DSP Virtual Orientation Surigao del Sur

 The First 1,000 Days of the child’s life is considered the “Golden window” of opportunity for the child to achieve his or her full potential in the different aspects of development.  This is the period during which key health, nutrition, early education, and related services should be delivered to ensure the optimum physical and mental development of a child.  The Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) approved the provision of the dietary supplementation program (DSP) for children 6-23 months and nutritionally-at-risk, pregnant women, to prevent stunting in children during the first 1000 days of life.

The Tutok Kainan Supplementation Program aims to improve the quality and quantity of nutrition of beneficiaries by supplying nutritious food commodities. The primary purpose of the program is to furnish supplemental food for the nutritionally at-risk or undernourished pregnant mothers for 90 days and complementary food for children 6-23 months old for 180 days.

In Caraga Region, Surigao del Sur was identified by NNC as one of the priority areas in Phase 4, the region’s priority group are stunted and wasted 6-23-month-old children from five (5) municipalities which includes Carrascal, Lanuza, Bayabas, San Agustin, and Lingig covering 7 barangays. The province is identified as 2nd priority area under the Human Development and Poverty Reduction Cabinet Cluster (HDPRC) which serves as a basis in the prioritization of target provinces in the region for the DSP implementation.  Initially, a social preparation activity is conducted by requiring identified LGUs for the submission of masterlist of malnourished children targeted for the DSP with a total number of 650 beneficiaries. A dry food commodity scheme will be adopted in the entire food supplementation period using the complementary foods developed by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute.

Furthermore, the National Nutrition Council Caraga initiated a virtual meeting last September 25, 2021, to orient the target LGUs on the Guidelines of the Tutok Kainan Dietary Supplementation Program.  Highlights of the meeting were the presentation of the program overview by NNC Caraga OIC-Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator Ms. Retsebeth Laquihon along with Provincial Nutrition Focal Point in the Province of Surigao Del Sur Ms. Julianne Janine V. Carrillo. She emphasizes the program roles and responsibilities of NNC Central office down to the local barangays as a synergetic effort in the reduction of stunting and wasting in the Philippines. Moreover, an overview of Tutok Kainan Nutritext was discussed by Senior Nutrition Officer II Leah Vina P. Vargas.

NNC Caraga through Provincial Nutrition Focal Point in the Province of Surigao Del Sur, Julianne Janine V. Carrillo will take the lead as the focal person for Phase 4 Tutok Kainan Dietary Supplementation Program in coordinating and assisting the management and implementation of DSP. PNFP Carrillo will facilitate the streamlined activities for the program which includes social preparation, LGU mobilization of dietary supplementation, nutrition education through Nutritexts and Idol ko Si Nanay and food demonstrations, nutrition interventions connecting project beneficiaries and monitoring, evaluation, and reporting, respectively.  The implementation of the Dietary Supplementation Program in Surigao Del Sur will provide opportunity to address the prevalent problem of stunting especially during the first 1000 days of life. (PNFP Carrillo)

OIC-RNPC Laquihon with PNFP Rayco discussing Tutok Kainan DSP Phase 3 implementation in Agusan del Sur with PHO Monville and PNAO AngchangcoSeptember 29, 2021 | Agusan del Sur, OIC-NNC Caraga Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator Retsebeth M. Laquihon had an endorsement of the newly hired Provincial Nutrition Focal Point and face-to-face coordination meeting with Agusan del Sur Provincial Health Officer II, Dr. Jacqueline Frances F. Momville and Provincial Nutrition Action Officer (PNAO) Laniebelle Angchangco. 

In line with the First 1000 Days of Life program, the National Nutrition Council Caraga hired a new technical staff, a Provincial Nutrition Focal Point, that will oversee and monitor the implementation of the Dietary Supplementation Program – Tutok Kainan (DSP-TK) Phase 3 in Agusan del Sur in the person of Mariella P. Rayco. The said program aims to prevent stunting by giving nutritious food commodities to nutritionally at-risk pregnant women and children 6-23 months old. The target areas for the Province of Agusan del Sur consists of 11 municipalities with 706 beneficiaries.

OIC-NNC Caraga RNPC Laquihon discussed the deliverables of the newly endorsed PNFP to PNAO Angchangco which are mainly provision of technical assistance and monitoring of the said program. Also discussed were the updates about the ongoing social preparation and roll out orientation for DSP-TK Phase 3 for barangay implementers and guardians of the beneficiaries for the proper implementation of the program. 

(PNFP Rayco)

Caraga Nutrition Symposium for the 47th Nutrition Month on July 21, 2021 at Almont Inland Resort, Butuan City
NNC Caraga in celebration of Nutrition Month with the theme “Malnutrisyon Patuloy na Labanan, First 1000 Days Tutokan” conducted a nutrition information dissemination through a Nutrition Symposium on July 21, 2021 at Almont Inland Resort, Butuan City to discuss the importance of the First 1000 Days and its critical interventions; strategies to scale up actions to address malnutrition particularly stunting and the First 1000 days strategies which includes nutrition specific and sensitive programs in the Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition 2017-2022. A total of 50 participants attended. The Sangguniang Kabataan of Butuan City, regional line agencies and different BNS Federation Officers and members actively participated the said event.
OIC-Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator, Ms Retsebeth M. Laquihon opened the symposium and welcomed the participants. She also gave the overview of the nutrition month and of the activity. Regional Director Alexander Makinano of Commission on Population discussed “Integration of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Services in Nutrition" including the consequences of teenage pregnancy and its interventions. Ms. Teresita Lina Medrano, the DOH Nutrition Program Coordinator tackled "Maternal Nutrition and Infant and Young Child Feeding in the Context of Covid 19.” Breastfeeding Nanays sa Caraga Co-founder, Ms. Rhea Carampatana-Mendez shared good practices and their initiatives to support the campaign on breastfeeding and complementary feeding among pregnant and young children.
The participants also shared their thoughts and understanding about good nutrition during the first 1000 days of life. They also declared their pledge of commitment. Sangguniang Kabataan Federation President Cynth Zephanie Nietes said that she supported the 47th Nutrition Month, the nutrition program and also the prevention of teenage pregnancy and she added that these advocacies need stronger support through policies and legislation.
(NO II LVPVargas/OIC-RNPC RMLaquihon)

IMG 7019The National Nutrition Council Caraga, in collaboration with the Dinagat Islands Provincial Nutrition Office, Provincial Health Office, and DXPH 98.8 Mystical FM, successfully conducted the first 10 Kumainments Nutrition School-on-the-Air (NSOA) implementation in the Province of Dinagat Islands. The 10 Kumainments NSOA commenced last August 02, 2021 and ended last August 17, 2021 and was recently culminated through a graduation ceremony last August 20, 2021. A total of 31 pioneer NSOA Dinagatnon students successfully graduated after completing the 12 sessions of the NSOA.

10 Kumainments Nutrition School-on-the-Air (NSOA) is a nutrition specific program that was developed by the National Nutrition Council to create public awareness,  adopt good nutrition practices and promote behavior change through radio, ensuring that correct and proper information on nutrition is disseminated to all. The module covers the talking points of the Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos or the more popular 10 Kumainments. The implementation and airing of the 10 Kumainments NSOA is a strategy to target population groups to ensure proper knowledge on good nutrition and good nutrition practices and seeks to engage the local government units to initiate discussion on investing more to nutrition programs.

The NSOA implementation in the Dinagat Islands was anchored by the newly designated Provincial Nutrition Action Officer of Dinagat Islands, Ms. Joanna Jessica A. Yasay, RND and the nutritionist-dietitian deployed in Dinagat Islands under the NDDP of the DOH, ND-II Ms. Kyle Rathzel Bustamante, RND which was aired daily during weekdays from 5 o'clock in the afternoon to 6:30 o'clock in the evening at DXPH 98.9 Mystical FM. Each session, relevant information on nutrition and good nutrition practices based on the Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos or the 10 Kumainments. After each session, enrolled students will answer a 5-item quiz and the first 10 students who answered/texted 5 correct answers will win 100-pesos load as an incentive. After the 12 sessions, the implementers will tally the total scores and attendance of all enrolled students and will identify the qualified students for graduation.

Last August 20, 2021, as a culminating activity, the NSOA Graduation was held at the Provincial Governor's Lounge with 31 graduates who successfully graduated. Students were from different walks of life and from different age groups. Ms. Nelida Cabarles, 74 years old, was the oldest graduate while Ms. Princes Charlene Cabusao, 12 years old, was the youngest graduate. During the graduation, Dr. Jillian Francise A. Lee, the Provincial Medical Officer II in the province welcomed the participants and thanked all the participants of the NSOA and congratulated all of the graduates. Senior Nutrition Officer II Ms. Leah Vina P. Vargas of NNC Caraga then presented the rationale of the NSOA implementation and gave an inspirational message on behalf of the OIC-Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator of NNC Caraga, Ms. Retsebeth M. Laquihon, RND, MPD, MDM. Ms. Daria Barra, the Executive Assistant of Governor Arlene "Kaka" J. Bag-ao, then gave a meaningful message and felicitations to the graduates on behalf of the good governor. Nutrition Officer I Raphael P. Ochavo then presented the topic "Why Invest on Nutrition" and the summary of the 10 Kumainments. At the graduation proper, graduates received their certificate of completion and IEC materials on 10 Kumainments from NNC Caraga and 10 top honor students received a certificate of recognition and weighing scales from the Provincial Health Office. 

Currently, 4 other areas have implemented the 10 Kumainments NSOA, including the 3 Nutriskwela Community Radio Stations in Caraga Region, namely; Radyo Kaagapay in Sibagat, Agusan del Sur, Radyo Kabakhawan in Del Carmen, Surigao del Norte, Radyo Kinaiyahan in Malimono, Surigao del Norte and the provincial radio station of the Province of Agusan del Sur. NNC Caraga aims to mobilize other local government units to implement the 10 Kumainments NSOA by utilizing their local budgets and enable more investment on nutrition information and dissemination.

NNC Caraga commends the Provincial Government of Dinagat Islands, the Provincial Nutrition Office, Provincial Health Office and the Provincial Information Office (DXPH 98.9 Mystical FM) on the successful implementation of 10 Kumainments Nutrition School-on-the-Air and challenges the same on the continued implementation of the radio program and on investing more on nutrition information and education activities. 

(NO I RP Ochavo / OIC-NPC RM Laquihon)

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 The National Nutrition Council (NNC) and the Department of Health (DOH) joined the global commemoration of the International Thyroid Awareness Week (ITAW) and World Thyroid Day (WTD) 2021, with the theme "Mother-Baby-Iodine: The Importance of Iodine on the Woman and Her Baby." The goal of this campaign is to increase awareness about Iodine Deficiency Disorders in women of reproductive age, particularly pregnant and lactating mothers, as well as infants throughout their first 1000 days of life.

ITAW, on its 13th year, was established to raise awareness about the negative impact that undetected thyroid problems have on people's quality of life. Non-communicable diseases include not just heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and chronic respiratory diseases, but also less well-known conditions such as thyroid abnormalities caused by iodine deficiency. Iodine deficiency still persists among the elderly, breastfeeding mothers, and pregnant women, according to the 2018 National Nutrition Survey. The effects of iodine deficiency disorders on women of reproductive age, particularly pregnant and lactating mothers, are known to influence children during the first 1000 days of their lives.

As stated in Kumainment number 7, the National Nutrition Council supports the use of iodized salt, highlighting salt as the most cost-effective measure to reduce Iodine Deficiency Disorders (IDD) in the population.

To institutionalize the implementation of RA 8172 or ASIN Law and strengthen the campaign on utilization of iodized salt, NNC Caraga organized the Regional Bantay Asin Task Force composed of inter-agency members to oversee and manage the implementation of the Regional Salt Iodization Program. Further, LGUs are also encourage to organize the Bantay ASIN Task Force (BATF) at their level to monitor and implement the ASIN law's provisions. Last May 12, 2021, the Regional Bantay Asin Task Force of Caraga convened at Balanghai Hotel, Butuan City to reorient the RBATF members. Salt collection is being conducted by the Local Bantay Asin Task Force of the LGUs for submission at NNC Caraga for salt testing. The collaborative efforts of the regional and local sector shall contribute to the successful implementation of salt iodization program.