Regional Organization of Nutrition Development Advocates 1 RONDA 1 Inc

The Regional Organization of Nutrition Development Advocates, Inc. of Region 1 (RONDA-1, Inc.), together with the National Nutrition Council Region 1, held a meeting on Tuesday afternoon, February 27, via Zoom to discuss the organization’s next steps for nutrition development in the region.

Opening the meeting, OIC Kendall Pilgrim Gatan expressed his gratitude to the organization for their support and active involvement to the various activities and programs of the NNC Region 1 last year. The members of the RONDA-1 posed as resource speakers, moderators, and facilitators for NNC1’s programs in 2022, in addition to the organization’s principal activities and advocacies on the promotion of good health and nutrition.



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20 February 2023- The National Nutrition Council- Region Office and the Nutritionist-Dietitians Association of the Philippines-La Union Chapter (NDAP-LU) joined the Department of Health-CHD1 and Ilocos Training and Regional Medical Center (ITRMC for the Heart Month 2023 Culminating Celebration at Saint Louis Colleges (SLC) Gymnasium, City of San Fernando, La Union in partnership with the said school.

This year’s theme “KaHEARTner: Move More, Eat Right” highlights the importance of exercise and healthy diet towards protection against obesity and non-communicable diseases specifically heart diseases.


NNC Region 1

The National Nutrition Council Region 1 (NNC1) successfully spearheaded the two-day online nutrition forum for local nutrition committees of Region I on 26 and 31 January 2023 thru zoom attended by more than a hundred Nutrition Action Officers (NAOs) and members of the Local Nutrition Committees (LNCs).

The said forum focused on the updated guidelines on the formulation of the Local Nutrition Action Plan (LNAP) and the conduct of this year’s Monitoring and Evaluation of Local Level Plan Implementation (MELLPI) Pro.

3LAOAG CITY, ILOCOS NORTE- The Lupang Ilocos Barangay Nutrition Scholar (BNS) Federation, Inc. conducted their first regular meeting, under the leadership of Mr. Darwin F. Tumbaga, newly elected Federation President, on February 15, 2023.

Part of the meeting were the presentation of the 2022 federation accomplishments and turn-over of Lupang Ilocos BNS Fed. Inc. files to incoming officers. In addition, Ms. Cristina Jubilado, Federation Treasurer, presented the Financial Report for 2022, as well as the updates of the BIR and SEC registration.

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One of the achievements of the Municipal Nutrition Council- Santa for the past years is the decreasing numbers of malnutrition in all 3 parameters. Which will ultimately lead to our main goal of 0 malnutrition rate in our locality.

The MNC-Santa through coordination and integrated action can be made possible over a mechanism that will bring sectors of the society together for shared decision making and responsibility on matters related to nutrition improvement.

Salt Testing

Iodine is an essential mineral which is commonly found in seawater and soil.  It is useful for brain development and prevention of thyroid disease like goiter. Common sources of iodine are seafoods, table salt, dairy, tuna, and eggs. 

Table salt is one of the common sources of iodine if it is fortified. However, some salt contains less or no iodine at all. Some manufacturers don’t fortify their salt with iodine or if fortified, these iodine were lost throughout the transporting, storage and cooking process. That is why, extra care must be done during those processes.