The 1st Quarter Regional Nutrition Committee and Regional Nutrition Cluster Meeting were successfully conducted last March 27, 2015. The said meeting was presided by Assistant Regional Director of the Department of Health, Dr. Francisco V. Mateo. There were 12 members of the RNC coming from the various Regional Line Agencies which contributed to the success of the meeting and the RNC secretariat headed by NPC Arceli M. Latonio.
The Regional Nutrition Situation and the Updated Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition were presented to serve directive and guide for the committee members for further planning and assessment. Realizing the current Nutritional Status of the Region, The RNC members expressed great desire and commitment in developing more interventional programs/projects as well as firm implementation of these to address the nutrition situation in the region as well as to reach the Millennium Development Goal Targets.
Dr. Mateo directed RNC secretariat to prepare a research agenda and to tap State Colleges and Universities in the region to conduct research studies on the effect/impact of supplementary feeding. He also requested the RNC secretariat to prepare a resolution to inquire DOH how to access supply of Vitamin A to address the queries of some LGUs that micronutrient supplies are limited such as Vitamin A and Iron; and enjoining LGUs to procure height boards to complete the data of OPT plus on length and height.
Save the Children updated the group that their projects being implemented in South Cotabato and Sultan Kudarat will end on 2016 and they will open another project in Sarangani focusing on MNCHN.
On nutrition cluster, NPC Latonio updated the members on the proposed 2 batches of training on nutrition in emergency management for members of the regional nutrition cluster and selected nutrition workers to be funded by DOH XII. The activity is tentatively set on August and September 2015.
Dr. Mateo requested PopCom to discuss their U4U program and encouraged other members to present their nutrition-related activities next meeting.
March 30, 2015, General Santos City - After series of orientation, consultative-workshop, and training for household enumerators and municipal EWS team, the Municipality of T’boli is now ready to establish Early Warning System on Food and Nutrition Security (EWS-FNS). The purpose of establishing Early Warning System is to enable the community to identify and address different problems that affect the ability of a community and households to obtain sufficient foods relative to their needs.
To further prepare the team on EWS-FNS, training for household level enumerators and municipal EWS team was conducted on March 17 – 18, 2015 and March 19 – 20, 2015 respectively held at Tierra Montana Hotel, Gen. Santos City.
On the household level training, the Rural Health Midwives, Barangay Nutrition Scholars, and Barangay Health Workers from five sentinel barangays were trained on how to collect the primary data needed for decision-making. They were also oriented on how to properly conduct weight and height taking.
While on the municipal level training, the participants were oriented on the indicators that affect food security and nutrition in their area, how to process the primary and secondary data, analyze, interpret and recommend possible courses of action that will address food insecurity. The training was facilitated by Ms. Alona E. Teo, Nutrition Officer II from Nutrition Surveillance Division of National Nutrition Council Central Office assisted by the technical staff of NNC Region XII, Ms. Gladys Mae S. Fernandez, Nutrition Officer III, Ms. Risa Joy D. Bautista, Nutrition Officer I and Ms. Leah Fe Utlang, Nutrition Officer I
The practicum for household enumerators was held at Barangay Talcon, T’boli, South Cotabato, to enable them to be familiarized with the survey tool in gathering the primary data.
The municipal team formulated their workplan involving the key activities for their EWS-FNS and hoped that through this system, this will help improve the nutrition situation of the municipality. SB Chair on Health and Nutrition, Mr. Ronnie Dela Peña is the team leader agreed by the team. Data gathering will commence on the second week of April 2015 and every quarter thereafter.
Koronadal City - National Nutrition Council 12 had successfully conducted the Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition (PPAN) – Plan Implementation and Review (PIR) Workshop last March 11-12, 2015 at Casa Gemma Hotel and Restaurant, Koronadal City.
Malnutrition in any forms has been a growing problem in the region and even in the country. The National and Local Government has formulated several nutrition interventions, programs and projects just to combat the drastic increase of malnutrition cases around the country and assessment of the local PPAN Implementation was made mainly to evaluate and validate the programs which have made a great impact towards hunger and malnutrition prevention. The PPAN PIR was made then to determine whether those programs and projects were implemented as planned and if the resources were utilized efficiently.
A workshop was conducted wherein participants presented the programs and projects planned in 2014 and identified the facilitating and hindering factors that affect in implementing the said nutrition program as well their recommended actions to achieve their goal towards nutrition. The NAOs also reported their good practices that contributed to good results in mitigating malnutrition. The other provinces and cities may
There were around 22 nutrition workers who actively participated in the PPAN-PIR workshop. The activity was attended by representatives from the Regional Nutrition Committee-Technical Working Group, Provincial/City Nutrition Action Officers, and District/City Nutrition Program Coordinators and selected Municipal Nutrition Action Officers.
Gladys Mae S. Fernandez, NO III, presented the Updated Regional Nutrition Situation based on the 2013 FNRI Survey result as well as the 2014 OPT Plus Report. NPC Arceli M. Latonio presented the Updated PPAN 2014 – 2016 and accentuated that in order to reached our goal and to achieve the PPAN and MDG Targets she encouraged them to think out of the box and make innovative strategies to combat malnutrition in the region. “There is a great demand for camaraderie and unity among us, hands to reach out and willing hearts to extend its help”, NPC Latonio added.
Koronadal City - NPC Arceli M. Latonio, who was invited as guest speaker congratulates the organizers of Koronadal City Federation of Household Gardeners Club for their dedication and commitment to continue their goal particularly on food security in the community. In her message, she emphasized the benefits of having a backyard and community vegetable garden to ensure the community of having safe, fresh and nutritious foods. She further discussed the importance of diet with fiber-rich vegetables and the nutrients needed by our body and encouraged them to increase vegetable consumption in the family particularly the children.
The Household Gardeners Club (HHGC) of Koronadal City celebrated its 4th year with the theme “Gulayan sa bawat tahanan at pamayanan, ating itaguyod tungo sa kayamanan at tamang kalusugan ng mamamayan”. This was organized in 2011 to inculcate to everyone the benefits of having a household vegetable garden, and the time “Gulayan sa Ugsaran” started in Koronadal City headed by City Mayor Dr. Peter B. Miguel, who himself a vegetable enthusiast. “Ugsaran” is an Ilonggo term for backyard.
Koronadal City – T’boli, South Cotabato is one of the targeted municipalities among the 10 municipalities in the Philippines for the expansion phase of Early Warning System on Food and Nutrition Security (EWS-FNS).
Mayor Dibu S. Tuan was thankful and expressed to support this endeavor which he believed will help alleviate food and nutrition insecurity in the municipality. T’boli was included for the following reasons: ranked 6th with high prevalence of underweight preschool children in the region and also prone to natural disasters and other calamities which both affect the food and nutrition security situation.
On February 9-11, 2015, an orientation and consultative workshop was conducted at T’boli, South Cotabato facilitated by Ms. Alona Teo, Nutrition Officer II of the Nutrition Surveillance Division of National Nutrition Council- Central Office. She was assisted by RNPC Arceli M. Latonio and two technical staff of NNC XII
Koronadal City - Iodine is a fascinating mineral with distinct role in our environment and especially in health. Its presence in the food that we take will greatly contribute to the normal functioning of the thyroid gland as well as for the production of thyroid hormones. Having an adequate intake of iodine will prevent existence of physical and intellectual disability called cretinism and with the alarming increased of Iodine Deficiency Disorder cases in the Philippines, the Local Monitoring of ASIN teams was organized and was called then Regional Bantay Asin Task Force.
On January 22-23, 2015 at Bayview Park Hotel, Manila, the National Conference of Regional Bantay Asin Task Force was conducted. The conference was organized mainly to generate relevant and appropriate salt iodization initiatives adopted in the regions and experiences learned that will be useful in some other Regions and also to benchmark inputs for a stronger linkages and connection of the National and Local initiatives. The conference was attended by various participants coming from the different agencies and industries such as representatives from the Salt Industries, Members of Regional Bantay Asin Task Force and NSIP-TWG, National Nutrition Council, Department of Health, Food and Drug Administration and UNICEF.
Koronadal City - To strengthen GO-NGO partnership in scaling up nutrition in SOCCSKSARGEN, the National Nutrition Council XII conducted the Regional NGO Forum on December 4, 2014 held at The Farm, Carpenter Hill, Koronadal City. The forum aims to activate, nurture, sustain and scale up the collaboration with NGOs for more effective nutrition program. NNC XII identified Save the Children Mindanao Program Office as the co-convener of the forum, wherein Dr. Amado Parawan, Health and Nutrition Advisor of Save the Children, acted as one of the moderators during the open forum.
Among the invited NGOs existing in SOCCSKSARGEN area, eight (8) different Non-Government Organizations such as World Food Programme, MAHINTANA Foundation, RD Foundation, GENTUD Foundation of World Vision, Health Organization for Mindanao, Muslim Youth Religious Organization Inc., International Care Ministries Foundation Incorporated and Save the Children Mindanao Program Office attended the said forum. Also present were the Regional Nutrition Committee Members, LGUs and representative from the Academe.
Nutrition Program Coordinator of NNC XII, Ms. Arceli M. Latonio welcomed and thanked the participants for their participation and hoped that the forum will be the start of a good partnership especially in reaching the goal of eradicating hunger and malnutrition. She also explained that the key actions under Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition (PPAN) 2014-2016 calls for strong collaboration with the NGOs and local government units. The PPAN is the country’s framework to mitigate hunger and malnutrition
Dr. Francisco Mateo, Assistant Regional Director of the DOH 12 gave inspirational as well as challenging messages. He acknowledged the importance of collaboration, building and strengthening partnership to reach the goal: Zero Hunger and Zero Malnutrition.
Koronadal City - Ensuring better nutrition implementation through well informed workers, the National Nutrition Council XII conducted a joint meeting of the provincial, city and municipal nutrition action officers and the district and city nutrition program coordinators held on November 20-21, 2014 at Samahang Nayon Hotel, Koronadal City. This is the first time that the municipal nutrition action officers joined P/CNAOs and DCNPCs meeting. The said activity aims to update and identify strategic interventions and innovations to provide quality nutrition services.
During the meeting, the result of the PGN monitoring was presented. To further assess the status of PGN implementation, NO III Gladys Mae S. Fernandez moderated the workshop identifying its deterring and facilitating factors. Also, a pre-program implementation review (PIR) was also conducted to ensure that various indicators and issues will be determined in preparation for the program implementation review.
The newly-elected NAOPA SOCCSKSARGEN Chapter president Ms. Maria Ana D. Uy shared some updates on the organization’s status particularly on the issue of their annual dues. Furthermore, she presented some possible directions that the Regional Federation can pursue and said that the NAOs Constitution and By-Laws is still being finalized.
Other activities/agenda conducted during the meeting were the orientation on the Nutrition in Emergencies Management, updates on the 2014- 2016 PPAN and mentoring of the Automated OPT.
NPC Arceli M. Latonio extended her warmest gratitude to the participants for their continuous support and implementation of the nutrition program. The activity was very informative and successful. With the given positive feedback from the participants, a request that the P/C/MNAOS and D/CNPCs meeting be done regularly for them to be well updated of the nutrition issues and to share/ gain good/innovative programs/strategies that they can replicate in their respective areas of responsibility
November 10, 2014- Koronadal City. After the success of the first four Batches of the Training of Barangay Community Mobilizers and Peers Counselors on Infant and young Child Feeding Program held on the first quarter of 2014, the National Nutrition Council XII once again conducted another batches of said training course last October to November 7, 2014. With the assistance of the Provincial Nutrition Action Officers of the four provinces in identifying model barangays, The NNC validated and approved the identified barangays as model and be a recipient of NNC funded 4 day live-out training for community mobilizers and peer counselors. The four identified target barangays namely: New Iloilo, Tantangan, South Cotabato, Kalawag 1, Isulan Sultan Kudarat, Tambilil, Kiamba, Sarangani, and San Isidro, Midsayap, Cotabato.
The said training aims to train the community mobilizers and peer counselors on mobilizing community support for IYCF program. The barangay chairperson, barangay councilor on health, school principal, senior citizen, rural health midwife, day care worker, SK representative, women’s group representative, community-based organization, purok leaders, barangay health workers, barangay nutrition scholars, mother leader, and other identified IYCF peer counselors were the identified participants. Each participant underwent the four parts of the training course: Part 1. Mobilizing Community Support for IYCF; Part 2. IYCF Counselling with Practical Session; Part 3. Guidelines on Follow-up-After Training; and Part 4. Re-entry Planning.
NNC XII headed by Ms. Arceli M. Latonio and its staff facilitated and monitored the activity together with the identified provincial and municipal IYCF trainers. At the end of the training, new ICYF peer counselors are expected to also sourced out funds to support and sustain activities identified in mobilizing community support for IYCF.
Currently, Region XII has a total of eight (8) model barangays who were trained on Community Mobilizers and Peer Counselors on Infant and young Child Feeding Program. Sustaining the Infant and young child feeding program will indeed create a well-nourished and healthy community. The utmost commitment of the barangay chairpersons and all the participants in pursuing their pledge to support the Infant and Young Child Feeding programs will ensure a well developed community.
“The best way to predict the future is to create it”.
October 30, 2014- Koronadal City- The National Nutrition Council Region XII launched the popular version of the Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos- the Ten Kumainments last October 29, 2014 at the Convention Center, The Farm @ Carpenter Hill, in Koronadal City.
Guest/delegates/participants present during the launching includes the LGU awardees, Local Chief Executives and/or representatives, Barangay Nutrition Scholar, BNC members, Nutrition Action Officers, City/ District Nutrition Program Coordinators, Regional Directors and employees of the regional line agencies, particularly RNC and RNET members, and those agencies who joined various contests during the nutrition month celebration, representatives from the academe, ICON members, media partners and various nutrition stakeholders.
Ms. Gladys Mae S. Fernandez then presented the 10 Kumainments of which she emphasized that it is a popularized versions of the Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos, which aims to promote a healthy lifestyle among Filipinos and to address and prevent malnutrition and diet-related, non-communicable diseases such as cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.
She also stressed that the 10 Kumainments was made to give more concise guideline and phrases that can be immediately grasp or followed by the regular citizens to improve their nutritional status. Through the 10 easy to comprehend guidelines, individuals are being encouraged to eat the right foods, exercise right and pursue a healthy lifestyle. She also discussed and explained the rationale why the Ten Kumainments was launched and was latter shown the video clip to appreciate its importance.
The unveiling followed which was led by the Hon. Governor, Daisy P. Avance- Fuentes together with the Regional Director of the Department of Health, Assistant Regional Director of NEDA XII, Koronadal City Councilor Hon. Oscar .Pagunsan, and RNPC Latonio. The unveiling revealed the Ten Kumainments and the iconic Mang Moi Standee of which the guests and participants loved to take photos with.
October 30, 2014- Koronadal City- The National Nutrition Council Region XII holds the Regional Nutrition Awarding Ceremony (RNAC) last October 29, 2014 at the Convention Center, The Farm @ Carpenter Hill, Koronadal City. There were over 270 guests composed of Local Chief Executives and representatives, Provincial/Municipal and City Nutrition Action Officers, City/District Nutrition Program Coordinators, Regional Directors from the Different Line Agencies, Regional Nutrition Committee Members, Regional Nutrition Evaluation Team, Chairpersons and Members of the Local Nutrition Committees, Representatives from the Academe (USM & SCC), Barangay Nutrition Scholars, ICON members, Media Partners, various Nutrition Stakeholders, Awardees and Winners of various regional activities. The said annual event was organized to recognize the individuals, LGU’s and other partners who gave their best in delivering health and nutrition-related services in their respective areas/communities.
The event was graced by the Governor of South Cotabato, Hon. Daisy Avance-Fuentes as the keynote speaker. She challenged the LGU’s to make a paradigm of a well-planned nutrition program and think one or more of innovative ways in helping the community to become healthy and well nourished. City Councilor Oscar Pagunsan of Koronadal City was also present in behalf of the City Mayor Peter B. Miguel, who gave praises to the popular version of the revised nutritional guidelines for Filipinos – the ten Kumainments. He imposed its importance to Filipino’s healthy lifestyle. Meanwhile, Regional Director of the Department of Health RO XII, Dr. Teogenes F. Baluma inspired the audience and emphasized unity, solidarity and camaraderie among LGUs, community and family to solve the malnutrition problem.
In this annual event, not only outstanding implementers of nutrition program were recognized but also other stakeholders and regional line agencies who participated during the Nutrition Month culmination activities and various contests/activities initiated by NNC XII. The longest serving BNS who rendered its services for more than 30 years was also recognized.
October 15,2014, General Santos City-National Nutrition Council XII conducted the Nutrition Program Management Training at Tierra Montana Hotel, General Santos City last October 6-10, 2014. There were 22 participants who actively and cooperatively joined the said training composed of City/Municipal Nutrition Action Officers, Municipal Planning and Development Coordinator, Midwives, Nurses, Representative from the Academe and 3 NNC XII staff.
The five-day live in training was conducted to boost and develop more the ability of local nutrition workers on how to have an effective and efficient planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation as well as sustaining the nutrition programs in the context of the overall local governance and development system.
The participants went through the 4 Phases of the Nutrition Program Management in which they found as a useful tool for LGUs in solving malnutrition and hunger within the context of local governance and development if realized and fulfilled. Participants who were first timers in the training and new to the field of Public Health and Nutrition Management were astonished with the topics and discussions but claimed to have plenty of new knowledge and learning from the activities and exercises.
15 September 2014- Koronadal City, Philippines. As bound in the 2013-2016 Regional Nutrition Committee Strategic Plan: “The RNC XII shall promote household food security through home, school and community food production and provision of material support for livelihood and income generating projects”, the RNC XII had strategized innovative measures to promote food security.
Through the support and initiative of the RNC XII in promoting food security as well as to have safe and nutritious sources of vegetables, the Search for the Best Gulayan sa Opisina and Best Gulayan sa Barangay is on its 2nd year.
Koronadal City, Philippines –Regional Nutrition Evaluation Team (RNET) has just concluded the Monitoring and Evaluation of Local Level Plan Implementation (MELLPI). This annual search aims to assess the efficiency of the local plan implementation, as indicated by the outreach of activities undertaken relative to local nutrition action plan, funds expended as well as the management and support given by the local chief executives and other implementing agencies.
The team headed by NNC XII Nutrition Program Coordinator Arceli M. Latonio, together with the members of Regional Nutrition Evaluation Team (RNET) from DILG, DSWD, NEDA, DOH, DA and Save the Children, who monitored and evaluated the provinces of Sarangani, Sultan Kudarat, South Cotabato and Cotabato province. Sample municipalities and their contenders for the Outstanding Municipality in the region were also visited such as Malungon & Maitum of Sarangani; Norala and Tantangan of South Cotabato; Isulan and President Quirino of Sultan Kudarat; Midsayap, Banisilan, and Pigcawayan of Cotabato Province, and the cities of Tacurong, Kidapawan and General Santos.
General Santos City- The Training of Trainers on the Basic Course for Barangay Nutrition Scholars was held last August 11-15, 2014 at Family Country Hotel and Convention Centre, General Santos City. The training aims to capacitate the provincial, city and municipal nutrition workers to provide appropriate supervision and adequate learning to nutrition front liners- Barangay Nutrition Scholars
The training participants are expected to train BNS to have a common basic knowledge and skills as well as core values and traits that are necessary for them to perform their roles and functions effectively and efficiently.
Thirty (30) participants attended the training composed municipal nutrition action officers, public health nurses, midwives, district/ city nutrition program coordinators and technical staff (JO- NO I & NO II) of NNC region XII. The participants underwent a 5-days session in which they have been taught of the basics as well as updated their knowledge in nutrition.
15 September 2014-Koronadal City- Philippines- Characterized by its core values of being ALIVE (Accessibility, Leadership, Innovativeness, Visionary, Efficiency) and ACTIVE (Accountability, Commitment, Transparency, Integrity, Vigilance, Excellence) - the Regional Nutrition Committee of Region XII extends its services to the community.
RNC XII initiated an outreach activity to extend its services to the needy groups particularly the indigenous people of Barangay Lamhaku, T’boli, South Cotabato. This initiative is in collaboration with the Local Government of T’boli thru their DST (Dibu S. Tuan) Kariton Project - initiative of the Municipal Mayor which aims to bring all the basic services to the barangays. During the activity, the Department of Social Welfare & Development XII turned-over the fund amounting to two million five hundred thirty five and six hundred pesos (P2, 535,600.00) for the Supplemental feeding of all the Day Care pupils in the said municipality. Moreover, the RNC members spared assorted goods, medicines, vegetable seeds, school supplies, and other supplies for the literacy project of Save the Children International intended for the Day Care pupils and Indigent families of Brgy. Lamhaku, T’boli, South Cotabato.
This joint activity was led by the RNC XII Chair, Dr. Teogenes F. Baluma with the presence of the Regional Nutrition Committee (RNC) members and its representatives from DOH, DA, DSWD, DILG, DePED, NEDA, DBM, DOLE, POPCOM, DTI, NNC , PIA, DENR and Save the Children. Also present were officials and employees of the municipal government, officials and focal persons from the provincial government, religious/military and civic groups, barangay residents and other stakeholders.
Dr. Teogenes F. Baluma, Regional Director of DOH XII and RNC XII Chairperson, in his message, emphasized the importance of health and nutrition preventive measures that the general public should be aware of and consider. He encouraged the people to avail the services that the national agencies and local government units are providing. He also stressed that the information of health and nutrition workers imparts are important for life survival, thus worsening of health and nutritional status as well as medical conditions can be prevented.
RNC Chairperson, Teogenes F. Baluma, MD, MHA, MDM, CESO III, Regional Director of DOH XII presided the meeting. National Nutrition Council XII headed by NPC Arceli M. Latonio and 13 representatives of the different RNC members attended the meeting. The committee with the leadership of RD Baluma further reviewed the regional nutrition situation and its causes to better assess the situation. From there, RD Baluma requested the NNC XII to summarize the good practices which can be replicated. Along with the discussion, the 2014 RNC action was reviewed. RNC Chairperson Baluma challenged the regional nutrition committee to innovate strategies on how to transmit health and nutrition information education campaign to the people.
Koronadal City, Philippines- Health and Emergency Managament Staff, Department of Health Region XII initiated a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to the Health Sector last June 26, 2014 at DOH Regional Office XII, Cotabato City.
National Nutrition Council XII, as the lead agency of the Nutrition Cluster under the Health Cluster affixed its commitment to ensure the well-being of the affected population during emergency through signing of the MOU. The memorandum of understanding was first drafted last May 14-15, 2014 at the Family country Hotel, General Santos City. Members of the health cluster and various international organizations brainstormed to finalize the MOU. Creating an understanding on the roles and responsibilities of each member agency during emergencies and disaster, the MOU on Health Sector was then signed.
The Memorandum of understanding is not just a paper but rather a committee to ensure the well-being of the people, thus preventing the worsening of health and nutrition status during emergency and disasters.
Let us be aware, be prepared and be responsible for our fellowmen.
Koronadal City, Philippines- Private and public partnership intensifies campaign to well-nourished citizens. National Nutrition Council Region XII through the Regional Social Development committee recognized the bus operators in the region with designated breastfeeding seat inside their buses.
RSDC ensures immediate, responsive and synchronized action on significant policies and urgent matters concerning social development. NNC as a member of the RSDC saw the need to strengthen the campaign for the promotion of breastfeeding. Thus, RDC Resolution No. 94 S. 2011 was formulated, a Resolution Requesting the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) XII to issue a circular/ directive requiring all bus operators in region XII to designate a breastfeeding seat/ corner inside their buses.
This year, three bus operators namely: Yellow Bus Line Incorporated, Holiday Bus as well as the Husky Lines, designated breastfeeding seats inside their buses in compliance to the said directive. Nutrition Program Coordinator of NNC XII, Arceli M. Latonio, Assistant Regional Director of NEDA XII, Noel Quiratman and RSDC Chairperson, Richlie Magtulis awarded plaques of recognition to the three bus companies for their support in the promotion of the breastfeeding in public places.
Norlan Yap, of the yellow bus line assured the NNC that they will continue to promote breastfeeding through their buses and their breastfeeding room in the terminal. NPC Latonio, and Mr. Yap agreed to improve the said room to be more conducive to the mothers. In addition, both Holiday Bus and Husky Lines expressed continuous support by designating breastfeeding seats in all their buses.
The team composed of the nutrition focal persons of the different line agencies started the search for the outstanding BNS in the region from April 23, 2014 until May 21, 2014. Nominees from the cities of General Santos, Kidapawan, Koronadal and from the provinces of Sarangani, South Cotabato and Cotabato Province, went through intensive screening from the team. The plans, projects, accomplishments and other documents of the Barangay Nutrition Scholar were assessed / validated as to their performance in terms of their contributions to nutrition program implementation in their barangay. The strengths and weaknesses of their performances was also identified. Each of the BNS contender showcased their innovations and strategies which has contributed much to the improvement of the nutrition situation in their barangay.
The regional nutrition evaluation team is very determined to find the best of all the best. After the evaluation, the contenders undergone a written examination last June 2, 2014. With all the data and other information generated and validated, the regional nutrition evaluation team will have an intensive deliberation to declare the Regional Outstanding Barangay Nutrition Scholar of SOCCSKSARGEN.
May 30, 2014- Koronadal City- Pushing through a mother-baby friendly environment. The National Nutrition Council XII headed by NPC Arceli M. Latonio, monitored the implementation of the RA 10028 in General Santos City last May 20, 2014.
Guided by the city ordinance No. 8 series of 2011 entitled “An ordinance prescribing the guidelines on Infant and Young child feeding in General Santos City”, the office of Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP), General Santos City established a child nurturing area for the mothers and young children’s comfort and privacy located at the pre-departure area.
The child nurturing area with playroom, diaper change area and breastfeeding room was specially designed for enabling the environment to improve and promote breastfeeding as well as to make the passengers with their babies comfortable while in the departure area.
Setting-up an mother-baby facility by the CAAP may change the life/ future of infants and young children. We acknowledge the effort and being sensitive and supportive of the CAAP to the RA 10028.
2 June 2014, Midsayap, Cotabato - National Nutrition Council Region 12 was invited by the LGU of Midsayap thru their Municipal Nutrition Action Officer Ms. Gladys Mae G. Paulo, to provide technical assistance in the conduct of training/refresher course for Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNS) last May 27-28, 2014 at Ace Resto in Midsayap, Cotabato. The main purpose of the training is to help improve their knowledge and skills needed in performing their roles and task as well as in nutrition program planning at the barangay level.
The three days training was attended by 29 existing and 18 newly deployed BNS which was funded by the barangay with LGU counterpart. NPC Arceli M. Latonio discussed the various BNS forms to be acomplished for them to familiarize the details and learn the importance of preparing each forms. Furthermore, Nutrition Officer II Roselle M. Rentoza discussed basic topics such as Child Growth Standards (CGSs), OPT plus guidelines and selected sessions on module 3.
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 2014, 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.