Women’s History Month takes held during the month of March. This is a moment to celebrate and appreciate women, including all persons who identify as women.

Mainly, women’s month is about giving women a voice. By paying attention to the wise words of influential women, you empower more women to speak up and share their influences. It is one thing to tell women and girls that they can achieve anything. It is quite another thing to hear women who have overcome adversity convey this sentiment in their own words.
Women attain their greatest potential when they live lives that are safe, fulfilling, and productive. They have made significant progress in recent years toward gender equality and women's empowerment, but the road ahead remains long and winding.
With the collective acceptance and support of each of their fellow women, the foundation is strengthened to have equality no matter who or what you are.


Lent is a 40-day period of preparation to celebrate the Lord's Resurrection at Easter. Lent is a season of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving that begins on Ash Wednesday and ends at sundown on Holy Thursday.

In Philippine culture, the season of Lent is deeply ingrained. We seek the Lord in prayer, serve by giving alms, and practice self-control through fasting. On Ash Wednesday and Good Friday, Catholics fast, meaning they eat less than usual. Also, adult Catholics over the age of 14 abstain from eating meat. During these days, it is not acceptable to eat lamb, chicken, beef, pork, ham, deer, and most other meats. Because of this, it might worry us to the limited options for protein during lent, however, it is a fantastic time to discover more tasty forms of protein sources. We all know that Filipinos love to eat foods, so let's look at some foods that boost protein that you should eat during this holy lent.

Here are some of the most recommended Filipino dishes that can give you an idea of this Holy Week.

RBATF 2023

TUGUEGARAO CITY, CAGAYAN----------Regional Bantay ASIN Task Force (RBATF) Region 02 conducted monitoring visit to Santa Fe, Nueva Vizcaya in coordination with PBATF last 31 January and reported a total of 340kgs of inadequately iodized salt.

The visit started with a meeting with Honorable Mayor Liwayway Caramat and discussed the following:

  • Acknowledgement of the efforts of the LGU of Santa Fe in hiring a total of six (6) job order personnel to man the MBATF checkpoint that is augmented with five (5) staff from the province. The team has a 24/7 schedule to ensure that only adequate iodized salt will enter the region.
  • Purchased of additional WYD iodine checker to be used as a standby and to be used in markets and other sources/sellers of salt to ensure that only adequately iodized salt is sold in the municipality
  • The LGU also shared that they conducted meeting with sari-sari stores to may them aware of RA 8172 and to test the iodized salt.
  • Provision of solution A and B (from DOST), face mask and alcohol

A total of 39, 129 kgs of salt stopped for inspection and a total of 340 kgs were found to be inadequately iodized that were returned to origin.

After the meeting the team together with Mayor Caramat inspected the proposed asin checkpoint  in Malico, Santa Fe, Nueva Vizcaya. The following were the findings of inspection:

national mental retardation week

February 14-20 was the designated observance of National Mental Retardation Week by The Philippine Department of Health (DOH). The objective is to raise awareness for those who have intellectual disabilities as a spectrum of illnesses that requires careful attention. 

Mental Retardation (MR) also known as Intellectual Disability (ID) is defined as a sub-average intellectual ability present from birth or early infancy. It is a term when a person has certain limitations in cognitive functioning skills, including communication, social and self-care skills. These limitations can cause a child to develop and learn more slowly or differently than a typical child behavior. This triggers them to have a hard time doing certain things and have an intelligence below average. 

hearts month


It’s February! A time where everyone spread their love to their loved ones. However, let’s not forget that there’s also a heart that we should protect.  February is the Philippine Health Month by virtue of Proclamation No. 1096 signed on January 9, 1973. The proclamation aims to promote awareness of a growing serious health issue such as heart disease and encourage public support for the advocacy of promoting cardiovascular health and wellness among Filipinos.

Having a healthy heart is fundamental to overall good health. Like how you choose your own valentine, you must listen and feel to what your heart says. Whatever it says, have it check because you’ll be needing a healthy working heart to spread your love this season.

oral health month

“Brush your teeth every day, to keep the dentist away”. It is certain that you’ve heard this a lot before. This February is National Oral Health Month and the theme for this year’s celebration is “Ngiting Protektado, Ngiting Panalo” which seeks to promote awareness and reiterate the importance of good oral hygiene habits through all Filipinos to keep their teeth, gums, and overall health.

Oral health is one of the most neglected aspects of a person’s overall well-being, particularly here in the Philippines. Through the Presidential Proclamation No. 599 series of 2004 declared the month of February every year as National Oral Health Month. It was to emphasize the importance of oral and dental care every month of February. Moreover, it is wished to give the same attention all throughout the year.