Region VIII News and Upcoming Events
Wednesday, 26 March 2014 08:14

NAOs Position Pushed

Palo, Leyte- The National Nutrition Council Region VIII was invited last March 18, 2014 to the first quarter Social Development Committee (SDC) meeting held at NEDA Regional Office 8, as the proponent of one of the resolutions  endorsed in the  Regional Development Committee meeting last Tuesday, 25th of March.

Newly-appointed Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator, Dr. Catalino P. Dotollo, Jr and Nutrition Officer III, Ms Segundina Devota A. Dilao, presented to the Social Development Committee the RNC Resolution No. 11, s. 2011, “Requesting the Local Government Units of Eastern Visayas to Create a Mandatory Position of Nutrition Action Officer with Corresponding Nutrition Office”.


Transition plan

Tacloban City- The Nutrition Cluster, co-chaired by UNICEF and the National Nutrition Council of the Department of Health was formally activated by the Humanitarian Country Team in response to Typhoon Yolanda and has been coordinating the sector to address the needs of the affected areas.

The Nutrition Cluster response include: (i) protection and promotion of appropriate infant and young child feeding (IYCF) practices; (ii) prevention of vitamin and mineral deficiencies with provision of fortified high energy biscuits to children aged 24-59 months and micronutrient powders to children aged 6-59 months; (iii) prevention of acute malnutrition with blanket supplementary feeding for children aged 6-23 months; (iv) treatment of children aged 6-59 months with severe acute malnutrition; (v) management of moderate acute malnutrition for children aged 6-59 months and pregnant and lactating women (PLW), and (vi)timely nutrition surveillance.


Nutrition Cluster meetingTACLOBAN CITY – The National Nutrition Cluster here, in the wake of Super Typhoon Yolanda, has placed into action a Strategic Response Plan to reduce the risk of mortality and morbidity among children 0-59 months in the typhoon affected areas by maintaining the nutritional status of said vulnerable group.

The response plan addresses: Promotion and protection of infant and young child feeding in emergencies (IYCF-E) as life saving child survival interventions, Promotion and protection of infant and young child feeding in emergencies (IYCF-E) as life saving child survival interventions;

Prevention and management of acute malnutrition and micronutrient deficiencies among vulnerable; Nutrition assessment and information management; and Strengthening cluster, coordination capacity focusing on sub- national level. Its Nutrition Component consists of Assessment/Screening, IYCF, MAM Management, MAM Prevention, Micronutrient Supplementation Program, and SAM Management.

Friday, 21 February 2014 16:54

SMART Survey Commences in Region 8


SMART Survey taclobanTacloban City- The SMART (Standardized Monitoring and Assessment of Relief and Transitions) Survey started on February 3 in typhoon-affected areas in the region. The specific areas covered by the survey are the provinces of Leyte with nine (9) municipalities, Eastern Samar with three (3) municipalities, one (1) municipality in Samar, and the entire cities of Ormoc and Tacloban

SMART is a nutrition survey which aims to gather information on the status of malnutrition in typhoon Yolanda-affected areas (Region 6, 7, 8). It is conducted by the National Nutrition Cluster,a partnership between the National Nutrition Council of the Department of Health with financial and technical assistance of the Spain and Philippine offices of the Action Against Hunger (ACF), one of the international NGO members of the Nutrition Cluster.

A total of 54 barangays will be surveyed between February 3 and 28, 2014. The results of the survey will be shared during a workshop in March 2014 and will be used to further improve the planning and implementation of disaster response interventions in the areas affected by Typhoon Yolanda.

Wednesday, 06 November 2013 14:20

Maasin City receives 2nd CROWN Maintenance Award



NNAC2013 MaasinMaking good nutrition “a way of life” is Maasin City’s plus factor in receiving the Consistent Regional Outstanding Winner in Nutrition (CROWN) Award for two consecutive years.


The city is the only recipient local government unit in Eastern Visayas of the CROWN Award. This is the second year that Maasin City received such recognition.


In joyous mode, City Mayor Maloney Samaco and members of the City Nutrition Committee received the award in the 2013 National Nutrition Awarding held Tuesday at the Philippine International Convention Center.


Samaco, a mayor of 85,000 people in 70 barangays, admitted that it will be tough for them to maintain the performance and step up to aspire for the Nutrition Honor Award (NHA), an recognition given to CROWN awardees that have consistently shown excellent nutrition program implementation.


IYCF Refresher courseMobilizing community support groups for the reduction of child mortality and morbidity through optimal feeding of infants and young children is the goal of the “Refresher Course on IYCF Counseling and Community Support with Gender Concerns”.

The 4-day live-in training was attended by some 25 District Nutrition Program Coordinators (DNPCs) and Provincial and City Nutrition Action Officers (P/CNAOs) around Eastern Visayas region. The activity was sponsored by the National Nutrition Council, Region 8 and was conducted at the Hotel Alejandro, this city, on Oct. 8-11, 2013.

Participants to said refresher course are expected to conduct roll-out trainings of the same in their respective jurisdictions, with the aim to multiply and increase the population of IYCF advocates and counselors, with priority on the organization or creation of functional support groups at barangay level--who can act and serve as peer counselors in the community.


bantay asinDespite the discrepancies of testing results between that of Department of Science and Technology (DOST) here from that of the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) in Cebu  on the iodine content of Table Salt shipments arriving in the Port of Tacloban City, still both analysis showed that most Table Salt arriving in Eastern Visayas are not adequately iodized.

This came out in a meeting of the Regional Bantay Asin Task Force (RBATF) Region 8 held on September 12, 2013 at the Ritz Tower de Leyte, this city.

The RBATF test results of salt samples for iodine content through the DOST Laboratory with the use of WYD Checker. The DOST Laboratory being not accredited yet for said analysis, the same salt samples were analyzed again by FDA Cebu.


fruitsIncreased vegetable consumption as part of a healthy diet addresses micronutrient deficiencies and non-communicable diseases.

Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator Segundina Devota A. Dilao, National Nutrition Council Region 8 (NNC-8), explained this in her presentation of the Revised Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos to media-group partner Harmonized Initiatives of Media for the Spread of Good Nutrition in Region 8 (HIMSOG-8) for advocacy and promotion.

 The NGF is the government’s primary recommendations to promote good health through proper nutrition. It is composed of simple statements that give advice on the consumption of foods and food components for which there are public health concerns. It aims to improve the nutritional status, productivity and quality of life of the Filipino population, through adoption of desirable dietary practices and healthy lifestyle.



breastfeeding photo 2THE TITLE OF THIS ARTICLE, “Breastmilk is the only safe and readily available food for infant” is one of the “Mandatory Standard Messages” included by the Inter-Agency Committee in regards to marketing, advertisement and sale of breastmilk substitutes, breastmilk supplements and related products in compliance to Executive Order No. 51 entitled “Adopting a National Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes, Breastmilk Supplements and Related Products, Penalizing Violations Thereof, and For Other Purposes.”

The Inter-Agency Committee (IAC), composed by the Department of Health as the chair and the Department of Justice, the Department of Trade and Industry, and the Department of Social Welfare and Development as members among others has the powers:

To review and examine all advertising, promotion or other marketing materials, whether written, audio or visual and to approve or disapprove, delete objectionable portions from and prohibit the printing, publication, distribution, exhibition and broadcast of, all advertising promotion or other marketing materials, whether written, audio or visual, on products within the scope of the Code.

Monday, 07 October 2013 16:20

NNC Regions 7 & 8 meet for a team building


TEAM BUILDINGStaff of the National Nutrition Council Region 7 & 8 merged their team building activity last week in the bid to strengthen working relationships and share the best practices.


Held at Biri Rock Island in Northern Samar, the 15 NNC staff from the two regional offices in the Visayas grabbed the chance to work together as a team not through paper works, but in a different manner.


“Various team building activities help us realize the importance of each other in bringing down the prevalence of malnutrition in the Visayas,” said NNC Region 8 OIC Nutrition Program Coordinator Segundina Devota A. Dilao.

Nutrition Program Management TrainingAnother 30 provincial, district, city and municipal nutrition action officers (P/D/C/MNAO) of Eastern Visayas region underwent a 5-day Training on Nutrition Program Management (NPM).

The activity is a part of continuous capacity building and development for nutrition workers, sponsored by the National Nutrition Council (NNC), was conducted simultaneous with the 5-day Training of Trainer’s on the Basic Course for Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNSs) at the Vicmar Resort, Tacloban City on September 16-20, 2013.

NNC-8 Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator Segundina Devota A. Dilao said the activity is an enabling mechanism on strengthening or providing the participants CAFÉ, where C is Competence, A is Alignment, F is Focus, and E is Execution.


 Trainers Training on Basic Course for BNS heldTo sustain and strengthen the network of nutrition workers, some 30 provincial, city and municipal nutrition action officers (P//C/MNAO) and District/City Nutrition Program Coordinators (D/CNPCs) from around Eastern Visayas region have undergone a 5-day Training of Trainer’s on the Basic Course for Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNSs).

It is expected that these P//C/MNAOs and D/CNPCs who have undergone said Trainers Training, in return, will be the ones to echo and train the community-based nutrition volunteers called the Barangay Nutrition Scholars.

The BNSs are the front-line workers on nutrition usually based at the villages where they live. They are the guide of the people in the community against hunger and malnutrition. This makes their contribution to eradicating hunger and malnutrition imperative.  



Southern Leyte Official SealThe provincial government here is aiming to bring down malnutrition prevalence to zero percent by 2016, with the various local interventions to save children from irreversible consequences of under nutrition.


Governor Roger Mercado said they are now identifying severely and moderately malnourished children in the province so they can give proper intervention.

“Starting last year, we invested around P4 million for the procurement of nutritious milk drink from the National Dairy Authority for regular consumption of malnourished children,” Mercado said.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development has identified priority areas for milk feeding.


The milk feeding for preschool children is just one of the direct interventions of the local government unit in addition to regular growth monitoring, backyard gardening, promotion of exclusive breastfeeding for infants and various nutrition education drive.

The province has also received national and regional recognitions for innovative programs on nutrition.


Mercado pointed out that with their goal to make the province malnutrition-free by 2016; they have to step up efforts in eradicating the old-aged problem among children.



MDG1 Target.imagesThe National Nutrition Council (NNC) has voiced optimism on bringing down the country’s malnutrition prevalence to 17.3 percent by 2015, given the high probability based on latest survey.


National Nutrition Council Executive Director Maria-Bernardita T. Flores said that it is realistic to reduce malnutrition prevalence from 20 percent in the 2011 survey to 17.3 percent MDG target by 2015.


“The National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) told us that we have high probability in attaining targets for underweight,” Flores said in media briefing during the 2nd Regional Barangay Nutrition Scholar (BNS) Congress held at the Leyte Provincial Convention Center.



Eastern samarThe National Nutrition Council (NNC) here has recorded a decline in the prevalence of malnutrition of children with ages 0-5 in Eastern Visayas.


NNC OIC - regional nutrition program coordinator Segundina Devota A. Dilao said the prevalence rate last year was lower by 1.26 percent compared with the 14.98 percent in 2011.


Nonetheless, the Operation Timbang conducted by the NNC in the region last year revealed that 13.72 percent of children between 0-5 year old of the almost 73,000 pre-school children are malnourished.


Of the number, 56,958 were categorized as underweight and 15,869 were tagged as severely underweight, she said.



EVA BNS final logoThe National Nutrition Council (NNC) here is looking forward for all villages to have barangay nutrition scholar (BNS) volunteers by 2015, according to Eastern Visayas OIC - regional nutrition program coordinator Segundina Devota Dilao.


Dilao said that currently, 90 percent of the region’s 4390 barangays have BNS but the number is still not enough to push for various nutrition program advocacies of the NNC. There are still nutrition volunteers who are yet to undergo training, she added.


By 2015 they expect to have one BNS volunteer in every village but big barangays are encouraged to hire two or three volunteers.


Serving as BNS is supposed to be a volunteer work as mandated under Presidential Decree 1569 but there are local government units (LGUs) that provide honorarium, ranging from P50 to P2,000.


Some of these LGUs are the cities of Maasin, Ormoc and Tacloban in Leyte; Calbayog in Samar and expected to follow soon is Catbalogan, also in Samar province. Northern Samar also extends honorarium to its BNSs, she added.


Saturday, 14 September 2013 15:17

LGUs stronghold to address malnutrition


Breastfeeding poster 18x24inches copyA representative from the regional National Nutrition Council (NNC) underscored the importance of mother’s milk in the nourishment of a child stating that “nothing comes second to breast milk.”


Emily Operario-Grande of the NNC 8 in a face-off with members of the local media here also pointed out several points on how local government units (LGUs) can concretely address malnutrition.


These include providing marketing arm to support local producers, making health accessible to all, specially the marginalized mother and the unborn child, support breast feeding government employee mothers and continuous education through the nutrition councils of the LGU.


Grande mentioned of some good practices of LGUs that buy in volumes the produce of farmers and provide refrigerated vehicles to transport products to the nearest “bagsakan center” or known as “Tabu-an,” which she said is strongly supported by the Department of Agriculture (DA).


The Department of Health (DOH) strengthened to the rural areas the policy of “facility–based delivery” of babies, and where in health workers are capacitated to educate the mothers the importance of breastfeeding.


Wednesday, 28 August 2013 13:04

NNC delivers nutrition service to Palo, Leyte


Oneday FeedingA one-day nutrition service facilitated by the National Nutrition Council in Palo, Leyte Wednesday served as a prelude to the upcoming religious fiesta celebration of the town this Aug 6.


The whole day activity was highlighted by the weighing of children, video shows, consultation on health and nutrition, among others.


However, NNC 8 officer-in-charge Segundina Devota A. Dilao said they could not really determine the malnutrition rate in Palo because only 40 percent of the town’s pre-schoolers were subjected to ‘operation timbang.’


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