Article DOH Heart and Cancer Awareness Month4 March 2023, Cagayan de Oro City – The National Nutrition Council (NNC) X, in partnership with Cagayan de Oro City Nutrition Office opened a booth for free nutrition assessment and counselling services during the Heart and Cancer Awareness Month Celebration 2023. The activity, hosted and organized by Department of Health Center for Health Development – Northern Mindanao, was held last 28 February 2023 at Ayala Centrio Activity Center, Cagayan de Oro City, to raise awareness on the importance of practicing healthy lifestyle and diet to keep one healthy.

Conducting the series of assessment and lectures were Registered Nutritionist-Dietitians Ms. Nita Antipuesto, Ms. April Monsanto, and Ms. Pearl Gallasa of the Cagayan de Oro City Health Office-Nutrition Division. While NNC X established the booth and provided all the assessment instruments and IEC materials. Ms. Humbeline G. Española of NNC X also assisted during the event. A total of 23 clients were catered during the duration of the activity.

The DOH CHD-NM highlighted the celebration through various competitions, such as Sayaw Galaw Zumba Challenge, Mr. & Ms. Healthy Hearts and Tiktok Ka Heartner Dance Challenge, and other activities, including lectures, information drive and exhibits, free medical consultations, and free blood pressure, sugar and cholesterol taking. Several government agencies and mall goers took part in the celebration. (Nutrition Officer III Sheena Marie G. Talle / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / 09631091098)

Final Vice Gov.News Article6 March 2023, Cagayan de Oro City – National Nutrition Council (NNC) X led by Nutrition Program Coordinator Gladys Mae S. Fernandez conducted an advocacy meeting with Lanao del Norte Vice Governor Allan J. Lim, Sangguniang Panlalawigan Committee on Health Chairperson Cristy Atay and Provincial Health Office staff last 16 February 2023. Also present in the meeting were Acting Provincial Health Officer Dr. Cristie Joy Indoc, Provincial Nutrition Action Officer designate Dr. Zoe Tabañag, District Nutrition Program Coordinator Jalillah Macadato, and Nutritionist-Dietitian Luvi Joi Pepino.

NPC Fernandez discussed the nutrition situation of the province, highlighting the top municipalities with malnutrition problem. Included in her presentation are the key roles of Provincial Nutrition Committee, Nutrition Shepherding Project of which the province is a priority Shepherding area, Tutok Kainan Program, the Philippine Multisectoral Nutrition Project, and guide on how to plan and effectively conduct and monitor nutrition programs. She gave emphasis on providing the municipalities and barangays with prescribed growth assessment tools and to conduct training on how to use and accurately measure weight and height using the tools.

Article Mambajao Advocacy Meeting4 March 2023, Cagayan de Oro City – The local government of Mambajao, Camiguin through the members of the Municipal Nutrition Committee members convened last 22 February 2023 for an advocacy meeting facilitated by National Nutrition Council (NNC) X. The meeting, held at the Sangguniang Bayan Session Hall, housed a total of 11 MNC members headed by Councilor/Chair on the Committee on Health and Officer-in-Charge, Ms. Aileen Grado.

Nutrition Program Coordinator Gladys Mae S. Fernandez of NNC X first introduced the agency, followed by presenting the guide to navigating the nutrition program while reiterating the roles and responsibilities of the MNC, and its current functionality status.

Upon assessing the presentation, the MNC members noticed deficiencies in some areas, which prompted Councilor/OIC Grado to commit to oversee the reactivation of MNC and comply with the issues identified. Councilor/OIC Grado added that health and nutrition are among the 10-point agenda of Municipal Mayor Yñigo Jesus D. Romualdo.

NNC X further recommended to enhance and facilitate the approval of the Municipal Nutrition Action Plan with corresponding budgetary requirements, supported by local issuance, and to strengthen the MNC membership by including the Municipal Local Government Operations Officer and the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officer. (Nutrition Officer III Sheena Marie G. Talle / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / 09631091098)


6 March 2023, Cagayan de Oro City – The National Nutrition Council (NNC) X has been accepting on-the-job training program for BS Nutrition and Dietetics students since 2015. This year, for the first time, the agency receives two (2) on-the-job trainees for the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) Program from Bukidnon State University (BSU) Talisayan Campus. The BSBA students, namely: Ms. Mary Rose Tin-ao and Ms. Jenesel Unson will complete 400 hours of immersion in the Administration Program.

Ms. Tin-ao and Ms. Unson started their practicum last 1 March 2023. An orientation was also conducted to discuss about NNC and BSBA OJTs’ tasks during their internship program. Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator Gladys Mae S. Fernandez spearheaded the orientation conducted last 2 March 2023 at the NNC X Office.

During their immersion, the students are expected to familiarize the government financial forms and procurement processes. Likewise, they will be exposed to effective organizational and resource management systems, including preparation on administrative matters for the conduct of NNC X’s activities.

With this internship program, NNC X hopes to equip the students by gaining knowledge and skills to optimize their potential for their future endeavors. (Development Management Officer II Arlie Joy O. Damiles / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / 09631090198)

Article Catarman BNS DCW training3 March 2023, Cagayan de Oro City – All Barangay Nutrition Scholars and Day Care Workers of Catarman, Camiguin underwent the Training on Basic Course for BNSs held 21 February 2023. Nutrition Officer Sheena Marie G. Talle of National Nutrition Council (NNC) facilitated the training, focusing on the responsibilities of BNSs, Barangay Nutrition Committees, as well as on nutrition assessment and preparation of Barangay Nutrition Action Plan.

Gracing the training was Councilor Cathy Lopez-Galus, Chairperson on the Committee on Health and Nutrition, on behalf of Mayor Kit Palarca. In her message, she shared her close involvement with the nutrition program, and that the executive and legislative bodies of the local government unit (LGU) of Catarman are exploring means to increase the honorarium of BNSs.

On the other hand, Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officer Emelyn Salutan and Municipal Nutrition Action Officer Eleonor Butaya shared the rationale of conducting the training. They emphasized the need for harmonizing the reports and coordination measures between BNSs and DCWs, considering that DCWs get the nutrition status report from BNSs.

During the training, BNSs and DCWs were made to demonstrate how to properly measure a child’s weight and length/height, and mid-upper arm circumference (MUAC). Lastly, NO III Talle reminded the participants to reactivate their BNCs and establish functional linkages with stakeholders at the barangay level. (Nutrition Officer III Sheena Marie G. Talle / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / 09631091098)

Article Training on Calibration and Verification of OPT Plus tools4 March 2023, Cagayan de Oro City – A total of 34 participants from the Provincial and City Nutrition Offices, and Nutritionist-Dietitians from the Department of Health attended the Training on Calibration and Verification of Measuring Tools used in Operation Timbang Plus (OPT Plus) held 28 February to 1 March 2023 at Country Village Hotel, this city.

The training was organized and facilitated by National Nutrition Council (NNC) X, with subject matter experts from Department of Science and Technology (DOST) X-Regional Standards and Testing Laboratory (RSTL). Mr. Ronald A. Pangan, Technical Manager, Regional Metrology Laboratory and Ms. Shane Marie S. Clavano, Project Technical Assistant IV/Calibration Officer acted as resource speakers, while Engr. Frumencio B. Quiblat, Jr., Sr. Science Research Specialist and Head of the RSTL gave the Closing Remarks.