forum on financing revFinancing the Local Nutrition Action Plan (LNAP) is essential to a successful implementation of nutrition programs. While there are various possible sources of funds for the nutrition programs and projects, access to these funds remains to be a challenge to many local nutrition program implementers.

In response to the need for clear guidance on budgetary allocations for the local implementation of the Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition (PPAN), the National Nutrition Council at the National Capital Region (NNC-NCR) gathered more than 100 delegates in a Forum on Financing the Local Nutrition Action Plan (LNAP) on February 21, 2017 at the Century Park Hotel in Manila.

Delegates were composed of the members of the Local Nutrition Committee from the 17 Local Government Units (LGUs) in Metro Manila such as Department of the Interior and Local Government Municipal/City Directors, Nutrition Action Officers, Focal Nutritionist – Dietitians, Budget and Planning Officers. Members of the Regional Nutrition Committee and Regional Management Group were also present during the event.

cdnpc tech exchangeThe City/District Nutrition Program Coordinators (C/DNPCs) of Metro Manila visited Tagaytay City for this year’s Technical Exchange on February 23 where they observed and learned the city’s good practices on nutrition program management and implementation.

The Technical Exchange is an annual activity conducted by the C/DNPCs of Metro Manila Association with funding support and technical assistance from the National Nutrition Council – NCR.  As part of their continuing education program, the activity provides the members with the opportunity to gain insights and new learnings from an outstanding local government unit (LGU) in NPM such as Tagaytay City being a Nutrition Honor Awardee.  Tagaytay City is also the home of the 2015 National Outstanding Barangay Nutrition Scholar (NOBNS) Danilo Posion making the city a good venue for learning. 

The activity was attended by 22 members from the 11 LGUs in NCR together with NNC-NCR Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator Milagros Elisa Federizo and Nutrition Officer II Theresa Rivas.  


eopt trainingThe National Nutrition Council of the National Capital Region in partnership with the C/DNPCs of Metro Manila Association, Inc. conducted an orientation training on the use of the e-OPT Tool on February 01, 2017 at the NNC Board Room in Taguig City. 

A total of thirty-two (32) local nutrition program coordinators and a Barangay Nutrition Scholar from the seventeen (17) local government units in NCR attended the training. 

The Operation Timbang (OPT) is the annual mass weighing of all preschoolers 0-71 months old or below six (6) years old done every first quarter of the year. To facilitate the fast and accurate determination of the nutritional status of children, a computer-based (Microsoft Excel) tool initially called the “BNS Tool” was developed in 2010. However, through the years, some errors and limitations on the software were identified that resulted in the continuous enhancements done by the Nutrition Surveillance Division of the NNC. 

ND Lorena Parina counseling the employees on healthy diet using the Pinggang PinoyThe Parañaque City Nutrition Office conducted a Nutrition Kitchen Mobile Caravan as part of the week-long celebration of Paranaque’s 19th Cityhood Anniversary.

The week-long celebration was held at the Parañaque City Hall from February 8 to 13 with a series of activities prepared by different departments such as job fairs, medical and dental caravans, and discount caravans for the employees and the constituents.

The Nutrition Kitchen Mobile Caravan was part of the “Serbisyo Lang Po Buhay” Caravan which aims to promote proper nutrition and healthy lifestyle through provision of hot meals and nutrition education through mother and children’s classes and/or nutrition counselling.

On February 8, the City Nutrition Office organized a Nutrition Caravan at the parking lot of the city hall where the mobile kitchen was set up and was used to prepare and distribute pancakes, macaroni soup, pancakes, and chocolate drink to around 200 people.

pque best in lgu investmentThe designation of Parañaque City’s First Lady Mrs. Janet A. Olivarez as the City Nutrition Action Officer sparked optimism in the hearts of the nutrition workers and members of the City Nutrition Committee (CNC). Regarded as the mother of nutrition in their city, CNAO Olivarez became instrumental in revitalizing the CNC, ensuring its functionality and in getting the much needed funding support from the city government and other stakeholders.

In 2015, the city government invested Php 4.8 million to their local PPAN implementation. This amount is 23% higher than the previous year’s nutrition budget of Php 3.9 million. CNC Chair and City Mayor Edwin L. Olivarez allocated budget for micronutrient supplements such as iron-folate, Vitamin A, Vitamin B Complex and multivitamins for the mothers and undernourished children. Additional budget for nutrition programs was generated through the efforts of CNAO Olivarez in partnership with non-governmental organizations and philanthropists.

BNThe Federation of Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNS) of the National Capital Region (NCR) together with Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator Mila Federizo and Nutrition Officer I Bea Menorca of NNC-NCR visited the Cities of Vigan and Laoag in the Province of Ilocos for their annual Technical Exchange and Team Building held on January 24-27, 2017.

Being a former Consistent Regional Outstanding Winner in Nutrition (CROWN) that also produced a Regional Outstanding BNS in 2015, the City of Vigan was chosen to be this year’s venue for the BNS Federation’s Technical Exchange.  The activity aimed to enable the participants to identify good nutrition practices or projects that they can most likely adopt in their respective barangays.  

The group met the city nutrition committee led by Mayor Juan Carlo Medina.  During the courtesy call, the BNSs were inspired from Mayor Medina’s message, “Being a Mayor is very difficult.  Time for yourself, friends and family will always be insufficient.  You sacrifice these things for the sake of the people in most need.” 

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