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With the aim of creating the plan to solve the malnutrition problems in MiMaRoPa, representatives of the Regional Nutrition Committee (RNC) convened last 14-16 March 2018 for the Regional Plan of Action for Nutrition (RPAN) 2019-2022 Formulation Workshop for Regions I, II, III, NCR, CAR, IV-A, MiMaRoPa, and V at St. Giles Hotel, Makati City.

cwc logo newThe Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) facilitated the conduct of the localization of 3rd National Plan of Action for Children (NPAC) participated by eight regions – Ilocos Region, Cagayan Valley, Cordillera Administrative Region, Central Luzon, CaLaBaRZon, MiMaRoPa, Bicol Region and National Capital Region last 5-7 March 2018 at BSA Twin Towers, Mandaluyong City.

Participants for MiMaRoPa Region who attended the activity were representatives and members of Regional Sub-Committee for the Welfare of Children (RSCWC) composed of Department of Health (DOH), National Nutrition Council (NNC), National Economic Development Authority (NEDA), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), social welfare and development officers of Romblon, Marinduque, Palawan and Puerto Princesa City, non-governmental organizations such as Marinducare and RSCWC technical staff.

Representatives from the National Nutrition Council (NNC) Region IV answered the call of Palawan Province to assist in providing nutrition interventions including identifying cases of Moderate Acute Malnutrition (MAM) and Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) among preschool children, pregnant and lactating women to Barangay Mangsee in the municipality of Balabac, which was hit by Typhoon Vinta and Agaton last December 2017.

ro4b 2018 wa mangsee responseNutrition Officer II (NO II) Francis Erik P. Bacena of NNC MIMAROPA and NO II Edward C. Paglinawan of NNC CALABARZON together with the Health Cluster of Palawan were deployed on 4-12 January 2018. The Health Cluster of Palawan was headed by Dr. Rebethia Alcala with the members composed of Dr. San Bonbon of Aborlan Medicare Hospital, Disease Surveillance Officer Ms. Lorna Loor, Sanitary Inspector Ms. Elvie Lao, Expanded Program Immunization Coordinator Mr. Meyrick Garces and Education Research Assistants Ms. Catherine Nuh, Mr. Harmain Sadican and Mr. Raoul Amador. 

With the aid of barangay volunteer Mr. Amir T. Musa, NO II Bacena and Paglinawan conducted Rapid Nutrition Assessment using the Mid-Upper Arm Circumference (MUAC) tape to easily identify SAM and MAM cases among preschoolers and pregnant and lactating women in Brgy. Mangsee. Based on the MUAC screening, out of 748 preschoolers screened, 624 (94.80%) are normal, 31 (4.71%) are MAM cases while 3 (0.45%) are SAM cases. For pregnant and lactating women, out of the 171 screened, one (0.54%) pregnant and 9 (5.26%) lactating mothers have MUACs measured below 21 cm. MUAC for pregnant and lactating below 21 cm is considered as nutritionally-at-risk and needed to be referred to a health station for consultation and provision of necessary intervention such as Micronutrient Powder (MNP), iron with folic acid supplements and be enrolled in Supplementary Feeding Program (SFP).

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In support to the national and regional launching conducted in 2017, Calapan City officially launched the Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition (PPAN) 2017-2022 on 28 February 2018 at Divine Word College of Calapan (DWCC) Gymnasium, Calapan City Oriental Mindoro. Almost 300 participants attended the launching, which is composed of members of the 62 Barangay Nutrition Committees (BNCs) specifically the Barangay Chairpersons, Barangay Councilors on Health, Barangay Treasurers, Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNSs), Barangay Health Workers (BHWs) and Day Care Workers (DCWs).

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12 December 2017 – The fire keeps burning as Roxas, Oriental Mindoro proudly bags the Consistent Regional Outstanding Winner in Nutrition (CROWN) Award during the National Nutrition Awarding Ceremony (NNAC) at the Philippine International Convention Center, Pasay City. The CROWN award is given to a Local Government Unit (LGU) who is continually outstanding for three consecutive years as judged by the Regional Nutrition Evaluation Team (RNET). Honorable Mayor Violeta L. Dimapilis and Municipal Nutrition Action Officer (MNAO) Dr. Leonor N. Daite received the CROWN Trophy and cash prize during the awarding.

Since 1999, Roxas is already an active player in nutrition program implementation in MiMaRoPa. However, due to the different factors affecting the efficiency and effectiveness of nutrition programs, they were not able to achieve the CROWN Award in the previous years. Currently, the nutrition program implementers of Roxas exerted all efforts and exhausted all possible means to uplift the total well-being of the citizens in the municipality. This is further enhanced by the unwavering support and effort given by Roxas’s Local Chief Executive (LCE), Honorable Mayor Violeta L. Dimapilis who not only states her support for the nutrition programs but also actively participates in its implementation in the municipality.

The Municipal Nutrition Committee (MNC) of Roxas promotes inclusive growth, urging the participation not only of the MNC members but also of the other stakeholders and beneficiaries in the process. They are guided by their vision to become the Center of Trade, Commerce and Industry in Southwestern Mindoro: A Promising City through their mission to create a healthy and competitive business climate where agro-industry is prioritized, support infrastructure facilities, and utilities are put in place, public safety is insured, and People’s participation in development is strengthened through functional development councils. With this, Roxas not only successfully achieved their targets through the years but also surpass their goals through innovative program implementation in the municipality.

Roxas successfully reduced the prevalence of malnutrition among preschoolers such as underweight from 4.65% in 2014 to 2.82% in 2016; stunting from 20.16% in 2014 to 10.58% in 2016; wasting from 4.37% in 2014 to 3.46% in 2016; and overweight/obese from 2.16% in 2014 and 1.55% in 2016. These results were achieved through collective efforts of the LGU as well as the utilization of different partners in nutrition such as Non-Government Organizations (NGOs), municipal government agencies, and other private institutions in nutrition program implementation and advocacy campaigns in the municipality.

The CROWN award is just a first step towards attaining the LGUs goals, but the efforts and burning desire of the MNC can go miles in achieving zero malnutrition in Roxas, Oriental Mindoro.//jlbv

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 The local government unit (LGU) of Looc, Romblon in partnership with Zuellig Family Foundation (ZFF), assistance from the National Nutrition Council (NNC) MiMaRoPa, and under the leadership of Honorable Mayor Leila M. Arboleda endeavored to intensify the nutrition programs in the barangays of Looc, Romblon through the conduct of Barangay Leadership for Nutrition and Development (BL4ND) Training last 22-23 February 2018 at KOICA Hall, Looc, Romblon.