Community PsntryThe COVID-19 pandemic has greatly affected not only our health but also the way we deal with our daily life. Health protocols were imposed to minimize the possible spread of the virus and one of these is the restricted movement of people affecting the labor force and access to food. Accessibility to food is vital to ensure food security which later affects the nutritional status of every individual.

Based on the latest rapid nutrition assessment survey of the Department of Science and Technology-Food and Nutrition Research Institute (DOST-FNRI), 6 out of 10 Filipino families or 62.1% experience moderate to severe food insecurity. Some of the identified reasons were lack of money, limited transportation, loss of livelihood, lack of access to adequate food and some elderly does not have anyone to buy food for them. To cope up with this problem, their coping strategies were borrowing money to be able to buy food, asked from their relatives, trading and bartering and some adults tend to cut their food intake to be able to feed their children.

Given the current situation, community pantry has been a great aid for families to sustain their everyday’s food. From the Maginhawa community pantry, many individuals were inspired and replicated the same project in their areas.

187116049 632345938166965 5166068115744425748 nBauang, La Union- The Local Government of Bauang through its Municipal Nutrition Office successfully capacitated its Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNSs) on the Basic Course for BNSs  held on May 24-26, 2021at the Bauang RHU Conference Room.

The said training was attended by 18 BNSs from selected barangays in the municipality.

Ms. Maria Adelfa Fontz, Municipal Nutrition Action Officer of Bauang, on her opening message stressed the importance of the training to the BNSs which is basically to improve and standardize their performance in doing their basic tasks in their respective barangays and to be able to produce improvement in the nutritional status specially among young children.

IKSN ArticleMarch 24, 2021- The National Nutrition Council Region 1 spearheaded the conduct of online orientation on Idol Ko Si Nanay (IKSN) Learning Session for the Nutrition Action Officers and Barangay Nutrition Scholars of the Province of Ilocos Sur today.

The activity aims to equip all the participants in promoting behavioral change among all pregnant and lactating women, mothers of 0-23 months old children and other caregivers through conduct of IKSN classes in every barangays.OIC-Nutrition Program Coordinator of NNC, Mr. Kendall Gatan said during the orientation that there is a need to standardize the cascading of the First 1000 Days program among the beneficiaries through the IKSN classes.

LTN2City of San Fernando, La Union-- The National Nutrition Council Region 1 (NNC-1) in partnership with the League of Nutrition Action Officers of Region 1 (RLNAOs) to launch an online nutrition promotion and advocacy program dubbed as “LET’S TALK NAO!” which will run from June to November 2021 via the NNC1 office Facebook page and Youtube channel.

This was inked both by NNC1 and RLNAOs during the RLNAOs zoom meeting held on March 25, 2021.

The program will feature the best practices of local nutrition committees (LNC) in providing nutrition services especially in this time of pandemic and a great venue to provide updates on the progress of nutrition program implementation among LGUs.

DEPED SALT FORUMCity of San Fernando, La Union –More than One Thousand Five Hundred (1,500) public school teachers and DepEd health personnel from all over Region I attended the successfully concluded Online Salt Iodization Forum organized by the National Nutrition Council Region 1 and DOH- Center for Health Development 1 in partnership with the Department of Education Region 1 held on March 16, 2021 via zoom and facebook live.

Dir. Tolentino G. Aquino, Regional Director of the Department of Education and an active member of the Regional Bantay ASIN Task Force (RBATF)-1 graced and opened the forum expressing his appreciation to the organizers and attendees.

“Alam naman natin na noon pang 1995 ay mayroon nang batas na isinulong ang ating dating pangulong Fidel V. Ramos na nagpapakita at naglalahad sa atin ng kahalagahan ng asin (na may sapat na iodine) para ma-maintain ang ating nutrisyon. The Department of Health (NNC) also have issued the 10 Kumainments and we believe that the importance of Kumainment No. 7 ay mahalaga lalo na sa Department of Education na ipabatid ang kahalagahan nito sa ating kalusugan hindi lang sa mga kabataan kundi para maeducate na din ang mga  parents na may karamdaman at ang mga maiiwasang sakit pag mayroon tayong sapat na iodine sa ating katawan … And we are hoping that our teachers will be able to share their learnings kahit tayo ay nasa distance learning modality ngayon,” he added.

MELLPI ProMarch 26, 2021, San Fernando City- The National Nutrition Council Region 1 successfully held the MELLPI Pro Orientation via zoom attended by 128 members of the local and regional nutrition evaluation team (RNET).

The said orientation aims to refresh all the participants in the conduct of this year’s nutrition evaluation and to disseminate the supplemental guidelines in the conduct of MELLPI pro in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In his opening message, OIC-Nutrition Program Coordinator Kendall Pilgrim Gatan said that due to pandemic, the conduct of MELLPI Pro and other assessment and monitoring activities were suspended in 2020 and most program implementations are affected and realigned to address all the possible effects of COVID-19 pandemic to the health and nutrition situation.