Misamis Oriental with RD Nimfa Torrizo and the training teamMembers of Misamis Oriental (MisOr) Provincial Nutrition Cluster (PNC) were convened in Apple Tree Resort and Hotel, Taboc, Opol, Misamis Oriental on 21-24 February 2017 for a training workshop to develop their competencies in administering standards and appropriate nutrition interventions for emergencies and disasters.

The workshop introduced concepts on nutrition cluster coordination, assessment of nutritional status, micronutrient interventions, infant and young child feeding, selective feeding, and monitoring and evaluation of nutrition interventions during emergencies.

Regional Nutrition Cluster (RNC) Chairperson Dir. Nimfa B. Torrizo of DOH RO X, who personally graced the workshop, highlighted that the occurrence of emergency and disaster has risen dramatically in the recent time which threatens human lives often resulting in food shortages, worsened nutritional status of the community and even mortality in all age group. Further, she stressed that the primary concern during emergencies and disaster is to prevent death and malnutrition among the affected population prioritizing the vulnerable groups.

Mis OccIn order to to maintain the provision of quality  nutrition services to all Misamisnons, Provincial Board Member Octavio O. Parojinog authored Ordinance No. 44-16, “An Ordinance Creating a Nutrition Division Under the Office of the Provincial Governor in the Province of Misamis Occidental, Appropriating Funds Thereof”.

This was disclosed during the first quarter meeting of the Misamis Occidental Provincial Nutrition Commiittee (PNC) held February 2, 2017 chaired by Board Member Parojinog himself as PNC Co-Chairperson.

ro10 G4 GingoogChildren become undernourished due to inadequate food intake brought about by low income and lack of knowledge on food and nutrition.

With these, the City Nutrition Committee through its lead agency, the Nutrition Division of the City Health Office (CHO), spearheaded the implementation and cascading of the G4 Program or the Garden of GO, Grow and Glow.

This program is aimed at expanding the coverage of households and communities establishing their own backyard gardens. The strategy encourages every family in the city to venture into gardening to source their own fruits and vegetables which could yield to the reduction of malnutrition cases among children, pregnant and lactating women in Gingoog. 

Collaged for g4 article 2The revival of the Garden of Go, Grow and Glow or G4 can be seen as a light at the end of the tunnel when it comes to the emerging issues of food insecurity and malnutrition.

In July 2005, former RNC X chairperson and NEDA X Regional Director Casimira V. Balandra launched the G4 initiative. Unique only to NorMin, the initiative was a banner project of the RNC X supported by RDC X through Resolution No. 33, series of 2005 as a practical strategy for food security to counter malnutrition and improve nutritional status.

However, in the current setting, weak advocacy and implementation of the initiative has been observed at the local level which can be considered as a constraint or gap in achieving the regional goal of decreased incidence of malnutrition.

SubanenOROQUIETA CITY, Misamis Occidental – Forty-three undernourished children belonging to the Subanen tribe are now seeing hope of leading healthier lives after the Provincial Nutrition Committee of Misamis Occidental initiated an intervention to address wasting, stunting and underweight cases prevailing in the area.

“… We are so blessed that we are now benefiting from this nutrition program,” a father of a Subanen child told the team of the Provincial Nutrition Office (PNO) that visited Barangay Kanowanan in January this year. The malnourished Subanen children were identified during the second round of Operation Timbang Plus conducted in Kanowanan in December 2015.

ro10_lgumoblizatonIn June 2015, both the Regional Nutrition Committee (RNC) X and the Regional Development Council (RDC) X adopted the guidelines on NorMin’s LGU Mobilization Strategy using a mentoring approach through RNC X Resolution No. 1 s. 2015 and RDC X Executive Committee Resolution No. 9.

The LGU Mobilization Strategy on Nutrition Improvement in Northern Mindanao will engage Normin’s top performing LGUs that sustained the highest awards on nutrition or the Nutrition Honor Awardees (NHAs). These awardees will be vigorously mobilized as mentors of low-performing LGUs which fall under any of the following categories: top nutritionally depressed based on regional rank in the Operation Timbang (OPT) Plus; OPT Plus coverage of below 50%; LGUs without local nutrition action plan (LNAP) and/or Local Nutrition Committees (LNCs); LGUs with LNCs but rated as non or partially functional and LGUs with new local chief executives.

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