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CanvaDesignChallengeCotabato City. MP and Minister Aida M. Silongan of the Ministry of Science and Technology held a consultative meeting on November 30, 2021 with NNC BARMM headed by Dr. Sinolinding regarding effective nutrition interventions  in BARMM where  on-going projects on fortified food production and food supplement manufacturing is coming up in the island provinces of  Sulu and Tawi-tawi to augment the existing facilities now operating in Maguindanao.

With the 2015 National Nutrition Survey results presented before the Women's Sector Volunteers highlighting stunting and underweight rates of the region. Data showed consistency with the Operation Timbang Plus results of Maguindanao where Ampatuan town registered the highest number of children with Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM). Included in the list of interventions were the Tutok Kainan Supplementation program in the 4 provinces of BARMM.

SSB jpg“Failure is not an option in fighting the double burden malnutrition in the BARMM region.” That was the emotional statement made by Local Chief Executive Mamanto Mamantal as he rallies behind his team against malnutrition in Sultan Sa Barongis, Maguindanao. Together with the National Nutrition Council – BARMM an orientation on the Creation of Local Nutrition Committee in the municipality was conducted as the initial step in addressing the issues with concrete and systematic intervention on Oct 24, 2021.

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The Date Palm, also known as Kurma fruit in Middle Eastern countries, its scientific name is Phoenix dactylifera. According to studies dates have shown as highly nourishing with numerous potential health benefits to human body. Also believed to contain phytochemicals that may help to low cholesterol and decrease risk of diabetes, cancer, and cardiovascular diseases.

Researchers at Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar (WCM-Q) discovered the health benefits of this superfood, it is well-known that the natural sugars in date fruits make them an ideal food to break one’s fast, since this contains large amounts of phytochemicals, a naturally occurring plant chemicals that can lower cholesterol, reduce the risk of heart disease, and have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, neuroprotective and antioxidant properties, among other benefits.

blackseed articleBlack Seed or Nigella Sativa has been described as a miraculous plant and widely used as a spice and flavoring agent in variety of food preparations such as in bread, yogurt, pickles, sauces, and salads. Black seed or black cumin has long been used in traditional remedy in the Arabian countries, Far East Asia, Europe, and Africa.

A well-known physician in the 10th century, Avicena  writes a book “The Canon of Medicine,” which he recommended the use of Nigella seeds for enhancement of body's energy and also support during recovery from fatigue and dispiritedness.

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The National Nutrition Council BARMM joins in the celebration of National Children’s' Month under Republic Act  10661,  as it marks the adoption of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Child (UNCRC) on November 20, 1989. With this year's theme "New Normal Na Walang Iwanan: Karapatan ng bawat Bata ating Tutukan!", the campaign aims at increasing public awareness on the different issues on childrens' rights to survival, development, protection, and participation in the new normal setting.

Headed by Minister Raissa H. Jajurie of the Ministry of Social Services and Development and the chairperson of the Regional Sub-Committee for the Welfare of Children (RSCWC), lead the 29th National Childrens' Month ceremony on November 3, 2021 at South Upi Gymnasium, Maguindanao.

articlemellpiNational Nutrition Council conducted the first Training of Trainers on the Monitoring and Evaluation of Local Level Plan Implementation Protocol (MELLPI Pro) for the province of Maguindanao and Lanao Del Sur  on November 16-182021 at Green Leaf Hotel, General Santos City. The activity aims to prepare the regional/provincial/municipal nutrition committee to serve as the nutrition evaluators in the region using the new version of MELLPI Pro tools.

Jasmine Tandingan of NNC Central Office  explained the evolution of MELLPI to the easier upgraded version, the mechanics of the usage of MELLPI Protocol to the Local Government Units focusing in the computation of ratings to LGUs Nutrition Committee, Nutrition Action Officers and Barangay Nutrition Scholars  and finally,  the interpretations of the radial diagrams.