gapoSangguniang Kabataan (SK) Olongapo City Federation President Rodman Barroga discussed their plans to make Olongapo residents,
especially those in the upland communities, to be self-sufficient. This is part of his interview in today’s Network Briefing News with
Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar. (Marie Joy S. Carbungco)

OLONGAPO CITY, Zambales, Oct. 15 (PIA) -- Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Olongapo City Federation 
vowed to continuously push for food security and environment protection programs despite the ongoing coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

In today’s Network Briefing News with Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar, SK Federation President Rodman Barroga said that the federation came up with long term plans that will aid families in terms of food security.

“With the support of our city government, we came up with a program that can help households and areas, especially in the uplands. This started in August, in time for the Youth Week. Since mass gathering is not allowed, we thought of distributing seeds to upland communities instead,” Barroga said.

The SK official said that the primary aim of this project is to bring food directly to the table of families by promoting urban gardening. 

“Especially during this pandemic, we see a shortage of food sources so we thought it is necessary that we help our people plant trees and crops for them to be self-sufficient and self-sustaining,” he said.

Aside from the city government, Barroga also thanked sponsors from other sectors who continuously provide seeds for the sustainability of the program. 

“So far, we have seen great response from the people we are trying to help. In fact, some families were already able to harvest from what we planted,” he said.

With this, Barroga called on the youth to be sources of hope during the pandemic by engaging in activities like this.

“To the Gapo youth, let us continue to believe in our ability. Let us continue to believe that our SK officials are capable of doing greater things if we just support them and unite as one,” the SK president said. (CLJD/MJSC-PIA 3)

2020 NNC Org ChartTRADING CENTER. 3rd District Board Member and Provincial Committee Chair on Agriculture Atty. Anañias ‘Jun’ Canlas discusses
the establishment of the provincial trading center for Pampanga farmers and traders along with officials of the Armed Forces of the
Philippines (AFP) and representatives from different farm cooperatives in the province.  (Photo courtesy of Pampanga Provincial
Information Office)

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga, Sep. 2 (PIA) -- The provincial government is set to open a trading center that will give farmers and fisherfolks a space to market their products.

The said trade post, which will be the first in the province, will be built in a two-hectare land of the former San Fernando Transport Terminal and Salilungan One-Stop Shop with the help of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and other government agencies. 

Governor Dennis Pineda said this aims to boost the agriculture sector in the province, which was affected by the ongoing pandemic.

“The ongoing quarantine restricted the mobility of farmers, causing a delay in agricultural production and price drop. Thus, there is a need for us to aid farmers and fisherfolks in marketing their products,” Pineda said. 

PANATANovember 2020 marks the 28th year of the National Children's Month, which focuses on Upholding Children's Rights during the COVID 19 pandemic, with the theme, “Sama-samang Itaguyod ang Karapatan ng mga Bata sa Panahon ng Pandemya.”

As an active member of the Regional Sub-Committee for the Welfare of Children (RSCWC) in Central Luzon, staff of the National Nutrition Council - Region III altogether recited the Kapampangan and Tagalog versions of the Panatang Makabata. The video clip ( of the panata was also posted in the facebook page of the NNC-Region III to encourage its network to do the same and to disseminate the message on upholding chidren’s right during the pandemic. The Panatang Makabata will also be recited in all of the NNC’s activities online.

In unison with the other RSCWC members, the Council also hanged a tarpaulin-streamer in front of its office, continuously aired radio and TV plugs on First 1000 Days through its local media partners (RWFM 95.1 and CLTV 36), feature articles on nutrition of pre-school, school chidren and adolescents on its web and facebook page all throughout the month of November to encourage mothers and caregivers to nourish their children, as basic nutrition is key to child’s development and survival.

For compendium articleThe National Nutrition Council-Region III commended the Municipality of Talavera, Nueva Ecija and Mabalacat City of Pampanga Province for having their local ordinances initially uploaded in the portal of Compendium of Local Ordinances and Issuances on Nutrition launched during the 6th National Conference of Nutrition Action Officers on 1 October 2020.

The Compendium of Local Ordinances and Issuances on Nutrition ( serves as a knowledge-sharing platform for local government units to learn from initiatives of local government units who have successfully harnessed the strength of policy instruments in scaling up nutrition. The project aims to widely disseminate actual examples of effective local policies on nutrition through the form of an electronic online compilation and a printed publication, that can be publiclty accessed and used as reference by local governments aspiring to improve their implementation of nutrition programs. The compendium is a project of the National Nutrition Council in partnership with the Nutrition Officers Association of the Philippines (NAOPA), with support from Nutrition International and UNICEF Philippines. (Source:

During the launch, 208 local ordinances and 45 executive orders were initially uploaded in the portal, which came from submission from provincial, city and municipal governments across the 17 regions of the country. The uploaded local ordinances and issuances in the portal have been selected based on four criteria, namely: Responsiveness, Coverage and Reach, Impact and Replicability. The selection was done by the NNC Regional Offices and the National Project Team composed of members from the NNC Central Office, NAOPA and the NTEAM TAN Providers. 

Talavera Municipal Ordinance No. 15-2019 is an Ordinance Creating a Food Bank in the Municipality of Talavera providing Guidance for the Donation, Operation, Storage and Distribution of Healthy and Nutritious Cooked Meals to Less Fortunate Members of the Community in the Municipality of Talavera. The ordinance was classified under the food security thematic cluster wherein the MunicipaL Nutrition Committee members generate resources and engage private establishment and individuals to take part in the nutrition programs.

Agriculture Secretary William Dar cited innovation-based and technology-based approaches as the more formidable approach to increase agricultural productivity.  (Marie Joy S. Carbungco/PIA-3)

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga, Sep. 15 (PIA) -- Agriculture Secretary William Dar said there are only two ways to increase agricultural productivity in the country.

In his visit in Magalang town, Dar said increase in hectarage, and technology-based and innovation-based approach are the keys to enhance yield of farmers. 

“Since we have only limitations for increasing hectarages due to the inadequate expansion area, the more formidable approach would be what I call technology-based and innovation-based approach. For example, there are newer varieties of rice that can give you six to 10 tons per hectare. So why continue to use those varieties that can only give you three to five metric tons,” he said. 

The global COVID-19 pandemic has posed challenges to various sectors, including the basic education sector. Schools and community learning centers have been closed for physical conduct of classes, as part of government measures to contain COVID-19.

As a response, the Department of Education under the “Masustansiyang Pagkain para sa Batang Pilipino” Act (RA 11037) has developed the Basic Education Learning Continuity Plan (BE-LCP) which lays out the Department’s learning delivery strategy and operational direction that ensures the health, safety, and well-being of all DepEd learners and personnel.

“OK talaga sa DepED” or Oplan Kalusugan sa DepEd major programs include the School-Based Feeding Program-Milk Feeding Component. The Milk feeding program caters to school learners from Kinder to Grade 6 who are wasted and severely wasted.  On 8 September 2020, a dry run for the milk feeding program implementation was conducted in the South Central School, Division of City of Gapan, Nueva Ecija ( Three (3) barangay schools were pre-identified as the drop-off point of milk in sachets namely, Barangay Maburak Elementary School, Mangino Elementary School and San Roque Elementary School.  The teaching and non-teaching personnel oriented the parents on the procedures in availing the commodity: 1) parents to pick up the milk direct from the designated school; 2) assigned DepED personnel to hand-over or distribute the milk in sachets; and 3) advise the parents to store milk properly to ensure freshness and safety.