MarchI felt pure joy as I wave my goodbyes to the Barangay Nutrition Scholars as some started leaving the hotel where we had the five-day training from March 13-17, 2017.  Majority of these BNS are from the far-flung municipalities of Apayao and Abra but there were also participants from Ifugao, Kalinga, Mountain Province including Baguio City. Thanks to the LGUs who shouldered their travelling expenses. These BNSs are barangay-based volunteers who contribute a lot to the improvement of the barangay nutrition situation and to the achievement of other health goals.

The five-day training aimed to develop the capacities of newly hired BNSs to serve their respective barangays better. It is a combination of interactive discussions, lectures, workshops, games, sharing of experiences and visit to one of the model Barangay Nutrition Committee (BNC) of Baguio City which is Barangay Lower Quirino Hill. Sharing of experiences and actual practices were one of the highlights of the training since resource persons/facilitators for the training were the Regional Outstanding BNSs (ROBNSs) in the region including Ms. Magdalena Sacpa (2011, 2014, 2015 ROBNS), Ms. Monica Sicat (2012 ROBNS), Ms. Imelda Dagupon (2016 ROBNS) and Ms. Love-in Lagat (2014 Finalist, ROBNS). Who else would speak the best than the people who have been there.



Aside from the serious learning sessions,  participants and facilitators had  fun that included the heart-warming celebration of Women’s Month during the last day of the training.

Being with them in the five day training made me appreciate better their hard work, commitments, and sacrifices. I was happy to hear them say they hope to serve their barangays better with the training. Who knows, one day, one of them will be recognized a regional or national Outstanding Barangay Nutrition Scholars,  but whether they will be awarded or not, I think  that they outstanding in their own little ways and their contributions in our fight against malnutrition is worth an award.  

I felt pure joy as I wave my goodbyes to the Barangay Nutrition Scholars as some started leaving the hotel where we had the five-day training from March 13-17, 2017.  Majority of these BNS are from the far-flung municipalities of Apayao and Abra but there were also participants from Ifugao, Kalinga, Mountain Province including Baguio City. Thanks to the LGUs who shouldered their travelling expenses. These BNSs are barangay-based volunteers who contribute a lot to the improvement of the barangay nutrition situation and to the achievement of other health goals.

The five-day training aimed to develop the capacities of newly hired BNSs to serve their respective barangays better. It is a combination of interactive discussions, lectures, workshops, games, sharing of experiences and visit to one of the model Barangay Nutrition Committee (BNC) of Baguio City which is Barangay Lower Quirino Hill. Sharing of experiences and actual practices were one of the highlights of the training since resource persons/facilitators for the training were the Regional Outstanding BNSs (ROBNSs) in the region including Ms. Magdalena Sacpa (2011, 2014, 2015 ROBNS), Ms. Monica Sicat (2012 ROBNS), Ms. Imelda Dagupon (2016 ROBNS) and Ms. Love-in Lagat (2014 Finalist, ROBNS). Who else would speak the best than the people who have been there.

Aside from the serious learning sessions,  participants and facilitators had  fun that included the heart-warming celebration of Women’s Month during the last day of the training.

Being with them in the five day training made me appreciate better their hard work, commitments, and sacrifices. I was happy to hear them say they hope to serve their barangays better with the training. Who knows, one day, one of them will be recognized a regional or national Outstanding Barangay Nutrition Scholars,  but whether they will be awarded or not, I think  that they outstanding in their own little ways and their contributions in our fight against malnutrition is worth an award.  DBJ

SUNEPBAGUIO CITY, Mar. 31 (PIA) - The implementation of nutrition education for Pantawid families through the Family Development Sessions (FDS) gets the support anew of the Regional Nutrition Committee(RNC).

The RNC recently approved a resolution for the continuing support of the Pabasa sa Nutrisyon for Pantawid Families following its successful implementation in Abra.

The Pabasa sa Nutrisyon aims to enhance nutrition education among Pantawid families through additional modules on nutrition in the FDS towards an improved nutritional status of children, and other vulnerable groups like pregnant and lactating mother. 

ApayaoBAGUIO CITY - Department of Health-CAR started a series of one day Orientation on Healthy Lifestyle targeting LGU male employees of Baguio City hall and provincial capitols of Cordillera. The activity aims to promote healthy lifestyle, advocate men’s involvement in reproductive health and educate men on women’s right as part of the women’s month celebration. NNC-CAR is invited to be part of the orientations to share about nutrition.

NO III Nancy Paclos of NNC-CAR attended last March 10, 2017 the orientation among 100 male employees of Baguio City Hall. PHA Kim Lagto represented NNC-CAR in Apayao last March 16, 2017 which was attended by around 140 male employees including Vice Governor Remy Albano of Apayao. Discussions on nutrition included results of the 8thNational Nutrition Survey on the nutritional status of Cordillerans,Non-Communicable Diseases, Pinggang Pinoy and 10 Kumainments.

depressionBAGUIO CITY, Apr. 5 (PIA) - This Friday, April 7, global communities will observe World Health Day with focus on the theme, “Depression, Let’s Talk”.

Dr. Ramona Abat, a psychiatrist, in a Department of Health- led kapihan forum at the PIA grounds, Wednesday, disclosed that the World Health Organization focuses the observance on depression as it remains to be the leading cause of ill health and disability worldwide.

WHO statistics show that more than 300 million people are now living with depression, an increase of around 18 percent between 2005 to 2015. 

AtokBAGUIO CITY- Last February 15, residents of Baguio City were clothed with their thickest jackets, boots, hats and mufflers as the city recorded 7.3 degrees Celsius temperature, the lowest temperature this 2017 and the 4th lowest recorded temperature in history of the country’s Summer Capital.  In Paoay, Atok, Benguet, the highest elevation in the Cordillera, the temperature dropped to negative two degrees Celsius causing “andap” or frost among highland vegetables particularly cabbage and potatoes.

OCD-CAR then warned the public to dress warmly.

According to research, low temperatures causes blood vessels to become narrow, which increases blood pressure because more pressure is needed to force blood through the narrowed vessels and arteries.

AbraBANGUED, Abra, Mar. 23 (PIA) -- Regional team from National Nutrition Council   oriented members of the Provincial Nutrition Council on the tool and guidelines in the upcoming Monitoring and Evaluation on Local Level Plan Implementation (MELLPI) in the municipal level down to barangays.

Ms. Nancy E. Paclos, Nutrition officer III explained the council has to choose four municipalities to evaluate their nutrition plans and programs, preferably one having the best nutrition practice, the most nutritionally depressed area, and two in the middle level.

Paclos encouraged the PNC to work hard in their nutrition programs and information drive in order to curb the perennial malnutrition problem in the province, and to work closely with the municipal nutrition committees  in order to produce a candidate for Green Banner Award for satisfactory performance in implementing its nutrition program.

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