Bicol LGUs pass local First 1000 Days OrdinancesLocal government units of Naga City, municipality of Tiwi in Albay, municipalities of Virac, Bato, and San Andres in Catanduanes, and the province of Catanduanes will pass their local ordinances to support the First 1,000 Days (F1KD) on July 26, 28, and 30 as culminating activities for Nutrition Month 2021. The local ordinances were based on Republic Act 11148 (Kalusugan at Nutrisyon ng Mag-Nanay Act of 2018) or F1KD Law, and its Implementing Rules and Regulations. It is aligned with the July 2021 Nutrition Month theme which is ‘Malnutrisyon tuloy na labanan. F1KD tutukan.”

The passage of the local F1KD ordinances is a major component of the partnership ADVANCE (Advocacy for Nutrition Governance towards Early Recovery) in Bicol project of Save the Children Philippines with the Region 5 Offices of the Department of Health and the National Nutrition Council, and LGUs.  The project aims to promote nutrition governance and leadership, and support model LGUs to showcase multi-sectoral F1KD activities and pilot local policies for replication and scaling in the region. Bicol ranks 3rd in stunting and wasting rates among the 17 regions in the country based on the 2018 National Nutrition Survey of DOST-FNRI.

10 THINGS YOU OUGHT TO KNOW ABOUT TUTOK KAINAN DIETARY SUPPLEMENTATION PROGRAM in BicolStunting has been a global burden and the Philippines ranked 9th in this crisis and ranked 2nd for the shortest in the ASEAN Region based on the 2014 Comparative Heights in ASEAN Countries. The First 1000 days intervention, dubbed Early Childcare and Development programs, has been the scientifically proven program to address this problem. Various national government agencies, NGOs, and other groups have been taking part in this endeavor over the years. One substantial step is the ratification of RA 11148 also known as The Kalusugan at Nutrisyon ng Mag Nanay Act in 2018. Some of the provisions stipulated in this law are to provide mothers the standard pre-and post-natal care, reduce low birth weight children, promote breastfeeding, and enjoin local government units to adopt and allocate budget for this cause.

Among other provisions of this law, the national dietary supplementation program which is an intervention providing additional calories to pregnant women in the 3rd trimester was identified and has proven to decrease low birth weight and thereby stunting among children. Bicol, as one priority regions of the Human Development and Poverty Reduction Cluster, is a recipient of this intervention. Scroll down and find out more.

1) Originally, Camarines Sur is the only province in Bicol to be provided with Tutok Kainan: Dietary Supplementation Program for 6,350 pregnant women. This is a 90-day well-monitored feeding and nutrition education program for pregnant women who are nutritionally at risk in their 1st and 2nd trimester and all pregnant women in their 3rd trimester

Barangay Nutrition Scholars in Bicol receive Calamity Cash AssistanceLegazpi City. The Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNSs) are community nutrition volunteers who provide nutrition services to our families. This group of volunteers were organized by the National Nutrition Council  per Presidential Decree No. 1569 (1979) which mandated the deployment of at least one (1) BNS in every barangay in the country. The BNSs are task to monitor the nutritional status of children and other nutritionally at-risk groups and link them with nutrition and nutrition-related service providers. PD 1569 also mandated the NNC to administer the program in cooperation with local government units.

The Bicol Region BNS Association, Inc. (BRBNSA, Inc.) was organized in 2013 through the federation of the nutrition volunteers per LGU. The Officers of BRBNSA, Inc. formulated their own Constitution and By-Laws to promote nutrition and uphold the BNS program with support and services being provided to members.

Stronger Nutrition Program Services Amidst COVID 19 PandemicTabaco City. Year 2020 left a mark in history caused by the turn of events from the outbreak of Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19) which placed the country’s healthcare system in severe distress. However, this pandemic did not hinder the implementation of various nutrition interventions in Tabaco City in the province of Albay. Rather, it paved the way to a more efficient operation of nutrition programs through the active involvement and mobility of the Tabaco City Nutrition Committee (CNC) together with its external partners who conducted numerous activities targeting different vulnerable groups and ages.

First notable program implemented was the Dietary Supplementation for three vulnerable groups: 6-23 months-old children; undernourished 24-59 months-old children; and nutritionally-at-risk pregnant and lactating women. This is likewise in support of the campaign for the Early Child Care Development First 1000 Days Program (ECCD-F1KD). Led by CNAO Dr. Audwin Azada, feeding was done along with nutrition counseling as a major component activity so that good nutrition practices continue to be done at home.

caramoranBased on 2020 OPT Plus report of Catanduanes, the National Nutrition Council Bicol reported that the municipality of Caramoran finally slid down in its ranking of municipalities with high prevalence of stunting among 0-59 months children. From being on top of the list in 2019 at 29.7%,  it now has the 5th lowest prevalence of stunting at 18.5%. Do you know that 5 years ago. in 2016, its stunting rate among 0-59 months children was a high 46.54%! 

How did Caramoran do it?  This marked improvement was fueled by serious intent of Caramoran to make children’s nutritional wellbeing a priority concern of the local government. Led by its Local Chief Executive and Chair of the Municipal Nutrition Committee of past administration, then by Mayor Agnes Popa to its present Municipal Mayor Glenda V. Aguilar,  its Municipal Nutrition Committee (MNC) persevered to make children’s nutrition concern a top priority. The municipality  allocated  more funds for its nutrition program and activities, and integrated and complemented activities with the other offices and sectors. One  of the activities conducted was nutrition and parenting sessions which were integrated in the activities of the  Health and Social Welfare Offices.   The assistance of the ever-reliable and dependable nutrition frontline workers – the Barangay Nutrition Scholars and Health Workers who continued to care for the children of the municipality- was a plus factor too for its sustained reduction of malnutrition.

Department of Agrarian DAR Orients ARBOs On Tutok Kainan The Dietary Supplementation Program For Pregnant WomenReform, Legazpi City - In partnership with the National Nutrition Council, DARPO Albay conducted a one-day orientation program of selected ARBO’s who will participate in the Dietary Supplementation Program for Pregnant Women in the province of Albay expected to run anytime from March to May 2021.

Addressing the participants of the activity, OIC-PARPO II Engr. Renato C. Bequillo emphasized that lack of nutrition among children because of poverty has been recognized as one of the social illnesses of the country, thus, catapulting the Philippines in the 9th rank of the global stunting problem.

CARPO Lerma Dino of DAR Regional Office 5 complimented DARPO Albay as well as the ten ARBOs who will play a major role in the execution of the program. According to CARPO Dino, “DAR’s only vision is to help its beneficiaries sustain their means of livelihood.”