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CITY OF ILAGAN, ISABELA----- Dr. Mila Villar, youngest Provincial Nutrition Action Officers in service, sets record as she is hailed as finalist for the 2019 most outstanding PNAO in the region.

She maybe the youngest PNAO in service, however her nine (9) years dedicated service as Municipal Nutrition Action Officer (MNAO) of Cabarroguis, Quirino paved way to her knowledge, skills, strengths and dedication to serve as PNAO of the Province of Quirino.

ED Doc ApetRepublic of the Philippines

Department of Health




Assistant Secretary and Executive Director

National Nutrition Council


To Honorable Cabinet Secretary Atty. Karlo Alexei Nograles, DOH-Region II Regional Director and Regional Nutrition Committee Chair Dr. Rio Magpantay, RNC Vice Chair Director Jonathan Paul Leusen and other members of the RNC, our resource speakers Ms. Luz Malillin, Atty. Racquel Reyes-Aglaua, and Professor Shelley Pascual; to all the distinguished guests and nutrition partners from the academe, business, civil society organizations, and the media groups. A pleasant morning to everyone. I would like to thank you all for sharing your precious time to grace us on this special day for nutrition at Cagayan Valley. I am extending my big congratulations to NNC Region 2, led by Nutrition Director Gisela Lonzaga, for putting together this orientation.

The Scaling Up Nutrition or SUN Movement was borne out of a recognition of the rising problem of undernutrition globally and the failure of the international system to deal with this problem effectively.  The fragmented and dysfunctional actions among various stakeholders to address the issue is not making any difference. Thus, the birth of a global movement calls for unity among multiple stakeholders – the government, civil society organizations, academe, research, business sector, donor, development partners, and the United Nations – for a collective effort to fight malnutrition worldwide.

Even before COVID-19 pandemic, the world is already experiencing a more silent pandemic: malnutrition.  But with the unprecedented global, social and economic crisis triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic, it is threatening to undo decades worth of hard work in addressing hunger and malnutrition.

Our current data revealed that nearly one in every three children under five years old is already stunted or too short for their age or bansot based on the results of the 2019 Expanded National Nutrition Survey conducted by the DOST-Food and Nutrition Research Institute. Contrary to common knowledge, stunting among children is not just being short, and neither is it an inherited trait from parents.  Malnourished pregnant women are likely to give birth to a stunted child due to failure to meet the additional weight and nutritional requirements because of the demands of the growing fetus. Stunting compromises children’s physical and mental development, which, if not addressed by age two years, contributes to poor school performance, poor immunity, and poor work productivity, eventually affecting our human capital development.  While this figure may sound intimidating, there is already a significant reduction noted compared to the survey results at the national level in 2015. We have been making progress.  However, the progress has been too slow to achieve the nutrition targets that we have set.  Now more than ever, the COVID-19 pandemic has contributed to reduced access to essential nutrition services and has disrupted the food systems, among others.  The nutritional impacts of the COVID-19 crisis could have massive, long-term productivity consequences that could extend to future generations.  Hence, immediate actions are needed to prevent this from happening.

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CITY OF ILAGAN, ISABELA----- The National Nutrition Council Cagayan Valley is set to launch the Scale Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement to nutrition workers, partners, academe, business sectors and other stakeholders in the region tomorrow, 14 October 2021 via Zoom and Facebook live.

The SUN Movement is founded on the principle that all people have a right to good food and good nutrition. It brings together governments, civil society, the United Nations, donors, businesses, and academe into a collective effort to improve nutrition.

Atty. Karlo Alexie B. Nograles, Cabinet Secretary and SUN adviser for the Philippines and  Dr. Azucena M. Dayanghirang, Assistant Secretary and Executive Director, National Nutrition Council and Representative to the Global SUN Movement will deliver inspirational messages.

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National Mental Health Week is annually celebrated every second week of October based on Proclamation No. 452, dated August 25, 1994. National Mental health program aims to promote over-all wellness of all Filipinos, prevent mental, psychosocial, and neurological disorders, and others and reduce burden of disease by providing improved access to mental health services. To prevent brain diseases and promote brain health, people must also take consider on the food they eat.

Food is not just important for physical health but also very essential for the brain. It keeps the brain healthy and improves brain function such as memory and concentration. Having a well-balanced and nutritious diet has many benefits especially on promoting healthy brain aging and prevent brain-related diseases such as dementias, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and memory loss.

Brain development and function of a child is affected and influenced by the mother’s diet. All energy and nutrient that can be absorbed from the food the mother eats is significant during the development of brain structure during prenatal and perinatal stage. Malnutrition during pregnancy and early childhood would result to child’s poor brain and cognitive development, as highlighted in the importance of the First 1000 Days of Life.

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CITY OF ILAGAN, ISABELA----- The National Nutrition Council Region 02 conducted its 2nd Staff Meeting for October 2021 via zoom meeting last 11 October 2021.

The meeting started with an opening prayer led by NO II Frances Vea Valdez followed by an opening message of Ms. Maria Gisela M. Lonzaga, Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator- NNC R02.

“The month of October will be full of activities and nutrition information dissemination to our stakeholders. Hence, I am requesting your full commitment and cooperation for this to be successful” NPC Lonzaga shared during the staff meeting.

She then asked updates from the assigned personnel regarding the status of Tutok Kainan Dietary Supplementation for Pregnant Women of Cagayan and Isabela, Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) orientation and also gave an update for the National Nutrition Evaluation for Local Nutrition Focal Person in the region.

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By Benjie S. De Yro

Various nutrition programs and projects are now in the hands of the Local Government Units.

In a virtual dialogue with Punong Barangays recently conducted by the National Nutrition Council, DILG Undersecretary for Barangay Affairs Martin Dino said the agency ‘recognizes the importance of barangays in the delivery of nutrition-related programs to address nutrition and health-related problems in the community’.

However, Punong Barangays and Barangay Nutrition Scholars who attended the dialogue said it is always a question of budgetary requirements which impedes the various plans and programs on nutrition in the community.

The dialogue was held to inform the barangays on the devolution of various nutrition programs to attune to the Philippine Plan of Action in Nutrition (2017-2022) as Undersecretary Dino claimed some barangays in the country are not fully informed of the plan.

It was likewise aimed to help the barangays understand and review their own barangay action plans and to prepare them on the full devolution as mandated by Section 17 of the Local Government Code of 1991.

John Aries Macaspac, DBM- LGU and Regional Coordination Bureau Officer -In-Charge said the government is not adding functions to the LGUs but only implements a law with respect to the expenditure functions of the latter.

“This means bigger budgets, more investments and services for nutrition in the light of the Mandanas ruling for 2022,” he said.