RKRadyo Kausbawan (RK), the only community radio station of Palompon, Leyte, launched its Nutrition School On the Air (NSOA) program during its 3rd Anniversary on March 12, 2018, Friday, at the Palompon Civic Center. RK Station Manager Rothelia Maria G. Ugsad introduced anchors DJ Sam (Visame Arellano, AB Com. faculty) and DJ Ams (Amed Cabugoy, HRM faculty) of the 12-session NSOA program which will start on April 11, 2018 every Wednesday, 10-11 am over DYNG-FM, 103.1 MHz. RK’s NSOA program will feature the 10 Kumainments of the National Nutrition Council (NNC). In fact, it has already started inviting its listeners through an enrolment through text, call, walk-in or social media. Prizes will be given to NSOA listeners during the quiz every after session and a certificate of completion will be given after the 12 sessions. Meantime, Palompon Mayor Ramon C. Onate commended RK for giving out truthful information per feedback from the barangays, creating eloquent RK DJs and emcees. “I wish RK 300 more birthdays to come,” he jokingly said.

MELLPI orientationExcitement and enthusiasm was seen to the members of the Regional Nutrition Evaluation Team (RNET) as they gathered together for a Monitoring and Evaluation of Local Level Plan Implementation (MELLPI) Orientation conducted on 9 March 2018 at the PopCom Conference Room, PopCom Compound, Government Center, Candahug, Palo, Leyte.

The MELLPI which is conducted annually is geared towards (1) assessing the efficiency of local level plan implementation, (2) measuring the changes of the nutritional status among children, (3) determining the extent of local development plans and programs integration, and (4) advocating for the continuing support for the local nutrition program.

Items included during the RNET discussion are (1) MELLPI Guidelines; (2) Monitoring and Evaluation for the Outstanding Barangay Nutrition Scholar (OBNS); (3) Guidepost in the Conduct of MELLPI; (4) Review of the different MELLPI forms; and (5) Practical demonstration to selected barangays in Palo, Leyte.

Salcedo f1kSALCEDO, Eastern Samar -- “This project funded by our municipality focuses on pregnant women up to their childbirth and infants/children up to two years of age. We have a year-round program of activities for this target group considered within the window of opportunity to fight malnutrition.”

Mardonia D. Berongoy, Municipal Nutrition Action Officer (MNAO) of the town of Salcedo, Eastern Samar revealed this in an interview during the launching of the 1st 1000 Days Project in this coastal town on January 25, 2018.

The activity initiated by the local government unit (LGU) of Salcedo through its Municipal Health Office was graced by Dr. Catalino P. Dotollo Jr. and Mr. Niño Archie S. Labordo, Regional Nutrition Program coordinator (RNPC) and Nutrition Officer III, respectively of the National Nutrition Council Region VIII (NNC-8); and a representative of Plan Philippines that is implementing an intervention package in the locality, in the person of Provincial Supervisor Aida O. Loyola.

cdcThis year’s observance of the World Birth Defects Day last 3 March 2018 highlights that thru collective action and compassion, each and every one of us can do something for the prevention and treatment of birth defects. Anchored on the theme: “Sa Sama-samang Pagkilos at Pagkalinga, Sa Birth Defects, Tayo ay may Magagawa,” the World Birth Defects Day is an annual campaign for birth defects awareness, prevention, research, surveillance and care. Let me give you a rundown on how each of us can contribute in addressing birth defects:

lgu mob1Recognizing the indispensable role of Local Government Units (LGUs) in combatting malnutrition in Eastern Visayas, the National Nutrition Council Region VIII (NNC VIII) conducted two batches of LGU Mobilization Workshops with the purpose of enhancing its Local Nutrition Action Plans (LNAPs) at Ace Francis Hotel in Tacloban City on November 27-30, 2017 and December 13-15, 2017 respectively and was attended in by participants from three (3) provinces, five (5) cities, and five (5) municipalities in  the region.

The LNAP provides the framework for addressing nutrition issues in the LGUs sequentially to develop strong and quality human capital that will propel socio-economic transformation. The goal of this plan is to improve the nutrition status of all of its constituents with emphasis on women of reproductive age, infants and young children. It is the local version of the Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition (PPAN), the Philippines’ directional framework for nutrition improvement.

npmt batoThe local government unit (LGU) of Bato, Leyte, a third class municipality in the province is now mobilizing the Municipal and Barangay Nutrition Committees through a series of trainings intended for the MNC members, barangay captains, councilors on health, midwives, nurses, barangay health workers (BHWs), barangay nutrition scholars (BNSs) and other stakeholders in the locality.

The series of activities was organized through the active LGU partnership with the MASIGLAHI, Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) Philippines which project focuses on reducing acute and chronic malnutrition in 0-23 month old children and women of reproductive age, particularly pregnant and lactating mothers in the municipality.