NNC XII spearheads BNS of Pikit

Pikit Municipal Nutrition Office in partnership with National Nutrition Council Region XII conducted Refresher Course on Basic Skills for Barangay Nutrition Scholars last October 26-28,2022 at Mergrande Hotel and Resort, Davao City, and was participated by 15 nutrition workers from the Municipality of Pikit North Cotabato.

In line with this, National Nutrition Council XII, DMO- II for Cotabato Province, Marie Jane B. Lihao, RND facilitates and provides technical assistance for the conduct of the said activity. Lihao also acted as a resource person and delivered the following topics:

Legal basis and rationale for the implementation of the BNS Program, Selection, Recruitment, and Benefits/Incentives of the BNS Program, Roles and functions of a BNS, Core Values of a BNS, Basic Concepts in Food and Nutrition, Different Forms of Malnutrition, Causes, and Consequences, Communication Skills, Presentation Skills, Advocacy Skills, Documentation, Report Writing, and Record-Keeping, Time Management, Organizing Skills and Coordinating Skills.


The National Nutrition Council conducted the face-to-face Regional Nutrition Program Implementation Review last October 28, 2022, in Cinco Niñas, Koronadal City.

This annual activity aims to assess the implementation, progress, and development of the nutrition program and to promote learning and adaptable behavior to enhance performance. It also serves as an avenue to determine constraints in program implementation and strategies to manage and address it for efficient and effective RPAN implementation.

South Cotabato Province spearheads the BNS PIR and Congress

The province of South Cotabato held a three-day Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNS) Program Implementation Review and Congress on October 19-21, 2022, at Susan's Beach Resort in Maasim, Sarangani Province. The congress was attended by all BNSs of 10 municipalities in the province and Koronadal City.

The three-day event was jam-packed with various activities both technical sessions, social activities, and physical and spiritual nourishment for the Barangay Nutrition Scholars. The said activity is also an avenue to recognize and appreciate their contribution to the province in efficiently implementing nutrition programs and combating the progression of malnutrition and to give them a moment of respite. Without their selfless effort and altruism, the nutrition program at the barangay level would be infeasible and ineffective, according to the perspective of the province.

Retsebeth M. Laquihon, RND, MPD, MDM, the Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator of National Nutrition Council XII, graced the aforementioned events and provide an update on BNS Programs, PPAN 2023-2028, and the eligibility and TESDA certification they can obtain.

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The Regional Bantay Asin Task Force (RBATF) of SOCCSKSARGEN held its second meeting of the year 2022 on October 24, 2022, at the Villa Amor Hotel in Koronadal City.

The meeting was held to evaluate and assess the progress and situation of salt iodization, its implementation, and monitoring in the region.

During the meeting, the following topics were discussed and discoursed:


Fad diets are all over the social media and internet nowadays. Some Nutrition Guro claims that a specific diet would be helpful in weight loss. Some also, would try and recommend Ketogenic Diet for faster weight loss.

The fact that more people are embracing this trend because they find it to be effective while ignoring the negative long-term effects makes, this issue particularly pertinent today.

The DAR Sarangani province held a nutrition and food safety orientation as part of their month's culmination activity to address this FAD diet trend in their organization. Katty T. Parreño, Development Management Officer II from the National Nutrition Council XII, served as the resource speaker at the gathering via online platform. The discussion centered on how Filipinos' diets were changing due to Western influences, and it also addressed concerns about FAD diets.

NNC SOX strengthens the LNEWS FNS areas

The National Nutrition Council (NNC) XII visited the municipalities of Tampakan and Tboli, South Cotabato for a monitoring visits and coordination meeting in line with the implementation of Local Nutrition Early Warning System toward Food and Nutrition Security (LNEWS-FNS) last October 27 and 28, respectively.

The said activity was attended by the Municipal Nutrition Action Officers (MNAOs), Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNS) of the sentinel Barangays and LNEWS core group members.

The activity aims to ensure the program's sustainability by validating LNEWS-FNS results, discussing local issues and concerns related to its activities, and identifying gaps as well as the specific interventions.

In addition, DMOII Utlang oriented the BNSs on the plans for the household survey, guidelines on interviewing, roles, and functions of BNSs and further explained the details of the household survey tool.