Recognizing the imperious need to continuously advocate for breastfeeding and for the good nutrition of babies and children, the National Nutrition Council Regional Office 02 conducted a four-day orientation on the community support for the Infant and Young child Feeding Program. Held at Villa Blanca Hotel in Tuguegarao City last November 19 to 22, 2013, the activity is primarily aimed to enhance the skills and knowledge of health and nutrition workers on community mobilization for them to be able to organize and mobilize IYCF community support groups that will do the peer counseling of pregnant women and mothers with 0-2 years old children.
The participants in the said activity include midwives, nurses, and other health and nutrition workers from the Province of Isabela. Director Rhodora G. Maestre of NNC RO2 said that the orientation is geared towards improving further the implementation of IYCF program in the region. She also noted that the health workers are their best partners in facilitating the conduct of refresher on IYCF counseling and community support with gender concerns in the region.
The Regional Nutrition Committee of Cagayan Valley recently conducted the Regional Nutrition Awarding Ceremony to recognize the various individuals and Local Government Units who made exemplary efforts in promoting good nutrition in their respective communities. The awarding ceremonies held on November 18, 2013 at the Crown Pavillion in Tuguegarao City is also aimed at recognizing the hard work and determination of these individuals and LGU’s in fighting malnutrition in the region and making them role models for the others.
Present during the said event are Ms. Jovita P. Ayson, CESO II, Regional Director BFAR and Chair of the Regional Nutrition Committee (RNC), the Regional Directors of the various agencies in the region who are also members of the RNC, Director Rhodora G. Maestre, Nutrition Program Coordinator of NNC RO2, Local Chief Executives of the provinces, cities, and municipalities in the region and other local officials, Provincial and Municipal Nutrition Action Officers, Barangay Nutrition Scholars, members of the media, and other stakeholders.
The National Nutrition Council – Cagayan Valley Region will stage the 2012 Regional Nutrition Awarding Ceremony to honor top performing local government units in nutrition program management in the region.
The event will be on November 18, 2013, Monday at Crown Pavillion, Tuguegarao City. Around 300 guests composed of local chief executives, nutrition action officers, barangay nutrition scholars and members of the Regional Nutrition Committee (RNC) will attend the event.
The awarding ceremony recognizes the importance of local actions in improving the nutrition situation in the region and will be a fitting tribute to men and women who have worked hard for the nutritional well being of the populace of region II.
Rhodora Maestre, nutrition program coordinator said Cauayan City successfully snatched the award for the city category and Ivana, Batanes landed first for the municipality category, followed by Jones, Isabela; Aparri, Cagayan; Sta Fe, Nueva Vizcaya; and Diffun, Quirino.
Maestre said the LGU contenders for this year have improved a lot as they garnered above 90 percent of their consolidated scores.
This will be the new task that the Batang Radyo Sa Nutrisyon (BRSN) will have to assume in the coming weeks, after BFAR-Region 02 Director and Regional Nutrition Committee Chair, Dr. Jovita Ayson, declares that these young broadcasters will be tapped as the new advocates for marine mammal preservation efforts in the Cagayan Valley Region.
This developed after Dir. Ayson witnessed how the BRSN evolved from mere school kids to very active nutrition advocates through the assistance of the National Nutrition Council-Region 02 .
“If these children have been very effective in their advocacy campaigns on nutrition, then there’s no doubt they can do the same thing on marine mammal protection. They can very much influence their parents and their adult audiences on these two campaigns,” Ayson explained.
BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya – Dalawang Asin Law billboards ang ipapatayo sa lalawigan bilang bahagi ng kampanya ng pamahalaan upang pigilan ang pagpasok ng mga non-iodized na asin sa lalawigan at sa buong lambak ng Cagayan. Ayon kay Rhodora Maestre, regional nutrition program coordinator ng Cagayan Valley, ang dalawang billboards ay ilalagay sa bayan ng Kayapa at Sta. Fe kung saan may mga naipatayong checkpoints upang pigilan ang pagpasok ng mga asin na walang wasto at sapat na iodine content sa mga pamilihan.
Nagbigay din ng mga nutrition program tarpaulin ang National Nutrition Council(NNC) para sa mga iba’t ibang bayan ng Nueva Vizcaya upang mapaigting ang pagpapatupad ng tama at wastong nutrisyon sa mga barangay. Nasa lalawigan si Maestre nuong Oktubre 9 upang dumalo sa Provincial Nutrition Awarding Program ng provincial government sa Ammungan Hall sa bayang ito.
The National Nutrition Council Region 2 successfully staged a Batang Radyo sa Nutrisyon Congress held last October 11 – 13, 2013 at Baguio City, participated by some 200 Batang Radyo Broadcasters to foster broader exposure, and upgrading of technical abilities on the promote good nutrition concept of the National Nutrition Council.
With the theme: “Wastong Nutrisyon, Alam ko, Sasabihin ko, Gagawin ko” (Practice what they are communicating)the congress aims to a.) Enhance the knowledge, skills and technical ability of Batang Radyo in radio broadcasting, b.) Encourage Batang Radyo sa Nutrisyon to be role models in practicing and promoting good nutrition and c.) Create camaraderie among the Batang Radyo sa Nutrisyon d.) Build awareness on the 2012 Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos and e.) Instill values on good nutrition
The Congress emphasizes the significance of mitigating hunger and malnutrition and promotion of the Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos among school children, and adaptation of efforts and focuses on how each individual, school and community in the region can contribute in mitigating malnutrition in school.
Pledges of additional funds for capability building on Promote Good Nutrition and Infant and Young Child Feeding and provision of equipments from the GAIN as well as the provincial government are expected to boost the implementation of the government’s nutrition program in the province.
Rhodora Maestre, regional nutrition program coordinator said the National Nutrition Council(NNC) will provide P830,000.00 funding assistance for the province to further improve and sustain its performance on the implementation of the nutrition program in the province thru training of barangay implementers on Infant and Yound Child Feeding - a strategy to revitalize world's attention and commitment to infant and young child nutrition and its impact on survival and development of children.
“We are glad to inform you that NNC was inspired by our best practices. In fact, we are the only province which was given with free Iodine checkers because of our performance in the BANTAY ASIN implementation” she said.
Maestre said the Nueva Vizcaya was recently adjudged as a regional 2012 Green Banner Awardee in Cagayan Valley for garnering 94.84 percent for its implementation of the nutrition program.
BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya,October 13 - Governor Ruth Padilla here recently has pledged funding assistance to boost the livelihood of at least 300 Barangay Nutrition Scholars(BNS) in the 275 barangays of the province.
The fund, amounting to P10,000.00 each will be given through the Municipal Federation of Barangay Nutrition Scholars(MFBNS), Padilla said during the provincial awarding of outstanding nutrition program implementors for Nueva Vizcaya.
“I am posing a challenge to you to sustain your efforts and in that way, we can maintain or even improve our status particularly on the nutrition program implementation,” Padilla said.
She said that the rate that the province at 94.84 percent that earned its latest recognition as a Green Banner Awardee in Cagayan Valley needs to be sustained for the coming years.
Padilla also encouraged nutrition volunteers to work and dedicate their efforts in uplifting the nutritional status of Novo Vizcayanos especially children and assured the all-out support of the provincial government to the nutrition program.
BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya, October 10(PIA) – Barangay Nutrition Scholars in the province are expected to receive additional honoraria for their contribution in pushing for the nutrition programs, projects and activities in their respective communities.
An additional P50.00 has been pledged by Governor Ruth Padilla to the present honoraria of municipal and barangay nutrition scholars during the Provincial Nutrition Awarding Ceremony yesterday at the Ammungan Hall in the provincial capitol.
“Because of your commitment to serve and to further your efforts in bringing nutrition programs in a sustained in your areas, we will also contribute additional amount for you. It maybe little but this is only initial,” she said.
Padilla also praised the awardees from the barangay to municipal levels for their sustained implementation of the nutrition program in the province.
Luzviminda Ragpa, Provincial Nutrition Action Officer(PNAO) said that at present, the provincial government gives P165.00 each monthly as counterpart of the province to the incentive or honoraria of at least 300 BNS in Nueva Vizcaya.
The National Nutrition Council Regions II and III merged the conduct of their staff development and team building activity last September 11-12 2013 at Holiday Inn, Clark, Pampanga. Headed by Ms. Rhodora G. Maestre, Region II Nutrition Program Coordinator and Region III OIC Nutrition Program Coordinator, the activity went very productive and fun. All Staff of the said regions attended the activity with positive outlook in upholding their capacities to work for nutrition.
As part of the opening program, NPC Maestre gave a heart-warming and meaningful message where she stated the goals and expected outputs of the said training. According to her, the staff development and team building activity intents to improve the skills and capabilities of NNC Staff in coordinating nutrition programs. Moreover, she stated that the activity targets to build camaraderie among RO2 and RO3 staff and to develop a firm mind-setting in working as sister regions. NPC Maestre also said that NNC Staff are expected to formulate their own Citizen’s Charter and report regarding the role of NNC during disaster emergencies in response to DOH Department Order.
The team building activity proceeded with a lecture-discussion on basic concepts regarding team building and staff development. Short and simple activities were also facilitated which can help in building excellent work relationships. After the lecture-discussion, several games were contested to empower the application of the different skills and capabilities in real life situations. The two-day activity culminated happily with the NNC Staff determined to work hand in hand and to continue in producing nutrition champions.
In support of the BNS program, the National Nutrition Council- Region II conducted the Training of Trainers on Basic Course for Barangay Nutrition Scholars at New Rajah Hotel in Baguio City last August 12-16, 2013. The 5-day training is directed for BNS’ trainers and supervisors to improve their capacity in supervising and mentoring one of the most critical human resource in delivering effective nutrition and related services, the BNSs.
District/City Nutrition Program Coordinators, City/ Municipal Nutrition Action Officers, Nutrition Officers, Nutritionist- Dietitians and Nutrition Staff/Desk Officers all over the Cagayan Valley region passionately participated the said training facilitated by Ms. Ma. Gisela Lonzaga and Ms. Arrian Nika Dumaliang, Nutrition Officer III & I of National Nutrition Council- Region II, respectively. Ms. Nancy Castro, Nutrition Officer III of Nueva Vizcaya and Ms. Magdalena Lara, Nutritionist- Dietitian III of Provincial Health Office- Cagayan was also present on the said training as resource speakers.
The training in a modular strategy became very productive through the lecture-discussions, group activities, exercises, role-plays, demonstrations, and presentations participated by the trainees with eagerness. Last day of the training was filled with happy and rewarded faces of supervisors and trainers taking along with them new knowledge, values and skills that will help them to inspire and mold the BNSs in becoming dedicated community workers and experts in nutrition.
Baguio City- Amidst the gustiness of storm Maring, the National Nutrition Council- Cagayan Valley held the Nutrition Program Management (NPM) training last August 19- 23, 2013 attended by the courageous and dedicated City/Municipal Nutrition Action Officers and Nutrition Officers of the region. The NPM training aims to improve the capacity of local nutrition workers for them to effectively and efficiently coordinate and implement their local nutrition programs.
NNC Technical staff and Nutrition Officers from Cagayan, Quirino and Nueva Vizcaya facilitated the said training.
Participants were very cooperative and eager to learn new skills, values and terminologies in the areas of nutrition program management. Furthermore, the cold weather in Baguio City turned very hot with the fruitful and constructive lecture-discussions, group workshops, presentations, exercises and sharing of experiences handled by the trainers/facilitators. The NPM training culminated victoriously with the fulfilled participants challenged to continue their dedication and commitment in working for nutrition improvement.
This seems to be the message of Region 02 Nutrition Program Coordinator Rhodora G. Maestre of the National Nutrition Council as she delivered her opening essage in a two-day communication planning workshop held last September 10-11 at the Holiday Inn Clark Pampanga.
Speaking before some fifty nutrition officers from the seven provinces and fourteen cities of Region 03, and media practitioners of Pampanga, Maestre intimated that the Central Luzon Nutrition Community expects full support at putting more energy in promoting nutrition programs in her temporary leadership as NNC Region 03 Officer in Charge.
True to her words, a native kapampangan herself by birth, Maestre brought the powerhouse of her NNC Region 02 staff to help in the initial stage of activating NNC-local media friendship in Central Luzon.
Meanwhile, Broadcaster Ding Fugaban and Nutrition Officer Benjielyne Estudillo took turns in re-impressing the complan workshop participants on the various accomplishments of Balay Ni Ifan (House of Juan) Media Task Force, a built-in media core group of NNC Region 02.
The Regional Sub - Committee for the Welfare of Children under the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) regional office and its partner agencies where National Nutrition Council Region 02 is a member agency set several activities to highlight the celebration of the National Children’s Month this coming October.
Lucia Alan, head of the Program Standard Unit of the department, said this year’s theme “Kahirapan Wakasan, Karapatan ng Bata Ipaglaban,” highlights that poverty reduction starts with children.
With the help of its partner agencies, the National Nutrition Council Region 02 (NNC) crafted a regional communication plan for the massive promotion of the 2012 Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos (NGF) in Cagayan Valley.
This is in line with its goal to create a “regional communication plan that would effectively and efficiently disseminate information regarding the Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos (NGF).”
The two-day 2012 NGF Communication Plan Formulation Workshop on August 8 – 9, 2013 “Endeavors to protect and promote the nutrition of Filipinos by providing a solid foundation and starting point for nutrition workers in developing information, education and communication materials and in conducting educational and advocacy activities. This aims to keep up with the changes in the nutrition situation in the country as well as new information on nutrition and related interventions to address nutrition and related health problems.”
Rhodora G. Maestre, regional nutrition program coordinator, said that the NNC leads in promoting and ensuring the widest dissemination and use of the 2012 NGF.
The NNC has been spotlighting hunger as a critical issue in the problem of undernutrition and malnutrition.
The workshop was attended by NNC-2 key partners from Balay ni IFAN media group, Regional Nutrition Committee, Local Government Units represented by the Nutrition Action Officers who identified the various channels, strategies and avenues that NNC-2 can tap for the effective and efficient promotion of the 2012 NGF.
The goal of the 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. (BEE)
To financially secure pregnant mothers and their unborn children, the National Nutrition Council Region 2 (NNC-2) launched “Alkansya ni Nanay” (savings bank) during the Buntis Congress Year 11 at Pulsar Hotel Tuguegarao, the project aimed at developing culture of pregnant women to carefully budget and allot funds and other sources to prepare for their childbirth.
Rhodora G. Maestre, regional nutrition program coordinator, said the project aims also to prevent undesirable circumstances brought by inadequate and improper anticipation of the birth of the child as well as to emphasize the need for proper planning and preparation in order to ensure a safe and successful delivery.
She also said that the project also empowers mothers and caregivers by making them responsible for their health and the health of their children.
“Each pregnant mother shall be assigned an alkansya to be filled up with any amount they can spare for each prenatal visit. The amount that the client accumulated would allot per visit shall be recorded by the Rural Health Midwife or Barangay Nutrition Scholar of the barangay where the mother resides,” Maestre explained the mechanics.
Maestre further stated that they initiated this project realizing that time of childbirth is a very engaging experience for mothers, much that it becomes one of the most anticipated moments in a parent’s life and considering that natural risks associated with childbirth, the importance of financial preparedness should not be disregarded.
She also added that the project was proposed to contribute to the achievement of Millennium Development Goals 4 and 5, that of reducing child mortality and maternal mortality, respectively and to address immediate financial needs by the mother and the newborn baby during labor, delivery, and the postpartum period by encouraging parents to spare funds, slowly but surely, during the course of pregnancy.
TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan, Aug 1 (PIA) -- The local media here has express appreciation to the cast of Teatrong Dagat for a very informative presentation during the awarding ceremony of the National Nutrition Council (NNC) here.
The group, known for their funny yet informative performance, was invited to educate the audience particularly students of the Cagayan National High School on the issue of hunger and how to end malnutrition.
The media said the characters portrayed actual happenings in the city and the issue on what the government can do.
“The audience participation spiced up the presentation, audience saw themselves on the scenarios presented,” said Teresa Campos of DWPE Radyo ng Bayan.
Dir. Jovita P. Ayson of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) said she is proud to have the group, which served as an information arm of the bureau to educate and entertain the region’s folks.
“Our Teatrong Dagat was created for the promotion of programs and projects of the bureau and in brining to the people the issues on fisheries, but other government offices who witnessed their presentation found it informative that is why they are being invited to perform in the region,” Ayson revealed.
The teatro is composed of employees of BFAR who underwent training workshop on basic theater. It started in 1999 where the first batch, composed of out-of-school youth (OSY) of Punta, Aparri were trained and rendered several performance on fishery issues.
“When they had their own job, we thought of training another batch, thus we involved employees from the bureau,” the director added. (GVB-PIA 2, Cagayan)