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.

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.

mogpog marinduque bags 1st year crownThe municipality of Mogpog, Marinduque was awarded its 1st Year CROWN (Consistent Regional Outstanding Winner in Nutrition) Maintenance Award during the National Nutrition Awarding Ceremony last 21 October at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC). Mayor Sinen Livelo, Jr. was present to receive the Plaque of Recognition and cash award of Php 100,000.00. Also present during the said awarding ceremony were Congresswoman Gina Reyes, members of the Provincial Nutrition Committee of Marinduque and Municipal Nutrition Committee of Mogpog, and the Regional Nutrition Evaluation Team of MIMAROPA. The 1st Year CROWN Maintenance Award is given to a municipality, city, or province that continuously shows improved nutrition situation in their area through effective and innovative nutrition program implementation.

Last 24 – 28 March, the National Nutrition Evaluation Team visited and rigorously evaluated Mogpog, Marinduque through visitation to nutrition program sites, interview to Nutrition Committee members, health nutrition workers and community beneficiaries of nutrition programs, and documents and reports validation. Community awareness and collaboration among local Nutrition Committee members were seen and felt as one of the factors that contributed to the sustained efforts in nutrition program implementation aside from effective health and nutrition programs being implemented in their health facilities and schools.

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.

ro4b photography workshopStaff of the NNC CALABARZON and NNC MIMAROPA offices had the opportunity to learn the basics of photography from Mr. Joy Hermogenes and Ms. Arvie Miranda last August 18, 2014. Lessons included the importance of photography in journalism; insight into the different parts of the camera; manipulating aspects such as aperture, shutter speed, and ISO to adjust exposure; and using guidelines such as the rule of thirds, perspective, vantage points, and framing to properly compose pictures. Ms. Hannah Christina Clemente and Mr. Marciano S. Cruz of NNC CALABARZON, and Mr. Edwin Daryl Dy and Mr. Allan T. Dolor of NNC MIMAROPA were chosen to be the primary and back up photographers for each office respectively.

The skills Mr. Hermogenes and Ms. Miranda imparted are essential in the documentation of the different events that both offices hold allowing them to tell the stories and better raise awareness for the nutrition situation in their respective regions. Mr. Hermogenes and Ms. Miranda also gave a small introduction to cinematography and tips on how to improve the documentation capabilities of the offices such as recommending additional equipment and offering refreshers for free at his studio for those who are genuinely interested in learning photography. To end the lessons, Ms. Miranda left the offices with the thought that making great pictures relies on the archer and not the bow referring to the skill of the photographer being more important than the camera itself.

2014 regional nutrition awardingThe National Nutrition Council-MiMaRoPa held its Recognition Rites to all outstanding Local Government Units (LGUs), Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNSs), other agencies, organizations and individuals who selflessly gave efforts and all-out support to the cause of nutrition and for being a nutrition partner all throughout the course of fight against malnutrition in the region. This was held on 27 November 2014 atTHE HERITAGE HOTEL, Roxas Boulevard corner EDSA, Pasay City.

Around 100 awardees and guests attended the ceremony including Reg. Dir. Ma. Josefina P. Abilay of Dept. of Science and Technology-MiMaRoPa, Asst. Reg. Dir. Vilma V. Diez of Dept. of Health-MiMaRoPa, Hon. Gov. Mario Gene J. Mendiola and Board Member Dodjie Rebong of Occidental Mindoro, Hon. Mayor Russel S. Madrigal of Buenavista, Marinduque, Hon. Mayor Victoria Lao A. Lim of Gasan, Marinduque, non-government organization representatives, local health and community workers, and Regional Nutrition Evaluation Team members.