SAN FERNANDO CITY, Dec. 31 (Anne Hazel Flores, PIA-1) -- Eleven local nutrition workers completed the e-Learning course conducted by the National Nutrition Council (NNC-1) in the Ilocos and received their certificates via a virtual closing ceremony on Dec. 22.

The six-week course dubbed as: e-Learning Course on Nutrition in Emergencies and Information Management which started on Nov. 3 is aimed to enhance the competencies of local nutrition workers on the implementation of nutrition programs during emergencies as well as managing the data or information.

NNC-1 awarded the certificates to the graduates namely: Elma Irapta, Christina Caroy, Sunshine Tangoyab, Helbert Piol, Josephine Ruedas, and Rodolfo Ragadi from the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte; Mercy Lenn Arzadon and Ma. Christine Dumlao from Don Mariano Mariano Marcos Memorial Hospital and Medical Center; Kristine Joy Soriano from the Municipal Government of Calasiao; Gael Myca Abella from the Department of Science and Technology; and Jason Austria from the Ilocos Training and Regional Medical Center.

Tutok Kainan

Good 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.

BNSturns10The LUPangIlocos Barangay Nutrition Scholars Federation Incorporated celebrates its 10th year anniversary of progress and success of its foundation since 2011.

With the assistance of National Nutrition Council Regional Office-I, the LUPangIlocos BNS Fed., Inc. held the 10th Regional Barangay Nutrition Scholars’ (BNS) Congress cum Webinar Series “A decade full of challenges and progress” on September to October 2020 with the theme: “LUPangIlocos BNSs: Nagkakaisa Upang Sugpuin ang mga Banta ng COVID-19 sa Nutrisyon!”

IFR article28 October 2020-- The Provincial Government of La Union (PGLU) successfully launches the Iron-Fortified Rice Production here at San Pablo Multi-Purpose Cooperative Rice Mill and Warehouse, Bet-ang, Balaoan, La Union.

This is the realization of the Provincial Ordinance No. 118-2017 entitled “An Ordinance Providing Mechanisms for the Production, Distribution and Use of Iron-Fortified Rice (IFR) in the Province of La Union otherwise known as La Union Iron-Fortified Rice ordinance of 2017.”

La Union Governor Francisco Emmanuel “Pacoy” Ortega III virtually graced the activity and congratulated the people and the provincial I-Rice Task Force (PTF) for the successful conduct of the launching.

Candon Gulayan(Joyah Mae C. Quimoyog, PIA-Ilocos Sur) Without enough income, it is indeed a challenge to survive amid coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

Aside from the fear of being infected by the virus, most of us, especially of the vulnerable sector, struggle every day with food security being at stake.

Nevertheless, with the support from the national government through the national government agencies and the local government units (LGUs), we are given various opportunities that can help us cope up with the crisis.

In Candon City, Ilocos Sur, residents are expected to have a fresh supply of vegetables by engaging in community gardening.

Dubbed as “Gulayan sa Barangay,” the project aims to ensure food security and provide additional income to the communities of the second district of Ilocos Sur in this time of pandemic.

The project, which was initiated by the Office of Second District Representative Kristine Singson, was piloted in Candon City and eventually will be duplicated in the remaining 22 towns of the second district of Ilocos Sur.

“We are just waiting for the delivery of seed packets,” Rep. Singson said.

Before availing the program, all 42 barangays in the city identified a “gulayan” area of at least 50 square meters (levelled and fenced).

In partnership with the LGU, the Department of Agriculture (DA) through the City Agriculture Office, the National Nutrition Council through the City Nutrition Action Office, and the PUSO ti Kababaihan of the city, the recipient barangays recently received packets of open pollinated variety (OPV) and hybrid seeds from the DA such as bitter gourd, squash, Chinese cabbage, eggplant, among others.

Barangay Nutrition Scholars and Barangay Councils also attended a Training Seminar on Crop Production and Management of Hybrid Vegetable Seeds to make sure that they are knowledgeable on the production and management of the garden.

Monitoring forms for the OPV and hybrid seeds were also provided and discussed to them.

The OPV seeds are intended for propagation while the hybrid seeds are for commercial use to provide additional household income.

The recipients were also taught on how to manage their sales from the hybrid crops to ensure that they will have capital to purchase the next batch of seeds.

Enhanced nutribun2DAGUPAN CITY (Liwayway Yparraguirre, PNA) – The bread product Nutribun, famous in the 70s for being nutritious, is making a comeback after a firm based in Sta. Barbara, Pangasinan reformulated it, calling it enhanced Nutribun.

“We are making it sure that the enhanced Nutribun is a different reformulation, it has different look, but we are giving more nutrition. Unlike the former Nutribun, this time this is softer, smells good, more delicious, and has a very good texture. This is our campaign nowadays, that it could easily be appreciated and eaten by the children,” said Racky Doctor, president of Nutridense Food Manufacturing Corporation, in an interview Thursday.

Back in the 70s, Nutribun is a bread product used in school feeding programs to combat child malnutrition

The bread is a natural source of fiber as it has energen, protein, vitamin A, minerals such as iron, calcium, potassium, and zinc, Doctor said.