Photo 2022 BNS Conference FINALThe Federation of Barangay Nutrition Scholar (BNS) of NCR, Inc. held its 36th Annual Regional Conference with the theme, “BNS: Bahagi ng solusyon sa new normal na solusyon!” on November 25, 2022 via Zoom and livestreamed via the National Nutrition Council – NCR (NNC-NCR) Facebook Page.

The Federation in cooperation with NNC-NCR annually conducts the regional conference to enhance capability of their BNS members who are frontline workers in the field. For this year, the conference was conducted to enhance the BNSs’ knowledge and appreciation of their roles and functions in ensuring good nutrition in the new normal. It was attended by around 1,000 BNSs from the 17 local government units in Metro Manila.

Local legislators in Metro Manila and their pledge of commitment to push nutrition agenda in their legislative work towards nutrition improvementVice Mayors and City Councilors of local government units (LGU) in Metro Manila pledged their commitment to push nutrition agenda in their legislative work towards nutrition improvement during the Local Legislators’ Forum: Pushing the Nutrition Agenda Forward held on November 18, 2022 at Crown Regency Hotel, Makati City.

The forum was attended by 45 participants composed of Vice Mayor Arvin Ian Alit of Taguig City, City Councilors, City Nutrition Action Officers, Nutritionist-Dietitians and representatives from all local government units (LGUs) of Metro Manila except for the cities of Malabon, Marikina and Parañaque. Metro Manila Center for Health Development Regional Director, Dr. Gloria Balboa joined the forum virtually through a recorded message while DILG-NCR Director of Institutional Partnership Office, Ms. Sudi Valencia represented Director Maria Lourdes Agustin.

2022 NCM CelebrationThe National Nutrition Council - NCR joins the nation in the celebration of the 30th National Children’s Month this November 2022 with the theme: "Kalusugan, Kaisipan, at Kapakanan ng Bawat Bata Ating Tutukan!". This year’s celebration focuses on the mental health and well-being of every child amidst the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

By the virtue of Republic Act 10661, National Children’s Month is celebrated every November of each year which seeks to instill the significance of children’s rights in Filipino consciousness. The lead agencies in the preparation and implementation of its activities are the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), the National Youth Commission (NYC), and the Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC).

Photo for SBCC ArticleLocal government units (LGUs) in Metro Manila commit to scale up nutrition promotion and advocacy activities in 2023 as agreed during the Consultative Meeting with the Regional Nutrition Media Group and LGUs held on November 10, 2022 at St. Giles Hotel, Makati City. 

The meeting was attended by 31 participants composed of nutritionist-dietitians (NDs) in-charge of their Social and Behavior Change Communication (SBCC) Campaign activities and information officers from all LGUs in NCR except Marikina City. Members of the Regional Nutrition Media Group, NCR Nutrition Communication Resource Group (NCR2) from the following agencies were also present: Metro Manila Center for Health Development, PIA-NCR and PIO-Mandaluyong. It was facilitated by National Nutrition Council-NCR (NNC-NCR) Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator Milagros Elisa Federizo and assisted by technical staff, Development Management Officer II Theresa Rivas, and Health Program Officer I, Trina Dela Cruz.

Photo 2022 RNAC NCRTop performing local government units (LGUs) and local nutrition focal points (LNFPs) namely, City/Municipal Nutrition Action Officers, Local Nutrition Program Coordinators, and Barangay Nutrition Scholars in Metro Manila received nutrition awards during the Regional Nutrition Awarding Ceremony (RNAC) held on October 28, 2022 at Century Park Hotel, Manila.

The RNAC is the culminating event of the MELLPI or the Monitoring and Evaluation of Local Level Plan Implementation. From June 28 to August 19, 2022, the inter-agency Regional Nutrition Evaluation Team (RNET) conducted the MELLPI Pro of the 17 LGUs in the region to monitor and evaluate the implementation and management of nutrition programs and performance of nutrition workforce in 2021. The LGUs and LNFPs that exhibited exemplary performance in nutrition were recognized during the ceremony.

Members of the NCR SUN Youth NetworkOn November 11, 2022, the National Nutrition Council-NCR officially organized its Regional Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Youth Network in a meeting with youth leaders in Metro Manila. The network is composed of the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Presidents and representatives from the Girl Scouts of the Philippines and Eagle Scouts of the Philippines.

As members of the network, they can collaborate and exchange good practices with other youth leaders who are committed to improving nutrition. They can also explore opportunities to work with other youth organizations, government agencies, private sector, and even professional associations in scaling up nutrition actions.  They can also contribute to discussions on the nutrition issues affecting the youth and participate in the activities of the regional SUN networks of civil society, academe, and business sector.