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.

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.

RDC 1SAN FERNANDO CITY, Sept. 11 (Anne Hazel Flores, PIA-1 ) – The Regional Development Council in the Ilocos (RDC-1) approved the resolution enjoining all local government units  (LGUs) to finalize their respective local nutrition action plans (LNAP). 

During the 2nd Quarter Full-Council Meeting of the RDC-1 on Aug. 26, the body approved RDC-1 Resolution No. 75, series of 2020 proposed by the regional Social Development Committee (SocDev Comm) which is aimed to address the effects of health and nutrition situation in the communities due to the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic.

The said resolution also directs LGUs to strengthen the implementation by integrating nutrition programs, projects and activities in their Annual Investment Program for 2021-2022.

According to the data of the National Nutrition Council in the Ilocos (NNC-1), the results of the Operation Timbang Plus (OPT+) conducted by the LGUs in the region showed an increase in malnutrition prevalence in all indicators from 2018 to 2019.

On the said period, an increase of 0.98 percent in the underweight cases and a 0.55 percent increase for wasting cases was reported.

In addition, stunting also increased from 5.04 percent to 6.74 percent while a overweight cases increased from 2.61 percent to 3.70 percent was recorded.

NNC-1 said that malnutrition and other co-morbidities are considered risks for complications in people with COVID-19 if the immune system is compromised, especially to pregnant, postpartum and/or lactating women, adolescent girls, and the elderly.

“Our committee hopes that through the adoption and approval of this resolution, the support of our LGUs to decrease malnutrition rate in the region will materialize,” said Department of Education Regional Director Tolentino G. Aquino, also SocDev Comm chairperson, during the meeting.

“The recommendations to approve the resolution is based on the Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition (PPAN) 2017-2022 which is an integral part of the Philippine Development Plan,” Aquino added.

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!”

Webinar SeriesThe National Nutrition Council Regional Office 1 (NNC-ROI) in partnership with the League of Nutrition Action Officers of Region 1 (RLNAO-I) has successfully conducted the 2020 Nutrition Month Webinar Series cum RLNAOs Online Conference held every Tuesday from July 21-August 25, 2020 via Zoom Cloud in lieu of the postponed annual RLNAOs Conference-Workshop for this year. The live streaming of each session was also posted on the Official Facebook Page of NNC-ROI.

This webinar series aims to update and equip the Nutrition Action Officers, members of the Local Nutrition Committees, Barangay Nutrition Scholars, and other local nutrition workers with the knowledge and skills to sustain efficient and effective management of local nutrition programs. In addition, it is also a venue to enhance their capacities and competencies to improve the delivery of nutrition services and implement the programs of the Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition 2017-2022 to address hunger and malnutrition in their respective areas.

Around 500 plus participants composed of nutrition action officers, nutrition program coordinator, barangay nutrition scholars, member of nutrition committees, nutritionist-dietitians, researchers, teachers, and other stakeholders attended the said event.

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.