Nutrition Champions of MIMAROPA shines in the 2015 Regional Nutrition Awarding Ceremony29 September 2015 – National Nutrition Council MiMaRoPa holds its Regional Nutrition Awarding Ceremony at Hotel Jen Manila, Pasay City. Local government units (LGUs), Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNSs), regional line agencies, organizations and individuals who gave exemplary efforts and support throughout the course of fight against malnutrition in the region were awarded through the recommendation of the MiMaRoPa Regional Nutrition Committee.

Around 120 attended the ceremony which are composed of (4) Local Chief Executives including Mayor Juan M. Sanchez of Lubang, Occidental Mindoro, Mayor Jackson Dy of Roxas, Oriental Mindoro, Mayor Roberto M. Madla of Boac, Marinduque and Mayor Russel S. Madrigal of Buenavista, Marinduque; Regional Nutrition Committee (RNC) including Director James F. Fadrilan of Department of Interior and Local Government IV-B (DILG), Director Wilma D. Naviamos of Department of Social Welfare and Development IV-B (DSWD), Director Romeo C. Escandor of National Economic and Development Authority IV-B (NEDA), and Director Eduardo C. Janairo of Department of Health IV-B (DOH); Regional Nutrition Evaluation Team (RNET), Provincial/City Nutrition Action Officers (P/CNAOs), District/City Nutrition Program Coordinators (D/CNPCs), Officers of the media group; PROMO NutriCom (Palawan, Romblon, Oriental Mindoro, Marinduque, and Occidental Mindoro Nutrition Communicators), BNS Federation of Region IV-B and this year’s awardees.

NNC – MIMAROPA Unleashes New Promising BNS Trainers/Supervisors and Nutrition Program ManagersSan Juan City – A new batch of Nutrition Program Managers and BNS Trainers emerged, as NNC MIMAROPA successfully conducted the Training on Nutrition Program Management and Training of Trainers on the Basic Course for Barangay Nutrition Scholars which was held at the Greenhills Elan Hotel Modern last August 10 to 14 and August 24 to 28, respectively.

The Training on Nutrition Program Management aimed to capacitate nutrition managers at the provincial and municipal levels in the planning and managing of local nutrition programs while the Training of Trainers on the Basic Course for Barangay Nutrition Scholar was aimed to enhance the capability of nutrition workers and local nutrition committee members in training and supervising Barangay Nutrition Scholars for the effective performance of their roles and functions.

MIMAROPA Holds Orientation on Mobilizing Community Support for Infant and Young Child (IYCF) ProgramIn order to guide communities in strengthening the Infant and Young Child Feeding Program, NNC Region IV-B conducted the Orientation on Mobilizing Community Support for Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) Program last 1 – 4 October 2013 at Eurotel – Pedro Gil, Manila with a total of 26 participants which include key people at the provincial, city and municipal levels on the mobilization of community support for IYCF.

Ms. Vicente E. Borja, Supervising Health Program Officer and National IYCF Coordinator, Ms. Cynthia del Rio, Regional IYCF Coordinator for MIMAROPA, and Ms. Leeza Rosaldo and Ms. Ma. Katrina A. Demetrio, Nutrition Officer III and II, respectively, of the National Nutrition Council, served as facilitators and discussed the steps in mobilizing community support for IYCF program. During the training, interactive exercises were also implemented like role playing sessions, return demonstration on counselling and actual consultation to parents with infants and young children in San Andres, Manila. These procedures facilitated clear understanding and better learning for the participants.

Said orientation is set to be rolled-out in all of the provinces of MIMAROPA this month of October, 2013.

Joint NNC MIMAROPA and CALABARZON Stakeholders’ Forum presses on issues of Overweight and Obesity30 July 2015 - Nutrition stakeholders composed of members of the Regional Technical Working Group (RTWG), Provincial/City/Municipal Nutrition Action Officers (P/C/MNAOs), District/City Nutrition Program Coordinators (D/CNPC) and Radio Station 

Managers representing the media group, PROMO NutriCOM gathered at Greenhills Elan Hotel Modern, San Juan City to celebrate the 41st Nutrition Month focused on the theme: “Timbang iwasto, sa tamang nutrisyon at ehersisyo!". The event aimed to further widen the awareness on the role and importance of proper nutrition and physical activity in the prevention of overweight and obesity.

13 September 2013 - PROMO Nutri Com (Palawan, Romblon, Oriental Mindoro, Marinduque, and Occidental Mindoro Nutrition Communicators), the local media group for the promotion of good nutrition in Region IV-B, decided to have their team building activity last 11 – 12 September 2013 in Occidental Mindoro for them to able to accomplish their 1st major activity: Advocacy Meeting with the Municipal Nutrition Committee of Abra de Ilog headed by Mayor Eric A. Constantino, Barangay Captains, Barangay Health Workers (BHWs), Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNSs) of the nine (9) barangays of Abra de Ilog, and other health- and nutrition-related personnel.

The advocacy meeting seeks to obtain the commitment of stakeholders in Abra de Ilog to reduce the incidence of malnutrition in the municipality as they have the highest malnutrition prevalence rate (MPR) in the region based on 2012 Operation Timbang (OPT) Results. As Chair of the Municipal Nutrition Committee, Mayor Constantino, committed to focus on the nutrition situation of his municipality and to further their “ugnayan” to understand its root causes while NNC-MIMAROPA included Abra De Ilog in the selected list of municipalities of Occidental Mindoro for inclusion in the 4-day planning workshop to assist them draft a municipal nutrition action plan and to prioritize Abra de Ilog in the allocation of selected IEC materials.

Mayor Eric Constantino led the signing of commitment to alleviate hunger and reduce the malnutrition in his municipality.

Region IV-B Prepared Local Health Workers in Mobilizing Community Support for Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) ProgramThe National Nutrition Council - MIMAROPA completed the successive Orientation on Mobilizing Community Support for the Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) Program for the provincial, city and municipal level of Oriental and Occidental Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, and Palawan during the month of October. This orientation aims to equip local health and nutrition workers — Municipal Nutrition Action Officers (MNAOs), nurses, midwives and doctors in preparation for the barangay-level roll out of this activity and, thus, to successfully implement the IYCF program through the establishment of peer counseling support groups and other support systems for the promotion of breastfeeding and proper complementary feeding in their locale.

Aside from tackling independently the steps on how to organize an Infant and Young Child Feeding friendly locale, the training also focused in enhancing the counseling skills of health and nutrition workers through role playing sessions and actual counseling of mothers in the barangay using the “Gabay sa Wastong Pagpapasuso at Pagpapakain ng Sanggol at Bata” counseling cards which they find visually enhancing and useful for effective counseling sessions.

Barangay roll-outs of this orientation are scheduled this November, 2013 for chosen model barangays of the provinces of MIMAROPA.

Credits to Dr. Richen Merbert del Mundo for the photo