28 National Thyroid Cancer Awareness Week

Thyroid cancer is an uncommon type of cancer, but it becomes more prevalent for ages 25 to 65 (Cancer Treatment Centers of America) especially for ages 15 to 24 among females. It also develops three times more in females than in males (Department of Health, Philippines).


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An advocate of exclusive breastfeeding reiterated that mothers should continue to breastfeed their babies and not fear that their child could be infected of the Covid-19 virus.

In a webinar arranged by the National Nutrition Council and the Cordillera Media Educators and Nutrition, Arugaan Executive Director Maria Ines Fernandez said the Covid-19 pandemic should not deter mothers from continuing to breastfeed for breastmilk has anti-viral properties that can help protect an infant from getting infected.

Breastfeeding is Life Saving

Breastfeeding could save over 820,000 children’s lives under the age of 5 years each year (World Health Organization). This year, the Department of Health heads the celebration of the breastfeeding awareness month in the country with the theme “Tulong-tulong sa Pagpapasuso sa First 1,000 Days.”

Saving babies’ lives through breastfeeding starts with the Unang Yakap protocol or placing babies in immediate skin-to skin contact with their mothers to keep them warm, prevent them from exposure to possible disease-contaminated surfaces in health facilities, and help establish breastfeeding (World Food Programme). This protocol is more helpful in ensuring that newborns are protected against COVID-19 when pregnant women are vaccinated. DOH advises that the pregnant can get the vaccine with precaution and is to be received after the first trimester of pregnancy.

6 Obesity

The world has been experiencing COVID-19 pandemic for more than two years already which has contributed to the number of people being overweight and obese due to measures adopted to reduce the spread of infection (World Health Programme). For the last two decades, overweight and obesity prevalence has been steadily increasing in the Philippines. Together with the Department of Health and other organization, the National Nutrition Council aims to prevent and manage overnutrition for both children and adults.


Situated along the Pacific Ring of Fire, the Philippines is one of the most disaster-prone countries in the world. The Pacific Ring of Fire is where at least 450 active and dormant volcanoes are found and where 90% of all earthquakes strike.

Every year, our country experiences almost all forms of natural and human-induced calamities, such as typhoons, earthquakes, floods, volcanic eruptions, landslides, fires, and armed conflict (CFE-DM 2018). And, just last year, we were caught in shock as the COVID-19 global pandemic hit us.


Baguio City - The Regional Implementation Coordination Team-Cordillera Administrative Region (RICT-CAR), through RICT-CAR Resolution No. 1, s. 2021, affirmed the re-organization of the Regional Bantay Asin Task Force-CAR (RBATF-CAR) to include Provincial and City Nutrition Action Officers (P/CNAOs).

This was approved during the online RICT-CAR meeting held on July 27, 2021 and was attested by Ms. Bella M. Basalong, OIC-Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator of the National Nutrition Council-CAR, Dir. Ruby C. Constantino, Regional Director of the Department of Health-Center for Human Development (DOH-CHD)-CAR, and Ms. Diana D. Palangchao, Development Management Officer III of DOH-CHD-CAR.