La Paz IYCF NOV2022Butuan City – The Municipality of La Paz conducted its three-day training on Maternal, Infant and Young Children Nutrition to organize Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) support groups on November 15-17, 2022 at Farmer’s Training Center, Demofarm, La Paz, Agusan del Sur.

The training was conducted to equip various volunteers, especially those who have constant contact with pregnant women and lactating mothers, on the recommended maternal nutrition, breastfeeding, and complementary feeding practices for children.

It also aims to support mothers, fathers and other caregivers to optimally feed infants and young children.

Moreover, a return demonstration on IYCF counseling was conducted at the end of the training to complement the theories and concepts discussed in the duration of the training.

Esperanza LNAP 2022Butuan City – The Municipality of Esperanza convened their Municipal Nutrition Committee to polishes the Local Nutrition Action Plan of the municipality for 2023-2023 at ABC Building, Esperanza, Agusan del Sur on November 8-10, 2022.

The activity was graced by the Municipal Mayor, Hon. Deo Manpatilan and the Former-Mayor and current Municipal Administrator, Ms. Leonida Manpatilan and expressed their support in scaling up nutrition interventions for an improved nutrition situation in the municipality.

In the workshop, the different Committee members provided inputs that could contribute to the delivery of positive nutrition outcome. Some of the inputs included in the plan are the distribution of Egg-Laying Chicken to families with malnourished children from Municipal Agriculture Office, skills training and skills enhancement training to parents of malnourished children from Municipal Cooperative Development Office and extensive monitoring and supplementary feeding of wasted school children from DepEd-Esperanza.

Placer Forum Nov2022Butuan City- Members of the Municipal Nutrition Committee and the Chairpersons and barangay nutrition scholars of the twenty barangays in the Municipality of Placer in Surigao del Norte attended the Forum on Investing Nutrition for Effective Local Governance on 21 November 2022 at the Multipurpose Hall, Barangay Magsaysay of this municipality.

The activity was warmly welcomed by Sangguniang Bayan on Health, Hon. Ruwill R. Febrero. In his message, he conveyed that the municipality has a number of malnourished children. The counterpart of the barangay and its officials is necessary.

During the forum, Municipal Nutrition Action Officer, Ms. Ruth Rivera shared the nutrition situation. In 2022, the municipality recorded 6.9% wasted, 21% stunted, 7.4% underweight, 57% prenatal check-up, 57% exclusive breastfeeding and 40% provision of folic acid and iron.

The presented indicators on malnutrition like stunting and wasting are all way above the cut off level of the World Health Organization, and indicators in PPAN 2017-2022 are far from its targets.

ADS LNAP 2022Butuan City – As a means of providing the Local Nutrition Committees (LNCs) with an integrated, synchronized, coordinated and focused actions for nutrition improvement, a reorientation on Nutrition Program Management and Local Nutrition Action Planning Formulation was conducted on October 24-28, 2022 at Provincial Learning Center, Provincial Capitol, Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur.

The five-day activity was attended by the nutrition planning core group of eleven Local Government Units (LGUs) and the Provincial Nutrition Committee of Agusan del Sur.

Dr. Jacqueline Frances Momville, Provincial Health Officer II of Agusan del Sur, formally opened the program and welcomed the participants. She recognized the importance of planning in advance for interventions addressing the current nutrition problems in the province.

Tagbina tools 2022Butuan City- On 16 November 2022, the Municipality of Tagbina in Surigao del Sur through its Mayor and the Chairperson of the Municipal Nutrition Committee, Mayor Glaiza Jane P. Lanete received height boards and salter scales endorsed by the National Nutrition Council Caraga, OIC, Dr. Nino Archie S. Labordo.

Mayor Lanete thanked NNC Caraga for identifying the municipality as the recipient of said measuring tools. The tools are important to take the height and the weight of children, the good Mayor added.

In the latest Operation Timbang Plus (OPT+), the Municipality of Tagbina ranked third with high prevalence of stunting, recorded at 15.09%.

Dr. Labordo encouraged to increase the OPT+ coverage to above 80% in order to capture better nutrition situation for the municipality.

Likewise, OIC Labordo lobbied for capacity building for the barangay nutrition scholars to better equipped them on assessment and nutrition program management.

Esperanza Mayor Nov 2022Butuan City“Nutrition is not a single department’s agenda”, Mayor Deo Manpatilan of the Municipality of Esperanza expressed during the Local Nutrition Action Planning conducted on November 8-10, 2022 at ABC Building, Esperanza, Agusan del Sur.

The good Mayor recognized that investigating the cause of malnutrition does not stop at poor dietary intake. The nutrition worker and advocates should investigate more and ask identify the reason/s of poor dietary intake to describe the root cause of malnutrition because there are so many factors that we need to look out. He sees nutrition as a problem that should be included in social, environmental, legislative, infrastructure and administrative budgeting and planning.

He observed that one of the root causes of malnutrition is poor knowledge on appropriate infant and young child feeding and poor attitudes towards healthy lifestyle and proper nutrition.

As the Former-SB Committee Chairperson on Environment, Mayor Manpatilan said that, “Our constituents have resources, but they do not know how to maximize it.”

He also added that one of nutrition intervention that should be implemented is intensified nutrition advocacy to promote positive behavioral change towards health and nutrition.