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On 7 July 2021, in celebration of the 2021 Nutrition Month with the theme “Malnutrition patuloy na labanan, First 1000 days tutukan”, the National Nutrition Council Region III held a “meet and greet” activity with Regional Director (RD) William L. Beltran of the Philippine Information Agency-Region III and member of the Central Luzon Regional Nutrition Committee (CL RNC).

Ms. Ana Maria B. Rosaldo, Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator of NNC-Region III together with Nutrition Officer III Angelita M. Pasos, Nutrition Officer II Rose Anne M. Cuyco and Administrative Aide VI Isaiah Justin C. Batac, handed over to RD Beltran a copy of the Coffee Table Book (CTB) of One Thousand Days One Lifetime - Nourishing the country's future through Republic Act No. 11148 of the "Kalusugan at Nutrisyon ng Mag-Nanay Act" as a meaningful way to promote the First 1,000 Days program.

RD Beltran is a staunch supporter of nutrition by ensuring that updates and information on nutrition and nutrition-related programs in Central Luzon are disseminated as widely as possible to the general public. PIA led the development of a communication plan on addressing malnutrition along with the promotion of 2012 Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos or 10 Kumainments, Healthy Food Plate or Pinggang Pinoy, among others. RD Beltran also pushed for the approval of majority of the CL RNC resolutions presented by the NNC Secretariat during the RNC meetings.

Copies of the CTB were given to CL RNC-member agencies to serve as inspiration and to stir support to implement F1K days programs geared toward achieving the targets of the Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition, Philippine Development Plan, Philippine Health Agenda and the country’s commitment to Sustainable Development Goals.

The One Thousand Days One Lifetime CTB was developed by the Legislators Committee on Population and Development Foundation, Inc., through the collaborative efforts of the UNICEF Philippines and Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) to promote the importance of the First 1000 days of life that would impact on the social and economic development of the country.

By: Rose Anne M. Cuyco, Nutrition Officer II

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The National Nutrition Council Region III, in partnership with the Philippine Information Agency Regional Office III, spearheaded the conduct of 2021 Nutrition Month Launching cum Presser on 5 July 2021 via zoom teleconference and FB livestream.

The event was attended by more than nine hundred participants from national line agencies, local government units and local media partners.

The 2021 NM Launch cum Presser started with the 2021 NM prayer and national anthem followed by the Welcome Message of Dr. Corazon I. Flores of the DOH Central Luzon Center for Health Development and Chair of the Central Luzon Regional Nutrition Committee (CL RNC). Dr. Flores emphasized DOH’s lead role in implementing First 1,000 Days programs. She likewise encouraged members of the CL RNC to collaborate to end hunger and malnutrition in the region.

RNPC Rosaldo discussed the overview of the 2021 Nutrition Month celebration which included proposed actions and activities of various stakeholders.

Panel of discussants during the Press Conference were members of the CL RNC led by Dr. Flores, OIC Regional Director Jay E. Timbreza of the DILG-Regional Office III, OIC Regional Executive Director Crispulo G. Bautista of the DA Regional Field Unit III represented by Engr. AB David, Regional Director William Beltran of the PIA Regional Office III, Regional Director Julius Cesar Sicat of the DOST Regional Office III and RNPC Ana Maria B. Rosaldo of the NNC-Region III.

PMNP Banner 2On 13 April 2021, the National Nutrition Council-Region III conducted an online consultation session with target stakeholders of the Philippine Multisectoral Nutrition Program (PMNP). Participants of the online Focus Group Discussion were Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNSs), Barangay Health Workers (BHWs), Day Care Workers (DCWs), Nutrition Action Officers (NAOs) and District/City Nutrition Program Coordinators (DCNPCs).

The online activity aims to orient the target participants on the PMNP, locally translated as KUMAIN (Kasapatan at Ugnayan ng Mamamayan sa Akmang Pagkain at Nutrisyon) Project; and 2) gather inputs and suggestions from the BNSs, BHWs, DCWs, CMNAOs and DCNPCs from the Municipalities of Cuyapo and Rizal and San Jose City of Nueva Ecija Province to assess the health and nutrition situation of the communities under the proposed target areas.

The consultation session through the conduct of a Focus Group Discussion (FGD) was divided into four (4) parts. The first part of the FGD discussed the health and nutrition concerns or problems which are most common in the communities. The second part focused on gender issues in relation to health and nutrition concerns experienced in the communities. The third part discussed the appropriate nutrition-sensitive programs to address the health and nutrition concerns in the community. And the last part solicited the participants’ recommendations for the PMNP.

Phot ArticleOn 22 June 2021, the Presidential Communication Operations Office (PCOO) in partnership with the Office of the Cabinet Secretary organized Kamasa sa Pamana: Regional Pre-SONA Series in Region III held at Kingsborough International Conventions Center. The event serves as a comprehensive prequel for the President’s sixth and final State of the Nation Address (SONA) on July 26, 2021.

The event was participated by government officials, national government agencies, local chief executives and academe in Central Luzon. The event was highlighted with the presentation of the updates and accomplishments of President Duterte’s administration since 2016 as well as the plans for the remainder of his term and the government’s reponse on COVID-19 pandemic.

Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles graced the event. He presented keystone accomplishments of the present administration in the areas of economic and development, infrastructure, human development and poverty reduction, participatory governance, security, justice and peace, and climate change adaptation, mitigation, and disaster risk reduction.

5On 3 May 2021, the National Nutrition Council – Region III, in partnership with the members of the Central Luzon Regional Nutrition Committee, will hold the first of a series of webinars this year entitled “Addressing Hunger and Malnutrition in Central Luzon . . . Let us Start with Why?”

The webinar aims to provide the nutrition community and stakeholders in Central Luzon with current information on the nutrition situation in the region. It also aims to intensify and mobilize integrated action of regional line agencies, nongovernment agencies, local government units, academic institutions, business corporations and communities to implement appropriate mix of programs under the Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition, 2017-2022.

Invited participants are members of the Central Luzon Regional Nutrition Committee (CL RNC) composed of the regional directors and head of 26 regional government line agencies and three (3) nutrition federated groups and media partners; members of the Regional Nutrition Technical Working Group; Provincial, City and Municipal Nutrition Action Officers, District and City Nutrition Program Coordinators and Barangay Nutrition Scholars from the seven (7) provinces and 14 cities of Central Luzon. Members of the Central Luzon Advocates and Regional Nutrition Information Network (CLARINET) composed of practitioners from radio, TV and information officers from various government offices and non-government organizations.

Cabinet Secretary Karlo Alexei B. Nograles, Chair of the Inter-agency Task Force on Zero Hunger and Enhanced Partnership against Hunger and Poverty and a staunch nutrition advocate and supporter will Keynote the event. Four (4) invited speakers will deliver very timely topics which aims to propel actions and engagement of various sectors and stakeholders in the region.

Topics lined up for discussion are: The State of Philippine Food and Nutrition Security Before and During Pandemic to be presented by Ms. Cristine G. Malabad, Senior Science Research Specialist of the Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology; 2. Survey on Nutrition Service Disruption and Adaptation in the Health System to be shared by Dr. Cecilia Acuin, Consultant from the UNICEF Philippines; 3. Landscape Analysis of Childhood Overweight and Obesity in the Philippines: Implications for Policies and Programs by Dr. Mary Christine Castro, Executive Director of the Nutrition Center of the Philippines; and 4. The Philippine Multisectoral Nutrition Project by Dir. Azucena M. Dayanghirang, Executive Director of the National Nutrition Council.

Webinar Series 1, with an appendage “Let us Start with Why”, aims to stir up actions on why we need to address hunger and malnutrition. The upcoming webinars in the coming months will cover topics on nutrition programs or interventions, good practices of individuals and LGUs along with the monitoring and evaluation for sustainability – which will answer the questions WHO, WHAT and HOW.

The webinar also aims to drum up focus of the 2021 Nutrition Month theme “Malnutrition patuloy na labanan, First 1,000 Days tutukan!” that calls for continued efforts to address malnutrition in the country which is expected to worsen as a result of the pandemic and limited resources for nutrition. The theme calls for all sectors to focus efforts on the First 1000 Days of life as the strategic intervention to prevent stunting and obesity. 

The webinar is first part of the two half-day sessions of the Central Luzon Regional Nutrition Committee meeting which will be held on 3 May (Webinar) at 9:00 AM to 12:00 NN and 4 May (Meeting Proper) at 9:00 AM to 12:00 NN.

Part 2 of the CL RNC meeting (May 4) would be the presentation of NNC’s initiatives such as the series of Workshops in Integrating Nutrition in the Annual Investment Programs (AIP) of the LGUs for CY 2021-2022 and presentation of CL RNC resolutions for approval such as addressing overweight and obesity in the region, encouraging LCEs to designate full time NAOs, encouraging LGUs to participate in the AIP workshops and encouraging LGUs to participate in the Monitoring and Evaluation of Local Level Plan Implementation (MELLPI) this year.

Please join the webinar and learn the WHYs of the need to address hunger and malnutrition not just in Central Luzon but in the entire country. For more information, please visit our website https://www.nnc.gov.ph/regional-offices/luzon/region-iii-central-luzon.

The webinar can also be viewed live on facebook at https://facebook.com/NNCRegion3. – Ana Maria Barroga Rosaldo

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On its continuous pursuit to address hunger and malnutrition in Central Luzon, the National Nutrition Council Region III (NNC-Region III) held the first of its webinar series which focuses on the WHY – reasons WHY there is a need to focus on addressing the malnutrition problem in Central Luzon – last 3 May 2021.

With the objective of providing the nutrition community and stakeholders in Central Luzon with the current information on the nutrition situation in the region while simultaneously intensifying and mobilizing integrated actions of regional line agencies, nongovernment agencies, local government units (LGUs), and communities to implement suitable assortment of programs under the Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition (PPAN), 2017-2022.

With topics ranging from updates on the food security in the country and in the region up to analysis of childhood overweight and obesity, the 4-hour webinar was able to disseminate updates and provide reasons on why there is a need and focus on addressing hunger and malnutrition in the region. More than a hundred individuals coming from different LGUs of Central Luzon, members of the regional line agencies, stakeholders, nutrition federated groups, media partners, and various nutrition workers from the grassroots-levels up to the national level attended the webinar.

The webinar started with an opening remarks delivered by the chairperson of the Central Luzon’s Regional Nutrition Committee (RNC), Dr. Corazon I. Flores where she warmly welcomed the presence of all the participants and speakers and expressed her utmost support to the vision and mandate of NNC-Region III. RD Flores urged everyone to cooperate and to unite RNC member-agencies to implement programs that are aligned with the PPAN, 2017-2022.

Cabinet Secretary Karlo Alexei B. Nograles, Chair of the Inter-agency Task Force (IATF) on Zero Hunger and Enhanced Partnership against Hunger and Poverty (EPAHP) was Keynote Speaker of the Webinar. He advocated for the implementation of National Food Policy and programs identified under the IATF on Zero Hunger and EPAHP which are all aimed at addressing hunger and malnutrition in the country. He also highlighted the need for the government agencies, stakeholders, non-government organizations (NGOs), and the private sector to continue working together to holistically solve the multi-faceted nature of malnutrition.