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.
31 July 2013, Koronadal City - Around 200 participants from regional line agencies, regional directors, Information and Coordination Network (ICON) members, media partners, Barangay Nutrition Scholars and other nutrition partners gathered during the Regional Nutrition Month Culmination Activity held at Social Hall, SPDA Compound, Koronadal City. Atty. Rhonalyn Gallego and Councilor Rose Dideles also graced the event, representatives of Gov. Daisy Avance-Fuentes and Mayor Peter Miguel respectively, who both guaranteed to support the nutrition programs. National Nutrition Council (NNC) Region XII spearheaded the said activity which focused on this year's theme, "Gutom at Malnutrisyon, sama-sama nating wakasan!"
Representatives from the different line agencies participated in the featured events prepared by NNC XII such as cooking contest on staple-based and vegetable-based recipes, Nutri-Quiz Contest (Nutri-Talino) which focused on the Katumbas ay Biyaya drama series and 2012 Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos (NGF), NGF recitation and Nutri-Henyo. In addition, nutritional assessment was performed to the participants by measuring their height and weight as well as computing and analysis of Body Mass Index (BMI). There were also cooking demonstrations by the NNC staff and barangay nutrition scholars of Koronadal City. The launching of Gulayan sa Opisina Project was also initiated through the ceremonial planting of seeds by representatives from the Regional Line Agencies (RLAs).
In conjuction with the said activity, a media forum was also conducted in coordination with the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) XII, which centered on hunger and malnutrition issues in the region and the actions taken to address these problems.
In the afternoon, NNC XII sponsored the ICON meeting held in the same venue presided by Director Olivia Sudaria of PIA XII and was attended by ICON members of the region.
Furthermore, during the closing program, winners and participants of the various contests were awarded with certificates and tokens. The winners will also be recognized in the upcoming Regional Nutrition Awarding this coming October.
Commitments were made at the historic nutrition summit that concluded on July 18, 2013 held at the Provincial Capitol, Amas, Kidapawan Cit. This was led by the Provincial Nutrition Committee as one of their 2013 Nutrition Month activities and Action Contre la Faim (ACF). Different organizations participated in the event such as Europian Union, Save the Children, JHPIEGO, ACF, Philippine Army, Philippine National Police, the members of the Provincial Nutrition Committee, from the academe and other stakeholders.
This endeavor were supported by no less than their Provincial Governor Emmylou “Lala J. Talino-Mendoza and proudly informed the audience that nutrition program will be given priority this year. She encouraged every sector and stakeholders to work hand in hand to address hunger, malnutrition and to ensure safe motherhood.
Department of Agriculture collaborated with DepEd and NNC Region XII in celebrating the Nutrition Month in four different schools in the Region. Schools having high malnutrition rate in remote areas were chosen by DepEd. The selected schools were Dugong Elementary School (M’lang, North Cotabato), Pag-laum Elementary School ( South Cotabato), Matiompong Elementary School (Sultan Kudarat), and Cabading Elementary School (Sarangani Province).
NNC was given the task to give nutrition tips, encourage students to eat vegetables and advocate the benefits of having a school and backyard garden in their homes. The schools were given different seeds and garden tools by DA. Parents were also invited to join the program to encourage them to have backyard garden in their homes and also for the sustainability of school garden with the help of the Parent -Teacher-Association (PTCA).
Along with the celebration was the introduction of “Adlai”, a tear - like shape grain that can be an alternative to rice and corn. It is composed of 50% starch, 14% protein and 6% fat. Arrozcaldo and Champorado made of Adlai were given to students for their snacks. The program ended with a ceremonial planting of vegetable and “adlai” seeds. Through these activities we can altogether eradicate hunger and malnutrition.
While poverty remains as the most critical social problem, many women still opt not to breastfeed their babies. But the reality is that mother's milk is still the best sustenance for a baby to grow up strong, secure and healthy.
In Barangay Apopong, General Santos City, a breastfeeding room at the Barangay Health Center was recently opened last July 04, 2013 to answer this primal need. This initiative was proven to improve child's survival as well as promoting breastfeeding to the poorest of the poor. Mothers can easily access the room especially while waiting in the health center where they can sit/lie comfortably while breastfeeding their babies.
Inside the room, there are couches, bed, lavatory, restroom, IEC materials and a refrigerator as their milk bank where expressed breast milk are stored in containers.
The facility has been instrumental in the mothers bonding with their babies and the opportunity for them to give their offspring the best possible nutrition.
The said barangay is one of the contenders for the Best Breastfeeding Station in General Santos City, initiated by the City Health Office thru the City Nutrition Committee as part of their nutrition month activities.
The Regional Nutrition Committee XII held its 3rd Quarter meeting along with the project site visit on the good Nutrition Practices in the Region last July 11, 2013. The project visit aims to showcase the nutrition projects with good nutrition practices initiated by selected LGUs in Region XII. This strategy aspires to strengthen the promotion and replication of good nutrition practices to/by other areas.
Its first stop – the Municipality of Malungon.
Eight (8)Outstanding BNS from the different provinces and cities of Region XII fighting for one title – the Regional Outstanding BNS of Region XII. From April to June 2013, the Regional Nutrition Evaluation Team visited the 8 BNSs to evaluate their skills and attitude towards the nutrition implementation in their respective barangays.
Last June 25, 2013, they gathered in one venue to measure their knowledge. Inside the NNC XII Conference room happened the 1 hour and a half BNS Exam. Each and every one took time and concentration to be able to comprehend every question given and to provide their best answer. The results from the evaluation score sheets and BNS exam was processed by the RNET and at the end, only one name prevailed and was known as the Region XII’s Outstanding Barangay Nutrition Scholar for 2012.
National Nutrition Council Region XII facilitated the 3- day Child Growth Standard Training for Barangay Health Workers (BHW) last June 18-20, 2013 at Sardonyx Plaza, Cotabato City. Forty-five (45) BHWs attended the said training. Funds utilized for the training was taken from the BHWs organization fund.
During the training, they were evaluated and reviewed as to how far they have known the CGS and by then, the supplementation followed. Nutrition Officers of NNC XII provide lectures, discussion and demonstration on the Child Growth Standard giving emphasis on the accurate way to determine the age-in- months of a child and the consideration in weight and height taking and most especially the proper way of conducting counseling.
Provided with new learnings, the BHW’s of Cotabato City were excited to apply it on field. Despite the challenges in the community, they stood firm in making every possible way to aid in the improvement of Cotabato City’s nutrition situation.
NNC Region 12 participated the 3-day Training and Workshop on Community- Based Management on Moderate Acute Malnutrition ( MMAM) at Grand Ficus Plaza, Kidapwan City last June 5-7 , 2013. The training was conducted by Save the Children International and World Food Programme.
The MAMM PILOT project is an Operational Research that aims to strengthen, scale-up and sustain the implementation of Community-based Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) CMAM to cover all barangays in selected municipalities with or without Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), and other interventions and implement the integrated MAM Management protocol and decision tool; and, introduce CMAM with the integration of the MAM Management protocol.
A Consultative meeting vis-à-vis Program Implementation Review attended by the Health Officers and Nutrition Action Officers in the region was done at the Family Country Hotel and Convention Centre last March 21-22 2013. The partnership of the National Nutrition Council XII and CHD- DOH 12 made the aforementioned activity possible.
The activity aimed to ascertain the degree of success with regards to the program implementation on health and nutrition and to further assess for any improvements that can be made to optimize the services delivered.
Factors affecting the program implementation were identified, and from then on, innovations and precise strategic actions were laid to further improve the health and nutrition status of the region.
The 2-day activity might have ended but the real challenge starts from there.
"Making sure of the Projects success is more than making sure it’s complete" Nutrition Advocates- Cutting all edges towards the development of the SOCCKSARGEN.
Barangay Nutrition Scholar- “Bayani ng Barangay”. The BNS has proved to the many their outstanding spirit of volunteerism and dedication to help those in need in their community. Last March 19, 2013 at the NNC XII Conference Room, Koronadal City, the Regional BNS Federation convened once again, not just for their community but also to aid their fellow BNS during their 1st Quarter Meeting for the year 2013.
The Federation is on their foot to set flare as they signed their Final Constitution and By- Laws. The Regional BNS Federation, as ally to every BNS also envisions to address the needs of their fellowmen in their simple ways.
Provincial Nutrition Committee ( PNC) of Cotabato in collaboration with ACF International conducted its Nutrition Program Management Workshop last February 26- March 1, 2013 at Aj Hi-Time Conference Room, Kidapawan City. Representatives from the different provincial offices and selected NGOs participated the aforementioned activity.
With the leadership of the newly designated Focal Person on Nutrition, Mr. Ely Nebrija, the 4-day activity turned into success. Also, Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator, Ms. Arceli M. Latonio shared her time and expertise to guide the PNC in understanding and formulating the Local Nutrition Plan.
Challenging as it was for the new Focal Person and the new set of representatives of the Provincial Nutrition Committee.However, they were guided by the basics of nutrition program management and as the workshop nears the end, everyone’s view was like crystal clear with a commitment to extend their vast efforts in making their nutrition program successful by formulating the PNAP that would address the existing nutritional problems in their province, thus making the province of Cotabato a healthy prefecture.
The first Regional Nutrition Committee (RNC) meeting was realized last January 25, 2013 at Fred Ann’s Food Haus in Koronadal City. It was organized by NNC XII as the secretariat and presided by the DOH-CHD OIC-Regional Director, Dr. Marlyn W. Convocar.
Twelve (12) regional member agencies were present during the meeting. One of the main agenda of the meeting is the reorganization and revitalization of the Regional Nutrition Committee of which after the thorough deliberation, DOH-CHD XII Regional Director was chosen to continue to chair the Regional Nutrition Committee, and the DA Regional Director as the vice-chair. Composition of the committee will also involve the private sector and non-government organizations to get a better deem of having a public-private partnership to help address the problem of malnutrition in the region.
Meanwhile, The Regional Nutrition Committee Strategic Plan, 2013-2016 was presented and approved by the body for adoption.
RNC Chair Convocar, in her final statement said that she is very optimistic that if the RNC (as an inter agency body) will work together as a team,and vigorously pursue its purpose of providing services to address the problem of malnutrition and to be guided by its principles of being ALIVE and ACTIVE towards the promotion and attainment of food security and improved nutrition, the RNCs’ vision of a food-secured and well-nourished SOCCSKSARGEN will become into reality.
As of 24 January 2013, the National Nutrition Council XII completed the conduct of a one day training on WHO Child Growth Standards which initially focused on BNS from 100% of the barangays in municipalities included in the 2011 top 100 areas with high prevalence of underweight preschool children in the region selected based on 2011 OPT.
Six (6) municipalities in the two (2) provinces in region XII were included to the top 100 municipalities: Arakan and Aleosan of Cotabato Province; Lebak, Sen. Ninoy Aquino, Bagumbayan and Columbio of Sultan Kudarat Province. A total of 129 Barangay Nutrition Scholars and few Barangay Health Workers (BHW) attended the training.
After the training, NPC Latonio, acknowledged the utmost contribution of the BNS and other health workers to the improvement of the nutrition situation in the region. She then challenged all the participants to provide accurate data to ensure correct targeting and/or prioritization of targets/areas so that correct and right intervention will be identified/provided to improve the nutrition situation of their respective areas. She then ended the activity with an inspirational message to all.
NPC Arceli M. Latonio of the National Nutrition Council XII got an initiative to carry out Nutrition forum before the program proper to further inflate advocacy on different concerned issues.
Breastfeeding dealt by Dr. Fatima A. Emban of DOH-CHD XII was given emphasis on the advocacy to promote and putting up breastfeeding stations in a workplace and public areas like terminals regionwide. Besides, it was recognized that a top performer was credited to region xii in the national awarding on the existence of breastfeeding stations nationwide.
Another topic to the forum was the “Aksyon: Paputok Injury Reduction” (APIR) campaign addressed by Dr. Leonora A. Lozano from DOH-CHD XII. The presence of the Philippine National Police was also in decency to gave clarity and confirmed precise action taken by the PNP XII towards the APIR campaign (banning of identified powerful fireworks).
Topics about leadership and effective communication skills was given eminence. Focused process that builds and develops shared goals, interdependence, trust, commitment and accountability among team members was also highlighted by Miss Veronica Daut, City Nutrition Action Officer of Koronadal City who served as the speaker/lecturer of the team.
Likewise, the group enjoyed the potential for increased camaraderie and getting to know more about their peers. What’s more, games participated by the group made them realized the heart of acquaintance and relationship as a family.
On the other hand, NPC Latonio took the chance to give her workforce a cosset treatment by bringing them on the different spots of the city, savoring the local delicacies and ended the day with an individual health spa treatment.
Moreover, NPC Latonio conferred and leave the team with an inspirational note that “Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision”. Indeed, team building is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.
The National Nutrition Council Region XII conducted a 2-day PGN Feedback Workshop last November 27-28, 2012 at Rhoannas Grill, Mlang, Cotabato Province participated by Regional BNS Federation Officers and the Municipal BNS Federation Presidents and facilitated by NPC Arceli Latonio together with the Nutrition Officers II, Roselle T. Macadaaan and Pearl Joy Cabarlo. The workshop aims to evaluate the impact of the conducted PGN- IYCF Training Workshop to the selected health providers. Also, this determines whether the trained participants have conducted down-level trainings.
During the Workshop, it was found that there were some of the municipalities were able to roll-out the information up to the household through mothers’ class, however Half of which was not able to conduct the said training due to the limited funds and lack of resource persons.
The feedback workshop also paved way to the various reactions and suggestions by the participants to further improve the manner of providing training-workshops. Recognizing that some of the trained health providers are no longer in service and some needs to invigorate the learned topics, the participants requested to conduct refresher course on the PGN-IYCF Training. Another issue that arose was the language used in developing IEC materials. The BNSs proposed that if possible, IEC materials shall be constructed in native language to facilitate the ease of understanding. Along with this, the different municipalities showcased their good practices/ strategies towards the improvement the nutrition situation during the said workshop.
The PGN Feedback Workshop ended with a vast commitment to pursue and strengthen the promotion on good nutrition to form a nutritionally- competent SOCCKSARGEN.
Mr. Francisco Flores of MQ Mediazone and Ms. Jovie Raval of NNC –CO visited President Roxas, Cotabato and conducted an orientation on Nutriskwela Community Radio Project among the officials and selected staff of President Roxas. An ocular visit/inspection to the proposed Radio station was made. This project will be established by the National Nutrition Council thru the MQ Mediazone before end of December. The Municipal Mayor signed the Memorandum of Agreement, as expression of accepting the project with corresponding counterpart.
The Institute of Human Nutrition and Food, College of Human Ecology of the University of the Philippines, Los Bańos (UPLB) as commissioned by the National Nutrition Council conducted the two (2) batches of Training of Trainers on Basic Course for Barangay Nutrition Scholars. Last September 24-28, 2012 held at RoadHaus Hotel in General Santos City. The objective of the training is to enhance th capacity of the members of the nutrition committees in training the BNSs who have a pivotal roles in the improvement of their community’s nutrition situation. The simultaneous training was attended by a total of 52 participants from the Provinces of Sarangani (17), Sultan Kudarat (25), South Cotabato (2), Cotabato Province (2), and the cities of Koronadal (2) Tacurong (2), and General Santos City (2). NPC Latonio attended the opening on September 24 and gave her inspirational and welcome message.
The participants in the two batches of training ended with a smile on their face for the knowledge attitudes and skills gained, and the friendship that develops. They are all so grateful/thankful to the UPLB team for the excellent facilitation of the training, and to the National Nutrition Council for the opportunity and provision of funding support. Truly, this is a dream come true. They have been a health & nutrition worker for 1-2 decades, but just have had attended this kind of excellent training that is equally important for the effective performance of one’s roles and functions, and eventually well-versed in nutrition program management. NPC Latonio in her closing message, parted with words that commits to generate funds for the roll-out training from Non-Government Organization and will provide technical assistance when needed.
Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator of NNC XII, Arceli Latonio, facilitated a coordination meeting with Head of Program- Nutrition Department of ACF International, Dr. Oscar Fudalan Jr. together with Provincial Nutrition Action Officer of Cotabato Province-Elizabeth Moneva and District Nutrition Program Coordinator- Jasmine Regaspi. The group identified and presented possible projects or activities that can possibly be implemented and funded by ACF International for the capability building. Activities for Cotabato province. With the utmost advocacy of the ACF International, Dr. Fudalan Jr. committed to help the council and LGus by providing various IEC and collateral materials to be distributed for Cotabato. Province. The group tied up with the commitment of determining/ identifying effective nutrition interventions to saddress the problem of hunger and malnutrition.