RNC intensifies nutrition activities for 2017The Regional Nutrition Committee and Regional Nutrition Cluster hammered down the nutrition activities set for 2017 last March 16, 2017 held at The Farm @ Carpenter Hill, Koronadal City. With 18 representatives from various agencies and organizations (Save the Children, DA, DOH, DepEd, NEDA, DENR, DSWD, DTI, NCIP, NFA, DOST, DOLE and Samaritan’s Purse), the meeting was presided by DOH XII OIC-Regional Director & chair of the Regional Nutrition Committee Dr. Francisco V. Mateo.
The members had set off 2017 plans with matters discussed scoping the 2016 OPT Plus Results, Status of the 2016 RNC Accomplishment Plan, Overview on the Formulation of 2017-2022 Regional Plan of Action for Nutrition (RPAN), Presentation of Programs and Projects of Samaritan’s Purse, Updates of Programs and Projects of Save the Children, RNC/RDC Policy review, Breastfeeding in the workplace and 2017 Nutrition Month Theme.
Presentation of the 2016 Regional Nutrition Situation hurled various emotions from the members which made them all wanting to thrive more in mustering effective programs that can be very beneficial in reducing malnutrition in the region.
As the results revealed, prevalence rate of underweight and severely underweight among 0-71 months old PSC based on the OPT Plus in SOCCSKSARGEN from CY 2010-2016 showed a relatively decreasing trend from 10.54% in 2010 to 5.76% in 2016. However, stunting prevalence in the region is quite high with 13.96%.
RD Mateo believes that nutrition programs have been perhaps becoming more substantial with the reflected 2016 OPT results. “Let’s altogether work for the continuing decline of the prevalence rate and validate those programs that have significant impacts in the depreciation of the trend”, he added. The proposed RPAN 2017-2022 will focus on the first 1000 days of life to reduce levels of child stunting.

gulayanKORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, (PIA) -- Households in urban areas like Koronadal City can still establish vegetable gardens for family consumption, an official of the city government here emphasized.
“In places like subdivisions and apartments where spaces are limited households may opt to put up hanging gardens or use flower pots, sacks, grocery bags, and other containers to raise assorted vegetables,” City Nutrition Action Officer Veronica Daut said. “This way, families could still have ready supply of vegetables despite the lack of the traditional backyards.”
On February 28, Koronadal’s City Nutrition Office in partnership with the Household Gardeners’ Club and the National Nutrition Council 12 gathered residents from the 27 barangays here for a convention at the Rizal Park where different fresh vegetables and vegetable-based cuisine where on display in stalls.
Barangay delegations also competed in display, pinakbet cooking, singing and dancing all centered on vegetables.
“Through events like this we promote organic vegetable gardening that ensures food security in every home and addresses malnutrition and hunger,” Daut said.

Nutri-DOSE First Meeting26 January 2017-The first meeting of Nutrition in Development Organization of Social Educators (Nutri- DOSE) in SOCCSKSARGEN for 2017 convenes at Boylyn Pensione Plaza, Kidapawan City. There were a total of 15 participants who attended the meeting, composed of various individuals coming from the different media groups in the region.
The meeting primarily scopes the presentation of the Nutri-DOSE 2015-2016 accomplishments, formulation of 2017 workplan, and reorganization of the group. Moreover, new set of officers were also elected and will assume duties for this year, to wit:

President      :  Ms. Agnes Myra Piñol, Director in Sales and Marketing, Notre Dame                                  Broadcasting Corporation (NDBC), Mindanao

Vice President: Ms. Malu Cadelina-Manar, DXND-Kidapawan City

Secretary       : Edwin Fernandez, DXOM Radyo Bida-Koronadal City

Treasurer       : Loreto “Lhoy” Rosario, Joy FM 105.7 - Kidapawan City

Auditor          : Romnick Cabaron, Energy FM 99.1 - Kidapawan City

P.I.O              : Annaliz Cabrido, The Informant, Provincial Government of South Cotabato

As the information arm of NNC XII, Nutri-DOSE will help sustain effort for nutrition advocacy and promotion, contribute in the fast access and retrieval of nutrition information education through various forms of technology, and will facilitate easy access in providing accurate and timely nutrition information to general public.
The group recognized their roles as catalysts of change towards eradicating malnutrition. Everyone hopes to strengthen and expand membership for this year by seeing the importance of the advocacy. The group also strategized and planned how to intensify nutrition information dissemination thru public awareness.
NPC Latonio dearly expressed her gratitude among the members for being the partners of NNC XII in promoting and achieving good nutrition especially in the region along with their consummate effort and commitment.

Radyo Katribu, muling humakot ng parangal sa 2nd Nutriskwela AwardsSa tatlumpot apat na kalahok na mga Nutriskwela Community Radio Stations sa buong Pilipinas nakakuha ng tatlong parangal ang Radyo Katribu 103.3 FM sa kabila ng dalawang taon pa lamang ito nagsimula bilang bahagi ng Nutriskwela Community Radio ng National Nutrition Council.
Isinagawa ang parangal noong 7th Nutriskwela Conference Awarding Ceremony na ginanap sa Lungsod ng Baguio noong 8 Pebrero 2017.
Sa apat na entries na sinalihan ng Radyo Katribu, tatlo sa mga ito ay natanghal bilang Best Program Manager (Johnary Orella), Best Female Broadcaster (Grace Alindao) at ang Best News Writer (Caesar Ian Bognoson). Bukod rito ay itinanghal rin bilang pangalawang Best Radio Station ang Radyo Katribu na sumunod lamang sa Radyo Kailian ng Ilocos Sur Polytechnic State College mula sa Sta. Maria, Ilocos Sur.
Sa nakaraang 6th Nutriskwela Conference na ginanap sa Lanao Del Norte, nasungkit din ng Radyo Katribu ang Best Female Broadcaster, Best News Writer at Best Radio Programming.
Isang malaking karangalan ang manalo ng mga nabanggit na parangal, na sa kabila ng masyado pang bago ang Radyo Katribu ay nagkamit na ito ng papuri mula sa NNC. Lubos na nagpapasalamat ang Radyo Katribu sa mga taong naging bahagi ng tagumpay na ito.
(Contributor: Engr. Bary Lugan, Station Manager Radyo Katribu)

SPSamaritan’s Purse (SP) is a non-denominational evangelical Christian Organization which supports in meeting critical needs in troubled regions of the world including victims of war, natural disasters, disease, famine, poverty and persecution in over 100 countries since 1970. In the Philippines, SP started following the aftermath brought by typhoon Yolanda in 2013, which is now operating in Cotabato City since February 2016.
Last December 8, 2016, representatives from Samaritan’s Purse (SP), led by their Area Coordinator, Mr. Wiranta Tarigan, paid courtesy visit to NNC Regional Office XII to give feedback or report their accomplishments. One of their projects is the Scaling Up Nutrition-Cotabato City (SUNC), a one-year project which started in November 2015 and bound to end this December 2016. SP used Care Group/Mother-to-Mother support Group Model for IYCF Mother’s support group as the SUNC project strategy and aims to decrease morbidity and improve the health of infants and children by addressing poor practices of mothers and women of reproductive age in relation to breastfeeding, complementary feeding and other nutrition practices, taking into consideration the culture of Muslims and indigenous peoples group.

FNS-EWSThe National Nutrition Council Region 12 has just concluded the orientation on Food and Nutrition Security-Early Warning System to the new household level survey enumerators of Tboli, South Cotabato which was held at Villa Amor Hotel, Koronadal City on January 24 – 25, 2017.

FNS-EWS is a form of monitoring and analysis of relevant information that may foretell a possible crisis such as food shortage or health problem. The survey will also provide evidence-based to the local officials in planning and executing timely and appropriate interventions on nutrition and food security.The National Nutrition Council spearhead it to mitigate hunger and malnutrition especially to areas with high prevalence of malnutrition and prone to disasters.

The municipality of Tboli is the only LGU in region XII with established FNS-EWS since 2015 with five sentinel barangays involved. Tboli municipality has a total of 25 barangays. The municipal council appreciated the importance of the periodic survey and the indicators are helpful in identifying factors that affect food insecurity and malnutrition. Hence, during the Executive Legislative Agenda planning of the LGU for 2017, the council recommended that all barangays shall be covered/involved. The local chief executive approved and provided funds for food security projects.

Anent to this, the Tboli FNS-EWS core group requested the NNC XII to orient the 22 household level data enumerators or the barangay nutrition scholars from the 20 barangays. After the orientation to capacitate the volunteer workers, the Municipal Nutrition Action Officer, Ms. Rosedane Sta. Maria vowed to assist and support the activity and ready to conduct the quarterly collection of data which will commence on the 2nd week of April 2017.

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