BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya, April 10 (PIA) – The provincial government here recently launched a 120-day supplementary feeding program to boost the nutritional status of children.
Through the Provincial Social Welfare Development Office (PSWDO), the “Ang Batang Malusog, Kinabukasan…AYOS!,” was initially launched in barangay Baretbet in Bagabag town and in barangay Bonfal Proper in Bayombong town.
Milagros Sicat, a social worker and a member of the Provincial Nutrition Council – Technical Working Group (PNC-TWG), said the supplementary feeding will be carried out for 120 feeding days which will be monitored by the Barangay Nutrition Committee (BNC). “This is not only about feeding but more on nutrition programs supported by the provincial and municipal government. We may also extend the number of days for this program,” Sicat said.
Regional Nutrition Evaluation Team (RNET) Region 02 prepared for the 2017 Monitoring and Evaluation of Local Level Plan Implementation (MELLPI) today with an orientation at Taj Hotel and Restaurant, Tuguegarao City.
“The National Nutrition Council, is mandated among others, to monitor and evaluate the implementation of the country’s food and nutrition program, the Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition (PPAN). Toward this mandate, the interagency NNC annually conducts the Monitoring and Evaluation of Local Level Plan Implementation or MELLPI since 1978. It aims to assess the efficiency and effectiveness of local governments in planning and implementing local nutrition programs.” Likewise, in conjunction with the MELLPI, the NNC also evaluates the performance of the Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNS).
The BNSs are the barangay-based volunteers tasked to coordinate the delivery of basic nutrition and related services in their respective area of assignments. Both the MELLPI and BNS evaluation are institutionalized activities since 1979 of the national and local nutrition committees.
Radio is one of the most pervasive media in reaching out to people for information dissemination even at the far flung areas. Hence, the National Nutrition Council (NNC) utilizes radio through the Nutriskwela as a medium to promote good nutrition and improve nutrition status in the Philippines.
On 7-9 February 2017, the NNC conducted its 7th National Nutriskwela Conference in Hotel Supreme, Baguio City to intensify the operations of the community radio stations established in the entire Philippines. Present in the activity were 34 community radio stations, of which two came from Cagayan Valley, the Radyo Kalugaran in Claveria, Cagayan and Radyo Kayvayvayanan in Basco, Batanes.
The three-day event was graced by Hon. Mauricio Domogan, Chair of the City Nutrition Committee of Baguio and Dr. Azucena Dayanghirang, Deputy Executive Director of NNC. According to Hon. Domogan, media play an important role in the society as the ears, eyes, and mouth of the people who can and cannot see. Meanwhile, in her message, Dr. Dayanghirang emphasized the participants as a catalyst and agent of change for the betterment of the society.
As part of the program, the MQ MediaZone facilitated a human bingo game to develop camaraderie among participants. The bingo card used in the game contains questions which were answered by asking the fellow participants. By doing so, they were able to rub elbows with their peers at the same time familiarized with each other.
Further, there were five (5) sessions conducted which focused on the good practices of selected Nutriskwela Community Radio stations in terms of station management, sustaining partner support, station programming, effective radio council management, and Nutriskwela School-on-the-Air, among others.
Claveria, Cagayan – DZND 97.7 FM Radyo Kalugaran celebrated its 6th year anniversary with the blessing of the new broadcast hub of the radio station and activities aim to decrease prevalence of malnutrition in the area.
On Thursday, March 9, officials and employees of LGU Claveria, Cagayan headed by Mayor Celia Layus and Community Radio Council Headed by Engr. Corazon Estorquia and OIC-NPC Maria Gisela Lonzaga, and staff joined the thanksgiving mass as a kick off activity of the founding anniversary.
National Nutrition Council together with the Municipality of Claveria, Cagayan established Nutriskwela Community Radio Station to help decrease malnutrition prevalence and to use radio as bridge to society in disseminating nutrition and health related information.
In her opening remarks, Ms. Juliet Attiagan, station manager, emphasized the importance of the Nutriskwela Community Radio in its role in giving awareness to people in terms of nutrition updates and activities. She said, “Ang Radyo Kalugaran ay hindi para sa iilang tao lamang, ito ay para sa inyo, sa ating, at para sa Bayan. Patuloy po tayong makinig upang mas maging updated tayo sa mga programang pang nutrisyon sa ating lugar.”
The Provincial Government headed by Governor Carlos M. Padilla, through the Provincial Social Welfare Development Office (PSWDO) and the Provincial Nutrition Council (PNC), supports the programs of Tiam-Tumaliuan Foundation (TTF) of Bayombong.
The PNC donated a weighing scale to the TTF on January 27 for the use of the senior citizens and other beneficiaries of the foundation. The PNC-TWG gave a brief discussion on the “10 Kumainments” and proper diet to 30 sick and indigent elders of Barangay San Nicolas.
TTF was organised by the Tiam siblings granting college scholarships to indigent students of Bayombong who were doing good in their courses, supports indigent senior citizens of Barangay San Nicolas, and will soon extend programs to the pre-schoolers. TTF is headed by Father Vic Tiam and supported by the Tumaliuan clan abroad.
Last October, Governor Padilla tapped the PSWDO to assist in the supplementary feeding requested by the TTF for the senior citizens of San Nicolas. The Governor approved the feeding program for twice a week, starting October 2016 until March 2017. The PSWDO also gave grocery packs and vitamins to the elderlies last December.
Tuguegarao City-----“Malnutrition particularly stunting remains a problem in the region, let’s work hand in hand to alleviate malnutrition and further improve the nutrition situation in the region,” says newly elected Regional Nutrition Committee (RNC) chair, Director Valeriano Jesus Lopez, MD, MPH, MHA, CESO IV of the Department of Health, Region 02 in the recently conducted first quarter RNC meeting on 16 February 2017.
Director Lopez was unanimously voted as the new chair by 21 RNC members present in the meeting. In the said meeting, the RNC aims to deliver more effective and efficient nutrition programs in Cagayan Valley. The meeting was presided by Dr. Milagros Morales, outgoing RNC chair and Regional Director of Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, R02.
In her opening and welcome remarks, Dr. Morales acknowledged the presence of members of RNC. She said, “This re-organization is very timely, this is a way for the members to choose freely and involve their agency in the organization and implementation of Nutrition Programs for our region.” She also congratulated Director Lopez after winning the chairmanship of RNC for 2017-2019.