June 14, 2022- The Registered Nutrition-Dietitians in the Province of La Union organized the Nutritionist-Dietitians’ Association of the Philippines- La Union (NDAP-LU) Chapter and elected its new set of officers during the Nutrition Forum for RNDs of La Union organized by the National Nutrition Council- Regional Office I (NNC-ROI) and hosted by the Local Government Unit of Bacnotan, La Union.  

Vice Mayor and Mayor-elect, Hon. Divina Fontanilla of Bacnotan, La Union, the Interim President of NDAP-LU Chapter expressed her appreciation and full support to the organization of the NDAP-LU and expressed her gratitude for choosing Bacnotan to host the Nutrition Forum.

OIC of NNC-ROI, Mr. Kendall Gatan also reiterated the possible collaborations of the just organized NDAP-LU to the existing organizations working in nutrition and to the Regional Nutrition Committee of Region I and the Provincial Nutrition Committee of La Union.

The following are the elected officers who will govern the NDAP-LU and are expected to set and establish its incorporation and policies to ensure the foundation and sustainability of the organization:

               PRESIDENT:              Ms. Jovita Leny Calaguas, ND IV of DOH-CHD1

               VICE PRESIDENT:   Mr. John Philip Gabriel, MNAO, Bacnotan, La Union

               SECRETARY:            Ms. Jennie Apilas, DNPC, Province of La Union

               ASSISTANT SECRETARY: Ms. Wylibeth Lumpias, Nutrition Officer II, NNC-ROI

               TREASURER:            Ms. Maricris Rimas, ND II, DepEd-ROI

               ASSISTANT TREASURER: Ms. Mariel Tavita, ND II, Naguilian District Hospital

               AUDITOR:                 Ms. Gretchen Quinones, ND II, DSWD-ROI

               PRO:                           Ms. Alitha Subido, ND II, Balaoan District Hospital

               Board of Directors:     Ms. Divina Fontanilla, Vice Mayor, Balaoan, La Union

                                                  Ms. Rose Lulu Pagaduan, DMO IV, PDOHO La Union

                                                  Mr. Vladimir Pinon, ND I, Caba Family Hospital

                                                  Mr. Jason Austria, ND III, ITRMC

                                                  Ms. Herminia Galera, ND, Rosario Hospital

As part of the Nutrition Forum, Ms. Jovita Leny Calaguas of DOH-CHD I presented a Brief orientation on the PIMAM, IYCF Program and other nutrition programs of the DOH and Ms. Jennie Apilas, District Nutrition Program Coordinator discussed the Provincial Nutrition Situation.

OIC Kendall Gatan of NNC RO I presented the snapshot of the Regional Nutrition Situation and the objectives and lined-up activities for 48th Nutrition Month Celebration.

He also presented a proposed partnership with NDAP La Union Chapter as the first project of the organization to co-manage one of the nutrition month online advocacies entitled “Let’s Talk Nutrition” which will run weekly from July 2022 until October 2022 which the body the approved and adopted.

Ms. Jenny Claire Olas-Malabay, Regional Vice President of NDAP for North Luzon presented the guidelines in establishing an NDAP Chapter which will serve as guide for the new set of officers in their next endeavors.

With high hopes from the NDAP-LU members, newly elected president, Ms. Jovita Leny Calaguas committed the intensive actions of the elected officers to fulfill their duties and mandates. /RLW