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.

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.

TinegBANGUED, Abra - “Haan nga jay kinakurapay ti rason nu apay nga ada malnutrisyon.(poverty is not the cause why malnutrition exists). Poverty is just a state of the mind”,  Hon. Corinthia Crisologo, Mayor of Tineg, Abra said  when she graced the graduation ceremony of around 32 pantawid beneficiaries of Tineg who successfully finished the three months pabasa sa nutrisyon on January 27, 2017 at Camp Juan Villamor, Bangued, Abra.

The graduation activity was organized by the pantawid staff of Tineg   in Bangued since all beneficiaries are in the capital town  as  they had also the pay-out of grants. In her message, Mayor Crisologo  stressed that pantawid beneficiaries must also do their part since the government is doing its part to improve their lives saying that it must be a two-way process. She added that women empowerment, education, and nutrition are among her priority program.

The Pabasa sa Nutrisyon among Pantawid families in the pilot municipalities of Lacub, Malibcong and Tineg which is a project of the Regional Nutrition Committee in CAR in order to educate mothers of preschoolers on proper nutrition since these three municipalities have a high prevalence of undernutrition based on the 2015 Operation Timbang Plus Results was successfully conducted by the NDP nurses of DOH and pantawid staff assigned in the areas last September to November 2016. Lacub and Malibcong had also their separate graduation activities earlier.

Baguio CityBAGUIO CITY – The cold spell in the city is now on its down trend after the mercury level dropped to a chilly 7.3 degrees Celsius Wednesday morning which is now the fourth lowest temperature in the history of the country’s undisputed Summer Capital.

From the 8 degrees Celsius lowest temperature recorded by the local office of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) Tuesday morning, the mercury level further dropped opening the floodgates of the occurrence of frost in highly elevated areas in Benguet and Mountain Province that pose a serious threat to the growth of semi-temperate vegetables that are on their vegetative and flowering stages.

BANGUED, Abra, Jan. 23 (PIA) --Intensified information campaign, supplemental feeding and probe on behavioural aspect of the community are among the measures to be undertaken by government agencies to address the perennial malnutrition problem in the province.

This was agreed during the joint meeting of the Abra Provincial Nutrition Council, the National Nutrition Council and Department of Health –Cordillera last January 19 at the Abra Provincial Health Office.

With the town of Tineg still the top rank in malnutrition in CAR, the DOH’s supplemental feeding program will be pursued. It shall be complemented by intensified information drive.

OIC Provincial Health Officer under APHO- Technical Division Dr. Antonio Valera suggested a probe on behavioural aspect of the community in Tineg in order to identify the root of the problem. It is rather futile implementing the same strategy (feeding program) over and over again as there are still malnourished children, but to no avail, he said.

Valera stressed the important roles of community leaders like barangay officials and teachers whom people respect and follow to guide them. He proposed that barangay officials enforce good eating habits of every household. Department of Education, on the other, plays vital role in nutrition advocacy by teaching pupils and parents backyard gardening.

“This is a good strategy since children bring their ‘baon’ to school due to long distance from home. They can cook what’s in the school backyard. At para maturuan din ang parents na magtanim sa bakuran dahil napakalawak ng lupain sa Tineg,” he said.

Each member agency particularly the Department of Social Welfare and Development, DepEd, Dept. of Interior and Local Government and Philippine Information Agency assured to exhaust all necessary measures and support in the roll out of this advocacy.

Meanwhile, Bella Basalong of NNC-CAR informed that the Regional Nutrition Evaluation Team will visit Abra this June to assess the status of the top ten malnourished towns and assess PNC’s picks for the Green Banner Award and Barangay Nutrition Scholars best performer award. (JDP/GBB- PIA CAR, Abra)

ApayaoDepartment of Agriculture Cordillera Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) targets to decrease the poverty rate in Apayao.

SAAD Project Coordinator Warlito C. Madamba said the DA has allocated P100 million worth of livelihood programs to help improve the lives of the farmers in the 10 poorest provinces in the country. For the Cordillera, Apayao was included in the coverage area.

Seven project proposals underwent vigorous screening and editing, which incorporated activity and training design and budget.

“We will focus on livelihood, food production, food security, and increased farmers’ income and decreased poverty rate in Calanasan Apayao, Conner, Flora, Kabugao, Luna, Pudtol, and Santa Marcela in Apayao,”Madamba said.

He said seven project proposals were ready to be presented and further consultation with implementation to the local government units and other line agencies. Among the project proposed is sloping agricultural land technology in the different Apayao municipalities.

“SAAD desires to provide enough food in the region to alleviate poverty so they will focus on increasing vegetable production and livelihood for the said region,” Madamba added.

Sta. Marcela Mayor Rolly Guiang expects that SAAD will be a great help in the municipality since it was designed to uplift poor living conditions. - Alfredo Canero III

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