BALUD MASBATEBalud, Masbate. Ang Pamahalaang Bayan ng Balud, Masbate ay naisakatuparan sa kauna-unahang pagkakataon ang mithiin na makapagbigay ng serbisyong pampubliko sa pamamagitan ng programang pang Kalusugan at Nutrisyon. Ang serbisyo isinagawa ay sa pamamagitan ng Medikal Misyon at Nutrition Promotion sa Brgy. Panguiranan, Balud, Masbate. Ang aktibidad ay pinamumunoan ng aktibong Ama ng Bayan si  Honorable Rodolfo O. Estrella Jr., kasama ang kanyang butihing maybahay na si Ginang Vhel Estrella.

Ang programa ay itinuon sa ika-48 na taon pagdiriwang ng Buwan ng Nutrisyon. Kasama sa paghahatid ng pampublikong serbisyo ang mga Kapulisan (PNP) ng Balud sa pangunguna ng Hepe na si Police Major Reneir J. Teofilo, dalawang (2) RHU Physicians na sina Dr. Glen Arollado at Dra. Maria Jean Theresa Cornelio kasama ang tatlongput dalawa (32) kawani ng RHU, mga hepe ng mga Departamento ng Munisipyo, mga miyembro ng Sangguniang Bayan sa pamumuno ng Bise Mayor, Hon. Felimon C. Abelita III .

Bato MNC strengthen Barangay Nutrition Committees  in celebration of 48th Nutrition Month This year's Nutrition Month celebration with the Theme, "New Normal na Nutrisyon, Sama-Samang Gawan ng Solusyon," the LGU Bato's Nutrition Office spearheaded by Ms. Donnabelle Yee Tejada, deemed it appropriate to hold a three-day (3) BNAP Formulation Workshop on 25-27 July 2022, with the goal of involving stakeholders from the barangay level in their nutrition program planning and development. Three representatives from each of the 27 barangays were invited to form the core team during the planning workshop. Ms. Jessica A. Sesalim, NNC ROV's PNFP for Catanduanes, facilitated the activity with technical assistance from the DOH RND assigned in Bato, Ms. Donna Mae P. Bozar. It was a fast-paced activity that demonstrated the participants' eagerness to learn.

A culminating activity held on 28 July 2022, aim to conclude the three-day (3) BNAP Formulation Workshop. Mayor Juan T. Rodulfo was present during the NM Culmination and Awarding Ceremony, and he emphasized in his message the municipal officials' commitment to the nutrition program implementation in the municipality of Bato. He and the SB Chairman of the Committee on Health disclosed that Bato will be providing additional incentive for the BNSs, which was welcome and happy news for the volunteers. Mayor Rodulfo also expressed his gratitude to the volunteer workers and the staff of the Nutrition/DRRM Office.

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.

NNC Bicol a CPD Provider of the Philippine Regulation CommissionThe Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) accredited the National Nutrition Council Bicol as a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Provider on April 20, 2022. Four (4) regional activities were approved for this year and the first program to be implemented with PRC-CPD units is Training on Nutrition Program Management (NPM) for District/City and Municipal Nutrition Program Coordinators and nutrition implementers. The training is applied with Continuing Professional Development (CPD) units for selected professions, which is first in NNC Bicol. The training is created specifically for newly appointed M/CNAOs and the Nutrition Program Coordinator in their respective city/municipality and province to help them better understand the fundamentals of nutrition.

Local Government Units (LGUs) as service providers are responsible for ensuring that basic services including nutrition, reach those who are most vulnerable to malnutrition in a timely and effective manner. Nutrition Program Management (NPM) knowledge and skills are thus required to respond to local nutrition situations effectively and efficiently with appropriate interventions. Along these lines, on 14-17 June 2022, the National Nutrition Bicol held a four-day live-out training for District/City/ Municipal Nutrition Program Coordinators at Kanzo Hall & Restaurants in Legazpi City, Albay.

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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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.