R5 2017 RDPWriteshop cum Workshop for the Formulation of the RDP 2017-2022 of Bicol conducted by NEDA Regional Office V, Arimbay, Legazpi City on 29 November 2016.

The SDC Technical Staff led by Director Agnes Espinas of NEDA organized the Planning-Workshop for the formulation of the Regional Development Plan 2017-2022 of Bicol.

The National Nutrition Council, represented by NO III Valeza, participated in writing the plan chapter on “Reducing inequality in opportunities for human development”. The Writeshop cum Planning-Workshop was attended by more than sixty (60) focal persons  of the different government agencies including Provincial/City Planning Officers from 6 provinces and 7 cities, representatives from people’s organizations, and officials from State Universities and Colleges in the region. The participants were grouped according to their agency’s assigned Chapter. The draft RDP 2017-2022 has 22 Chapters and nutrition was under Chapter 11 under human development as an end in itself. Other agencies involved on this chapter include DOH, PopCom, DOLE, TESDA, CHED and DepED. This chapter focuses on the following: to improve outcomes in nutrition, health (i.e.  guarantee services that provide care for all stages, ensure the accessibility of services through universal health coverage), and basic education (i.e. provision of quality, accessible, relevant and liberating basic education for all).

Completion of the draft RDP 2017-2022 is expected on 6 December 2016 when the group meets again. ( NO III Valeza)

r5 rnac 2016Legazpi City. The National Nutrition Council Bicol will give due recognition to local government units that have shown outstanding performance in managing their local nutrition program on Tuesday, 6 December 2016, 1:00 o’clock in the afternoon at The Oriental Hotel, Legazpi City.  Likewise, the NNC will honor outstanding Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNS) who have done exemplary performance in their barangays by doing ordinary thing extraordinarily.

RO 5 2016 KAB Letter Sender Winner 3Katumbas ay Biyaya, the National Nutrition Council’s multimedia campaign to promote good nutrition to the public, proves to be changing the lives of the Filipino people. Mrs. Lorely de Guzman-Labo, one the two winners from Bicol region of the Katumbas ay Biyaya Season 10 Letter Writing Contest, is a living proof of this. With health and nutrition well-being on top of her priorities, Lorely considers the 30-minute radio program to be really a blessing.Lorely was born and raised in Sitio Culuyan Dos, Barangay Macad, Pasacao, Camarines Sur. As a wife and mother of three, listening to the radio program is a must. Having the goal of improving the nutritional and health status of her family, just like any other mother, she has been an avid listener since she came across the radio program in DZRH during its first season in 2008.

Katumbas ay Biyaya is indeed life-changing for the 35-year old housewife. She recalls the earlier when she would give in to her eldest son’s request to serve fried foods almost every day just so that the boy won’t cry. But as Lorely gradually learns the basics of proper nutrition through the episodes of the radio program, she was able to discover ways and simple techniques on how to nourish her family.

2016 NNC RO 5 ECCD Launching Libmanan CamSurYesterday, 22 November, NNC together with Mayor Bernard Brioso and the members of the Libmanan Nutrition Committee launched the Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) Intervention Package for the First 1000 Days (ECCD-IP F1KD) in the municipality with the strong 250 members of the Barangay Nutrition Committees from 75 barangays composed of Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNS), Barangay Health Workers (BHWs), Barangay Chairpersons and Committee Chairs on Health in attendance. NPC Arlene Reario discussed in detail the plan of the government in ensuring the full development of the child through the implementation of various health, nutrition and social services covering all the pregnant women and children 0-23 months.

Mayor Brioso has started the fight for better services for pregnant women by making available 24/7 the municipality’s ambulance to ferry and bring would-be delivering pregnant women from the coastal and mountainous parts of the municipality to the lying-in clinics and to Libmanan District Hospital. He also said that a new Rural Health Unit, the 3rd one in the municipality, will soon be constructed with funding support from the LGU. He envisions Libmanan to have less stunted and underweight children through the ECCD-IP F1KD program.

Ribbon Cutting during the opening and blessing of Breastfeeding Station in Bicol Central Station, Naga CityImagine that you’re a mother exclusively breastfeeding your baby and travelling to another place to visit. Many mothers find it difficult to continue breastfeeding while travelling unless they have their own vehicle or there is a nearby place to drop-by so they can breastfeed their baby. How about a mother waiting to ride a bus or a jeepney at a terminal yet she needs to breastfeed her baby? When in Naga City, worry no more because of the LGU’s initiative to provide a specific area for breastfeeding or lactating mothers.

On 1 March 2016, the Naga City Nutrition Committee led by Mayor John G. Bongat in collaboration with the City Population and Nutrition Office (CPNO) opened to the public the breastfeeding center located at the Bicol Central Station (BCS). The inauguration of the breastfeeding center highlights the significance of a specific area or place where breastfeeding can be continuously practiced even in a public place without compromising the privacy of lactating mothers.

Participants and Resource Speakers of the 2016 Nutriskwela Community Radio Refresher Training, Radyo KaamigoCatanduanes – Thirty participants representing the different sectors in the municipalities of Viga, Panganiban and Bagamanoc in Catanduanes committed support to the re-organized Community Radio Council (CRC) of the Nutriskwela Community Radio, Radyo Kaamigo last 26 May 2016. The induction ceremony of the new members and officers took place after completion of the 4-day refresher training on Community Radio Broadcasting under NNC’s Nutriskwela Community Radio Network Program held last 23-26 May 2016 at Catanduanes State University in its Panganiban Campus.

The Nutriskwela Community Radio Network Program of NNC aims to empower communities through the establishment of community radio stations that disseminates nutrition, health and development-oriented information to community members.

In partnership with NNC, MQ Mediazone Productions conducted the training covering background and polices of the Nutriskwela Community Radio Network Program and basic techniques on anchoring, writing, and broadcasting. Expert resource speakers composed of Mr. Mario Garcia, Mr. Kiko Flores, Mr. Andy Vital and Ms. Mackay Quadra generously shared their knowledge and expertise to the participants.  NNC staff,  Mr. Xian Justin Alden of NNC NIED and Mr. Marvin Agripa of NNC Bicol were both present to document and address questions and issues raised by participants related to the program.

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