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Monday, 27 April 2015 09:37

RNET gears for year 2015 evaluation

TACLOBAN CITY –The Regional Nutrition Evaluation Team (RNET), the regional interagency body created to make assessment on the efficiency of Nutrition Action Plans implementation at the local level, thoroughly reviewed and discussed the guidelines set for the evaluation in a meeting held on April 10, 2015 at Hotel Alejandro, this city.

This developed as the RNET gears for year 2015 round of evaluation that would identify Region 8’s Most Outstanding BNS, and local government units with excellent implementation of their local nutrition programs--that resulted to the reduction in prevalence of under-nutrition in their respective locality through Green Banner Award, Consistent Regional Outstanding Winner in Nutrition (CROWN) Award, and CROWN Maintenance Award. 

Topic taken up on the meeting were “Guidelines for Monitoring and Evaluating Barangay Nutrition Scholars” in the search for most outstanding BNS; Guidelines on the Monitoring and Evaluation of Implementation of the Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition at provincial, city and municipal levels; and Monitoring forms—DSWD, DOH, and SBFP.

Monday, 27 April 2015 09:30

HIMSoG-8 elects new officers!

TACLOBAN CITY – The Harmonized Initiatives of Media for the Spread of Good Nutrition in Region 8 (HIMSoG-8), the media group partner of National Nutrition Council (NNC) in Eastern Visayas, recently has reorganize and elected a new set of officers.

Elected executive officers are: Antonio C. Pueblos – president, Jacob Jack C. Gadaingan – vice president, Ninfa Iluminada B. Quirante – secretary, Ray P. Gaspay – treasurer, Francis C. Batula – auditor.

 The five   members of the Board of Trustees selected to represent an area/province in Eastern Visayas region are Flordelis E. Jackson - Biliran, Samuel Candido – Eastern Samar, Ailene N. Diaz – Northern Samar, Cecilia P. Tibo – Samar, Erna S. Gorne – Southern Leyte.

 As among the initial activities of the new set of officers, while tapping the expertise of HIMSoG member Albert E. Lesiguez on constitution and bylaws as consultant, they have convened as Constitution and By Laws Committee to revise the adapted Securities and Exchange Commission pro-forma constitution and by-laws, in order to make it more adaptable and fitting for the media-group organization. In addition the group has agreed to register the organization with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in order to gain a legal status. (Jack Gadaingan)

The National Nutrition Council – 8 participated in the Department of Health - Eastern Visayas (DOH-EV) Yolanda Commemoration Day last November 7, 2014 at the DOH Training Center with the theme “Rebuilding Together for Better”.

DOH-EV commemorated the Yolanda anniversary to give honor to all victims of the super typhoon and to give recognition to the International and Local Organizations, DOH from other regions, DOH-EV employees and Local Government Units who showed their infinite support through their immediate interventions during the emergency phase, and their efforts in working together towards recovery. Guests were from the DOH staff from the all the regional and provincial level and the City/Provincial Health Officers.

 The event started with the Inauguration of the newly renovated DOH-EV Training Center, while DOH Regional Director Jose R. Llacuna Jr. and Assistant Regional Director Paula Paz M. Sydiongco graced the event as they welcome the guests and participants.

npmpicA training on Nutrition Program Management  was organized by the National Nutrition Council (NNC) Region 8 in Kuting Reef, Macrohon Southern Leyte last October 13-17, 2014 with participants coming from  Biliran,Northern Samar, Eastern Samar, Leyte and Southern Leyte. Participants of the training were newly-designated or appointed Nutrition Action Officers, and District/City Nutrition Program Coordinators in municipalities that did not have local nutrition action plans.

The Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator Dr. Catalino P. Dotollo, Jr., welcomed the participants to a five-day training with invited trainer-facilitators, Mr. Giovani Ed M. Napari - Provincial Nutrition Action Officer (Leyte), Ms. Alva Ma. A. Gadin - Provincial Nutrition Action Officer (Samar), Ms. Sallie C. Jabinal - Provincial Nutrition Action Officer (Eastern Samar), Ms. Felicita R. Borata District Nutrition Program Coordinator (Samar), and Guest Speaker, Dr. Feliciano John Matibag, Jr. – Provincial Health Officer II of Southern Leyte.

The Nutrition Program Management (NPM) training aimed to help participants understand the basic concepts of food and nutrition, advancing core values and skills of nutrition workers and the integration of NPM in local governance and development system.

Participants of the training are expected to organize local nutrition committees, conceptualize  local nutrition action plans, maintain efficient implementation and evaluation of various nutrition programs.

These efforts are part of NNC’s capacity development strategy to assist local nutrition stakeholders in contributing towards the improvement of the nutrition situation in the region. (Jhekie G. Cinco)


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As part of its capacity development program, the National Nutrition Council Region 8 spearheaded a 5-day Training of Trainers on the Basic Course for Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNS) last October 6-10, 2014 at Pongos Hotel, Ormoc City.

The training aims to strengthen the capacity of supervisors and trainers of BNSs in mentoring, supervising, and training BNSs. As a result of the training, participants will be able to conduct trainings for the existing and new BNSs to be able to assist in the delivery of nutrition and related services as well as help in mobilizing the barangay nutrition committees to implement their respective barangay nutrition action plans to address malnutrition and hunger.

There were about 26 participants to this training composed of Nutrition Action Officers and District Nutrition Program Coordinators from the provinces of Biliran, Leyte, Southern Leyte, Northern Samar, Samar and Eastern Samar.

A CONCEPT by the National Nutrition Council (NNC) in enhancing mobilization of community support for Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) program is the development of a Model Barangay in every province of the country, which will serve as learning ground for other barangays to emulate. The strategy on this innovation is to concentrate focus in areas that will most likely succeed, rather than sooner spreading energies throughout all barangays.

The end objective in mobilizing community support for IYCF is predominantly to populate communities with as many peer counselors as possible—that could guide pregnant and lactating women in the locality on the recommended feeding practices for infants and young children.

AsinTACLOBAN CITY – It shall be of great advantage if the DOST in Region VIII would be accredited by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to conduct Iodine Analysis on Table Salt, because salt samples gathered from entry ports in Eastern Visayas can then be tested immediately--and the “10 day time frame after collection” can be achieved.

Region 8 Food and Drug Administration supervisor and Regional Bantay Asin Task Force (RBATF) chairperson (FDA) Dr. Sonia C. Cabahit said this in reference to preserving the integrity of salt samples collected at port of entries in the region if they could be tested for  iodine content soonest, or within 10 days for accuracy.

Cabahit said that our DOST here in Region VIII is not yet accredited by the FDA, meaning whatever result that they will give will not substantiate the fact that it is not yet legal in terms of accreditation.


ceremonial signing of pledge of commitmentThe office of the National Nutrition Council (NNC) in Region 8 headed by Dr. Catalino Dotollo, Jr. in coordination with ACF and UNICEF conducted a Nutrition Summit for nutrition stakeholders from the provinces of Leyte, Southern Leyte and Biliran.

The Summit, held on July 31, 2014 at the Leyte Park Resort Hotel, was part of the culminating program of the Nutrition Month celebration and advocated for Nutrition resiliency and disaster preparedness, consistent with the theme of the 2014 Nutrition Month, “Kalamidad Paghandaan; Gutom at Malnutrisyon Agapan”.

Over 300 registrants participated in the Nutrition Summit with representatives from municipalities in Leyte, Southern Leyte, and Biliran, including the Municipal Action Officers (MNAOs), Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNS) and their Federation Presidents, Municipal and City Council members. Aside from the participants from the government sector, the humanitarian community joined the summit. Different booths showcased nutrition advocacy in the participating municipalities.

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To kick-off and celebrate the start of Nutrition Month, a Parade and Launching program was held in Tacloban City on July 1, 2014. This year’s Nutrition Month theme "Kalamidad Paghandaan: Gutom at Malnutrisyon agapan!" aims to increase awareness of the importance of Nutrition in Emergencies (NiE). Despite the rainy weather and the early hour, the parade was well attended by local organizations and the humanitarian community.


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) -- The National Nutrition Council (NNC) in Eastern Visayas has lined up month-long activities for the nutrition month slated in July.

 The month-long activities will kick off with a Healthy Walk in the morning of July 1 at the city’s major thoroughfares to be participated in by government and private agencies.

 “We are expecting 300 participants from our partner agencies, the government and the private sectors, the Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNS), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and other international humanitarian organizations,” NNC region 8 nutrition program coordinator Dr. Catalino Dotollo, Jr.

Saturday, 31 May 2014 13:18

Leyte Province launches e-MiC Project


Leyte_official sealTACLOBAN CITY -- Addressing the root cause of malnutrition problem is the strategy of Eliminating Malnutrition & Information Campaign (e-MiCproject) that was launched by the provincial government of Leyte prior to the advent of Typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan).

The project aims to eliminate the malnutrition problems in the Province of Leyte through effective and efficient way of feeding, nutrition awareness and nutrition sustainability in the community particularly the ages between 0-71 month’s old children.

So that if the problem is the lack of food our intervention is food production, if the cause is parasites we have deworming for children, on lack of nutrients we have supplementary feeding. We address the problem of malnutrition in regards to its cause; we have different interventions for every case—and we do this by the household level, Giovani Ed M. Napari, Provincial Nutrition Action Officer (PNAO) of Leyte, revealed this in an exclusive interview with the Nation Builder.

“We are aiming to maximise the reach of our resources, so that we have to be effective!” Napari said. 

Saturday, 31 May 2014 12:05

Regional Health Research Summit Held


health summit_2014Tacloban City- The Eastern Visayas Health Research and Development Consortium (EVHRDC) where NNC is a member, held the Regional Health Research Summit last May 14, 2014 at Leyte Normal University.  With this year’s theme “ Making People the Center of Health through Research” the activity aimed to be the venue for health research and development awareness, utilization and empowerment and the promotion of health R&D researches in the region.

Maasin TACLOBAN CITY – The local government unit (LGU) of Maasin City, Southern Leyte is among the three LGUs vying this year for the Nutrition Honor Award (NHA).  The NHA is the highest nutrition award conferred by the National Nutrition Council (NNC) annually.

This was announced during the joint RTWG/HIMSoG-8/PCNAOs meeting by newly designated Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator for Eastern Visayas Dr. Catalino “Kattie” Dotollo.   

The Regional Nutrition Evaluation Team (RNET), composed of members from the Regional Technical Working Group on Nutrition made the pre-evaluation in Maasin City during the Holy Week.

Assistant Secretary of Health and NNC’s Executive Director Maria-Bernardita T. Flores will lead the interagency National Evaluation Team (NET) in conducting the validation visits to these LGUs from April 29 to May 3 2014.

Severe Acute MalnutritionTACLOBAN CITY – Of the 224,737 children 6-59 months of aged already subjected to Rapid Nutrition Assessment as of second week of this month in the areas of Eastern Visayas severely hit by Super Typhoon Yolanda, the Nutrition Cluster in Region 8 identified only 441 cases of Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) and 3,211 of Moderately Acute Malnutrition (MAM).

Said figures indicate that the level of acute malnutrition identified by measurement of Mid Upper Arm Circumference (MUAC) is low in the screened populations, far below what some international humanitarian groups, here on emergency response mission, have expected.

Of the SAM cases identified 50 were from Eastern Samar and 391 were from Leyte; of the MAM cases 746 were from Samar, 2465 from Leyte coming to around 2% of the 224,737 population of children ages 6-59 months subjected to MUAC.

Severe Acutely Malnourished (SAM) children without complications were referred to Out-Patient Treatment (OTPs). OTPs are either static (i.e. at the Rural Health Unit) or mobile and operated by Nutrition Cluster partner organizations. Children identified as SAM in municipalities without an operational OTP were referred to the closest OTP in a neighbouring municipality.

Wednesday, 26 March 2014 08:14

NAOs Position Pushed


nnc LOGOPalo, 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.

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