The Department of Health Regional Office 09 holds a training activity on Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) for new Barangay Nutrition Scholars deployed in Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur and Zamboanga Sibugay to sharpen their skills when counselling mothers with appropriate feeding practices for infants and young children. The BNS of two municipalities in Zamboanga del Norte – Labason and Piǹan will also be supported with trainings on Basic Course for Barangay Nutrition Scholars, IYCF and WHO-Child Growth Standards. A total of Php 884,000.00 is allocated for the lined-up activities that includes board and lodging and supplies.
On 04 November 2016 in Palacio Del Sur Convention Center, the Regional Nutrition Anti-Hunger Committee under the leadership of the Department of Health Regional Director Dr. Aristides C. Tan and in coordination with the National Nutrition Council held the annual ceremonial conferment to outstanding LGUs nutrition implementers in Zamboanga Peninsula with the Department of Health Assistant Secretary for Mindanao, Dr. Abdullah B. Dumama, Jr. as keynote speaker. This affair is being conducted every year to give due recognitions to individuals who have contributed significantly in the successful implementation of various nutrition programs, projects and activities in their respective localities. Key personalities from the health and nutrition agencies, social welfare, trade and industry, education, agriculture, local government units and academe were in attendance along with the presence of the stars of the event – the awardees – among them were the Local Chief Executives and members of their Local nutrition Committees, Nutrition Action Officers, the Barangay Nutrition Scholars, NGOs and media partners.
The National Nutrition Council Regional Office IX conducted a FNS-EWS orientation-consultative workshop on 14-15 July, 2016 at Paradise Resort, Kumalarang, Zamboanga del Sur.
The municipality of Kumalarang in the province of Zamboanga del Sur was identified as a project area with its prevalence of 13.23% among the underweight preschool children and ranked 10th in the region per OPT result of 2015. The area is also prone to natural disasters and calamities affecting food and nutrition security.
The National Nutrition Council together with MQ MediaZone Production conducted a four-day refresher training course on Nutriskwela Community Radio broadcasting and management operations of Radyo Kasuhnan (98.5 fm) in Siay, Zamboanga Sibugay. The activity was conducted on August 23-26, 2016 at the conference room of the municipal hall.
The Nutriskwela Community Radio Station Radyo Kasuhnan 98.5 fm was established by the National Nutrition Council in partnership with the Local Government Unit of Siay in 2008. The establishment of the community radio aims to empower the community through radio in order to disseminate correct, current and relevant nutrition and health information, as well as educational and developmental information, from all concerned sectors of the community, government agencies and non-government organizations.
Likewise the training aims to improve capabilities and skills on radio programming and operations of those who are involved in Radyo Kasuhnan but have not been trained when the radio station was established in 2008. It also addresses various concerns such as maintenance of equipment, anchoring for new recruits, radio programming, signal mapping, use of new media and sustainability of the CRC among others.
The National Nutrition Council (NNC) Regional Office IX together with the other regional offices joined the week-long 42nd NNC Anniversary celebration on June 20-24, 2016 highlighting 42 years of quality nutrition service. The activity was held at the NNC Central Office where over a hundred seventy NNC staff actively participated in activities that fostered camaraderie, meeting new and renewing acquaintances. Activities lined up for this occasion aimed to enrich further the quality service of the agency with seminars on Understanding Records and Documents Management responding to the needs of the NNC Central and Regional Offices to sustain ISO certification; a Values Orientation at the Workplace by a renowned motivational speaker, Mr. Francis J. Kong and a seminar on Integrity Management Program for improved organizational productivity with Atty. Froilan Montalban, Jr of the Office of the President – Office of the Deputy Executive Secretary for Legal Affairs.
The Early Childhood Care and Development Intervention Package for the First 1000 Days is anchored on the Republic Act 10410 or the Early Years Act that mandates the state to implement programs to ensure full growth and development of the child specifically aged 0-4 years old. Its overall Framework focuses on nutrition, health, early child learning and other services that are essential for the child’s growth and development. The program aims 1) to reduce mortality and morbidity rates among children 0-23 months old; 2) to reduce the prevalence of stunting and wasting among children 0-23 months old and; 3) To increase the percentage of children 0-23 month’s old meeting developmental milestones.