrition Action Officer Ms. Laniebelle T. Angchangco and Municipal Nutrition Action Officer Ms. Mamerlyn Bugaoan oriented the participants on the roles and responsibilities of the municipal and barangay IYCF Team. The mobilization happened on March 24-25, 2014. The Alegria group called themselves the IYCF Prime Movers. The volunteers were composed of representatives from senior citizens, religious sector, TODA, purok leaders and the pregnant and lactating mothers. Aside from volunteers from Barangay Alegria, there were volunteers from other barangays who observed the activity to ensure they will be able to replicate the mobilization in their own area.
In Bayugan City, the mobilization took place at Barangay Maygatasan on March 26-27, 2014. The group of volunteers named themselves the Maygatasan Breastfeeding Group. They were composed of barangay kagawads, BNS, BHWs and mother leaders. Barangay Captain Café expressed his support for the breastfeeding support group. Provincial Nutrition Action Officer Ms. Laniebelle T. Angchangco , OIC- City Nutrition Action Officer Ms. Ana Jane Garcia and City Nutrition Program Coordinator Mr. Carlo Magno Montesclaros led the orientation.
In Surigao City, the City Nutrition Action Officer Dr. Emmanuel A. Plandano, City Nutrition Program Coordinator Ms. Florence R. Dela Cruz, public health nurses and the rural health midwives converged on April 1-2, 2014 at Barangay Mat-I for the mobilization. The event started with a motorcade throughout the area to create awareness among the residents. After the motorcade was the community assembly participated by the volunteers as well as representatives from the youth sector, local high school, senior citizens, purok leaders and barangay kagawad. The midwives also gave an orientation to the volunteers on the use of the IYCF Counseling Cards. After the orientation, the volunteers pledged their commitment to support the group.
Provincial Nutrition Action Officer Ms. Ma. Lerma B. Erno with the help of the rural health midwife and public health nurse organized the community mobilization training at Barangay Poblacion in San Jose, Province of Dinagat Island. The volunteers came from different sectors such as senior citizen, purok presidents, 4Ps leaders, barangay kagawad, barangay council for protection of children. They elected their set of officers to ensure they would have people who will lead in meetings and advocacy activities. They also pledged their commitment to do their best to help promote optimal IYCF practices in their community.
NNC Caraga continues to monitor the other provinces and cities in the on-going community mobilization. ###
April 1, 2014-The mobilization on Infant and Young Child Feeding counseling and creation of community support groups were conducted to ensure and accelerate the promotion, protection and support of good IYCF in the barangay level. This is also done to strengthen the advocacy on the impact of good feeding practices have on the nutritional status, growth, development, health, and survival of infants and young children.
Each city and province in Caraga has started to mobilize their community IYCF support groups. The IYCF counseling community mobilization includes training on Infant and Young Child Feeding counselling course, Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos and the use of Counseling cards. After the training the participants will be able to counsel pregnant women and mothers with 0-2 years old children and conduct of nutrition education classes in their barangay. Currently, Butuan City, Bayugan City and Agusan del Sur already started their community mobilization while Surigao City and Dinagat Islands province will conduct their first batches this week.
February 14, 2014, National Nutrition Council-Caraga held a special regional nutrition awarding ceremony to recognize the 2012 Outstanding municipality, city and province in the region at Goat 2Geder Hotel and Restaurant, Butuan City. The event gave an opportunity to thank the Local Chief Executives, Provincial, City and Municipal Nutrition Action Officers (P/C/MNAOs) , District and City Nutrition Program Coordinators (D/CNPCs), and Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNSs) who have supported the local nutrition program through the years.
The province of Agusan del Sur is the Provincial Nutrition Green Banner awardee. SB on Health Dr. Susan Gerona accepted the award on behalf of Governor Adolph Edward G. Plaza. Dr . Gerona stressed the support of the local government to the nutrition program specifically on the budget allotted to nutrition. She also emphasized the innovations that Agusan del Sur have implemented on the nutrition program such as establishment of community garden for families with malnourished children and pooling of lecturers who will discuss and advocate about the local nutrition programs.
Socorro, Surigao del Norte is the 2012 outstanding municipality in the region. Surigao del Norte Provincial Nutrition Action Officer Mr. Antonio L. Tiu accepted the plaque in behalf of Mayor Denia T. Florano. Mr. Tiu recalled the first years when they first advocated about the nutrition program and nobody seemed to be concerned, up to the last few years when Socorro came out as the leading municipality in the nutrition program.
Bislig City is the 2012 City Green Banner Awardee. Bislig City also received the Consistent Regional Outstanding Winner in Nutrition (CROWN) award during the National Nutrition Awarding Ceremony in Manila last October 2013. Councilor Pedrito R. Sulapas accepted the plaque and green banner for Mayor Librado Navarro. Councilor Sulapas proudly narrated the innovations that the city has implemented such as the summer Nutri Skwela for children 5-10 years old and the Nutri-Give.
The other awards were given to the Municipal Green Banner awardees such as Las Nieves (Agusan del Norte), San Francisco (Agusan del Sur), Socorro (Surigao del Norte and Lanuza (Surigao del Sur).
The Regional Outstanding Barangay Nutrition Scholar is Ms. Hilda B. Guiba from Tubay, Agusan del Norte. Ms. Guiba received a plaque and cash award of P20,000. The provincial and city outstanding barangay nutrition scholars also received certificates of recognition and cash awards. They were Mr. Lester E. Maturan (Socorro, Surigao del Norte), Ms. Salvacion Montenegro (Lanuza, Surigao del Sur), Ms. Oshi Cuaresma (San Francisco, Agusan del Sur), Ms. Alma Deiparine (Butuan City), Ms. Arsenia Abala (Bayugan City), Ms.Rufina Dizon (Surigao City), Ms. Liza Taglucop (Cabadbaran City) and Ms. Enrieta Abao (Tandag City).
Aside from the regional winners, National Nutrition Council-Caraga also gave plaques and certificates of recognition to the local nutrition workers of the provinces and cities who have made it possible for the downward trend of malnutrition in Caraga over the past five years.
February 12, 2014-The National Nutrition Council aims for continual improvement of services to its clients and stakeholders including timely and quality nutrition and nutrition-related information through media. To ensure the proper maintenance and sustainability of the NNC website and other social network accounts such as Facebook and Twitter, the NNC Web Team together with the Regional Publishers are currently having the General Assembly and Capacity Building workshop until February 14, 2014, at Hotel 878, Libis, Quezon City. The 3-day workshop aims to enhance skills and knowledge of the participants on NNC website management.
On the first day of the workshop, key resource persons shared their knowledge and expertise by providing updates on the Integrated Government Philippines Project (iGovPhil) for all government websites and web-based communication and information sharing; web article writing, website publishing, posting and managing, monitoring and branding social network sites.
The second day of the workshop is devoted to the formulation of 2014-2016 Strategic Plan for NNC Web Operations. The participants will undergo brief group and plenary exercises to define the vision, mission and core values of the NNC Web Team and to identify the directions, priorities and milestones of the 3-year strategic plan. A work and financial plan for 2014 will also be developed during the 2nd day. A fun filled half-day team-building activity on the last day to promote productivity and harmonious working relationship among the Web Team members who are mainly based in the central office and the Regional Publishers will cap the 3-day event.
The National Nutrition Council-Caraga held the joint training on Nutrition Program Management (NPM) and the Training of Trainers (TOT )Basic Course for Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNS) for new Municipal Nutrition Action Officers last November 11-15, 2013 at the Goat2Geder Hotel and Restaurant, Butuan City.
The training organized by NNC-Caraga compose of NAOs from the provinces of Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur, Butuan City, Bayugan City and Cabadbaran City. NNC Caraga technical staff also participated in the training.
The NPM training aims to develop capacities of the local government units to render nutrition service delivery. The training includes how to critically analyze the nutrition situation in the local context and find appropriate ways of preventing and controlling malnutrition as well as conduct monitoring and evaluation.
Meanwhile, the TOT Basic Course for BNS covers the discussion of the BNS Program, principles of NPM, how the barangay nutrition program can be situated in the local development system and the roles of the BNS in assessing, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation. ###
The 4th National DCNPC Conference was held on October 21-22, 2013 at the SMX Convention Center in SM Lanang, Davao City. District and City Nutrition Program Coordinators from all the 17 regions in the country were able to attend the two-day conference. Caraga region was represented by DCNPCs Ms. Nenita C. Rafanan (Butuan City), Ms. Florence R. DelaCruz ( Surigao City), Ms. Eden A. Amper (Agusan del Norte), Ms. Laniebelle T. Angchangco and Mr. Benjamin S. Cuadra (Agusan del Sur), Ms. Marissa A. Solloso (Surigao del Norte) and Ms. Marilu M. Gallardo (Surigao del Sur). National Nutrition Council staff Ms. Rowena C. Gomez and Ms. Nancy C. Sarabosing also attended the said event.
The theme of the conference was D/CNPCAP: Bringing New Light to Nutrition and focused on the role of DCNPCs as the technical person in the implementation of nutrition programs in their locality. In her keynote message, Assistant Secretary Maria-Bernardita T. Flores highlighted the many roles of the D/CNPC and noted that their performance of their responsibilities can ‘make or break’ the nutrition program in their area. That is why, according to Asec Flores, the National Nutrition Council supports the association of D/CNPCs in the Philippines. Asec Flores believes that there should be synergy of efforts especially now that the nutrition situation has stagnated and not moved according to the pace for the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). D/CNPCs must be the ‘light of nutrition’ in the challenge to scale up efforts to reduce levels of malnutrition in barangays, municipalities and provinces.
The two-day conference was divided into four sessions on policy framework, nutrition programs in action, program updates and media promotion of nutrition. On policy framework UNICEF nutrition specialist Mr. Henry J. Mdebwe discussed the strategy for accelerating reduction of child undernutrition, especially on stunting. Dr. Martin R. Parreño, from Action Contre la Faim International spoke on the NGO experience of addressing acute malnutrition. For the nutrition programs in action, various speakers spoke on their experience in nutrition governance, infant and young child feeding program and integration of feeding program with group behavior change. On the second day, Ms. Maria Lourdes A. Vega, chief of NNC Policy and Plannning discussed on the guidelines on local nutrition planning and the BNS program. Ms. Jovie B. Raval, head of NNC Information and Education Division presented the various capacity development of local nutrition workers and Ms. Marilou E. Enteria outlined the NNC Media Campaign to Promote Good Nutrition especially on the revised Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos.
The D/CNPC also had their general assembly and discussed on their concerns and issues. There were proposed resolutions under further study and assessment. After the synthesis of the two-day event given by Dr. Jean V. Apolinares, the conference formally closed. ###
Butuan City had their Nutrition Month 2013 kick-off event last July 3, 2013 at Butuan by the River. Ms. Naria Ruth N. Jugao, the Butuan City Social Cluster Coordinator gave a message that their preparation of nutritional foods should always starts at home. Ms. Rowena C. Gomez, Nutrition Officer II and Leah Vina P. Vargas, Nutrition Officer I were judges together with the representatives from Dep Ed and DILG for their Budol-budol Contest. “Budol-budol” is a Filipino military tradition wherein people share the food that's been laden on pieces of banana leaves spread out on a long table.
The rural and urban barangays of Butuan City were grouped according to their districts and there were 6 contenders. The criteria were: 30% for presentation, 25% for nutritional value, 25% for palatability and 20% for variety of foods with a total of 100%.
The winners for the said contest will be announced during their closing and awarding ceremony on July 30, 2013.
The National Nutrition Council in collaboration with Metals Industry Research and Development Center (MIRDC) of the Department of Science and Technology organized a Mindanao-wide Training on The Verification of Wooden Height boards and Weighing Scales on June 27, 2013 at Philtown Hotel, Cagayan de Oro City wherein 5 regions in Mindanao namely Regions 10, 11, 12, Caraga and ARMM had participated. Caraga Region has 6 Local Nutrition Program Coordinators, 1 staff from NNC Caraga and DOST Caraga who completed the training.
Regional Director Ariel I. Valencia presided the second Regional Nutrition Committee meeting held at Leaders Hall, CHD Building in Butuan City last June 24, 2013. The meeting was attended by NNC Caraga staff and Ms. Mariles S. Oclarit (DILG), Mr. Sherwin E. Verdun (NEDA), Ms. Ma. Lea R. Varon (DSWD), Ms. Nelia L. Balacuit (DepEd), Ms. Maidalyn J. Sanchez (DOLE), Mr. Elmer M. Natad (DTI) and Ms. Olga Virginia P. Feliciano (DOST).
On the agenda was the discussion on the following resolutions: (1) Resolution on Adoption of National Policy on Nutrition Management during Disasters and Emergencies, (2) Resolution to Adopt OPT Plus Guidelines for implementation in Caraga region and (3) Resolution to Adopt 2012 Nutrition Guidelines for Filipinos and Request LGUs and Regional Offices to Disseminate and Promote the guidelines. After a thorough discussion on the said resolutions, Mr. Elmer Natad (DTI) moved for the approval of the resolution, seconded by Mr. Sherwin E. Verdun (NEDA). Director Ariel I. Valencia then approved the resolutions. The resolutions will be disseminated and then be endorsed to RSDC and to RDC for approval.
The committee discussed on the activities for the 2013 Nutrition Month celebration. The new Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos was also presented and the NNC secretariat solicited ideas for the promotion on the said guidelines. Other matters discussed were the Magna Carta for BNS, RNC project to be piloted in Siargao Island and dissemination of PPAN and NNC to new local chief executives. ###
May 29-31, 2013 Monitoring and Evaluation of Local Level Plan Implementation (MELLPI) and Outstanding Barangay Nutrition Scholar (OBNS) was conducted in Bayugan City with assistance from City Nutrition Action Officer MS. Ana Jane Garcia. NNC Caraga Staff Ms. Rowena C. Gomez and Ms. Mary Nicole A. Arellano attended the activity together with Regional Nutrition Evaluation Team members (RNET) headed by Ms. Dionesia L. Ubanan-ND IV (DOH)and Ms. Mariles S. Oclarit (DILG). The City Nutrition Office and five Barangays of the city were evaluated. There 3 Barangays visited during the first day of MELLPI evaluation were Barangay Noli, Barangay Taglatawan and Barangay Mabuhay. Barangay Mabuhay also had the City OBNS Candidate Ms. Arsenia S. Abala
On the second day, the team visited the far-flung areas of Barangay Bucac and Barangay Grace Estate. The City Nutrition Office of Bayugan City was evaluated during the third day.
May 21-24, 2013- The Regional Nutrition Evaluation Team (RNET) commenced the Monitoring and Evaluation of Local Level Plan Implementation (MELLPI) and Outstanding Barangay Nutrition Scholar (OBNS) evaluation at Tandag City. The team was composed of the RNET chairperson Ms. Dionesia Ubanan (DOH), Ms. Mariles S. Ocllarit (DILG), Mr. Charlie Bagasbas (DTI), Ms. Nancy C. Sarabosing (NNC) and Ms. Leah Vina P. Vargas (NNC). The team was welcomed by the City Nutrition Action Officer Ms. Ermelinda E. Donasco.
The first barangay visited was Barangay Buenavista, where the City OBNS candidate Ms. Ermita V. Abao was evaluated. Ms. Abao was supported by the BNC and BHWs present who helped in the validation weighing of 50 preschool children. On the 2nd day, huge barangays of Mabua and Telaje were visited. 50 children were weighted in the two barangays for the validation of weights. At barangay Mabua, the team spoke with BNS Ms. Virginia Hinayon. After the evaluation, the RNET gave a feedback to the barangay captain and his councilors. At barangay Telaje, the team met with BNS Ms. Maria Cabaliza. The team also gave a feedback on the findings of the evaluation to the barangay captain.
On the 3rd day, the team visited Barangay Salvacion. The BNS there is Ms. Aida Bagdoc. Ms. Bagdoc weighted over 20 children for the validation weighing. After the Mellpi, the team gave a feedback to the barngay captan. The RNET, then proceeded to the City Nutrition Office for the evaluation of the city’s nutrition programs. The findings of the city and barangay evaluation were summed up and presented to the city nutrition committee during their committee meeting on the 4th day. The RNET were able to present their findings –the positive things and the things that need improvement. The team offered technical assistance to Ms. Donasco in the event the city nutrition office would conduct activity to enhance implementation of its local nutrition program. The city administrator and the city mayor Hon. Alexander Pimentel appreciated the feedback and promised to prioritize the nutrition program in their implementation.
The Surigao del Norte Provincial Nutrition Office organized Nutrition Program Management Training to refresh the knowledge on nutrition of their Municipal Action Officers and Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNS) together with Surigao City’s BNS. Leah Vina P. Vargas, Nutrition Officer I of the National Nutrition Council Caraga was invited as one of the resource speakers of the said activity. She has an active lecture discussion about nutrition, malnutrition, diets of Filipinos, actions to address malnutrition, overview of National Nutrition Council, Local Nutrition Committee and Nutriskwela Community Radio Tetwork Program. Other speakers were Mr. Antonio Tiu, the Provincial Nutrition Action Officer, Mrs. Marissa Solloso and Mrs. Nida Taglucop, Surigao del Norte’s Program Coordinators and Mrs. Florence dela Cruz, Surigao City Nutrition Action Officer. The Training was held on May 6, 2013 at the Provincial Convention Hall for the mainland participants and May 9, 2013 at Siargao Islands Institute of Technology for the Siargao MNAOsand BNS.
DXNG-FM 97.7 Nutriskwela Radio Kabakhawan is owned and operated by the National Nutrition Council of the Department of Health in partnership with the municipality of Del Carmen, Siargao Island, Surigao del Norte through their Hon. Mayor Alfredo Coro II and Center for Health Development Caraga spearheaded by the Regional Director, Dr. Ariel I.. Valencia. The radio station was established with the goal of empowering the community through radio to disseminate correct, current and relevant nutrition and health information, as well as educational and developmental information from all concerned sectors of the community, government agencies and non-government agencies.
A hands-on training on community radio broadcasting was conducted last April 22-23, 2013 at the Senior Citizens Building, Del Carmen, Siargao Island, Surigao Del Norte. This was conducted by MQ MediaZone Productions through their Project Team Leader, Mr. Francis “Kiko” J. Flores as part of the capability building aspect of the program wherein the participants of the different sectors of the community were taught on voice and anchoring basics, effective interviewing and basic sound editing with audacity. Ms. Jovita B. Raval, Chief of Nutrition Information Education Division of the National Nutrition Council (NNC) gave an overview of Nutrition and the Nutriskwela Community Radio Network Program stating that Del Carmen is very fortunate to be chosen as one of the 10 new sites for the 3rd Phase of the Nutriskwela Community Radio Network Program. She also stated that Del Carmen was chosen based on their criteria of selection. Del Carmen is included in the 609 priority convergence areas, willingness and support of the LGU to implement, low reach of commercial radio and high prevalence of malnutrition. According to Ms. Rowena Cassion-Gomez, Nutrition Officer II of NNC Caraga as she gave the Regional Nutrition Situation that based on the Operation Timbang Result as of 2010-2011 the municipality of Del Carmen, Siargao is among the 6th of the high prevalence rate of malnutrition in Surigao del Norte.
The DOH-CHD Caraga held its first quarter Regional Implementation and Coordination Team (RICT) meeting last February 6, 2013 at the Leaders Hall, DOH-CHD Building, Butuan City. NNC Caraga staff Ms. Rowena C. Gomez, NO II, Ms. Nancy C. Sarabosing, NO II and Ms. Mary Nicole L. Aceron, NO I participated in the meeting. RICT is chaired by the Department of Health with the current chairman Regional Director Ariel I. Valencia. Members of the team who joined the meeting include representatives from DOH attached agencies such as Population Commission and the Philhealth Insurance Corporation led by AVP Mr. Johhny Y. Sychua. The Provincial Health Team Leaders from Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Province of Dinagat Island, Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur were also present. There were also representatives from the Provincial and City Health Offices and the DOH-retained hospitals.
The agenda of the RICT meeting includes updates on Kalusugan Pangkalahatan (KP), CHT Information System, ISO-PGS and Budget Preparation for 2014. Updates were also given by the PHIC, PopCOm and the DOH-retained hospitals Caraga Regional Hospital and Adela Serra Ty Memorial Medical Center. Dr. Gerna Manatad, KP Point Person presented the KP Updates. She discussed on the status of implementation of programs based on the three strategic thrusts. ARD Dr. Cesar Cassion discussed on the ISO stating that all government offices must be ISO certified, starting with the regional offices. Ms. Emmi Marie Cabahug discussed on the Community Health Team (CHT) Information System and Engr. Meriedeth Pagaran addressed the budget preparation for 2014. The process of budget preparation starts with the concerned agency who will then submit to the regional offices, then regional offices will consolidate for presentation to the RDC, before going to the national level.
The presentation of updates was followed by an open forum. RICT chair Director Ariel I. Valencia then thanked all of the team members who participated in the meeting. He reminded everyone to do their parts for the attainment of the goals for universal health care. ARD Cassion wrapped up with the synthesis and the agreements. RD Valencia then adjourned the meeting. ###