CRWON-revFor Calendar Year (CY) 2013, NNC Region III has 2 contenders for Consistent Regional Outstanding Winner in Nutrition (CROWN) Maintenance Award namely: Tarlac City on its second year and Paombong Bulacan on its first year potential maintenance award. Evaluation by the Interagency National Evaluation Team (NET) was scheduled on April 22-25, 2014 in Tarlac City and April 28-30, 2014 in Paombong, Bulacan.

Representatives from the Departments of Health, Agriculture, Interior and Local Government, Social Welfare and Development, National Economic Development Authority, the academe and non-government organizations comprised this year’s interagency NET led by the National Nutrition Council Central Office Staff. The NET validated and deliberated if Tarlac City based on 2013 performance against PPAN canreach the required cut-off score of 95 points while 90 points must be achieved by Paombong, Bulacan.

During the visit, the team conducted desk review of the accomplishment reports of the local agency members of the Nutrition Committee, validatedchanges in weights of at least 10% of pre-schoolers and visited nutrition project areas within the randomly selected barangays in Tarlac City and Paombong, Bulacan. Customarily, the initial findings are presented to the members of the nutrition committees during the last day of the visitshighlighting the good practices adopted by the LGUs while the NET takes every opportunity to advocate to Local Chief Executives some recommendation for improvement.

Contest for the 2014 nutrition month themeIn anticipation of the upcoming Nutrition Month, July of every year, the National Nutrition Council Central Office posted a contest in search of the most appropriate theme in the context of Nutrition in Emergencies. Among the contest rules, this year’s theme should stress the importance of increased awareness and higher level of preparedness which can be achieved through the prevention of hunger and worsening of malnutrition during calamities. NNC, with the help of partner agencies, Local Government Units (LGUs) and stakeholders is challenged to plan for activities that would enable the people and communities to be nutritionally prepared especially during disasters.

The nation-wide search for the 2014 Nutrition Month Theme that started  on January of this year was put to an end when Ms. Desiree P. Reyes of Los Ban?os, Laguna rendered the theme that gained the NNC Technical Committee’s vote for approval on March 26, 2014. “KALAMIDAD PAGHANDAAN: GUTOM AT MALNUTRISYON AGAPAN!” was declared the winning theme selected from among the 304 entries submitted from all over the Philippines.

The 2014 Nutrition Month Theme aims to uphold interventions in addressing the nutrition needs of the Filipinos extending from preparedness, response, recovery and rehabilitation phases. It also aims to trigger appropriate,coherent and timely response from the Nutrition Cluster at all levels. Moreover, it stresses a public responsibility to develop an attitude of “I am ready” especially among the most nutritionally vulnerable population and hazard-prone areas in the country.

It is believed that underpinning nutrition awareness is a great key to better prepare and efficiently respond to Nutrition in Emergencies!

turnoverNational Nutrition Council Region III headed by Ms. Rhodora G. Maestre, Nutrition Program Coordinator (NPC) of Region II and Officer in Charge, NPC of Region III conducted a Special Meeting to welcome the newly appointed Nutrition Program Coordinator, Ms. Florinda V. Panlilio on February 17, 2014 at Tiburcio Conference Room, Heroes Hall, City of San Fernando, Pampanga.The activity was well attended by forty five (45) Nutrition Action Officers, District/City Nutrition Program Coordinators, Regional Technical Working Group and  Media Partners of NNC.Introduction of the attendees was done by province, by city, and by organization. NPC Rhodora G. Maestre warmly welcomed the delegations. In her message, she expressed her gratitude for being the OIC in Region III  for 6 months with the numerous learnings and accomplishments. According to her, she will leave Region III with a lot of memorable experiences and  working relationships established in Central Luzon. She  proud  said that she already achieved her mission in Region III. She emphasized that, “It is not good bye for me, because Region II and III are sister regions that is why I will be here anytime to help and support the implementation of the nutrition program in Region III”.   

The  activity was highlighted by the turnover of the leadership of OIC-NPC Rhodorora G. Maestre to NPC Florinda V. Panlilio. The appointment paper was handed by NPC Maestre to NPC Panlilio as witnessed in the assembly.

Thereafter, NPC Maestre mentioned  that this welcome and endorsement meeting was the  first ever held with the new NPC and  she hopes it will set as a model for  the other regions. She introduced  the new  that Ms. Florinda V. Panlilio is a “kapampangan”, a Registered Nutritionist-Dietician, very demure, kind and a hardworking person. She also mentioned that NPC Panlilio being a  former staff of DOH-HEMS in Central Office has honed her expertise in Nutrition in Emergencies.


search-obns-revThe National Nutrition Council Region III will be conducting the Search for the Regional Outstanding Barangay Nutrition Scholar (ROBNS) and Regional Green Banner Awardees for CY 2013 covering the 7 provinces (Aurora, Bataan, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Tarlac and Zambales) and 14 cities (Angeles, Balanga, Cabanatuan, Gapan, Mabalacat, Malolos, Meycauayan, Olongapo, Palayan, San Fernando, San Jose, San Jose Del Monte, Science City of Muñoz and Tarlac).

Validation of city and provincial entries for ROBNS will cover the period of March 25 to June 20, 2014 back to back with the  conduct of the region-wide Monitoring and Evaluation of Local Level Plan Implementation (MELLPI) of nutrition programs by the Regional Nutrition Evaluation Team (RNET). The RNET is composed of the Regional Nutrition Committee member agency representatives from Regional Health Office, DA, DSWD, DepEd, DILG, POPCOM, NEDA, NFA, PIA, DPWH, DOLE, DBM and NNC.

The objectives of the MELLPI are 1) to assess the efficiency of local level plan implementation in terms of the outreach of activities undertaken, funds expended, management and support given by LCEs and other implementing agencies; 2) to measure changes in weight status of preschool and school children during the evaluation; 3) to determine the extent to which nutrition is integrated into local development plans and programs; and  4) to advocate for the continuing support for local nutrition programs.

During the visit, the RNET will conduct barangay desk evaluation of the barangay nutrition plan and validation weighing of at least 10% of total preschool children weighed based on 2013 OPT report. The evaluators shall randomly weigh children of different nutritional status (Normal, Severely Underweight, Underweight or Overweight).

zumba-revFor the promotion of the updated Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos (NGF), Tarlac City and its Barangay Nutrition Committees, in collaboration with the National Nutrition Council Region III held a biggest loser dance-exercise contest called “Zumba! Sunog Taba”. The program intended   to reduce the prevalence of obesity and overweight in the city. The month-long activity started on January 5, 2014 where in 100 participants from the 10 barangays of Tarlac City embarked on their journey toward the coveted “Biggest Loser” crown. In her message, National President of the Association of District/City Nutrition Program Coordinator and Tarlac City CNPC Ms. Evelyn A. Gamurot emphasized the importance of proper diet and exercise for the success of the contest. The Zumba session lasted for an hour, 5:30 to 6:30 pm, everyday.
Nutrition Program Coordinator of NNC Region II and concurrent Officer-In-Charge of NNC Region III Ms. Rhodora G. Maestre graced the awarding ceremony on 05 February, 2014. In her message, NPC Maestre stressed the importance of community activities like the Zumba exercise in disseminating information on the updated NGF. This was echoed by City Nutrition Action Officer Dr. Ma. Carmela L. Go, who thanked everyone for their active participation and continued support for the nutrition program in the city.

The biggest loser Ms. Leonor Dule and Ms. Victoria Falgawe of Barangay Suizo received cash prizes together with the second and third placers. Consolation prizes were also given to non-winners who completed the 30 day activity.

Honorable City Councilor on Health Maria Antonette I. Belmonte assured the continuation of the “Zumba! Sunog Taba” program for the promotion of the NGF particularly message number 9: “Attain normal body weight through proper diet and moderate physical activity to maintain good health and help prevent lifestyle-non communicable diseases”. She thanked the City Nutrition Committee and NNC regional office for the successful conduct of this very timely project in the community.    

Participants to the cycling activity Padyak para kay Baby at NanayAngeles City - The National Nutrition Council Region III hosted a cycling activity with the theme “Padyak Para kay Baby at Nanay” on 22nd of February, 2014. This was successfully conducted in collaboration with the Media Group of Pampanga headed by Mr. Alberto Santiago, Executive Director of DWRW 95.1 FM who was represented by Mr. Marvyne C. Gepte, Disk Jock of the same station. The chosen theme conveys to the participants, the bystanders and watchers the exertion and determination required to influence all mothers to practice the Nutritional Guideline for Filipinos (NGF) Message Number 2 which says “Breastfeed infants exclusively from birth up to 6 months then give appropriate complementary foods while continuing breastfeeding for 2 years and beyond for optimum growth and development”.