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QUEZON CITY, 14 January – The 1st  virtual P/CNAOs meeting  on  the latest nutrition updates  for  Calabarzon stakeholders  was held last January 11,  thru the leadership of NPC Carina Z. Santiago. Foremost in the agenda was the discussion on: the “Interim Guidelines in the Conduct of OPT (Operation Timbang) Plus,” “ Nutrition Screening,”  and  the “Growth Monitoring and Promotion (GMP)” activities in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic and other  disasters.

The group agreed to commence with the discussion on the conduct of the OPT  Plus in their respective areas through the traditional weight and height taking and/or through measurement using the “Mid-Upper Arm Circumference (MUAC)” tape. The early start of this activity will not only provide the information needed for nutrition planning  -- specifically  on the number of target children for inclusion in nutrition interventions, but will also ensure a higher  OPT Plus coverage.

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Quezon City – Early this year, NNC Calabarzon started distributing the Mid Upper Arm Circumference (MUAC) tapes  and IEC materials (Pinggang Pinoy Handbook and the Barangay Nutrition brochure) to LGU representatives  for the conduct of their ongoing Operation Timbang (OPT) Plus and  nutrition screening for the first quarter.

In Cavite, the allocations for the municipalities were received by  Ms. Angeles  Peñalba, PNAO.   Ms. Peñalba, was a recipient of the “2020 Nutrition Heroes for Covid-19 Response (Provincial Category)“ during the 2020 Virtual Regional Nutrition Awarding Ceremony in November 2020.

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Quezon City - This month marks the end of the successful e-learning course on  “Nutrition in Emergencies–Information Management (NiE-IM)  in Calabarzon -- as well as the  beginning of  higher confidence in enhancing  disaster nutrition plans in the region. All the skills and knowledge learned by  the 114 students who participated in the course will highly equip them and their team in addressing nutrition challenges during disasters.

Beautifully expressed in the ceremony were grateful thanks to  the  resource speakers and all the  students (total of 53 students for Batch 1 and 61 for Batch 2) who participated the e-learning course in 12 meetings  from October   to December    this year.  After the  synthesis was given to refresh the course,  inspiring messages were taken into account.

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QUEZON CITY – During the last four months of 2020, a total of 1552 BNS, C/MNAOs and Assistant C/MNAOs in the 39 municipalities and one city of Quezon Province received financial subsidy from the Provincial Government of Quezon. Each MNAO received Php 3,000.00 while Assistant MNAOs got Php 2,500.00. All the 1,472 BNS of the province obtained P 2,500.00 each

The distribution of the monetary grant was spearheaded by Roberto Gajo, PA/PAO/PNAO together with Quezon Province Vice Governor Sam Nantes and the  Board Members:  Romano Talaga, Beth Sio and Alona Obispo.

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Quezon City – The recent online discussion forum in the “Nutrition in Emergencies–Information Management (NiE-IM)” e-learning course has spurred greater interest and collaboration  in enhancing Nutrition Plans in Calabarzon. According to the students,  the  queries,  sharing and insights  with the  groups  gave them a platform to express their views and creativity and made them feel that they could  positively contribute to the success of the region’s DRRM-H-NiE Plans.

The discussions centered on the following: 1) Philippine Integrated Management of Acute Malnutrition (PIMAM) and Information Management Tools like 4Ws; 2) Nutrition Initial Needs Assessment (NINA); 3) Gap Analysis tool, Capacity Mapping Tool and Data Repository; 4) Presentations of the Local Government Unit’s output on Disaster Risk Reduction Management–Health–Nutrition in Emergencies Plan; and  5) Case Study and their Re-Entry Plan.

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Quezon City – It was unanimously agreed during the 7th CNN 4A’s   Zoom Video Conference last  December 10 that CNN-4A’s Media Group  will   hold over its  existing set of officers until 2022. 

The President, Mr. Red C. Alano, (City Information Officer of Dasmarinas City)  will continue to hold its position in  the organization until the next two years.  Same  with the Vice President for Print, Mr. Antonio R. Antazo Jr. (of Rizal Provincial Information Office);  the Vice President for Broadcast, Mr. Emil Jun Delos Santos (aka Daniel Castro of DZJV Radyo Calabarzon);  and the Vice President for Social Media, Mr. Kier Gideon C. Gapayao (of  the Philippine Information Agency - Calabarzon).