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LNEWS June2022Prosperidad, ADS– As part of the nutrition surveillance function of the National Nutrition Council, a Program Implementation Review (PIR) on Local Nutrition Early Warning System on Food and Nutrition Security (LNEWS-FNS) was conducted by National Nutrition Council Caraga in the month of June this year.  

The areas included in the activity were the municipalities of San Francisco and Talacogon of the Province of Agusan del Sur.

In the assessment of LNEWS-FNS implementation process, it was revealed that plotting and announcement of LNEWS-FNS schedules during the Barangay Nutrition Committee (BNC) meeting facilitated the data collection. Hence, the involvement of BNC members also paved way for the involvement of Purok leaders, kagawad, midwife/s, nurse/s, day care workers and volunteer health workers in data gathering, validation, analysis and consolidation.

The data gathered in the LNEWS-FNS served as a basis in food security and in nutrition planning by identifying the priority areas and groups. Prioritization of program beneficiaries among malnourished children was made easier as it includes information on food and nutrition security status of the household.

ADS BNS SummitTrentoProsperidad, ADS – Around five hundred (500) Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNS) from the different Local Government Units (LGUs) of the Province of Agusan del Sur (ADS) convened at Big Times Resort, Lianga, Surigao del Sur for the Provincial Barangay Nutrition Scholars’ Summit on 22 July 2022.

After two years of face-to-face restrictions, the Provincial BNS Federation and Nutrition Action Officers Association of the Province decided to hold a convention to reignite  companionship among nutrition workers in the new normal setting.

Moreover, the Provincial Nutrition Action Officer (PNAO), Ms. Laniebelle Angchangco said that being the frontliners for nutrition at the local level, BNSs well deserved this summit to unwind and be energized.

One of the anticipated parts of this event is the Tiktok Challenge and Zumba Competition that showcased the talents and teamwork of the Barangay Nutrition Scholars of the 13 municipalities and 1 city.

Malimono NMJuly 2022Surigao City- On 28 July 2022, officials of the Municipality of Malimono, Surigao del Norte shared tips and stories to audience particularly the mothers during the Culmination of the Nutrition Month Celebration.

Vice Mayor Arnel Amalia, gave message on behalf of Mayor Wallace Sinaca. He informed the audience on the legal mandate why nutrition is celebrated in July.

The good Vice Mayor, also shared the status of the Philippines in terms of the stunting prevalence. It is alarming but we can contribute to prevent increase of malnutrition, VM Amalia added.

Dr.Nìño Archie Labordo on the other hand, emphasized the link between resilience and nutrition. He provided strategies on how to become resilient especially that Malimono is a coastal municipality.

Preggymothers SanFrancisco2022Butuan City- Eleven (11) pregnant mothers in the Municipality of San Francisco or in Anao-aon ramped up and showcased wit and intelligence during the Search for Healthy Preggy on 29 July 2022 at the Municipal Plaza, San Francisco, Surigao del Norte.

The showcase of beauty and wit is aligned with the Nutrition Month Celebration, where the focus of the advocacy is on the importance of the first 1,000 days of a child.

Dr. Kithleen Rhea Grace D. Ramos, the Municipal Health Officer, expressed that the search is aimed at advocating the important health measures a mother should be doing during her pregnancy.

The first 1,000 days or recognized as the golden period of opportunity, shared by Dr. Nino Archie S. Labordo, during his inspirational message.

Dr. Labordo emphasized that each individual in the household and community has a role to contribute in the pregnancy of the mother.

Bacuag LNAPJuly2022Butuan City- All nine (9) barangays in the Municipality of Bacuag, Surigao del Norte attended the Barangay Nutrition Action Planning (BNAP) Workshop conducted on 19-21 July at Barangay Población Multipurpose Hall in this town.

Led by the visionary Mayor of Bacuag, Hon. Felicisimo C. Cebedo, the three-day planning workshop was well attended by Sangguniang Bayan members, Barangay Chairpersons and members of the Local Nutrition Committee.

During the first day, Dr. Nino Archie S. Labordo of NNC Caraga discussed the topic on Why Invest in Nutrition, which provided appreciation for the alarming nutrition situation in the country and in the Province of Surigao del Norte.

Likewise, the topic shared the importance of the first 1,000 days package and monitoring the six critical interventions to maximize the growth potential of the child.

Sison July2022Surigao City- Twelve (12) barangays in the Municipality of Sison showcased locally grown products on 29 July 2022 during the culmination activity of the Nutrition Month Celebration at Doña Helen Gymnasium, San Pedro, Sison, Surigao del Norte.

Led by the Barangay Nutrition Committee, each participating booth grouped the food products and commodities as to go, grow and glow foods.

Municipal Health Officer and Municipal Nutrition Action Officer, Dr. Angel Antonette Lumogdang-Devocion shared that the showcased products should be available and accessible locally. It should be in variety and affordable to consumers, she added.

In his message, National Nutrition Council Caraga Officer-in-Charge, Dr. Niño Archie S. Labordo, emphasized the importance of being resilient.

He mentioned the link between nutrition and resiliency. And that being resilient is being food secured.