1 April 2014, Koronadal City- “Competent, commitment and responsiveness” the guiding principles RNC hold for a better community. The Regional Nutrition Committee (RNC) SOCCSKSARGEN convened during the 1st quarter meeting last March 27, 2014 held at The Farm @ Carpenter Hill, Koronadal City.
The meeting was presided by DOH XII Asst. Regional Director, Dr. Francisco Mateo. This was participated by NPC Arceli M. Latonio and the 12 representatives of regional line agencies. The regional nutrition situation was presented to guide the committee members for further planning and assessment. The regional nutrition committee discussed the nutrition challenges and updated the strategic action to guarantee a well- nourished region. With this, the committee expressed eagerness and commitment in implementing programs/projects and other interventions to address the nutrition situation in the region.
In addition, the committee was successful in organizing the Regional Nutrition Cluster chaired by the National Nutrition Council Regional Office. The cluster aims to ensure the nutritional status of individuals especially the vulnerable groups: the infants, young children, pregnant and lactating women, elderly people and people with disabilities, will not worsen due to the impact of emergency and disaster. A resolution was passed on the organization the Regional Nutrition Cluster. Responsiveness and neutrality shall embody the newly organized cluster that would deliver quality nutrition services.
The RNC also requested the DOH XII thru HEMS to conduct orientation/ training for the members of the cluster from regional to local level.
24 March 201, Kidapawan City - The province of North Cotabato conducted its 1st Quarter Nutrition Cluster, PNC and NAOs Joint Meeting held at IPHO conference room, Amas, Kidapawan City. This was attended by the Municipal Nutrition Action Officers, and members of the Provincial Nutrition Committee.
The nutrition cluster members, ACF and Save the Children were also present and reported their accomplishment report on their project - scaling up nutrition program intervention to local government units for a resilient and sustainable local level development program for children and the rehabilitation of identified SAM and MAM preschool children in selected municipalities of the province respectively.
After the presentation of the NGOs, Mr. Ely Nebrija, Provincial Nutrition Action Officer, presented the nutrition situation of the province. Although, the malnutrition prevalence rate of the province is decreasing, Mr. Nebrija reminded the NAOs to still strengthen the programs and projects especially on promoting good nutrition practices. He also reminded the NAOs to review the criteria in selecting Barangay Nutrition Scholars as there are BNSs who were retrenched and replaced by new administration after the Barangay Elections last year.
13 March 2014, Koronadal City - The 45th Regular Meeting of Regional Development Council (RDC) XII was held last March 5, 2014. Salient matters and major agreements reached during the recent regular meeting of the RSDC XII held last 24 February 2014, which was reported by the RSDC Chair Richlie Lyndon L. Magtulis, that needs appropriate action of RDC were presented.
One of the issues raised during the RSDC meeting was the compliance of bus operators on the LTFRB’s directive to designate Breastfeeding seats inside the buses for mothers. It was mentioned that only Yellow Bus Line and Holiday Bus Company in Region XII complied the said directive.
Hence, the first RSDC resolution was passed, RSDC XII Resolution No. 5, S. 2014, reiterating the RDC XII Resolution No. 94, s. 2011 (Requesting the LTFRB to issue a circular/directive requiring all bus operators in Region XII to designate a breastfeeding seat inside their buses) and RDC Resolution No. 79 series of 2012 (Requesting the LTO to conduct inspection of compliance of bus companies in Region XII on designating seats in their buses for breastfeeding mothers and report its findings, including actions taken to improve compliance to this directive, to the RSDC XII).
With the consensus of the body and recognizing the relevance of setting up or designating breastfeeding seat inside the buses, the committee agreed that Yellow Bus Line and Holiday Bus Company will be given due recognition in the form of plaque for their compliance and support pertinent to RDC XII Resolutions, as well as to LTFRB XII’s directive. Hence, RSDC Resolution No. 6, s. 2014 was passed for RDC Action/approval re: Awarding of Yellow Bus Line (YBL) and Holiday Bus Company a Plaque of Recognition as “Breastfeeding-Friendly Buses” in Region XII.
Meanwhile, to strengthen advocacy and generate support of the committee in the dissemination to concerned stakeholders on the promotion and practice of the Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos (NGF), the committee agreed to support NNC XII’s advocacy thru RSDC Resolution No. 7, s. 2014, “ Supporting the Advocacy Efforts on the Promotion and Practice of the Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos”.
All these three (3) RSDC resolutions were passed and approved by the RDC XII on March 5, 2014.
7 March 2014, Koronadal City - The National Nutrition Council XII has just finished conducting community mobilizers and peer counsellors training to identified model barangays for Infant and Young Child Feeding Program in the four (4) provinces of Region XII. There were 100 participants who attended the said training. The identified model barangays will serve as the learning ground for other barangays.
The first batch was held at Barangay Veterans of Surallah, South Cotabato last January 17 – 20, 2014, followed by Barangay Kimarayag, Pigcawayan, Cotabato in January 28 – 31, 2014. For Sarangani Province this was held last February 18 – 21, 2014 at Barangay Nagpan, Malungon, Sarangani. And recently in Barangay Central Mangilala, Pres. Quirino of Sultan Kudarat Province from March 4 to 7, 2014. The resource persons/facilitators trained them how to mobilize the community to support and strengthen the program. Counselling skills was emphasized specifically individual counselling of mothers by their peers on the proper feeding practices to improve the nutritional status, growth and development, health, and thus, the survival of infants and young children.
NNC XII tapped the trained health and nutrition workers from the provinces and municipalities who were previously trained on IYCF as resource persons and facilitators.
7 February 2014- National Nutrition Council XII conducted an advocacy forum and school-based promotion of the Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos. Fifty (50) teaching personnel from Koronadal City and South Cotabato District attended the activity at Casa Gemma Hotel and Restaurant, Koronadal City.
The promotion aims to improve the nutritional status, productivity and quality of life of the population, through the adoption of desirable dietary practices and healthy lifestyle among school children and teaching personnel.
Nutrition Program Coordinator Arceli M. Latonio thanked the participants for accepting the invitation as well as their utmost support in improving the nutritional status of Region XII. Hereafter, NO III Gladys Mae Fernandez presented the Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos and its objective. The teaching personnel were very attentive to the presentation and by then, each of the participant pledge to support, practice and disseminate the nutrition messages in their respective schools and community.
Assistant Secretary of Health and National Nutrition Council Executive Director Maria-Bernardita T. Flores together with Nutrition Officer II Ralph P. Calucag of the Nutrition Information and Education Division conducted an unannounced monitoring of Radyo Katilingban in Tacurong City, Sultan Kudarat and Radyo Kasadya in President Roxas, Cotabato on 28 - 31 January 2014.
The monitoring visit intended to check whether the Nutriskwela stations are working according to station policy and broadcast policy prescribed by the Nutriskwela Community Radio Network Program of the NNC. The visits was also intended to determine if Radyo Katilingban and Radyo Kasadya remain compliant to the rules and regulations of the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC).
Nutrition Program Coordinator of NNC-Region 12 Arceli M. Latonio accompanied the monitoring team to Tacurong City and President Roxas, Cotabato. Assistant Secretary Flores and NPC Latonio met and discussed with Radio Station Managers Mr. Alfredo Lucas and Dr. Ruby S. Hechanova of Radyo Kasadya and Radyo Katilingban, respectively, on how the Nutriskwela Community Radio Program helped in disseminating nutrition and related information. Issues in the management of the radio station, state of radio equipment and counterpart of partner institutions were likewise discussed. Feedback of the visit in the form of an accomplished monitoring checklist was presented before the team left the station. Copies of the report were left with the station, the station manager, Honorable Mayor Jaime Mahimpit of President Roxas and President Dr. Teresita L. Cambel of Sultan Kudarat State University and NPC Latonio for reference on follow-through actions.
“Isulong organikong paggugulay tungo sa malusog at protektadong mamamayan!. Last January 23, 2014, the City of Koronadal together with gardeners Club Federation held its 3rd Annual Convention of Household Gardeners Club at Rizal Park, Koronadal City. The said event aims to increase awareness on the importance of vegetable and its benefits, as well as intensify the campaign and promotion of organic farming towards a healthy community.
The household gardeners led by their Federation president Mr.Benjamin Parungao started the event with a nutri-walk in the tune of NNCs “Eat my Gulay”. All the 27 barangays were represented during the activity. Each Barangay thru the barangay officials and workers showcased their creativity through dance wearing costumes out of vegetable.
After the nutri- walk, the participants convened at the Rizal Park for the Vegetable display , nutri-dance competition and other fun-filled activities.
20 January 2014, Isulan, Sultan Kudarat- Municipal Action Officers and BNS Federation Officers from eleven (11) municipalities and one (1) city of Sultan Kudarat jointly convened to pledge for a better and well-nourished province by supporting the promotion and pratice of the Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos durng the NGF advocacy forum, which was integrated in its first quarter joint meeting of the MNAOs and Municipal BNS officers.
The National Nutriton Council Region Office XII thru the Provincial Nutrition Action Officer, Dr. Henry Lastimoso spearheaded the activity held at Distor's Place in Kalawag 1, Isulan Sultan Kudarat.
The joint activity seldom happened in the past years, but the realization of support will possibly begin through the leadership of the PNAO and committed nutrition workers and partners.
07 January 2013, Koronadal City_ The NNC-XII Staff holds 2-day teambuilding activity at Eden Nature Park, Toril, Davao City. This is the first time that the staff holds its teambuilding activity outside of the region. The park is 95% man-made mountain resort 3,000 feet above sea-level provided an imposing view of Davao City and the Davao Gulf.
One of the goals of this activity is to take the staff away from the office and stress and find time to relax for two days. The group chose Eden Nature Park to become acquainted with and indulge in an authentic mountain experience – marked by cool crisp mountain air while enjoying the spectacular views of pine trees which exquisitely blend well with its background. Our teambuilding activity was more on totally outdoor adventures. We tried the rides offered in the park that thrilled us and the will-never-forgotten experiences.
The experience generated lots of ideas as to how to apply the lessons learned during the fun routines to our daily work. There was a real sense of teamwork in several of the activities. There was a renewed sense of camaraderie and a better understanding of how each of us reacts to certain situations.
On the second day, the staff got the chance to tour around Davao City and of course window shopping then went home back to Koronadal City.
The day ended with the group’s insights that they should strive to renew their strength to conquer the daily tasks and challenges, not only in the workplace but also in other areas of their lives.
20 December 2013, Koronadal City – NNC XII in collaboration with the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) XII headed by their Regional Director Olivia T. Sudaria, launched the updated Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos (NGF) as part of its region wide promotion. 15 information officers from PIA XII gathered together for their year-end meeting and NNC XII took the opportunity to launch NGF and guaranteed for their commitment and full support to disseminate the nutrition messages to their areas of assignment and community.
Ms. Hannah Leah M. Bautista and Ms. Philine Claire M. Gepte, both Nutrition Officers from NNC XII, presented each of the updated messages together with its rationale. Participants also enjoyed the trivia questions asked and prizes were given to those who obtained the correct answer. After the presentation, RD Sudaria led the pledge of commitment followed by the ceremonial signing.
RD Sudaria wrapped-up the presentation by assuring their full commitment to support the ten NGF and will facilitate its broadcasting to other agencies and thru her radio programs. She committed to display the NGF messages in front of their office premises so as to inform the public of its importance and for them to be reminded to practice the messages as well.
19 December 2013- Koronadal City. The Regional Nutrition Committee once again set foot to take action for 2014. Presided by RNC Secretary, NNC Nutrition Program Coordinator, Ms. Arceli M. Latonio, the 4th Quarter Meeting was held at Casa Gemma Hotel and Restaurant, Koronadal City.
NPC Latonio thanked the body for their utmost support to the nutrition program by rendering their time to attend the regular meetings as well as implementing nutrition projects. The assembly focused on three actions: Assessment, Analysis and Action.
10 December 2013, Maitum, Sarangani – The National Nutrition Council (NNC) XII in cooperation with the Local Government Unit of Maitum headed by their Municipal Nutrition Action Officer Ildefonso O. Bergis, conducted three concurrent activities: Orientation on Child Growth Standards (CGS), Promotion of Good Nutrition (PGN) Monitoring and the launching of the Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos.
45 participants composed of Barangay Nutrition Scholars, Nurses, Rural Health Midwives and Health Service Providers convened during the said activities held at the Conference Room of Maitum Municipal Hall. The CGS Orientation and NGF Launching was presented by Ms. Hannah Leah M. Bautista, Nutrition Officer II of NNC XII, while Ms. Lani Sondia, Administrative Aide VI, conducted the interview for the PGN monitoring to the trained BNSs and midwives who were present during the orientation. The said monitoring is being conducted to determine the current status of PGN programs and its outcomes in relation to the implementation of the program starting last 2007 as a component of the Accelerated Hunger Mitigation Program (AHMP).
During the CGS orientation, Ms. Bautista discussed the three modules followed by the brief discussion of the revised OPT Plus Forms and automated BNS tool. Subsequently, NGF was launched by presenting each of the updated ten messages and was immediately followed by the pledging of commitment and ceremonial signing led by Sangguniang Bayan Member – Vice Chair on Health Jess C. Bascuña and MNAO Bergis.
25 November 2013, Koronadal City – As part of the region wide promotion and advocacy of the Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos (NGF), NNC XII in partnership with LGU Koronadal led by City Nutrition Action Officer Veronica M. Daut, launched the updated ten messages of the NGF which was attended by Barangay Nutrition Scholars, Nutrition and LGU staff held at the City Hall of Koronadal.
Ms. Hannah Leah M. Bautista, Nutrition Officer II of NNC XII, presented each of the ten (10) messages of the NGF together with its rationale. Ms. Bautista greatly emphasized that the said food based and behavior-driven messages are important to encourage the public on the importance of making healthy food choices and practicing healthy lifestyle. She further added, that majority of the ten leading causes of mortality in the SOCCSKSARGEN region are lifestyle-related non-communicable diseases based on the 2012 Field Health Service Information System (FHSIS) Report of the Department of Health-Center for Health Development XII.
After the presentation, everyone pledged their commitment to support, promote and practice the ten Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos followed by the ceremonial signing led by Arceli M. Latonio, Nutrition Program Coordinator of NNC XII.
05 November 2013, General Santos City – The Province of South Cotabato held its 17th Barangay Nutrition Scholars Convention together with its Annual Program Implementation Review and Evaluation through the initiative of their Provincial Nutrition Action Officer Ms. Maria Ana D. Uy. 300 participants from all over South Cotabato composed of Barangay Nutrition Scholars, Nutrition Action Officers and Nutrition Staff of different municipalities were present during the event held at London Beach Resort, General Santos City. In line with the said activity, NNC XII was invited to give updates on nutrition.
Ms. Gladys Mae S. Fernandez, Nutrition Officer III, presented the NNC updates as well each of the revised ten Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos (NGF) together with its rationale, as part of the region wide promotion of NGF and to solicit for their support to disseminate the said messages. The revision of the 2000 Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos was developed to keep up with the changes in the nutrition situation in the country as well as new information on nutrition and related interventions to address nutrition and related health problems.
PNAO Uy further emphasized that NGF are primary recommendations in promoting good health through proper nutrition and adopting healthy behaviors and guaranteed to promote, sustain and practice these messages as well.
Search for Gulayan sa Rural Health Unit/Nutrition Post was conducted by NNC XII. The search was open to all Rural Health Unit/ Nutrition post in the region with vegetable garden maintained specifically by the Barangay Nutrition Commitee.
The objective of the Gulayan sa RHU/ Nutrition Post is to encourage community through their health nutrition workers to have an organically grown vegetables in their backyards to help alleviate hunger.
The barangay which was awarded as the Best Gulayan waws BS Aquino in Norala, South Cotabato. The gardens started last 2011, and currently have 20 varieties of vegetables and they also have fruits and "adlai", which is an alternative for rice. It was also very inspiring that Brgy. Captain itslef led the committee in maintaining their garden. He required his constituents also to plant lemon grass in the garden and beside the road to serve as insect repellant. The garden was located at the back of the barangay hall.
The barangay that got second place was the baranagy San Roque of Koronadal City. The garden started few years ago and it was maintained by their barangay nutrition scholar. The garden was located near the barangay hall beside the nutrition post and has 24 varieties of vegetables. The committee sells the vegetables as part of their IGP and the third spot was awarded to Brgy. Labangal,General Santos City.
Nutritious foods are not found in food chains or expensive restaurants. We don't need to spend too much to have nutritious food in our table. Having a vegetablegarden in our backyard or community will give us foods that are full of nutrients and with that it can help in alleviating hunger in our community.
03 December 2013, Koronadal City - The National Nutrition Council Region XII headed by Nutrition Program Coordinator Arceli M. Latonio launched the revised Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos (NGF) and awarded regional nutrition winners all over the region during the 2013 Regional Nutrition Awarding Ceremony (RNAC) held at the Convention Center of The Farm @ Carpenter Hill in Koronadal City.
A total of 220 guests graced the event composed of representatives of Local Chief Executives, Nutrition Action Officers, Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNSs), Regional Directors from different line agencies, Members of the Regional Nutrition Committee and Technical Working Group, Regional Nutrition Evaluation Team members, Chairpersons and members of the Local Nutrition Committees, Nutrition Key Persons, Information Officers, Local Media Partners, various nutrition stakeholders and partners, awardees and winners during the Nutrition Month Culmination Activity.
During the launching, each of the ten (10) messages were presented through a concise video clip and immediately followed by the unveiling of the updated messages. Afterwhich, everyone pledged their commitment of support to NGF promotion led by Ms. Maria-Bernardita T. Flores, Assistant Secretary of Health and NNC Executive Director, which was then immediately followed by the ceremonial signing.
NNC XII credited a total of 58 awards to nutrition winners in the region during the awarding ceremony. The said event aims to recognize the excellent performance of the provinces, cities and municipalities as well as Barangay Nutrition Scholars for their unrelenting pursuit to advocate and implement nutrition-related activities and interventions.
"A quitter never wins and a winner never quits", opening statement of A/Sec of Health Flores as she delivered her keynote message and challenged the region to never lose hope and continue the battle against malnutrition. She also emphasized the elements in being a winner in nutrition.
Awardees during the ceremony received their certificates of recognition and tokens including the winners during the Regional Nutrition Month Culmination Activity. In addition, green banners were given to the municipalities of Surallah, Pigcawayan and Malungon, being the outstanding municipalities in their respective provinces. Cash awards were also awarded to the longest serving BNSs as well as the outstanding BNSs in the cities, municipalities, provinces and in the region sponsored by the Department of Health-Center for Health Development XII and NNC XII. Ms. Lorena P. Cabillo of Barangay Magsaysay in Kidapawan City was recognized as the outstanding BNS in the region and was given cash award and certificate of merit signed by A/Sec of Health Flores, being one of the finalists during the search for the National Outstanding BNS. Moreover, special citations awarded by NNC XII were the Best Breastfeeding Station, Best Gulayan sa Barangay/Opisina and Best Barangay Nutrition Committee in the region. Aside from the certificates and tokens, winners of the Best Gulayan sa Barangay/Opisina also received sets of garden tools courtesy of the Department of Agriculture XII. Kidapawan City and Province of South Cotabato, the contenders for the Consistent Regional Outstanding Winners in Nutrition (CROWN), were also recognized by the region for their continued efforts in improving the nutrition situation through their effective management of local nutrition programs.
The Province of North Cotabato holds the 2nd Gov. Lala Barangay Nutrition Scholars Congress 2013 last November 27 – 28, 2013. The congress aims to help recognize the importance of Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNS) in the implementation of nutrition programs province-wide, improve their skills, and address issues and concerns. It also aims to build camaraderie and boost the morale of the Barangay Nutrition Scholars. There were about 600 Barangay Nutrition Scholars from the 18 municipalities in the province attended the said congress including Kidapawan City. The said activity was supported by no less than Gov. Emmylou Lala Taliño-Mendoza, who is very supportive to nutrition programs/projects implemented by the province.
One of the learning sessions lined up was the presentation and discussion of the 2012 Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos. They invited the National Nutrition Council XII to present the Ten (10) revised messages in the NGF. There’s a new set of messages under the 2012 Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos. This was formulated by a technical working group composed of experts from various fields and organized by DOST-FNRI. The guidelines have been approved by the NNC Governing Board on 31 October 2012. Unlike the 2000 guidelines, the 2012 guidelines include the reasons for the food-based behavior. The objective of this is to improve the dietary and related health practices of Filipinos towards improving the nutrition situation.
After the presentation, the delegates pledged their commitment to support especially in the promotion and dissemination as well as to practice these messages.
In its thrusts to enhance/reinforce the theoretical knowledge, counseling and practical skills of their nutrition implementers, the Provincial Nutrition Committee of South Cotabato conducted growth monitoring and promotion training last November 19 – 20, 2013. The participants are the Municipal Nutrition Action Officers/Nutrition Aides of South Cotabato Province. This was held at Glan, Sarangani Province.
The National Nutrition Council XII was invited to be one of the resource persons. NO III Gladys Mae S. Fernandez provided technical assistance by discussing the Anthropometric Measurement Error and the Standardization Test. This includes the In-House Practicum thru checking the precision and accuracy of measurements taken by each enumerator.
During the training, the NNC XII presented and discussed also the Revised Ten Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos. This was formulated by a technical working group composed of experts from various fields and organized by DOST-FNRI. The guidelines have been approved by the NNC Governing Board on 31 October 2012. related health practices of Filipinos towards improving the nutrition situation.
After the presentation, the delegates pledged their commitment to support especially in the promotion and dissemination as well as to practice these messages.
Along with the celebration of the Kalimudan Festival, a joint meeting of the Provincial Nutrition Committee (PNC) and the Nutrition Actions officers was conducted, of which the National Nutrition Council XII took the opportunity to publicize the Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos. Last November 19, 2013, the Provincial Nutrition Committee, Municipal Nutrition Action Officers and BNSs of Sultan Kudarat pledged to commit in the dissemination of the Ten Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos led by NNC XII Nutrition Program Coordinator, Ms. Arceli M. Latonio. The activity started with the presentation of the Revised Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos by NPC Latonio. She cited the objective of each message in addressing problems in nutrition. IEC materials such as NGF flyers and fans were also given. With this, the participants gained new knowledge and greater awareness in combating hunger and malnutrition.
After the presentation, the participants signed the pledge of commitment. Each signature symbolizes unity and support in the Region-wide promotion of nutrition messages for a well-nourished SOCCKSARGEN.
In support to the Governments program towards alleviating hunger and poverty- “Gulayan sa Masa”, National Nutrition Council XII spearheads the Gulayan sa Opisina Project last July 31, 2013 as part of the Nutrition Month Culmination Celebration.
The Gulayan sa Opisina project aspires the planting and production of organically-grown vegetables by the government employees. Increasing their awareness on the benefits of vegetable consumption to help reduce malnutrition and prevent the onset of non-communicable diseases as well as promoting the different technologies of planting vegetables such as raised beds, containerized and bag gardening.
National Nutrition Council (NNC) Region XII headed by Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator (RNPC) Arceli M. Latonio will be conducting four (4) batches of orientation on Community Support for Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) Program. The latter aims to orient the health and nutrition workers that have been previously trained on IYCF counseling from 2007-2011 by the NNC.
The said activity will be conducted this October and to be attended by selected participants from all over the region, composed of two (2) participants per municipality and city and three (3) per province.
The first batch was conducted last October 8-11, 2013 at SunCity Suites in General Santos City. One of the resource persons was Ms. Raquel B. Buere, City Nutrition Program Coordinator of Naga City. The three (3) remaining batches are scheduled on: October 15-18, October 21-24 and October 22-25, all to be held at Family Country Hotel and Convention Centre in General Santos City. RNPC Latonio together with the PNAO of South Cotabato Maria Ana D. Uy, and the NNC Staff from the region will facilitate the remaining batches.
This orientation will introduce the basic eight (8) steps needed to organize and mobilize community support groups for implementing and expanding IYCF program. Part of the activity includes the conduct of practicum in one of the selected barangays in the city. In addition, participants are expected to roll-out the training and to organize IYCF support groups and provide mentoring and supervision to peer counsellors.
General Santos City - "Part of our efforts to decrease maternal and infant deaths is the nutrition management. You are mostly reliable in maintaining the nutritional status of infants and mothers in your respective areas", introductory statement of DOH-CHD XII Regional Director Teogenes F. Baluma during the Training on Nutrition Management held at Family Country Hotel and Convention Centre in General Santos City. Thirty (30) participants composed of provincial, city and municipal nutrition action officers (P/C/MNAOs), District Nutrition Program Coordinators (DNPCs) and other technical staff on nutrition in the region attended the said training.
Ms. Pamela A. Gonzales and Ms. Marcelina C. Miranda, both University Research Associates from University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB), were among the trainers including the local trainers from the region in the person of PNAO Maria Ana D. Uy of South Cotabato, CNAO Veronica M. Daut of Koronadal City, Nutrition Program Coordinator Arceli M. Latonio and Nutrition Officer III Gladys Mae S. Fernandez. Techniques on effective planning, implementation, monitoring and sustaining nutrition programs were greatly emphasized, in the context of the overall local governance and development system.
During the five-day training, participants were able to update their knowledge and skills specifically in the area of nutrition program planning and management. Thus, the training serves as one of the approaches in addressing hunger and malnutrition and at the same time, as a key action towards the capacity building schemes for nutrition workers in the region.
General Santos City - 29 participants composed of District/City Nutrition Program Coordinators (D/CNPCs), City/Municipal Nutrition Action Officers (C/MNAOs), Nutririonist-Dietitians and other technical staff who are designated trainers in their respective areas, gathered during the Training of Trainers on Basic Course for Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNSs) held on September 9-13, 2013 at Family Country Hotel and Convention Centre in General Santos City.
The training team include: Ms. Camille C. Marron, Training Assistant of Pollution Control Association of the Philippines (PCAPI) Region IV-A Chapter, PNAO Maria Ana D. Uy (South Cotabato), CNAO Veronica M. Daut (Koronadal City), Nutrition Program Coordinator Arceli M. Latonio, Nutrition Officer III Gladys Mae S. Fernandez and secretariat from NNC XII. A combination of training methods were used by the trainers such as lectures, group discussions, exercises, role playing and games using the module developed by the Institute of Human Nutrition and Food (IHNF) of the College of Human Ecology of the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) in partnership with the National Nutrition Council (NNC).
The training aims to equip provincial, city and municipal level nutrition workers in conducting training for new and existing BNSs. Part of the capacity building for BNSs is to educate them on their basic knowledge and skill and their expected roles in the barangay nutrition program management.
NNC XII is very hopeful that this will capacitate nutrition workers and impart their knowledge to the BNSs for them to be able to contribute to the improvement of the barangay nutrition situation and to the achievement of the goals of the Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition (PPAN) and, in turn, the Millenium Development Goals (MDGs).
The Management Conference is a regular activity of NNC to update its officials on the status of on-going projects and activities of the council. Similarly, this resolves issue/s and determines courses of actions to improve its operation. Along with the conference, the group visited various areas within the region which showcases good nutrition practices as well as cultural practices.
The delegates were toured to the CROWN Kubo, pride of the City Nutrition Committee of Koronadal and served as their project being the recipient of the Nutrition Honor Award (NHA) of NNC. They also had a courtesy call to the South Cotabato Provincial Governor and Chair of the Provincial Nutrition Committee, Hon. Daisy P. Avance-Fuentes who is in full support to the implementation of nutrition programs in the province. After which, the group proceeded to the Municipality of Lake Sebu where they visited the Dolores Farm Resort and tasted the delightful tilapia dishes while enjoying the beautiful scenery of Lake Sebu and experienced the Lake Sebu Zipline - recognized as highest in Asia. Subsequently, they visited the livelihood project of Barangay Nutrition Scholar (BNS) Elizabeth Rafal of Barangay Crossing Rubber in Tupi, South Cotabato and last stop was the Breastfeeding Station of Barangay Apopong in General Santos City.