Awarding AprilPALO, Leyte - The National Nutrition Council (NNC) Eastern Visayas has recognized individuals and local government units in the region that conquered the challenges amid the global health crisis for the continuity of nutrition programs and services.

For the first time, the annual Regional Nutrition Awarding Ceremony (RNAC) was held in blended virtual and face-to-face on March 30, 2021 at The Oriental Hotel in Palo, Leyte as standard health protocols remain in place to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Special citation for nutrition advocate retirees were given to Alicia Nicart, Yvonne Abonales, Resurreccion Enage, Annabelle Parane and Alma Gadin.

The local government of Mahaplag town, Matalom, Mayorga, Abuyog, Bato, Dulag, Hindang, Javier, and MacArthur all in Leyte were recognized for its active participation in the 2020 Provincial Monitoring and Evaluation on Local Level Plan Implementation.

Outstanding LGUs with above 80 percent coverage in the 2020 Operation Timbang Plus (OPT+) are Tabango and Albuera both in Leyte; Giporlos and Taft in Eastern Samar; Allen, Bobon, San Jose and Victoria in Samar; Almeria, Biliran, Cabucgayan, Caibiran, Culaba, Kawayan and Naval in Biliran; Matuguinao, Paranas, Sta. Rita, Talalora and the cities of Calbayog and Catbalogan in Samar; the towns of Bontoc and Sogod in Southern Leyte; and the province of Biliran.

Also recognized were LGUs with low level of stunting prevalence rate from 2017-2020 based on the <20 cut off of the World Health Organization.

These include Anahawan, Bontoc, Hinunangan, Hinundayan, Liloan, Limasawa, Malitbog, Pintuyan, San Juan, San Ricardo, Silago, Sogod and the city of Maasin in Southern Leyte; Alangalang, Albuera, Barugo, Dulag, Tabango, Tabontabon, Tanauan, Tunga and Ormoc City in Leyte; and Caibiran, Culaba, Kawayan and Naval in Biliran.

In Northern Samar, these are the towns of Allen, Bobon, Catarman, San Antonia, San Isidro, San Jose, and Victoria; Dolores, Salcedo, Sulat and Taft in Eastern Samar; and Paranas, Talalora and Tarangan in Samar.

PIMAM SSM March 2021TACLOBAN CITY (Leo Christian V. Lauzon) - On March 16-19, 2021, a joint team from DOH and CPRMCI conducted the very first Philippine Integrated Management on Acute Malnutrition (PIMAM) Supportive Supervision and Mentoring (SSM) in Oras and Borongan City, Eastern Samar.  This Supportive Supervision and Mentoring Pilot Visit in selected areas in Eastern Samar will serve as basis towards improving the PIMAM Supportive Supervision Manual for supervisors/mentors to assist implementers in reinforcing their skills and knowledge, mentoring, coaching, motivating, and identifying implementation issues and other learning gaps for purposes of ensuring efficient and effective service delivery of PIMAM.

The Philippine Integrated Management on Acute Malnutrition advocacy workshops and SAM training started in 2016. More than 200 health professionals completed a Training of Trainers Course in priority provinces identified by DOH. A Guide Book on Mentoring PIMAM Courses was developed in 2017 to serve as a guide for newly trained SAM (Severe Acute Malnutrition) trainers to ensure that the SAM training course is effectively rolled out to health workers at all levels from hospitals up to communities.

Bottleneck Analysis (BNA) Validation and Action Planning Workshop in April 2019, three main bottlenecks were identified: (1) ineffective supply chain for therapeutic and anthropometric supplies, (2) poor demand for SAM management services linked to poor community mobilization and (3) limited supervision and lack of reporting/monitoring systems. Upon review of the provincial action plans of the 17 provinces, the lack of PIMAM and SAM training for health workers and other community workers was a stand-out issue. The need for the conduct of training courses, refresher courses and supportive supervision were some of the interventions included in the plans.

The visit consists of visiting the In-patient Therapeutic Care (ITC) at the Eastern Samar Provincial Hospital and two selected Outpatient Therapeutic Care (OTCs) located in RHU Oras and CHO 2 Borongan. The PIMAM SSM Team is composed of Dr. Milagros Salvacion Bolito (DOH), Ms. Felicita Borata (DOH), Ms. Sallie Jabinal (PNAO), and Mr. Leo Christian Lauzon (CPRMCI). During these visits, the Team goes to the ITC/OTC facility, warehouse and storage areas to check the availability of supplies, does record review, and conducts SSM session with the PIMAM trained health worker.

PNC NSamarTACLOBAN CITY - Recognizing the role of Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNS) in improving the health situation in communities, Provincial Nutrition Committee (PNC) Chairperson and Governor Edwin Marino Ongchuan of Northern Samar has approved a resolution that would provide benefits and incentives for the continuing service of BNS.

The resolution passed by the PNC was approved during its First Quarter Meeting at D’ Lemon Grass Restobar on March 24, 2021 and will be endorsed to the Sangguniang Panlalawigan Council for the enactment of the corresponding ordinance.  

"This moves seeks to ensure the continuity of incentives given BNS as well as to recognize their outstanding performance and services," the Northern Samar Provincial Information Office (NSPIO) said in a statement posted on its Facebook page.

The resolution recommended the payment PhP300 per month and additional incentive of up to PhP300 depending on the performance of BNS, from the provincial government.

This is on top of the honorarium they receive from barangay and the local government unit, the NSPIO stated.

Moreover, the resolution also supports the grant of other benefits to BNS who perform their duties actively and regularly as certified by the Nutrition Action Officer, midwife, or the Punong Barangay of their respective areas.

RNC Dr BustamanteTACLOBAN CITY - The Eastern Visayas State University (EVSU) is eyeing the use of nutrition-related issues and concerns as possible research topics for its students taking up Masters in Rural Development (MRD) and Masters in Home Economics (MHE).

This was raised during the Regional Nutrition Committee (RNC) meeting on March 23 at Ritz Tower de Leyte in Tacloban City.

Dr. Hilaria Bustamante, an EVSU faculty and one of the RNC members representing the academe sector, said this would lessen the expenses on monitoring and evaluation on nutrition-related programs and services on the ground, as well as help students come up with relevant research topics.

"As one of the faculty members of MHE, students are having a difficult time in looking for topics despite the wide scope of our program as it embraces other fields. If these are issues in the field, then why not as an academic community look on these as possible research topics," Bustamante said.

As agreed during the meeting, she will propose this to its Vice President for Research Planning and Extension and the Dean of the Graduate School.

Meanwhile, Dr. Catalino P. Dotollo Jr., National Nutrition Program Coordinator in the region, said the institution can also submit proposals that can be funded under the Eastern Visayas Research Consortium, one at a time, provided it’s within the Regional Unified Health Research Agenda (RUHRA).

RNC Confirms 2020RNACTACLOBAN CITY - For the first time, the National Nutrition Council (NNC) 8 will hold its annual Regional Nutrition Awarding Ceremony (RNAC) in blended virtual and face-to-face as mass gatherings are restricted amid the threat of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Dr. Catalino P. Dotollo Jr., Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator, said most participants will join the ceremony virtually and only a selected number of individuals would be invited to the venue at The Oriental Hotel in Palo,Leyte on March 30, 2021.

"We have a big venue to ensure that physical distancing is strictly observed. We also have facemasks and shields to be distributed, while the food during the event will not be served in buffet style," he added.

 The annual ceremony recognizes outstanding local government units (LGU) and provincial and local nutrition offices across the region in the effective implementation of various nutrition-related programs.


RTWG March23PALO, Leyte - The Regional Technical Working Group (RTWG) for Nutrition in Eastern Visayas on Tuesday (March 23, 2021) held its first quarter meeting for 2021 in blended virtual and face-to-face as part of the new normal amid the ongoing health crisis.

RTWG members who attended the meeting at Ritz Tower de Leyte in Tacloban City were from the Department of Trade and Industry, the Department of Social Welfare and Development, the National Development and Economic Authority, the Department of Health, the Eastern Visayas State University, and the Philippine National Police.

Meanwhile, virtual participants who joined via Google Meet are representatives from the Department of Science and Technology, Department and Agrarian Reform, Department of Public Works and Highways, the Visayas State University - BIDANI and Plan International.

Dr. Catalino P. Dotollo Jr., Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator, presented the results of the Rapid Nutrition Assessment Survey (RNAS) conducted from November to December last year by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute and the pilot implementation of Tutok Kainan Supplementation Program in the region.