ro4b 2014 the destination of choiceMIMAROPA as “Destination of Choice” – The Regional Nutrition Committee (RNC) commits to achieve through informed and empowered MIMAROPANs who value nutrition as the key not only for their development but also the region as well.

The 1st RNC meeting for C.Y. 2014 was held last 29 January 2014 at the Fernando Generics Hall, Center for Health Development IV-A, Quirino Memorial Medical Center Compound, Project 4, Quezon City with OIC Carina Z. Santiago of the National Nutrition Council (NNC) – MIMAROPA presiding the meeting and Director Cristina V. Castillo of the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) IV-B taking the lead together with representatives from the member agencies.  

To keep abreast with the current nutrition situation in the region, Nutrition Officer I Sheila Marie A. Vergara presented the 2013 Operation Timbang and S.Y 2012-2013 School Weighing Results. Moreover, Food and Drug Regulation Officer II Luzvimin G. Atienza of the Center for Health Development IV-B discussed past Regional Bantay Asin Task Force activities. After which, OIC Santiago presented the 2013 RNC activities and accomplishments and the proposed plans and activities for 2014 in which the committee had approved and committed to take part in.

Indeed, the meeting was a success with promising plans and activities that would improve the nutritional status of every MIMAROPAN and will make MIMAROPA, a destination of state of being and choice! 

ro4b 2014 nut workers creative ways promote ngfThe National Nutrition Council - MIMAROPA (NNC- MIMAROPA) successfully gathered the Nutrition Action Officers, District / City Nutrition Program Coordinators, and Barangay Nutrition Scholar Presidents of MIMAROPA Region in a two-day event last February 24-25, 2014 at the L& B Suites, 8459, Kalayaan Avenue corner Don Pedro St., Poblacion, Makati City. Key nutrition stakeholders, Ms. Lolita C. Yulo of City Social and Welfare Development of Puerto Princesa City and Provincial Health Officer Louie Ocampo of Palawan also attended the event to show their support.

The first day focused on the conduct of the 1st semi-annual meeting of the regional federations such as the National Association of Nutrition Action Officers – MIMAROPA Chapter (NAOPA – MIMAROPA), District / City Nutrition Program Coordinators Association of the Philippines – MIMAROPA Chapter (D/CNPCAP - MIMAROPA) and BNS Federation of Region IV-B Inc. while the second day was devoted for the training on the promotion of the Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos.

OIC Carina Z. Santiago of NNC-MIMAROPA expressed her gratitude for the unwavering commitment and support of the nutrition workers in leading the implementation of nutrition programs and activities and for their effort to grace the two-day event.  

To update the participants of the current nutrition situation in the region, Nutrition Officer I Sheila Marie A. Vergara of NNC – MIMAROPA presented and discussed the results of the Operation Timbang 2013 and School Weighing, School Year 2012-2013. Moreover, Nutrition Officer III Donnah May S. Guevarra of NNC – MIMAROPA presented plans and activities for 2014.

abra de ilog ewsThe municipality of Abra de Ilog in Occidental Mindoro, as the identified pilot area of MiMaRoPa Region for the expansion of the Early Warning System on Food and Nutrition Security (EWS-FNS), had a 1-1/2 day EWS-FNS Consultative Workshop on 2-3 December 2014 at the Gymnasium of Abra de Ilog that was facilitated by Ms. Alona E. Teo, Nutrition Officer (NO) II of Nutrition Surveillance Division – National Nutrition Council (NNC) Central Office, together with Ms. Grazelle Marren A. Bonacua, NO I of NNC-MiMaRoPa. The workshop aimed to familiarize the local EWS-FNS team with the existing and relevant information and monitoring systems being used by line agencies and partners which can possibly be utilized as sources of information for the EWS-FNS. This will enable the said municipality to identify and address different problems that may affect the municipality’s community and households to obtain sufficient food relative to their needs.

Around 100 participants came during the said workshop which includes the Municipal Health Officer and Municipal Nutrition Action Officer (MNAO) Ma. Corazon B. Bernabe, Municipal Agricultural Officer (MAO) Julius Judelito Ani Amodia, and Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Officer (MDRRMO) Eric Balanza who also acted as the resource persons. The Barangay Nutrition Scholar Coordinator Rebecca C. Isla went as well including the president of the Barangay Health Workers Association, representative from the Office of Mangyan Affairs, representative from the Regional Rural Improvement Club of the Philippines and other non-government organization representatives.

After the workshop, participants were able to create a Food and Nutrition Security Causality Framework based on their inputs, identify preliminary indicators for the EWS, and identify the sentinel barangays and list of members of the local EWS team. The identified tentative schedule of training for EWS team members is on March 2015.

ro4b lubang island 2014 outstanding bnsThe unspoiled and still unexplored island of Lubang is located southwest of Manila and northwest of mainland Mindoro. As an island, it boasts of extensive marine biodiversity. And now, it also boasts of its dedicated community nutrition worker in the person of Mary Karen Dueñas of Barangay Bagong Sikat in the municipality of Lubang.

Mary Karen Dueñas is the 2014 Regional Outstanding Barangay Nutrition Scholar for Mimaropa Region for having the highest final score of 96.05% among the other six contenders from the different provinces and cities in Mimaropa

Mary Karen Dueñas was visited and evaluated by Nutrition Officer III Jellie Anne Palencia of the National Nutrition Council – Mimaropa and Regional Nutrition Evaluation Team member Mark Angelo Lorenzo of the Department of Social Welfare and Development – Mimaropa last 15 May 2015. Although BNS Dueñas’ clients which include the preschool children, and pregnant and lactating women, among others, are relatively small in numbers, the two evaluators saw the perseverance of BNS Dueñas in monitoring their nutritional status in the barangay which is relatively large in land area. The barangay also maintains its zero malnourish status since the 1st Quarter of 2014. BNS Dueñas, together with other members of the Barangay Nutrition Committee, also religiously maintains their community garden, conducts mothers’ classes and supplementary feeding and advocates for mass micronutrient supplementation and the use of fortified foods in their barangay.

BNS Dueñas will be visited and evaluated by the National Nutrition Evaluation Team by the 3rd week of August 2015.

unified marinduquenos setoff fight against malnutritionThe PROMO Nutri Com, local media group for nutrition of MiMaRoPa, together with NNC-MiMaRoPa, conducted the Marinduque Nutrition Stakeholders’ Forum at The Greenhills Elan Hotel Modern, San Juan City, on 28th of November 2014. The activity aimed to converge Marinduqueños’ efforts to intensify their fight against malnutrition. A total of fifty two (52) participants came consisting of health and nutrition workers; Local Chief Executive Representatives; SB Members; Non-Government Organization Representatives from Risen Savior Missions Phils., Rotary Club of Marinduque, and Christian Gospel Church in Gasan; and other Local Government Unit (LGU) Representatives. To pledge support and actions against malnutrition, Gov. Carmencita O. Reyes came as well, together with Congresswoman Regina O. Reyes, Hon. Mayor Russel Madrigal of Buenavista, Marinduque, and Dr. Diosdado Zulueta, President of Rotary Club of Marinduque.

Highlights of the said event were the presentation of the nutrition situation and programs of Marinduque, followed by sharing of best practices of Nutrition Victors namely Brgy. Captain Joel B. Tibayan of Brgy. Maharlika East, Tagaytay City, a known LGU who gives exemplified support to nutrition programs; and Administrative Officer Augusto M. Livelo of Mogpog, Marinduque, a recipient of the 1st Year CROWN Maintenance Award. Sister Marivic Destacamento, representative of the Risen Savior Missions Phils., also shared their efforts and significance in delivery of nutrition program as a Non-Government Organization.

To laud Marinduqueños for an admirable performance as partners in nutrition, OIC Santiago proclaimed her support and belief for the province’s aptitude to improve furthermore their actions towards a journey to a healthier Marinduque. Together with the rest of the Marinduque’s leaders in nutrition, Gov. Reyes led the declaration to end hunger and malnutrition in the province.

radyo kamalindig on air94.1 DZNS - FM Nutriskwela Community Radio Station Radyo Kamalindig in the municipality of Buenavista, Marinduque is now On-Air!

On 18 March 2015, Radyo Kamalindig had its inaugural broadcast in the Municipal Compound of Buenavista with a reach of 30 km radius.

The name Radyo Kamalindig was coined by the Community Radio Council & radio station personnel during the 3-day Hands-on Training on Community Radio Broadcasting last 16-18 March at the Session Hall in the Municipal Compound of Buenavista, Marinduque.

The Hands-on Training was facilitated by Mr. Francis Flores and Mr. Mario Garcia of MQ Mediazone Productions, the media arm of the National Nutrition Council (NNC) for the establishment of Nutriskwela Community Radio Stations. Also, present were Nutrition Officers Maria Cecilia Sta. Ana & Donnah May Guevarra of NNC.