The National Nutrition Council’s 2017 Nutrition Month theme: “Healthy Diet, Gawing Habit – For Life!” nails it! The NNC’s clarion call for all Filipinos to start the consumption of healthier foods and discourage them from eating unhealthy diets has never been stronger and louder.
6 March 2017 – Honorable Mayor Lani Mercado-Revilla and the members of the Bacoor City Nutrition Committee accepted the challenge of championing in nutrition during the Advocacy Meeting conducted by the National Nutrition Council Calabarzon Region at the Bacoor City Hall.
Representatives of United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) held a meeting with NNC staff and Quezon Provincial Nutrition Action Office staff on January 30, 2017 to discuss possible partnership in the conduct of trainings on the management of severe acute malnutrition (SAM). Ms. Maria Evelyn P. Carpio, Unicef Nutrition Specialist, was joined in the meeting by Mr. Alvin Manalansan, member of CMAM working group, Mr. Julius Parcarey, Focal Person for Nutrition in Quezon Province and NNC F1K Provincial Nutrition Coordinators, Ms. Jane Christine Guballa and Mr. Edzell Arcinue.
Ms. Carpio shared the intention of Unicef to assist in conducting trainings for the management of SAM cases in the target areas of Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD)/ First 1000 Days program or the F1K Program. However, she also presented that the province of Quezon may also want to be trained since the province has identified SAM cases in the different areas of the province. It was agreed that a Training of Trainers (ToT) will be conducted sometime in the second quarter of 2017 to create a pool of trainers in the province. Mr. Parcarey shared that the province can facilitate the roll-out of trainings in the province given that there are trainers to choose from. Unicef will provide technical assistance for the training. Once trained, Unicef will give commodities (e.g. RUTF) to the province to support management of SAM cases in the province.
The National Nutrition Council Region IV-A (NNC IV-A) commends the Communicators' Network for Nutrition in Region IV-A (CNN4A), for its achievements in assisting the National Nutrition Council – Calabarzon relative to the promotion of good nutrition to all Filipinos.
Composed of Information Officers from local government units and media practitioners from Calabarzon region, the architect of the group, Ms. Carina Santiago, the National Nutrition Council Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator of Calabarzon, envisioned CNN4A as a prime mover of good nutrition advocacies in the region.
Local chief executives from Quezon province led by Governor David C. Suarez, Chair of the Provincial Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Council signed the Memorandum of Agreement adopting the First 1000 Days (F1K) Program of the National Nutrition Council on December 9, 2016. Governor Suarez was joined by Mayor Rachel Ubana of Lopez, Mayor Cristina Bosque of Polillo, Mayor Marcelino Gayeta of Sariaya. Mayor Macario Boongaling of Candelaria, Mayor Joselito Alega represented by Councilor Carmelita Cortez of San Francisco, Mayor Joselita Ojeda represented by Vice Mayor Ponciano Rejano, Mayor Fernando Mesa of Alabat represented by Councilor Redentor Mesa and Mayor Roderick Alcala of Lucena City represented by City Administrator Ms. Mary Mitzi Co.ALONA Partylist Representative, Anna Marie Villaraza-Suarez was also present to lead in the Pledge of Commitment following the signing of the MOA.
The F1K program or the Early Childhood Care and Development Intervention Package for the First 1000 Days is a comprehensive program for the First 1000 days of life from day 1 of pregnancy up to 2 years of life. It aims to ensure full development of the child through integrated delivery of services on health, nutrition, psychosocial stimulation, early education, and social services.
January 24, 2017, Quezon, City- The Federation of Barangay Nutrition Scholars Region IV-A elected its new set of officers during their First Federation Meeting s. 2017 at the Conference Room, CHD IV-A Bldg., Project 4, Quezon City. Following the by-laws, the new officers shall serve the Federation from 2017-2019.
President : Ms. Milagros V. Valera- Laguna Province
Vice- President : Mr. Danilo N. Posion- Tagaytay City
Secretary : Ms. Vivian M. Gamboa- Batangas Province
Treasurer : Ms. Susan R. Convento- Cavite Province