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CasandigPALO, Leyte - Casandig Farmers Association, an Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Organization (ARBO) based in the municipality of Gandara, Samar signs Marketing Agreement (MA) with the National Nutrition Council (NNC).

The MA signing signals the implementation of NNC’s Tutok Kainan: Dietary Supplementation Program(TK DSP) for the municipality of Matuguinao, Samar.

The target participants of the TK DSP are children 6-23 months old that will run for 180 feeding days.

The identified ARBO will supply raw food commodities for the target barangays of Matuguinao, Samar.

The MA signing was inked by Dr. Catalino P. Dotollo, Jr., Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator representing National Nutrition Council Region 8 and Casandig Farmers Association President, Tito C. Lejas.

RPEB meetingTACLOBAN CITY - As a member of the Regional Population Executive Board, the National Nutrition council actively participated its first quarter meeting on May 19, 2022.

Part of the updates from the previous meeting, the Commission on Population in Region 8 has already forwarded Memorandum of Agreement to NNC Region 8 for its partnership agreement on the implementation of Responsible Parenthood and Family Planning (RPFP) activities/strategies.

This was raised Dr. Catalino P. Dotollo Jr., Regional Program Coordinator to include NNC in the conduct of RPFP in the workplace for the integration of Nutrition Programs in the region.

Furthermore, RPEB Chairperson Ms. Elnora R. Pulma asked the commitment of all concerned agencies to fully support the implementation of the Regional Population and Development Plan of Action (RPD-PoA) for FY 2022-2028 through a Resolution and to be endorsed to the Social Development Council.

Other highlights of the activity are the Mapping of Health Service Facilities and Special Protection Program for Teenage Mothers and their Children (SPPTMC).

RMS MalitbogPALO, Leyte - The Rural Health Unit of Malitbog in Southern Leyte has conducted a feedbacking session on Philippine Integrated Management of Acute Malnutrition (PIMAM) to all its nutrition and health staff on May 5, 2022.

This after, some selected personnel completed the live-in PIMAM training in Ormoc City from April 27-29, 2022.

It was organized and funded by UNICEF and Samaritan’s Purse, in coordination with the Provincial Health Office of Southern Leyte.

The feedbacking aims to increase the knowledge of service providers to capacitate them in properly managing and treating malnutrition and address the increasing prevalence of SAM (Severe Acute Malnutrition) and MAM (Moderate Acute Malnutrition).

During the activity, it was agreed that the RHU staff would manage the evaluation and comparison of data collected by BNS, BHW and other health service providers, follow the simplified PIMAM protocol in dispensing RUTF for SAM (2 RUTF) and MAM (1 RUTF).

When conducting counseling, it was emphasized that building rapport with the parents or guardians must be practiced to uncover the reason for the child’s nutritional status, including the non-disclosure of confidential information collected during the consultation or follow a confidentiality agreement.

Borongan City BNS TrainingBORONGAN CITY - The National Nutrition Council Region 8 has started the five-day Barangay Nutrition Scholar (BNS) Training Course in Borongan City on May 16, 2022.

The activity, funded by the local government unit, will run until May 20.

Five technical staff from NNC8 headed by RNPC Catalino P. Dotollo, Jr, is leading the training, assisted by CNAO Jassie Acla-Alegre and her staff.

This activity aims to capacitate BNS with basic knowledge and skills, as well as core values and traits that are necessary for them to perform their roles and functions effectively.

The BNS Program is a human resource development strategy of the Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition, which involves the recruitment, training, deployment, and supervision of volunteer workers called the Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNS).

Cervical cancerThe month of May has been declared as Cervical Cancer Awareness Month, to spread the word and improve understanding on this illness.

Cervical Cancer is the second most common form of Cancer among women in the Philippines.

In 2020, an estimated 604, 000 women were diagnosed with cervical cancer worldwide and about 342, 000 women died from the disease. High incidence rates and high mortality rates of cervical cancer occur mainly (~90% for both) in low- and middle-income countries.

The main cause of cervical cancer is persistent infection with high-risk types of human papillomavirus (HPV), an extremely common family of viruses that are transmitted through sexual contact.

Dagami for postingPALO, Leyte – The National Nutrition Council (NNC) in Eastern Visayas has officially sealed its partnership with an Agrarian Reform Beneficiary Organization in Dagami, Leyte for the Dietary Supplementation Program dubbed “Tutok Kaninan”.

Mr. Ruth M. Borja, President of the Camono-an Agrarian Reform Community Farmer's Association (CARFA) signed the Marketing Agreement with NNC Region 8 represented by Ms. Annabel Limbagan and Mr. Ramel Bandibas, the Provincial Nutrition Focal Point for Leyte and Northern Samar, respectively.

Also present during the activity were Hon. Paquito M. Madalina, Barangay Captain and CARCFA Vice-President; Teresita S. Magallon association member; Mr. Din Jeruel M. Pagliawan, DARPO Leyte; and Ms. Cresil N. Balicot, the Municipal Nutrition Action Officer of Dagami.

PNFP Bandibas briefly also discussed the overview of the program prior to the ceremonial signing at Camono-an Barangay Hall.

As stipulated in the marketing agreement, CARFA will supply food commodities to eight municipalities in Leyte including the towns of Dagami, Pastrana, Tabon-tabon, Julita, Jaro, Tunga, Santa Fe, and Barugo. #PNFP-ABL