NGF-On 10 February 2017, the National Nutrition Council (NNC) Central Luzon inked partnership with the Tricycle Operators-Drivers Association (TODA) in Dingalan, Aurora. About 25 drivers and MNC membersheed NNC’s invitation to take part in its project, dubbed as “NGF-10 Kumainments Sticker on Wheels”.

The “NGF-10 Kumainments Sticker on Wheels” is part of the Local Media Campaign of NNC Central Luzon which involved the posting of 10 Kumainments stickers in public transport such as tricycles and “tri-bike” wheelers as venue to convey the 10 simple messages of the Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos or its popularized version 10 Kumainments.

The launching program also included a short lecture on 10 Kumainments to help the TODA members appreciate and understand better the messages that they carry with them. As “carrier” of the 10 Kumainments sticker, the TODA members committed to bring the messages wherever they go such as “Kumain ng iba’t-ibang pagkain”, “Sa unang 6 months ni baby breastfeeding lamang; mula 6 months, bigyan din siya ng ibang angkop na pagkain”,  among others. The most well-liked 10 Kumainments messages amongthe TODAmembers are: Kumainment No. 8 “Hinay-hinay sa maaalat, mamantika at matatamis and Kumainment No. 10 “Maging aktibo. Iwasan ang alak; huwag manigarilyo”, as most of them wants to help curve or stop the habit of drinking alcoholic beverages and smoking of cigarettes, among the populace and even among themselves.

One of the highlights of the activity was the hand-over of the 11 pieces of steel rules and 11 sets of BNS Kits to the Association of Barangay Captains President Mr. Victor Maneja, Barangay Captain Abner Narciso and BNS Melany Arsenas, President of Dingalan BNS Federation. The hand-over of the steel rules was done during the discussion of Kumainment No. 9 “Panatilihin ang Wastong Timbang”, where NO III Angelita M.  Pasos emphasized the role of the BNSes in the conduct of OPT Plus and reweighing of 0-71 month of preschool children, as part of the Growth Monitoring Promotion activity,  to ensure the improvement of nutritional status of children in the barangays.

ASEAN 50On 24 January 2017, the National Nutrition Council was among the 22 agencies that witnessed the launching of the Philippines' Chairmanship of the Association of South East Asian Nation (ASEAN) Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC) Pillar at the Marquee Mall in Angeles City, Pampanga. Led by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) as chair and the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) as co-chair, the launching was participated by the following agencies (in alphabetical order): ASEAN Center for Biodiversity (ACB), Civil Service Commission (CSC), Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC), Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Department of Education (DepEd), Department of Health (DOH), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC), National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA), National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC),National Nutrition Council (NNC), National Youth Commission (NYC), Philippine Commission on Women (PCW), Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), Philippine Sports Commission (PSC), Philippine Information Agency, Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).

The ASEAN envisions a community that encompasses all faces of life, as reflected by its political-security, economic, and socio-cultural pillars which seeks to build a caring and sharing society that is inclusive and sensitive to the needs of the community, particularly the marginalized and vulnerable sector of the Philippines’ society.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga (PIA) - National Nutrition Council (NNC), Department of Health (DOH) and Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) urged various stakeholders in Central Luzon to support breastfeeding by setting up lactation stations in their respective workplace.

NNC said this is meant to highlight the importance of the first 1,ooo days of life of an individual.

“The first 1000 days has been called the golden window of opportunity and is crucial because this will build the foundation of an individual’s ability to grow, learn, and develop,” NNC Officer-In-Charge Ana Maria Rosaldo said.

This is also anchored on Republic Act 10028 or the Expanded Breastfeeding Promotion Act of 2009, which seeks to encourage, protect and support the practice of breastfeeding.

Furthermore, under the said law, establishments are required to set-up lactation stations in order to provide compensable time for breastfeeding and lactation periods among working mothers.

The lactation station should be a private clean space furnished with all the necessary equipment such as cooling facilities, sink, electrical outlets, small locker, small table, and seats.

Ms. Diane Coryne Ramos of DOLE said the creation of breastfeeding stations in the workplace will allow young infants to acquire all the essential nutrients and energy they need in order to combat illnesses.

Since breastfeeding is nature’s way to nourish and protect young infants, this will further lead to a reduced number of infant deaths caused by malnutrition and other childhood diseases.

“This will not only benefit the infants but also the mothers since this will give them a chance to fulfill their maternal functions and will cause a delay in resumption of normal ovarian cycles and the return of fertility in most women. It will also help them stay fit since this will help them lose the weight they gained from pregnancy,” she added.

Ms. Ramos also explained how workplaces and establishments can benefit from this since this will yield high employee productivity and morale, less absenteeism among workers and greater company loyalty. This will also improve the company’s ability to attract and retain valuable employees since it will foster a family-friendly image in the community.

With all these benefits, she reiterated DOLE’s campaign of creating lactation stations in the workplace by encouraging the management of the different agencies to provide flexible time and complete facility for their employees’ lactation periods.

Ms. Ramos furthered that the management’s support is a key factor in the success of this advocacy. (CLJD/MJLS-PIA 3)

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2016 RNACDecember 9, 2016 was a momentous event for local government units (LGUs) with outstanding performance in nutrition program management. About 320 awardees composed of Governors, Vice-Governors, Barangay Chairpersons, Provincial/City/Municipal Nutrition Action Officers, District/City Nutrition Program Coordinators, Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNSs), members of the provincial/city/ municipal/barangay nutrition committees, members of the Regional Nutrition Committee (RNC), Regional Nutrition Evaluation Team (RNET) and Regional Nutrition Technical Working Group and members of the Central Luzon Media Group were all gathered at the Century Hotel, Balibago, Angeles City to witness the recognition of 9 LGUs and 16 BNSs during the simple Regional Nutrition Awarding Ceremony or RNAC.

The RNAC is an annual event of the Regional Nutrition Committee aimed to provide a venue to recognize outstanding LGUs and BNSs in a fitting tribute. LGUs which received the most coveted nutrition award for outstanding implementation in 2015 are 

Bulacan Province - Outstanding Province in the Region

Mabalacat City - Outstanding City in the Region

Talavera, Nueva Ecija - Outstanding Municipality in the Region

On 1 July 2016, the National Nutrition Council-Region III spearheaded the regional launching of the 2016 Nutrition Month Celebration, with the theme “First 1000 days ni baby pahalagahan para sa malusog na kinabukasan!”.  The 42nd Nutrition Month celebration was aimed to create awareness on the significance of good maternal nutrition and proper infant and young child feeding practices, particularly, exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months and giving of appropriate complementary foods on the 6th month while continuing breastfeeding, and the continuum of services in early childhood care and development.

Held at the DOH-Regional Health Office III, Government Center, Maimpis, City of San Fernando, Pampanga, the 2016 NM launch was participated by 100 employees from the national government agencies. One of the highlights of the NM launching activity was the Search for “Gandang Buntis” Contest, participated by nine pre-selected pregnant women who are employees of the national agencies located inside and within the Regional Government Center Compound. The Search aimed to create awareness on the importance of good maternal nutrition and to encourage the pregnant women to initiate breastfeeding within one hour after delivery, practice exclusive breastfeeding during the first 6 months, introduce appropriate complementary feeding at 6 months while continuing breastfeeding up to two years.

Those who joined the contest did not go empty-handed as the first, second and third prize winners received gift checks worth Php3,000, Php2,000 and Php1,500, respectively. The 6 non-winners received gift certificates worth Php500 each. Other tokens received by the gandang buntis contestants were breastfeeding cover, UNICEF-developed ECCD flyer on the First 1000 Days, Recipe Book on Complementary Feeding, and a vanity kit courtesy of DOH-RHO III.

The selection of winners was made possible by the very competent board of judges from the members of the Regional Nutrition Committee/Regional Technical Working Group, namely: Ms. Lydia F. Sunggod of the NCIP-Region III, Ms. Geraldine V. Sombero of NEDA-Region III and Mr. Roger C. Codnita of DWAY Radio Station and member of Centra Luzon Media Group.

When asked what the gandang buntis contestants appreciated more about the 2016 NM Celebration launching activity was the opportunity to listen to the two lectures on the “Establishment of Lactation Station in the Workplace” by Ms. Margarita Santos-Natividad from the DOH-RFO III and the “Guidelines on Establishing a Lactation Station by Ms. Dianne Corryne Ramos from DOLE-Region III. Presentation of these two competent lecturers can be downloaded from the NNC-Region III website.

2016 Awit at SayawThe National Nutrition Council Central Luzon, in partnership with the Department of Education and Department of Social Welfare and Development, spearheaded the “Awit at Sayaw sa Wastong Nutrisyon” Competition on 21 November 2016 at the Robinsons Starmills Pampanga, City of San Fernando, Pampanga. The activity is also part of NNC Central Luzon’s commitment in the observance of the 2016 National Children’s Month, with the theme ““Isulong: Kalidad ng Edukasyon Para sa lahat ng Bata!”

Now on its fourth year, the event aimed to expand and enhance public awareness on the 10 Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos (NGF) among elementary and high school students, school heads and teachers, parents and guardians, and partners at the local government units. The event supports NNC’s campaign on Promote Good Nutrition, with the banner slogan ”Wastong Nutrition, Alamin, Gawin at Palaganapin.  In addition, the activity also banks on the influence of the pupils and students over their peers and immediate family members in changing behavior, lifestyle and eating habits through song and dance, with the NGF Nutri-Jingle as music material.

The activity was conceptualized in 2013 when NNC Central Luzon requested Big Ben’s Production, a subsidiary of ASLAG Kapampangan Artist, to compose a Nutri-Jingle that will be used as music material for its song and dance competition.  Inspired by the newly launched 10 Kumainments, the lyrics and musical scoring was put together with the upbeat of modern dance craze, which showcased the young’s musical prowess, creativity, talent in dancing and youthful energy.   

Schools that competed under the elementary category were: 1) City of Malolos Integrated School; 2) Northville 16 Elementary School; and 3) Dapdap Elementary School of Mabalacat City. While for the high school category, the following schools joined the competition: 1) Francisco G. Nepomuceno Memorial High School of Angeles City; 2) Doña Asuncion Lee Integrated School Mabalacat City; 3) Mabalacat National High School; 4) Malolos Marine Fishery School and Laboratory; and 5) Information and Communication Technology High School of City of San Fernando.

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