Food fortificationSAN FERNANDO CITY, April 19 (PIA) – Nutritionists said food fortification is one of the interventions to fight malnutrition and mineral deficiencies among Filipinos.

Susana Encarnacion of the Food and Nutrition Reasearch Institute  said food fortification is adding micronutrients to foods widely consumed by the population such as rice, noodles and cooking oil.

“Food fortification is an effective strategy in fighting malnutrition. We need to increase public awareness on the benefits of fortified foods,” Encarnacion said.
The Department of Science and Technology through the FNRI recently convened advocates of health and nutrition in Ilocos in a media forum here.

Acting director Armando Ganal, of DOST in the Ilocos, urged participants to perform their roles of disseminating important information to reach different stakeholders in the region.

“Media play a vital role in informing the public on facts and updates relating to societal issues including health and nutrition,” said Ganal.

Experts from the FNRI said most Filipinos are deficient in iron, iodine and Vitamin A.

Participants also reorganized the Nutrition Communication (NUTRICOMNET), a network of provincial and regional media practitioners and information officers of agencies and institutions involved in food, nutrition and health promotion.

The network will help achieve the Millennium Development Goal in eradicating extreme poverty and hunger by 2015. (MCA/JNP/PIA-1 La Union)

The City Nutrition Committee of Alaminos City together with the 43 Barangay Captains convened for its 1st City Nutrition Committee MeetingThe City Nutrition Committee of Alaminos City together with the 43 Barangay Captains convened for its 1st City Nutrition Committee Meeting on March 25, 2013 at Suki Hall Alaminos City purposely to re-activate the Nutrition Committee as well as the Barangay Nutrition Committees in the area. Likewise, it was the time to lobby for the deployment of Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNS) in every barangay.

To set the tone for the meeting and to have a real picture of the city nutrition situation, Ms. Rose Lulu P. Pagaduan, Nutrition Officer III of the National Nutrition  Council  presented it while Ms. Ma. Eileen B. Blanco, Nutrition Program Coordinator discussed the Overview of the Local Nutrition Committee as well as the roles and responsibilities for its sector.

SP Jan Marionne R. Fontelera, Chairman on Health and Sanitation said that sectoral actions can have a better impact when coordinated and integrated through a mechanism that will bring these sectors together for shared decision-making and responsibility on matters related to nutrition improvement.

Furthermore, NPC Blanco reiterated that the local Nutrition Committee plays a vital role in addressing hunger and malnutrition in the locality and emphasized on the following functions:

Prepare a nutrition action plan complementary to and integrated with other plans of the LGU and higher level plans;
Advocate the adoption and financing of the plan;
Coordinate nutrition and nutrition-related activities of member agencies and other agencies;
Monitor nutrition and related activities of member agencies and other agencies involved in the nutrition program;
Mobilize resources to ensure that the plan is implemented.

The issue on the deployment of at least one BNS in every barangay was finally resolved with the commitment of the Barangay Captains as Chairman of the Barangay Nutrition Committees to designate a BNS and to support the implementation of the nutrition programs in their respective barangays.

In closing, CNAO Virginia H. Francisco thanked the body for the overwhelming attendance and challenged the group to make Alaminos City a well-nourished and productive community.


The League of Nutrition Action Officers (LNAOs) Region I, Inc. will conduct its Annual Training cum 20th Anniversary Celebration on March 11-13, 2014 at Hotel Supreme, Baguio City with the theme: “R1NAOs at 20: Celebrating years of committed health and nutrition services to the LUPangIlocos Community. Hon. Francisco Emmanuel R. Ortega III, Abono Partylist Representative will be the guest of Honor and Keynote Speaker. All Nutrition Workers in the region are invited to attend this years celebration.

The LNAO’s, Region I Inc. is the only organization of the Nutrition Action Officers (NAO’s) nationwide which is registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) as per Registration No.B 199800275 dated March 27, 1998. It was first organized in June 1994 when the first initiative to hold a regional convention was held prior to the one-day national NAO’s convention. At present, the regional league has been recognized as one of the strong, bonded and financially stable organization who has served as partners in nutrition-related endeavors of Region I.

With the existence of the federated NAO’s at the provincial and regional level, an annual regional convention of NAO’s is held. Each year, the hosting of the regional convention is rotated among the provinces who serve as the overall coordinator of the event. Likewise, the National Nutrition Council, Regional Office I serves as the secretariat with the Nutrition Program Coordinator and Nutrition Officer III as consultants.

As in previous years, the regional league is hopeful that this years 20th celebration will be again a resounding success.

NNC Region 1 meeting on 2014 planning activitiesThe National Nutrition Council Regional Office 1 and the Regional Organization of Nutrition Development Advocates has recently convened at the Hotel Ariana in Bauang, La Union to formalize plans for different activities for this year, 2014.

The meeting coincided with the regular quarterly meeting of RONDA wherein the group has reported their accomplishments for 2013 which included different activities on the promotion of the revised Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos (NGF), seminars, symposium an trainings in different barangays in the region.

Ms. Rose Lulu Pagaduan, Nutrition Officer III of NNC also presented the conduct of the barangay outreach program of RONDA where residents of barangay Bonuan Gueset in Dagupan City were able to listen to lectures from Moringaling Philippines Foundation, Inc and National Nutrition Council RO1.

Mr. Bernie Errasquin, Station Manager of DZMQ Radyo ng Bayan Dagupan and RONDA President discussed with members plans and proposed activities for the year which will include malunggay planting in every home dubbed as “Malunggay sa Bawat Bahay Project”.
Meanwhile, during the meeting, NNC introduced to media partners their new Nutrition Program Coordinator, Ms. Ma. Eilleen B. Blanco who applauded the plan for said project citing the incidence of malnutrition in the region wherein about 24,070 children between 0 – 5 years old are found to be underweight and severely underweight while 8,586 are overweight. According to NPC Blanco, both state constitute malnutrition and therefore needs immediate attention from proper authorities.

During the meeting, RONDA members pledged their support to the different programs of NNC citing their desire to continue the advocacy as part of the group’s legacy. – Ms. Maricel Fronda

Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur and Pangasinan will complete the training of PGN-IYCF in 50% of barangays targeted for 2013.The five-day training sponsored by the National Nutrition Council started October 7, 2013 and will end on February 15, 2014 to complete the 88 batches of trainings.

The goal of the training is to reduce the prevalence of malnutrition through correct nutrition information and behavior modification. 100% of municipalities and priority nutritionally depressed barangays in these provinces will be covered. In each barangay, four participants from among the Barangay Nutrition Scholar, Barangay Health Worker, Kagawad on Health, Mother Leader or Midwife will be trained.

The training-workshop will enhance knowledge and skills on the promotion of desirable infant and young child feeding practices, basic nutrition among families and the promotion of egg and vegetables including the key messages of the Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos (NGF).

All the modules for the municipal level training were used for the barangay level training with some modification. A variety of learning methods to enhance learning like lecture-discussions, role-plays, demonstrations, practice sessions and group activities were used.

After this training, participants are expected to recruit and orient IYCF peer counselors, lead the organization of IYCF support groups that will follow-up and counsel pregnant and lactating mothers and mothers with young children, conduct nutrition education sessions using modules on Pabasa sa Nutrisyon and Egg and Vegetable syllabi.

annual Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition (PPAN) Monitoring and Evaluation of Local Level Plan Implementation (MELLPI) as well as the Barangay Nutrition Scholar (BNS) Evaluation will be held to assess progress of plan implementation, identify strengths and weaknesses in the implementation of the local nutrition program and institute appropriate corrective measures to facilitate achievement of nutrition targets.

The National Nutrition Council Region I together with the Regional Nutrition Evaluation Team (RNET) composed of member agencies of the Regional Nutrition Committee (RNC) will conduct this year’s MELLPI and BNS evaluation scheduled starting this March 24 to May 30, 2014.

The following schedules will be carried out among the participating provinces and cities regionwide:

Date Province/City
March 24-25 Alaminos City
March 27-28 Vigan City (BNS Evaluation only)
March 31-April 4 Ilocos Sur
April 7-8 San Carlos City (Monitoring)
April 10-11 San Fernando City
April 21-25 Pangasinan
April 24-25 Candon City
April 28-30 Urdaneta City
May 5-9 La Union
May 15-16 Dagupan City
May 19-20 Batac City
May 21-23 Laoag City
May 26-30 Ilocos Norte

The Municipality of Bangui, Ilocos Norte is hopeful that this year, they will get the Green Banner Award for the third time to be able to qualify for the Consistent Regional Outstanding Winner in Nutrition (CROWN) Award, the next higher award being given by NNC to outstanding LGU nutrition implementers.

This activity will end with the recognition of LGU’s with exemplary performance in nutrition program management and likewise, recognition of BNSes who have rendered outstanding performance in the delivery of health and nutrition services in their respective barangays. These awards will be presented during the Regional Nutrition Awarding Ceremony (RNAC) scheduled in September 2014.