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Assessment TB articleIn 1996, President Fidel V. Ramos declared August 19, 1996, as National Tuberculosis (TB) Day under Proclamation no. 840, s. 1996, signed on July 30, 1996. Furthermore, it was a sign of tribute to former President Manuel L. Quezon's birthdate, August 19, 1878, who died due to tuberculosis in the year 1944. Thus, National TB Day is celebrated every year on August 19.

The Department of Health spearheads national TB day in developing and implementing a national strategic plan together with the various sectors, Local Government Units, and Non-government organizations to significantly reduce the problem of tuberculosis through the channels of the Department of Education on increasing awareness primarily to students and their families and Local Government Units to ensure TB symptomatic may access diagnostic services primarily sputum examinations and anti-TB drugs mechanism for ensuring TB treatments as embodied in the Comprehensive Health Care Agreement of the Department of Health (CDAsia, 1996).

As systemic lesions result from bacterial-immune interactions, tuberculosis (TB) is a bacterial infection caused by the intercellular pathogen Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Additionally, the pathophysiology of this disease includes aerosolization, phagocytosis, phagolysome blockage and replication, T-helper response, granuloma formation, clinical manifestations, and culminates with active disease and transmission (Maison, 2022).

Nutrition Educ August2022 FPThe ability of an individual or a couple to anticipate and achieve their desired number of children as well as the spacing and timing of their births is referred to as family planning.

The World Health Organization (WHO) states that in order to treat unintended infertility, contraceptive methods and modern and natural contraceptives must be used, as family planning is now widely accepted on a global scale.

According to University of the Philippines Population Institute (UPPI) and United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), COVID-19 lockdowns are believed to have caused an estimated 214,000 unplanned births this year, increasing the country's total birth rate to about 1.9 million (PopDev Caraga, n.d.). This means that, given the rise in teen pregnancies, the topic of family planning should interest us all.

As we can see, young women nowadays "normalize" getting pregnant before turning 20, yet by doing so, they risk missing out on the chance to live the healthiest, most fulfilling lives possible. The major cause of death for teenage girls in low- and middle-income nations is complications during pregnancy and childbirth.

Student intern MCU Aug2022Butuan City- National Nutrition Council Caraga warmly welcomed seven interns for the Community Nutrition Practicum from the Central Mindano University (CMU) in Maramag, Bukidnon on 22 August 2022 at the NNC Office, Butuan City.

Joining the about 38 days of practicum are Lynn Lorellie Opaon, Julycah Eballe, Hanah Jane Salada, Rea Bacalso, Rein Roland Gabaisen, Athena Khorraine Albastro, Luth Christian Abian. All on their fourth-year level of the Nutrition and Dietitics course.

Dr. Nino Archie S. Labordo, Officer-in-Charge-Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator, conducted an orientation on the NNC’s mandates, programs, projects, activities, and duties of the National Nutrition Council in public health. Dr. Labordo encouraged the student interns to maximize learning and practice the values of NNC.

This was followed by the orientation from the Development Management Officers assigned to different programs and provinces, namely: Mr. Raphael P. Ochavo, Ms. Julianne Janine V. Carrillo, Ms. Jann Abigail Portillas and Marie Angelie Fernandez who discussed and shared the structure of the organization, programs and the responsibilities of every officer.

BNS Galela August 2022Butuan City- 28-years old Barangay Nutrition Scholar, Robelyn C. Galela is one of the contenders on this year’s Search for the Regional Outstanding BNS in Caraga region.

The Tandag City outstanding BNS was visited by the Regional Nutrition Evaluation Team (RNET) on 25 August 2022 at Barangay Maticdum for the desk review and validation of documents.

Appointed in 2019, BNS Galela has already received various awards from the local government unit of Tandag and has been awarded a finalist during the 2021 Regional Nutrition Awarding Ceremony.

BNS Galela is dedicated and hard working. In her day to day service, she prioritized mothers, households, and young children because she knows that if she educates and encourages people in her barangay, they will have a better and healthier life.

Sibagat NM Aug2022Butuan City – In celebration of the 48th Nutrition Month, the Local Government Unit of Sibagat held the Municipality’s 3rd Nutrition Congress and Nutrition Month Celebration on 29 July 2022 at Brgy. Poblacion Covered Court, Sibagat and participated by the different Barangay captains, Kagawad on Health, Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNSs) and Barangay Health Workers (BHWs).

First District Congressman Alfelito Bascug, Vice Mayor Maria Liza Evangelista, SB Jovan Duarte, SB Gines Coranes, two principals from two Elementary Schools of the Municipality of Sibagat and Development Management Officer II Mariella P. Rayco from National Nutrition Council Carag graced the Culmination of the Nutrition Month.

The morning event highlighted the plans of the local government officials towards a more improved nutrition situation of the Municipality, while the afternoon event showcased the talents of the elementary students of Sibagat.

Sibagat NSOA July2022Butuan City – The Municipality of Sibagat and DXCN FM 107.3 Radyo Kaagapay in collaboration with the National Nutrition Council Caraga conducted a Nutrition School on-the-Air (NSOA) graduation ceremony to its participants on 19 July 2022 at Municipal Agriculture Training Hall, Sibagat, Agusan del Sur.

A total of twenty-three (23) participants graduated in this learning session through listening to radio station and Facebook live.

The graduates are composed of pregnant women, mothers, senior citizens, young professionals and students. The oldest among the graduates is Ms. Monalisa Atuel at 70 years of age and the youngest is Shinee Ybañez at 12 years of age.

NSOA learning sessions focuses on the 10 Kumainments. Each kumainment message is discussed intensively in every session for better understanding with quizzes every after session. The first session started on 29 June 2022 and ended on 15 July 2022.

These learning sessions are discussed by Municipal Nutrition Action Officer Rovelyn Montino, Nutrition Staff Rowena Cuerbo and Nutritionist-Dietitian Jerome Cadeliña.