LGU Virac capacitates all its BNSs and ECCD F1k CoordinatorsThe Barangay Nutrition Scholar (BNS) Program is a human resource development strategy of the Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition, which involves the training, deployment and supervision of volunteer workers or barangay nutrition scholars (BNS). Presidential Decree No. 1569 passed on 11 July 1978 requires the deployment of one (1) BNS in every barangay and mandates the National Nutrition Council (NNC) to administer the program in cooperation with Local Government Units.

Frequently, we see them walking in the streets of the community with their nutrition assessment tools, conducting Operation Timbang Plus, nutrition counselling and health advocacy activities. As front runners of nutrition in the community, BNSs are considered as the backbone of the nutrition program implementation in the country. As volunteer health workers, our BNSs are under paid, unrecognized, and even taken for granted. Thus, their knowledge and skills need to be constantly updated so that they can continue to perform their services efficiently and faithfully serve their community. 

Sorsogon Province gears up for TKDSP for children 6 23 monthsMalnutrition, particularly stunting remains to be a challenge in our country to date. Based on the DOST-FNRI 2019 National Nutrition Survey, 1 out of 3 under 5 years old children are stunted. In Bicol, OPT Plus 2019-2021 result showed a still high prevalence with a reduction trend that is aligned with Bicol target, albeit slow at 2% per year with17.8%, 15.7% and 13.38%, respectively. Of the six provinces, Sorsogon, ranked third with stunting rate of 14.76%, slightly higher than the 2021 regional average. This problem on stunting continues to affect children and needs multi-stakeholder action especially in this time of pandemic where malnutrition increases the threat further. This situation brought the Province of Sorsogon to be among the areas under National Nutrition Council’s Tutok Kainan: Dietary Supplementation Program (TKDSP) for 6-23 months old children. Other provinces in the program are Camarines Sur, Catanduanes, Masbate and Albay who ranked 1st, 2nd, 4th and 6th respectively with high stunting rate.

TKDSP aims to contribute to the prevention of stunting by improving the quality and quantity of food and nutrient intake and utilization of related ECCD F1K services among the targeted 1,367 nutritionally at-risk children 6-23 months old in all municipalities in the province.

BARANGAY ANAS DIETARY SUPPLEMENTATION PROGRAMIsang malaking hamon para sa Barangay Anas, Masbate City ang apatnapu’t dalawang (42) malnourished children na naitala sa kanilang barangay nuong 2021. Ngayong panahon ng maraming pamilya ang hirap makakuha ng sapat na pagkain at halag ng nutrisyon na kailangan ng mga bata.

Sa pamamagitan ng Direct Observed Supplementary Feeding (DOSF) Program na inilunsad ng City Government of Masbate, bahagyang naibaba ang malnutrisyon sa barangay. Ang DOSF ay nagsimula nuong Mayo 17, 2021 para sa mga batang anim (6) na buwan hanggang limang (5) taong gulang sa Siyudad ng Masbate. Kasama ang Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNS) na si Medina Suplito, at Barangay Health Worker (BHW) Elenita Suplito, bahay sa bahay ang pagbigay ng mga pagkaing inihanda tulad ng linagang itlog, champorado, monggo misua, arozcaldo, lugaw, kalabasa at iba pang nilutong pagkain para sa bata. Kasama rin nito ang pagbibigay ng mga bitaminang kailangan para sa malusog na pangangatawan ng bata. Patuloy din ang pag obserba sa health safety protocols sa distribyusiyon ng mga pagkain para sa kaligtasan ngayong pandemya.

Sa tulong at suporta ng Punong Barangay Franklin C. Asne, City Nutrition Action Officer, Dr. Ma. Theresa Arollado, City Mayor Rowena R. Tuason, at ang National Nutrition Council Bicol, napadali at naging maayos ang implementasiyon ng programa.  Sa kasalukuyan, ipinagmamalaki ng Barangay na may labing lima (15) na bata na lang ang malnourished. Ibig sabihin, napabuti ng animnapu’t apat na pursyento (64%) ang kalagayan ng mga batang malnourished sa barangay. Patuloy ang Direct Observed Supplementary Feeding hanggang ngayong Enero ngayon 2022.

Source: BNS Suplito


NNC Bicol Support Womens Month 2022 CelebrationIn observance to the National Women's Month the National Nutrition Council Bicol honor women's vital contributions to nation-building by celebrating through Facebook livestreamed and Zoom platform on 18 March 2022. The theme "WE Make CHANGE Work for Women - Agenda ng Kababaihan, Tungo sa Kaunlaran" seeks to educate and engage women as pioneers and beneficiaries of government programs and services to effect "change." The webinar was attended by nutrition officials and nutrition volunteers from various LGUs in the region, as well as NGOs and other stakeholders.

Several empowered women, gender equality advocate and resource person were invited to speak at the webinar. Ms. Maria Cecilia A. Mangampo, Labor Employment Officer III of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Region V presented the "DOLE Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (DILEEP)." According to Ms. Mangampo, emergency employment is a significant component of the government's response, particularly during this COVID-19 pandemic, and that DOLE’s program aims to contribute to poverty reduction and risk reduction among working poor, vulnerable, and marginalized workers. Next discussant is Ms. Lovely Joy G.  Alvar, ADRA Project Manager "TOGETHER" that stands for "Uniting Towards Gender Equality for the Total Health and Rights of Women and Girls”. Ms. Alvar discusses "Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR)," in which she empowers women and girls and contributes to gender equality. Furthermore, she discusses how important it is for these individuals to understand the rights they should have as citizens. Other resource person invited is Ms. Beverly Ong Dycoco, Member of the Board of Directors of Bicol Center for Community Development, Inc. She presented the topic "Women on Health and Nutrition: The Role of Women in a Healthy Nation." Ms. Dycoco discusses the importance of having healthy women that will leads to a healthy family, community, and country.

The National Women's Month Celebration (NWMC) this year 2022 intends to celebrate women's and girls' accomplishments, assess gender equality measures, and predict activities that must be implemented to ensure growth in women's empowerment.


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Masbate province ready for Tutok KainanThe Tutok Kainan Dietary Supplementation Program (TK DSP) is part of the PPAN 2017-2022 which aims to prevent stunting by giving nutritious food commodities to the nutritionally at-risk pregnant women and children 6-23 months old. The Province of Masbate has been identified as one of the provinces under the Human Development and Poverty Reduction Cluster (HDPRC) included in the Phase 4 of the program covering 1,650 children in 30 barangays from 10 LGUs. NNC identified 10 priority LGUs namely the municipalities of Aroroy, Baleno, Batuan, Cawayan, Mandaon, Milagros, Mobo, Placer, Uson and the City of Masbate based from 2021 OPT Plus data and identifying barangays with bigger number of 6-23 months old children who are malnourished as the target areas for TK DSP.

The program intend to provide additional food to pregnant women for 90 calendar days and complementary food for children 6-23 months for 180 calendar days with priority to those who are nutritionally at-risk or undernourished. The Tutok Kainan Dietary Supplementation Program (TK-DSP) will be implemented by improving both the quality and quantity of food and nutrient intakes and utilization of related ECCD K1K services including program monitoring and evaluation of integrated nutrition program that helps ensure delivery of complementary early childhood care and development services in the First 1000 days pursuant to RA 11148.

Keeping Heart Healthy and Busy this Valentines DayValentine's Day is an excellent opportunity to become more aware of your heart health. When you look after yourself, you give the world the gift of seeing you at your best. Your love one will be relieved to know that you are healthy and happy. For this sweet season, here's a healthy reminder to take better care of your loved ones:

  • Self-care begins with the heart. When you concentrate on this vital organ, you will feel better, have more energy, lower your risk of other diseases, and develop the confidence that you will be healthy at any age.