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asean logoDespite significant advancements in recent years, many countries in Southeast Asia still face the triple burden of malnutrition – undernourishment, micronutrient deficiencies and obesity. 

To address the long standing problem of malnutrition, the Philippines’ National Nutrition Council (NNC) will host the 2nd ASEAN Nutrition Surveillance Workshop-Conference to pursue the establishment of an ASEAN Nutrition Surveillance System, where delegates from the 10 ASEAN member-states are set to meet on 24-28 February 2015 in Makati City.

The objective of the project under the program “ASEAN Collaborative Project on Nutrition,” is to promote the sharing of information along challenges and good practices in improving nutrition condition, measuring progress using key indicators, and harmonized methodology toward attainment of regional and global goals through an ASEAN Nutrition Surveillance System Strategic Plan.

ro12 pgn10 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.

ro12 ononBarangay 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.

Headed by the Federation President, Ms. Nena L. Larida, the group discussed for the next steps including the registration and activities for the present year. The Regional BNS Federation is looking forward for pro-active association.

Taking one step at the time, the Regional BNS Federation will reach each goals- Capacitating and Nurturing the Heroes of the Barangay.