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Tutok Kainan PicsGood news for pregnant women as they are targeted to receive additional meals and food commodities to improve their nutrition.  This was bared during the soft launch of the Tutok Kainan Supplementation Program with Cabinet Secretary Karlo Alexei Nograles and National Nutrition Council Executive Director Dr. Azucena Dayanghirang on 23 November at the NNC Headquarters.  Tutok Kainan program will provide the Enhanced Nutribun, ready-to-eat lipid-based nutritional supplement and hot meals for three months starting December this year.  The program will initially target some 34,000 nutritionally at-risk pregnant women in provinces that have high rates of child stunting and areas affected by recent typhoons.  By next year, the program hopes to expand to include malnourished children 6-23 months old.

no milk donationsThe NNC advises the public particularly organizations that solicit or intend to donate milk for victims of disasters and emergencies of the NO MILK DONATION POLICY.  It has come to the attention of the NNC that members from civil society including media even with well-meaning intentions continue to call for donations for powdered milk.  Donations of breastmilk substitutes including infant formula, powdered milk and other milk; feeding bottles, teats and commercial baby food are not allowed and that these should not be part of general distribution of emergency food packs. This is in compliance to Executive Order 51 or The Milk Code and its Revised Implementing Rules and Regulations. 

The government does not allow milk donations as these are detrimental to the health and nutrition of infants and young children.  In times of disasters and emergencies, artificial feeding using milks other than breast milk  is not safe due to lack of supply of clean water, fuel for sterilization and boiling, utensils, among others.  Diarrhea is one of the biggest dangers to babies who are given artificial feeding during emergencies which could lead to death. Uncontrolled distribution of breastmilk substitutes can lead to early and unnecessary cessation of breastfeeding.

Cabsec Nograles 6th NAOsCabinet Secretary Karlo A. B. Nograles called on nutrition action officers to support efforts to address hunger. He made this plea in his keynote address during the opening of the virtual 6th National Conference of Nutrition Action Officers (NAOCON) on 01 October 2020 in cognizance that hunger incidence is expected to further increase with the pandemic. He shared efforts of the Inter-Agency Task Force on Zero Hunger including the development of a national food policy. He also added that there are efforts to provide funding for dietary supplementation for children 6-23 months and pregnant women, who are most vulnerable and the most critical target groups to prevent stunting.

The day after the keynote address of Cabsec Nograles, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque announced that the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) has approved a resolution for the conduct of dietary supplementation program involving the distribution of cash or food packs to 6-23 months old children and nutritionally-at-risk pregnant women. CabSec Nograles co-chairs the IATF-EID.

Cabsec Nograles 6th NAOsCabinet Secretary Karlo A. B. Nograles called on nutrition action officers to support efforts to address hunger. He made this plea in his keynote address during the opening of the virtual 6th National Conference of Nutrition Action Officers (NAOCON) on 01 October 2020 in cognizance that hunger incidence is expected to further increase with the pandemic. He shared efforts of the Inter-Agency Task Force on Zero Hunger including the development of a national food policy. He also added that there are efforts to provide funding for dietary supplementation for children 6-23 months and pregnant women, who are most vulnerable and the most critical target groups to prevent stunting.

The day after the keynote address of Cabsec Nograles, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque announced that the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) has approved a resolution for the conduct of dietary supplementation program involving the distribution of cash or food packs to 6-23 months old children and nutritionally-at-risk pregnant women. CabSec Nograles co-chairs the IATF-EID.