rictRatio of health human resource to population is of high demand in Eastern Visayas as intensively discussed during the First Quarter 2017 Regional Implementation and Coordination Team (RICT) Meeting held on 8 March 2017 at the Conference Room, Department of Health Regional Office VIII, Government Center, Palo, Leyte.
In the DOH VIII 2016 Accomplishment Report, health human resource particularly nutritionist is highly needed to augment the high prevalence of malnutrition in the region. As mentioned there are only four (4) nutritionist occupying an item position at the DOH retained facilities in the region or highlighting to a manpower to population ratio of 1:1,093,869.
DOH VIII Director and Chair of the RICT, Dr. Minerva P. Molon said that health human resource is a challenge in achieving health targets in the region. However, the deployment of nurses through the Nurses Deployment Program (NDP) augments in most cases the government’s health programs implementation. Strengthening the collaboration with the local government units to supply manpower especially the Barangay Nutrition Scholars can be one of the strategies.
In the 2015 DOST-FNRI Updating Survey, Eastern Visayas plagued with the highest prevalence of stunted (height/length for age) children under five years old at 41. 7% while wasting (weight for height/length) is at 8.4%. The high prevalence of malnutrition is noted most at geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas (GIDAs) where food insecure households are found.
The DOH RICT Committee meeting intends to abreast, discuss and resolve issues concerning health. ###

ARNOP22The newly elected officers of the Association of Regional Nutrition Officers of the Philippines, Inc.  (ARNOP) took their oath before the Assistant Secretary of Health and NNC Executive Director Maria- Bernardita T. Flores on 2 March 2017 at the National Nutrition Council Office, Taguig City.
The elected set of officers for 2017-2019 are President Emerenciana L. Francia, NNC-National Capital Region; Vice-President Nimfa D. Ekong, NNC Region IX; Secretary Lourdes B. Orongan, NNC Region 4-A; Treasurer Gladys Mae Fernandez, NNC Rregion XII; Auditor Hannah Farinah M. Lidasan, NNC Region ARMM; Business Manager Marilyn C. Valeza, NNC Region V; PRO Nińo Archie S. Labordo, NNC Region VIII. Likewise, eleven (11) Board Members are selected: Kendall Pilgrim, NNC Region I; John Nestor L. Ballad, NNC Region II; Bella M. Basalong, NNC Region CAR; Angelita M. Pasos, NNC Region III; Hannah Christina P. Clemente, NNC Region IV-B; Sheryl C. Sedantes, NNC Region VI; Nasudi G. Soluta, NNC Region VII; Sheila Rose C. Balbanida, NNC Region X; Retsebeth M. Laquihon, NNC Region XI; Leah Vina P. Vargas, NNC CARAGA Region.
ARNOP is an association envisioned to develop efficient and effective regional nutrition officers through capacity building and enhancement of knowledge and skills in various practices.
The ARNOP elected its officers on 27 February 2017 during the conduct of its First Meeting at the National Nutrition Council (NNC) Board Room.


Date:                                January 5, 2017                                

Position Title:                   Nutrition Officer I

Status:                             Contractual

Station of Assignment:    NNC Regional Office VIII, Candahug, Palo, Leyte

Deadline for application: January 13, 2017

Job Application Requirements:

1. Application Letter stating exact position applying for addressed to:

                    Assistant Secretary of Health Maria-Bernardita T. Flores, CESO II

                    Executive Director IV, National Nutrition Council


                  Thru: CATALINO P. DOTOLLO, JR., DPA, MPH, MAN, RN

                              Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator

2. Updated Resume

3. Two (2) copies of fully- accomplished updated Personal Data Sheet with recent 2x2 ID picture  

     (CSC Form 212)

4. Copy of Civil Service eligibility, if applicable

5. Copy of Authentic valid PRC Licensed, if applicable

6. Copy of Transcript of Records and/ or Diploma

7. Copy of Board Rating, if applicable

We highly recommend the health professionals to apply for this position.

Submit requirements at National Nutrition Council Region VIII, Population Commission Compound, Candahug, Palo, Leyte. 

heart2The Department of Health (DOH) Regional Office VIII in partnership with the National Nutrition Council (NNC) VIII conducted a Healthy Food Fair on 23-24 February 2017 to celebrate the Philippine Heart Month at the Robinson’s Expansion Area, Robinsons Tacloban City.
This year’s theme, “Gulay at Prutas araw-arawin. Matamis, mamantika at maalat hinay-hinayin,” was in accordance to the Presidential Proclamation No. 1096 which calls for a national awareness on the growing prevalence of heart diseases among Filipinos and institute a highest possible degree of care by involving the community through extensive mass education.
Dr. Catalino P. Dotollo, Jr., NNC VIII Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator shared the topic on the “10 Kumainments,a campaign to promote the Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos. RNPC Dotollo emphasizes the kumainments  No.3-Kumain ng gulay at prutas araw-araw; No. 8-Hinay-hinay sa maaalat, mamantika at matatamis;  No. 9- Panatilihin ang tamang timbang; and No.10- Maging Aktibo. Iwasan ang Alak; huwag manigarilyo. As mentioned by Dr. Paula Paz Syndiongco, DOH VIII Assistant Regional Director, during her opening message “we have only one heart, do take care of it”, the 10 Kumainments are simple and easy to remember guidelines which encourages individuals to eat the right foods, do a regular exercise and pursue a healthy lifestyle in 10 easy rules.
The cooking demonstration was spearheaded by the City Nutrition Office of Tacloban and the Eastern Visayas State University which shares a healthy, affordable and easy to prepare food recipes.
This year’s Healthy Food Fair was attended in by the different line agencies to include; Philippine Information Agency (PIA), Commission on Higher Education (CHED), PhilHealth, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) among others.

rs. GallowayRegion VIII Bantay Asin Task Force (RBATF) spearheaded by NNC and FDA, reported high iodine content of salt samples from Tacloban and Catbalogan City compared to Maasin City during the feedback meeting in Ormoc City.
Dr. Sonia Cabahit, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Region 8, Supervisor and Chairperson of RBATF, presented the results of the salt samples collected in Tacloban City last February 18, 2016, Maasin City last October 27, 2016 and Catbalogan City last November 15, 2016. During the salt monitoring, the RBATF team together with the local sanitary inspector and police officer, took 250 grams of salt samples from the selected retailers in the public market, grocery stores and salt warehouses in the city. The salt samples were sent to Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Regional office 8 laboratory to test the iodine content of salt through Iodometric Titration method. Salt samples should attain the minimum acceptable limit of 20 parts per million (ppm).

nncdddInternal Quality Audit (IQA) has been intentionally done biannually by National Nutrition Council (NNC) Philippines-IQA team to all NNC regional offices. NNC endeavors to continually improve the quality management system to satisfy the needs and expectations of its clients- NNC Quality Policy.
NNC regional office VIII recently was audited by the IQA team from NNC Central office last January 25-27, 2017. For the last quarter of 2016 it was moved twice and finally steered up on January 2017. Auditing was initially a big word for the newly hired staffs, not knowing what exactly are the expected pacing of the activity and the feelings of uncertainty whether you can correctly answer the questions or not, give the right evidences or not. Nevertheless, when the auditors arrived the atmosphere turned to a light-spirited aura as Mr. Serapio D. Camarines led the team together with Mr. Armando Manglicmot and Ms. Maybelle Aspeli.  They explained that an audit was conducted primarily to determine the adequacy and effectiveness of the Quality Management System (QMS) documentation and implementation of NNC seven core processes (policy analysis, policy formulation, nutrition planning, nutrition program formulation, public information, and communication, monitoring and evaluation, and capacity building). Documentation has always been observed as a challenge from the grass root workers in the LGU to the upper levels for it requires diligence and skills to timely document any activity related to the program. Secondly, an audit is done to determine the adequacy and effectiveness of the QMS documentation and implementation of support services such as records and documentation management, procurement of goods and services, and financial resources management; and management processes. Tertiarily, an audit was conducted to determine areas for improvement. There are processes that the staffs may overlooked and neglected but the auditors came to re-align the right system on how things must be done. It is truly a gain of knowledge and wisdom, and a loss of derailed habits. Part of which is to verify corrective actions undertaken by the auditee on the non-conformities and areas for improvement which were the findings in previous audit. Lastly, an audit was conducted to determine the readiness of the NNC regional office VIII for external audit. The goal is to be ISO 9001-2008 certified, which spotlights NNC as an organization with quality management. It means that NNC is meeting customer satisfaction by meeting the customer and regulatory requirements. This could mean temporary loss of comfort while meeting the requirements but the gain exceeds the loss when improvement and order is at hand.