deped order 13TACLOBAN CITY -- School influence on children is elemental to personal development, the reason the Regional Technical Working Group (RTWG) on nutrition in Region 8 passed a resolution endorsing the Department of Education's (DepED) "Policy and Guidelines on Healthy Food and Beverage Choices in Schools and in DepEd Offices" to the Regional Nutrition Council (RNC), for adoption and support among regional stakeholders.
James Paa, DepEd Region 8, presented the education department's policy order on food and beverages choices (No. 13, s. 2017) during the RTWG 2nd Quarter Meeting held at Population Commission (Popcom) conference room  on June 16, 2017. On discussion was the 43d Nutrition Month celebration activities for July--which bannered the theme:"Healthy diet, gawin habit -- FOR LIFE!" The working-group out rightly recognized a feasible move in influencing the eating-habits to healthy choices for a big chunk of society, the school children--at least.

The new DepEd order aims to promote and develop healthy eating habits among the youth and its employees by setting up food standards, and making them available at schools and DepEd offices, while banning the unhealthy others. It also provides the guide in the selling and marketing of foods and beverages in the subject places, including the purchasing of foods for school feeding program.

sta margaritaTACLOBAN CITY -- Mayor Gemma P. Zosa of Sta. Margarita, Samar said since the Media-Nutrition Caravan visited her municipality last year, the local government unit (LGU) had been more conscious and sensitive regarding the town's nutrition status.
To start things right: it now has an organized functional Municipal Nutrition Committee (MNC), a Municipal Nutrition Action Plan (MNAP) with funding support, and ongoing Nutrition Programs (documented),in addition to a supportive MNC members and LGU. This is the Regional Nutrition Evaluation Team (RNET) findings during the Monitoring and Evaluation of Local Level Plan Implementation (MELLPI) in the 4th class municipality.

The RNET headed by Felicita R. Borata of Department of Health (DOH) with Ayra Mae Simborio of National Nutrition Council Region 8 (NNC-8), and Antonio C. Pueblos and Cecilia P. Tibo of Harmonized Initiatives of Media for the Spread of Good Nutrition in Region 8 (HIMSoG-8) visited the towns of Tarangnan and Sta. Margarita on June 6-9, 2017.

NM2017In celebration of the 43rd National Nutrition Month, the Regional Technical Working Group (RTWG) on Nutrition during its 2nd Quarter Meeting on 16 June 2017 sets activities for the month long celebration in July 2017. A motorcade will be conducted on 4 July 2017 around Tacloban City and will be followed rightly with a thematic talk, press conference and food fair at the at Tacloban City Engineer’s Office Gymnasium, Justice Romualdez St., Tacloban City. 
Lined up activities for the month long celebration include: Seminar Orientation on Food Safety, thematic talks, month long contest on nutri comics, nutri film, nutrition jingle, healthy diet and photo contest. A BNS Day for the Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNS) is scheduled on 27 July 2017 which will highlight topic lecture on the 2017 Nutrition Month Talking Points. Likewise, different activities are set which will be participated in by the BNSs, to include: Nutri Quiz, Cooking Contest, Siday Contest and Poster Making Contest.

NMTACLOBAN CITY -- A motorcade set off the regional launching of 43rd Nutrition Month celebration with the theme “Healthy diet, gawin habit - FOR LIFE!” Some 30 vehicles from government agencies and stake holders, flying the nutrition month theme banner convoyed around the main thoroughfares here and back to the starting point at the City Engineers Gym, for the launching program on July 4, this year.

The program staged a Thematic Talk by Dr. Catalino P. Dotollo, Jr., Regional Nutrition Program coordinator of National Nutrition Council Region 8 (NNC-8), and  Felicita R. Borata, Regional Nutrition Program Manager of Department of Health (DOH); a Pledge of Commitment  on HEALTHY DIET, GAWIN HABIT - FOR LIFE! by the congregation; and a Press Conference with the local media.

niem salcedoRecognized as one of the top performing Local Government Units (LGUs) in the Philippines for an excellent and efficient implementation of local health programs, the Municipality of Salcedo in the Eastern Samar Province would like to envision a disaster risk resilient community through capacity development and better emergency management among health workers and barangay officials.

On May 30 to June 1, 2017 and June 5-7, 2017 barangay nutrition scholars, barangay nutrition ambassadors, barangay health workers and barangay officials from the forty-one (41) barangays of the municipality attended the training-workshop on Nutrition in Emergencies (NiEm) conducted at the Salcedo Demonstration Farm, Barangay Naparaan, Salcedo, Eastern Samar.

eastern samarTACLOBAN CITY -- The Harmonized Initiatives of Media for the Spread of Good Nutrition in Region 8 (HIMSoG-8), media-group partner of National Nutrition Council Region 8 (NNC-8), has targeted the southern towns of Eastern Samar province for media-nutrition caravan scheduled on September 27, 28 and 29, this year.
Municipalities for stop-over are Giporlos and Quinapondan on the first day, Gen. MacArthur, Salcedo and Mercedes on the second day, and Guiuan on the third day.
The caravan delegation looks forward to have a face-to-face dialogue with the local chief executives (LCEs), members of the Municipal Nutrition Committees, Barangay Nutrition Scholar (BNS) federation officers, and barangay health worker (BHW) federation officers of the selected local government units (LGUs).

Aside from making the LGUs aware of  its existence, HIMSoG-8 intends to revitalize the Municipal Nutrition Committee of the towns with dysfunctional nutrition steering  body, advocate the adoption of PPAN 2017-2022, first hand learn why the town is behind in nutrition--or document its good practices if doing well; and recommend samples of pro-nutrition resolutions and ordinances for adoption.