Virtual Dialogue DecButuan City- In a virtual dialogue conducted on 7 December 2021, workshop output shared by two selected barangays in the region captured the audience and inspired many Barangay Nutrition Committee’s to formulate a comprehensive Barangay Nutrition Action Plan (BNAP).

Anchored on the Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition (PPAN), Barangay Nutrition Scholar’s in Maticdum, Tandag City and BNS in Maygatasan, Bayugan City presented their workshop outputs during the Caraga Virtual Dialogue with Punong Barangays: Enabling Nutrition Devolution.

BNS Robelyn C. Galela of Barangay Maticdum, Tandag City, Surigao del Sur shared the BNAP 2022 integrating the Devolution Transition Plan. In her presentation, the BNC identified eight (8) nutrition specific programs, nine (9) nutrition sensitive programs; and six (6) items under the Enabling mechanisms. On the other hand, BNS Levemae Tanjay of Barangay Maygatasan, Bayugan City, Agusan del Sur shared nine (9) major nutrition related programs with specific activities lined up for 2022.

PPAN LabordoButuan City- On a virtual dialogue with the punong barangays in Caraga region, Officer-in-Charge, Dr. Nino Archie S. Labordo shared the topic, “Usapang PPAN sa Barangay Programang PangNutrisyon Gawing Mahusay” on December 6, 2021 during the Day 1 of the Regional Dialogue with Punong Barangays: Enabling Nutrition Devolution via Zoom conferencing.

The topic articulated the increased recognition of the Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition (PPAN) and its connection to barangay nutrition action plan (BNAP)s. Likewise, it shared the functions of the barangay nutrition committee and roles of Punong Barangays, Barangay Nutrition Scholars, and other committee members in the achievement of BNAP and PPAN targets.

In the formulation of the BNAP, Dr. Labordo emphasized to identify activities that are listed in the three prong programs, the nutrition specific, nutrition sensitive and enabling programs.

To achieve the PPAN outcome targets, he shared actions through having a better nutrition among pregnant mothers, better birth outcomes, better exclusive breastfeeding and complementary feeding, and better overall calorie intake.

Vac Dec1Butuan City- Registered nurses and staff of the National Nutrition Council Caraga volunteered during the massive National COVID-19 Vaccination Days (NVD) on December 1, 2021 at the Urios Gym, Butuan City.

In a proclamation No. 1253 released on 24 November 2021 government agencies and other instrumentalities are encouraged to actively participate and provide necessary support and assistance to the Department of Health, the Department of the Interior and Local Government and the National Task Force Against COVID 19 for its effective implementation.

NNC Finance staff, Ms. Jhomary P. Casuyon, who is a nurse shared that she volunteered to help reduce the load of the vaccination team and once again revive her skills on assessment.

Led by the staff of Manual J. Santos Hospital in Butuan and in coordination with the Department of Health Caraga, the December 1 vaccination in Urios Gym inoculated at least 900 individuals from the different sectoral categories.

BNS del carmenButuan City- Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNSs) in Del Carmen, Siargao Islands, Surigao Del Norte did not miss to engaged to a conversation with the National Nutrition Council Caraga personnel’s during its visit on 3 December 2021 in said town.

As an opportunity, NNC Officer-in-Charge, Dr. Nino Archie S. Labordo and Nutrition Officer, Raphael P. Ochavo provided a discussion on the BNSs welfare and benefits.

The topics focused on medical and survivorship assistance, BNS Eligibility, creation of BNS federation and capability development among the health and nutrition workers.

BNS Margarita of Barangay del Carmen expressed on the technical capability of the BNSs in the delivery of nutrition related services. In response, Dr. Labordo shared that in order to confidently provide necessary information to the individual, family and community as a whole, a training is necessary.

AIP WS Dec2Butuan City- Another National Nutrition Council Caraga workshop on integrating nutrition programs, projects and activities (PPAs) in the 2022 Annual Investment Program (AIP) conducted to five (5) selected local government units on 2-3 December 2021 at the Almont City Hotel, Butuan City.

Integration of nutrition related PPAs is by the use of an excel template which participants learned to fill in budgets and prioritized PPAs to be implemented in 2022.

The workshop covered under the local government mobilization strategies aimed at increasing the recognition of the alarming malnutrition situation especially during pandemic and investing nutrition with appropriate budgets.

Inputs provided by the National Nutrition Council Caraga were on Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition (PPAN) and LGU Mobilization strategy, Investing Nutrition with Results, Opportunities for Nutrition Support under Mandanas-Garcia Ruling, Sectoral Integration of nutrition related PPAs to local nutrition action plans and the simulation exercise on nutrition budgeting.

Dr Sunico Dec2021Butuan City- In a message delivered on Friday 3 December 2021, Campus Director Romy Jun A. Sanico of Surigao State College of Technology in del Carmen Campus shared that the Radyo Kabakhawan served as a medium of communication and instruction in disseminating developmental programs including topics for learner's education.   

Agencies coordinating with Radyo Kabakhawan are the Rural Health Unit, Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office, Siargao Electric Cooperative (SIARELCO), Municipal Agriculture and Fisheries Office, Del Carmen Youth Initiative/Student learners, Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), Department of Trade and Industry, and the local government unit of del Carmen, Surigao del Norte.

Dr. Sunico added that even the Department of Education has engaged with the radio station for the department’s dissemination of learning sessions via radio broadcast. The use of the radio has been relevant this time especially that some areas has restrictions in mobility, he mentioned.