The said event was made to honor the various individuals and Local Government Units (LGUs) who have made an exemplified outstanding performance in nutrition program management in their respective communities.
Over 300 guests and delegates coming from all over the region including the members of the Regional Nutrition Committee (RNC), RNC secretariat, Local Chief Executives of the provinces, cities, and municipalities and other local officials, Provincial and Municipal Nutrition Action Officers (P/MNAOs), Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNSs), members of the media, and other stakeholders have attended the awarding ceremony.
Ms. Jovita P. Ayson, CESO II, Regional Director of the Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources and Chair of the RNC welcomed the awardees and other participants. She paid tribute to the unwavering efforts and dedication of the awardees for continually promoting good nutrition and eradicating hunger and malnutrition in the region.
NNC-Region 02 awarded Ms. Ronely S. Marania of Brgy. Canan, Cabatuan, Isabela as 1st Placer for the Regional Outstanding Barangay Nutrition Scholar. She received a plaque of recognition and a cash prize of Php 25,000 from NNC. Ms. Juliet Nicolas of Brgy. Plaza, Aparri, Cagayan and Ms. Jenifer B. Gabilo of Brgy. Sumnanga, Sabtang, Batanes were also awarded as 2nd and 3rd Placers for the Regional Outstanding BNSs, respectively. Other outstanding BNSs who were recognized are the following: Ms. Girlie V. Godoy of Brgy. Poblacion North, Solano, Nueva Vizcaya, Ms. Corazon C. Rigor of Brgy. Dumabato, Maddela, Quirino, Ms. Marites D. Agcaoili of Brgy. Dabburab, Cauayan City, and Ms. Rebecca B. Dayag of Brgy. Buntun, Tuguegarao City.
Ms. Marania, in her message, shared their various activities and programs on good nutrition. She expressed her gratitude to their barangay captain, Barangay Nutrition Committee, and other barangay officials that with them, their programs were achieved. “Walang imposible kung mahal mo at tapat ka sa iyong trabaho,” Ms. Marania stated. If then she was belittling her role as a BNS, now she firmly stands with pride because of her outstanding performance.
On the other hand, NNC-Region 02 also recognized the most outstanding municipalities of each province in the region. The municipality of Ivana, Batanes was awarded as the 1st Placer of the said award. The municipalities of Diffun, Quirino and Aparri, Cagayan were also recognized as 2nd and 3rd Placers, respectively. Moreover, the above mentioned municipalities were conferred with Regional Green Banner Awards for showing an exemplary performance in their respective communities. Other municipalities like Jones of Isabela and Sta. Fe of Nueva Vizcaya were also recognized with the same awards.
Aside from municipalities, the city of Ilagan and the province of Nueva Vizcaya were also conferred with Regional Green Banner Awards.
Hon. Jose Marie L. Diaz, City Mayor of Cauayan and Chairperson of City Nutrition Committee, presented the fruits of their commitment in nutrition for the year 2013 in his message. He stressed that the well-being of 160,000 Ilaguenos is foremost, the priority concern of the City Government of Ilagan. “We take our pledge and give our utmost assurance that the City Government of Ilagan, under my watch will be working towards achieving a malnutrition-free community,” he affirmed.
During the event, NNC-Region 02 also recognized the nutrition awardees in the national level. One of them is the municipality of Lal-lo, Cagayan. Lal-lo has been recognized as a Nutrition Honor Awardee for sustaining the effectiveness and efficiency of their nutrition programs. NHA is the highest national award given to a local government unit for its exemplified outstanding performance in nutrition program management for six consecutive years.
In behalf of Hon. Florante C. Pascual, Municipal Mayor of Lal-lo and Chairperson of Municipal Nutrition Committee, Ms. Olive Pascual, Board Member of Lal-lo, shared in her speech how their dreams of yesterday turned into fulfillments that made them to achieve the highest nutrition award. “In unity, there is strength,” she stated. She also mentioned that the promotion of programs and activities on good nutrition along with the values of unity, dedication, hard work and true leadership make a community malnutrition-free.
NNC-Region 02 also recognized the City of Cauayan, Isabela for its 1st Year Maintenance in Consistent Regional Outstanding Winner in Nutrition (CROWN) Award. Likewise, the province of Quirino has also been recognized for its 2nd Year Maintenance in the said award. The aforementioned province will be a contender for the Nutrition Honor Award for the year 2014.
All national awardees will be honored on 21 October 2014 in the National Nutrition Awarding Ceremony at Philippine International Convention Center, Pasay City, Manila.
NNC-Region 02 also awarded the Best Implementers on Promote Good Nutrition-Infant and Young Child Feeding Program. These are the municipalities of Jones and San Mateo of Isabela, Lal-lo of Cagayan, and the City of Ilagan of Isabela. These areas manifested an improved nutritional status among preschool children through improved practice of exclusive breastfeeding and other efforts to promote good IYCF practices.
All awardees received a plaque of recognition and cash awards from the Regional Nutrition Committee and National Nutrition Council.
Ms. Rhodora G. Maestre, Nutrition Program Coordinator of NNC-Region 02 expressed her warmest congratulations to all outstanding individuals and LGUs for the exemplary performance they have done in improving the nutritional status of their constituents.
Ms. Charlotte M. Aggabao, Local Government Operations Officer IV of DILG-Region 02 spearheaded the Regional Nutrition Evaluation. Members of the evaluation team also include Ms. Delia de Guzman, Nutritionist-Dietitian III of DSWD-Region 02, Ms. Nenita Yabis, Agriculturist II of DA-BFAR Region 02, Ms. Rhodora G. Maestre, Nutrition Program Coordinator of DOH-NNC Region 02, Ms. Ma. Gisela M. Lonzaga, Nutrition Officer III of DOH-NNC Region 02, and Ms. Arrian Nika C. Dumaliang, Nutrition Officer I of DOH-NNC Region 02.
Members of the Batang Radyo sa Nutrisyon from Lal-lo and Tuguegarao City, Cagayan showcased their awesome performances which added life to the said awarding ceremony.
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The implementation of Promote Good Nutrition in Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) Program showed a tremendous impact on the prevalence of exclusive breastfeeding and reduction of underweight preschool children in the monitored barangays of Isabela Province.
Last 16, 17 and 22 September 2014, the National Nutrition Council-Region 02 conducted a monitoring of IYCF implementation in selected barangays in the municipalities of San Mateo and Roxas and City of Ilagan, Isabela. The monitoring was done to assess the trained IYCF team and counselors in implementing IYCF program, especially in counseling mothers and to note for improvements in the nutritional status and health of children in the said barangays. The monitoring team was composed of Ms. Ma. Gisela M. Lonzaga, Nutrition Officer-III and Mr. Jay-nard Q. Dela Cruz, Nutrition Officer-I of NNC-Region 02.
Findings in the monitoring showed an average of 85 percent of exclusive breastfeeding mothers and a decreased prevalence of underweight preschool children. Efforts to improve IYCF practice were also noticed as evident by enacting barangay resolutions in support to IYCF program, putting a breastfeeding kiosk/room in the barangay, having a Pledge of Commitment to IYCF Community Support Group, and formulation of IYCF plan and reports. Moreover, Pabasa sa Nutrisyon sessions funded by the Barangay Council were also conducted with around 1,553 mothers graduated.
It was noted however that trained IYCF counselors need more practice to perform well in IYCF counseling to encourage mothers to practice proper infant and young child feeding.
“We need more training to increase our knowledge and skills in IYCF,” the counselor said, when they were asked for something they need to intensify the practice of IYCF and good nutrition in their barangay.
The monitoring ended with good results, eyeing for more improvements. “We shall continually monitor and identify more good practices on IYCF implementation in the region,” NPC Rhodora G. Maestre affirmed.
With these efforts, the promotion, protection and improvement of good IYCF practices in all areas of the community shall be ensured and accelerated. Thus, the goal to reduce child mortality and morbidity is achieved.
NNC-R02 conducted a monitoring of the Radyo Kalugaran, a Nutriskwela Community Radio Station, in Grassroots Multi-Purpose Cooperative Building, Claveria, Cagayan last 29, August 2014. The monitoring team were Ms. Rhodora G. Maestre, NPC of NNC-Region II, Mr. Ralph Calucag, NO-II of NNC-Central Office, and Mr. Jay-nard Q. Dela Cruz, NO-I of NNC-Region II.
The activity was done to observe the operations of Radyo Kalugaran and to recommend measures that will further improve the management of the station.
DZND 97.7 Radyo Kalugaran (name of the station) was established by the National Nutrition Council under the stewardship of Assistant Secretary of Health and NNC Executive Director Maria-Bernardita T. Flores. The project aims to improve the nutritional status of the community through the dissemination of correct, current, and relevant information on nutrition and health. The station also empowers the community by arming them with educational-development information from all relevant sectors of the community, government agencies and non-government organizations.
“We’re dreaming for our station to be upgraded”, said Ms. Juliet Atiagan, Station Manager, when NPC Maestre asked her about their dream for Radyo Kalugaran. NPC Maestre was happy to hear their dream and informed her that soon their dream will come true.
With the desire of Radyo Kalugaran to be of service and to make its broadcasting activities even better, the station is open to whatever recommendations/opportunities there may be that would make it a truly tool to promote good nutrition.
Cognizant of the need to constantly reinforce the knowledge, skills and the right values among the local nutrition program implementers, the National Nutrition Council Region 02 conducted the Nutrition Program Management training at New Rajah Soliman Hotel in Baguio City from 18-22 August, 2014.
The five-day training was attended by nutrition action officers and nutrition officers and selected Municipal Nutrition Committee (MNC) staff from the different municipalities in region 02. The course consisting of 8 modules were presented by trainers Ms. Ma Gisela Lonzaga of NNC Region 02, Ms. Amalia Calubaquib of the City Health Office, Tuguegarao City and Ms. Luningning Rhodes of the Provincial Health Office of Quirino.
Nutrition Program Management training is a continuing program of the National Nutrition Council designed to empower the local government units in carrying out an effective nutrition program.
“The training was helpful, especially to newcomers in the field of nutrition like me”, said Mr. Ranier Donnel Abad, staff in the Nutrition Office of the Municipality of Diadi, Nueva Vizcaya, who, like most of the attendees, was newly designated as Nutrition Officer.
Training manuals were provided to serve as guide for the newly certified team of Nutrtion Program implementers.
NPC Rhodora Maestre, in her inspirational message, vowed that NNC Region 02 shall continue to strengthen its capacity development strategies to address the increasing demand for training among the local nutrition workforce in the region. In return, the participants made a personal commitment to support the goal of a healthy and transformed Filipino community.
NNC02, in its aspiration to improve the nutrition situation of every Barangay in Region-II, conducted a five (5)-day training on the Basic Course for Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNSs) among cadres of able trainers of different municipalities in Region II at New Rajah Soliman Hotel, Bokawkan Road, Baguio City last 11 to 15 August 2014. The trainers were primarily the District/City/Municipal Nutrition Program Coordinators (D/C/MNPCs) as well as Nutrition Action Officers (NAOs), Nutritionist-Dietitians (ND), and other designate trainers of BNS. Trainers/facilitators were NO-III Ms. Ma. Gisela M. Lonzaga of NNC-Region II, ND-III Ms. Amalia A. Calubaquib of Tuguegarao City, and NO-III Ms. Luningning P. Rhodes of Quirino.
The training course consists of six (6) modules designed to assist the trainees in training BNSs to have a common basic knowledge and skills as well as core values and traits that are necessary for the BNSs to perform their roles and functions effectively.
The NNC-02 is happy to note that the participants had a tremendous increase in knowledge and skills on BNS program as reflected in the results of their pre- and post-tests. Being enlightened in this training course, the trainees shall utilize their learning in uplifting the capabilities of both existing and new BNSs to ensure effective delivery of nutrition and related services.
“This training is very timely”, said one of the participants, since some were newly designated as BNSs supervisors/mentors.
Participants were given “Trainer’s Manual on Basic Course for Barangay Nutrition Scholars” and a manual for continuing education of BNSs which will serve as guide of the trainees in conducting trainings and continuing education for BNSs.
With all the valid concerns raised by the participants, NNC-02 shall make an effort to continually improve the capabilities of nutrition workers in Region-II as part of its vision in ensuring the nutritional well-being of all Filipinos.
The training proper ended as the participants firmly shouted “Barangay Nutrition Scholars, Wealth of the Nation, Champion in Nutrition!”
TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan - - Department of Health – Center for Health Development Region 2 (DOH-CHD 2) stressed that no donations of infant formula milk during disaster eventualities are accepted or fed to infants.
Carol Jean Domingo, nutritionist and dietician, said the Milk Code or Executive Order 54 provides that donations of products covered by the law including infant formula, bottles and teats are not allowed, hence, acceptance of said items specially during emergencies are prohibited.
“We observed that during calamities, there are many donations including formula milk, especially from foreign donors. We stress that it is not accepted as we want to protect the health and nutrition of infants for they are the most vulnerable individuals during state of emergencies,” Domingo said.
On her part, Nutrition program coordinator Rhodora Maestre explained that the government advocates for breastfeeding as it is the best milk for babies to sustain their good nutrition and provide nutrients needed for their growth and development.
She also emphasized that there are no excuses that mothers could not provide breast milk to their babies because every female individual, even old aged, are capable of producing milk for their babies.
“The only excuse we accept is the case wherein mothers are diagnosed as HIV/AIDS positives but still they are given the option to breastfeed their babies, if not the nutritionists must look for breast milk donors but not to allow infant formula intake to the infant,” Maestre and Domingo jointly discussed during explained with media during Nutrition Month Observance kick-off ceremony.
Maestre further said they are conducting training on infant and young child feeding to capacitate community health teams of the barangays and LGUs to be able to accurately respond to the nutrition needs of vulnerable sectors during calamities, especially those who will be rescued and evacuated. (OTB-PIA2/Cagayan)
BY: OLIVER T. BACCAY
TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan, July 1 (PIA) - - To ensure nutritional status of vulnerable population during calamities, the National Nutrition Council (NNC) Region 2 has established nutrition cluster in emergencies to manage nutrition related interventions.
Rhodora G. Maestre, nutrition program coordinator, said nutrition cluster is a group of government, non-government and international humanitarian agencies that take lead in nutrition management during emergencies and disasters.
The cluster members are dealt to ensure nutritional status of the vulnerable groups such as infants, children, pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers, older persons, and persons with disabilities.
Maestre explained that the team will specifically conduct rapid assessment in affected areas per sector, ensure timely and appropriate delivery of quality package of nutrition interventions and ensure that the foods provided and distributed are nutritionally adequate for the vulnerable group.
“We will conduct trainings and capacity building activities to the clusters to let them internalize their roles and functions. The cluster also provide nutrition counseling to affected population and promote coordination mechanism with various concerned agencies,” Maestre stated.
She said the nutrition clusters must also be institutionalized in the Local Government Units (LGUs) ready for any disaster eventuality in their areas of responsibility.
"In the nutrition governing board resolution, members of the local nutrition cluster representatives include health office, social welfare, agriculture, NGOs, CSOs, and other concerned agencies," she added.
On her part, Carol Jean Domingo, nutritionist of the Department of Health (DOH), said the cluster team should also check not only the nutritional value of the food and the donations to be distributed to the affected families.(OTB-PIA2/Cagayan)
Distinct from the usual launching of Nutrition Month Celebration, the National Nutrition Council- Regional Office No. 2 (NNC- RO2) launched the 2014 Nutrition Month through a tele-radyo interview dubbed as “Agenda ng Bayan” last 1 July 2014 at DWPE- Radyo ng Bayan, Tuguegarao City, Cagayan. The program is a collaboration of DWPE- Radyo ng Bayan and RBC Cable Masters.
Hosted by Ms. Teresa Campos, radio broadcaster of DWPE- Radyo ng Bayan, the Agenda ng Bayan program centered on 2014 Nutrition Month theme, Health and Emergency Management (HEM), Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) and Nutrition Cluster Coordination during Emergencies. Four dignitaries were invited to serve as resource persons for the said program. Headed by Ms. Rhodora G. Maestre Nutrition Program Coordinator of NNC- RO2, Director Norma Talosig of the Office of Civil Defense; Ms. Carol Jean Domingo, Development Management Officer of DOH- RO2 representing their Regional Director, Dr. Rio Magpantay; and Mr. Franco Lopez, DRRM Head of DSWD- RO2 representing their Regional Director, Ms. Remia Tapispisan were in attendance.
Members of the Balay ni Ifan Media Task Force were also present to cover the program. Each member was given the opportunity to ask relevant questions to the resource persons.
The Agenda ng Bayan program became a perfect venue to tackle different concerns and key messages in relation to the 2014 Nutrition Month celebration. It was also a perfect timing to feature Nutrition in Emergencies since the country is also celebrating the National Disaster Consciousness Month. Indeed, the tele-radyo interview served the purpose of the 2014 Nutrition Month Celebration which is 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.
The Regional Nutrition Committee (RNC) of Cagayan Valley Region had their 2nd Quarter RNC Meeting last June 19, 2014 at Las Palmas de San Jose Hotel and Restaurant, Tuguegarao City. Nutrition Program Coordinator Rhodora G. Maestre presided the said meeting. Regional Technical Assistants for Nutrition, Provincial/ City Nutrition Action Officers (P/CNAOs) and Nutrition Officers were present during the meeting. Disaster Risk Reduction Management (DRRM) representative of DSWD and staff of Health and Emergency Management (HEM) and Office of Civil Defense (OCD) were also in attendance.
The meeting highlighted the organization of Regional Nutrition Cluster and 40th Nutrition Month Celebration. Results of the 2014 Monitoring and Evaluation of Local Level Plan Implementation and Barangay Nutrition Scholar Evaluation were also presented.
With the theme “Kalamidad Paghandaan: Gutom at Malnutrisyon agapan,” the RNC planned to make use of local media in celebration of the 40th Nutrition Month. In order to provide a venue for the general public to realize the importance of preparedness during emergencies, the RNC Cagayan Valley Region will produce an infomercial on nutrition in emergencies that will be aired in various radio stations in the region.
Likewise, launching of the Nutrition Month will be conducted through a tele-radyo interview dubbed as “Agenda ng Bayan." The said program is a collaboration of DWPE- Radyo ng Bayan- Tuguegarao City and RBC Cable Master System. The tele-radyo interview scheduled on July 1, 2014 will involve NPC Maestre and Regional Directors of Department of Health (DOH), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and Office of Civil Defense.
Headed by Assistant Secretary of Health and Executive Director Maria- Bernardita T. Flores, the National Nutrition Council (NNC) Management Team composed of Nutrition Program Coordinators from different regions across the country and Division Chiefs of NNC Central Office flew to Batanes last 12 May 2014 for the 2nd NNC Management Conference (ManCon).
The 5- day NNC ManCon took place at the Department of Agriculture- Batanes Experiment Station on 12-15 May 2014 bounded by the dynamic culture and enchanting scenery in Batanes. The conference was set to update on the status of various programs, projects and activities; tackle and resolve issues on nutrition policy and plan development, promotion of good nutrition, monitoring and evaluation and; discuss other concerns with regards to the operations of NNC.
NNC- Region 02 led by Nutrition Program Coordinator Rhodora G. Maestre hosted the said conference. In coordination with the Provincial Nutrition Committee and Provincial Tourism Office, NNC- Region 02 arranged different set of tours for the NNC Management Team to discover the undisturbed and unspoiled beauty of the Province of Batanes.
Three of the Local Government Units (LGUs) in the region are contenders of this year’s prestigious National Nutrition Awards.
For this year, the Municipality of Lal-lo, Cagayan is vying for the Nutrition Honor Award, the highest recognition given to LGUs throughout the country. Meanwhile, the Province of Quirino and City of Cauayan are now on their 2nd and 1st year of maintaining their Consistent Regional Outstanding Winner in Nutrition (Crown) Award, respectively. These LGUs have consistently shown excellent performances in the delivery of basic nutrition and health services to the community.
Assistant Secretary of Health Maria-Bernardita T. Flores of the National Nutrition Council (NNC) will lead the National Evaluation Team (NET) in evaluating the Municipality of Lal-lo while the rest by the senior staff of NNC Central Office. Validation visits for Region 02’s contenders are scheduled from May- June 2014.
Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator Rhodora G. Maestre of NNC R2 firmly believes that entries of the Cagayan Valley region will make it considering the strong support of local chief executives and the legislative to nutrition programs and outstanding performance of local nutrition committees for nutrition improvement.
LGUs that will qualify for the said nutrition awards will receive a cash prize and a trophy during the 2014 National Nutrition Awarding Ceremony in October.
The newly elected officers of the Cagayan Valley Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNS) Federation took their oath of office before Nutrition Program Coordinator Rhodora G. Maestre of National Nutrition Council- Region 02 during the Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos Forum last March 28, 2014 at the Crown Pavilion, Tuguegarao City. Officers of the Cagayan Valley BNS Federation are the following:
President: Ms. Mercedes Cara (Benito Soliven, Isabela)
Vice President: Ms. Janette Vallente (Cabarroguis, Quirino)
Secretary: Mr. Cipriano Molina, Jr. (Cauayan City, Isabela)
Treasurer: Ms. Geronima Arao (Tuguegarao City, Cagayan)
Auditor: Ms. Maritess Nitura (Luna, Isabela)
PRO: Ms. Estelita Jose (Cauayan City, Isabela)
Board of Directors:
Ms. Modesta Rivera (Solano, Nueva Vizcaya)
Ms. Geraldine Parucha (Dupax del Sur, Nueva Vizcaya)
Ms. Nida Mariñas (Alcala, Cagayan)
Ms. Hilda Arellano (Ballesteros, Cagayan)
Ms. Gladys Maramag (Tuguegarao City, Cagayan)
Ms. Jennifer Gabilo (Sabtang, Batanes)
Ms. Mary Ann Cataluña (Ivana, Batanes)
Ms. Marilyn Mebaña (Ilagan City, Isabela)
Ms. Relina N. Torres (Ilagan City, Isabela)
In her opening message, NPC Maestre highlighted the role and contributions of barangay nutrition scholars in the implementation of nutrition programs in the region and tagged them as barangay champions.
Inducted officers will serve for three (3) years coterminous with the term of barangay officials. Other members of the Cagayan Valley BNS Federation and media partners were also present to witness the said ceremony.
March 11-29, 2014--- Sta. Fe, Nueva Vizcaya ASIN task force captured an approximately 8 tons of illegally shipped non- iodized and inadequately iodized salt entering the Sta. Fe checkpoint. According to the report submitted by Mr. Orlando Pichay, Sr., Team Leader of Sta. Fe BANTAY ASIN Task Force, confiscated salt came from Mangaldan and Infanta, Pangasinan which are supposed to be delivered to the Provinces of Nueva, Vizcaya, Isabela and Cagayan. Table below shows a summary of the quarantine violation reports from March 11- 29, 2014.
Date and Time
March 11, 2014 9:47 AM
Lack of iodine content
(3.7 ppm and 4.7 ppm only)
Mr. Alejandro Erfe
Sent back to origin
March 14, 2014 6:17 AM
No license to operate
No clearance issued
No iodine content
Mr. Jeffrey Carpio
Sent back to origin
March 14, 2014 6:40 AM
No license to operate
No clearance issued
Lack of iodine content
(6.0 ppm and 1.3 ppm only)
Mr. Jimmy Lemon
Sent back to origin
March 28, 2014 10:02 PM
No license to operate
No clearance issued
Lack of iodine content
(5.4 ppm only)
Mr. Ernesto Aquino
Sent back to origin
March 29, 2014
No iodine content
Mr. Sandy Viscera
Sent back to origin
Since the turn-over of WYD iodine checker by Nutrition Program Coordinator Rhodora Maestre of the National Nutrition Council- Region 02 to the Municipality of Sta. Fe Nueva Vizcaya last October 9, 2013 during their Provincial Nutrition Awarding Ceremony, the ASIN task force has been true to its commitment in sustaining the operations of the ASIN checkpoint located in Sta. Fe, Nueva Vizcaya. As partner in the implementation of the ASIN Law or Republic Act 8172, the asin task force is expected to conduct visual search and thorough inspection of all salt transported and passing in the said municipality as entry point to the Cagayan Valley region. Results of inspection and testing will serve as basis in the issuance of an appropriate clearance to the salt merchandise in transit.
The Regional Nutrition Committee (RNC) of Cagayan Valley held its 1st Quarter meeting last February 26, 2014 at Crown Hotel & Restaurant, Tuguegarao City. In attendance during the said meeting were the RNC-Regional Technical Assistants for Nutritions, Provincial/City Nutrition Action Officers (P/CNAOs) and Nutrition Officers of the region. The meeting highlighted on the organization and activation of Nutrition Cluster Coordination. Other matters tackled during the meeting are the following:
- 2013 RNC Member Agency and NNC- RO2 Accomplishment reports
- Updating of the RNC Strategic Plan 2014- 2016
- 2014 Regional Nutrition Evaluation
- RNC Resolutions for 2014
- NNC- RO2 Programs, Projects and Directions for 2014
“This year, we will capacitate local nutrition clusters in nutrition management during emergencies and disasters. We will ensure that the nutritional status of the affected population will not worsen due to emergency,” Nutrition Program Coordinator Rhodora G. Maestre of National Nutrition Council- Region 02 said.
NPC Maestre also discussed that the NNC Regional Office as the Nutrition Cluster Coordinator should lead in the formulation of the Regional Strategic Response Plan. In line with this, the Regional Nutrition Cluster members are scheduled to have their 1st Nutrition Cluster meeting on April 01, 2014.
This is the guiding principle behind the conduct of the 2013 Program Implementation Review (PIR) spearheaded by the National Nutrition Council-Cagayan Valley Region held last January 23 and 24, 2014 at the New Rajah Soliman Restaurant and Hotel in Baguio City.
The PIR was held to assess the programs, projects and activities which were done in the previous year relative to the implementation of the Medium Term Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition (MTPPAN). The results of the PIR along with secondary data from the PPAN accomplishments reports will direct the formulation of the Strategic Plan of the Regional Nutrition Committee 2014-2016 and annual local nutrition action plans of provinces, cities, municipalities and barangays in the region.
The PIR participants were Provincial and City Nutrition Action Officers, Nutrition Officers, Regional Technical Assistants for Nutrition (RTANs), members of the Balay ni Ifan Media Group and NNC-02 staff.
In her message, Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator Rhodora G. Maestre recognized the efforts of various agencies and stakeholders in improving the nutrition status in the region. She also proudly shared that the NNC Regional Office was able to achieve its various targets in the past year.
The National Nutrition Council-Cagayan Valley recently released the second issue of the InFormation About Nutrition (IFAN) magazine which highlights the advocacy on the promotion of the 2012 Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos (NGF).
With the success of the maiden issue of the IFAN magazine released on July 2013, NNC-R02 deemed it proper to continue with its publication. Considering also the wide acceptance of IFAN among the reading public, it had served as a very effective and efficient mode of delivering nutrition information in all corners of the region.
The second issue now focuses on the NGF which was adopted and approved by the National Nutrition Council Governing Board in 2012. A product of the efforts and hard work of an inter-agency and multi-disciplinary technical working group organized by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology, the NGF was promulgated with the end goal that it will serve as guidelines for the “improvement of nutritional status, productivity and quality of life of the population, through the adoption of desirable dietary practices and healthy lifestyle. The set of NGF aims to protect and promote the nutrition of Filipinos. It provides the basis and reference for the nutrition community in the development of nutrition information, education and communication materials and in the conduct of nutrition education and advocacy activities.”
This after NNC Manila issued to its regional offices the mechanics of the said competition.
Rhodora G. Maestre, Nutrition Program Coordinator for Region 02, citing the mechanics, said the theme will center on nutrition in emergencies.
The NNC technical committee earlier approved the focus of the theme considering the impact of emergencies and natural disasters on the nutritional status of affected population. It refers to a situation in which food security is often severely threatened causing increased risk to malnutrition, illness and death.
NPC Maestre described nutrition in emergencies as key nutrition services that are components of emergency preparedness, response and recovery phases aimed at preventing death and worsening of malnutrition in the affected population.
Still citing the mechanics, Maestre said that “during emergency and crisis situations, people’s ability to produce, buy and prepare food is severely affected”. Such situation, she said, “result in increased vulnerability to health and food insecurity and consequently, to malnutrition, with infants and young children being the most vulnerable”.
The Nutrition Program Coordinator has been doing the rounds to convince residents of the region to join in the said competition.
Tuguegarao City, Cagayan, January 7– The National Nutrition Council (NNC) Region 02 said 2013 has been an accomplishment-laden year as it vowed to continue its landmark programs and projects this year.
Rhodora G. Maestre, NNC- Region 02 Nutrition Program Coordinator said at least three new nutrition policies and programs were developed including a resolution passed by the regional nutrition committee on the adoption of the nutritional guidelines for Filipinos and its communication plan.
“We formulated guidelines for the establishment of ASIN checkpoints and a resolution which supports the Magna Carta for Barangay Nutrition Scholars”, she said.
The year in review likewise saw a massive training for some 2,467 midwives, Barangay Nutrition Scholars, Barangay Health Workers and parent leaders on Infant and Young Child Feeding in the barangay with a combined allocation of Php 6,640,800.00 for the four provinces of the region except for Batanes who was given full funding in 2012 in the amount of Php 351,600.00.
While NNC provided various trainings for nutrition and health workers, Information and Education Campaign (IEC) materials were distributed.
Aside the local government units and other stakeholders, Maestre likewise zeroed in on the continuing assistance and support provided by the local media through the Balay Ni Ifan Task Force established five years ago. The Task Force gave birth to the establishment of Batang Radyo Sa Nutrisyon for Cagayan Valley with seven groups as of this report.
Using the various media outlets including electronic media, NPC Maestre added, has maximized to the fullest radio, cable stations and print even as it organized special events in the entire region. Among these include a Gutom at Malnutrition Caravan, Buntis Congress, Nutrition Awarding Ceremonies, Batang Radyo Congress and a Nutri- kalesa Painting Contest.
“While we cannot discount the support of our local officials towards all programs in nutrition, the media has played a rather very significant role in the pursuit of all these programs and projects”, the Nutrition Program Coordinator added.
As the year of the Wooden Horse is ushered, Maestre expressed hope the same fervor, which lead to national recognitions, will be see among most of the stakeholders in the name of nutrition.
17 December 2013, Tuguegarao City- - The National Nutrition Council Region II staged its first Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos (NGF) Summit held at the Ninoy Aquino Hall, Pulsar Hotel, Tuguegarao City. Invited resource speakers were Ms. Evelyn Gamurot, National President of District/ City Nutrition Program Coordinators Association of the Philippines (DCNPCAP), Dr. Julie Ann Bingayan, and Municipal Nutrition Action Officer of Quezon, Nueva Vizcaya, and Ms. Nareta Maximo, City Nutrition Action Officer of Cauayan City, Isabela. The first ever NGF Summit convened the nutrition officers and district/ city/ municipal nutrition program coordinators in the Cagayan Valley region to build awareness on the Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos and to encourage the Nutrition Officers/ Nutrition Program Coordinators as role models in practicing the guidelines.