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SOCCSKSARGEN-The National Nutrition Council XII has successfully conducted the Free Nutrition and Diet Counselling as part of the National Women’s Month Celebration.  A total of 17 clients were accommodated satisfying their nutritional needs and concerns.

The clients were assessed thru their Vital signs, Random Blood Sugar results, Anthropometric measurements, Body Mass Index and the waist-to-hip ratio. The clients have also the privilege to know their desirable body weight (DBW), total energy requirements with the appropriate amount of food groups to consume which include fruits, vegetables, meat, rice and alternatives, milk, fats and sugars. Pinggang Pinoy was also being highlighted in counselling as the most helpful tool in helping the clients in their food preparation that is proportional according to current nutritional guidelines for different age groups. Each client received a recipe book and Pinggang Pinoy as their references in achieving effective dietary lifestyle.

SCIn efforts to support the Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNSs) in their role as front liners in the height of the COVID-19 pandemic crisis, the Provincial Government of South Cotabato provided family food packs, together with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Region 12, and hazard pays to all BNSs in the province.

South Cotabato Nutrition Officers (NOs) Angela Frugalidad and Liza Enamno, and Chief Administrative Officer III Earl Rey Madres processed and facilitated the distribution to all 359 BNSs of the province in 11 local government units (LGUs), including the component city, Koronadal. Two sets of family food packs for each BNS were provided during August of 2020 and hazard pays were released last October 2020. One sack of rice was also given to the Municipal Nutrition Office of each LGU serving as food allowance during emergency responses.


In our near-ending celebration of the National Women’s Month with the campaign “Juana Laban sa Pandemya: Kaya!”, aside from its general theme on women empowerment and gender equality, this month gives much emphasis to women’s participation in battling the pandemic which poses both challenges and opportunities for women.


SOCCSKSARGEN- The Regional Development Council of Region XII chaired by General Santos City Mayor, Hon. Ronnel Rivera approved the Regional Social Development Committee (RDSC) Resolution No. 10 series of 2021, “Requesting Local Government Units to support the Implementation of the Interim Guidelines for the conduct of Operation Timbang (OPT) Plus in the Context of COVID-19 Pandemic and other related Disasters at the LGU level”. 

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In times of emergency, mitigating hunger and malnutrition must be one of the priorities of every Local Nutrition Cluster (LNC) to avoid further nutritional consequences. Thus, equipping the LNC members on Nutrition in Emergency (NiE) is necessary. NiE protects the nutritional status of vulnerable groups affected by emergencies.