pan psndJuly 6-7, 2016, Malate, Manila – The Philippine Association of Nutrition (PAN), Inc. and Philippine Society of Nutritionist-Dietitians (PSND), Inc. held a joint convention with a theme “Empowering and Strengthening Partnerships for the First 1000 Days” to help strengthen the capacities of national and local partners to promote, support, execute First 1000 Days initiatives. The PAN and PSND join forces to engage relevant stakeholders in discussions on maternal nutrition, birth outcomes and lifelong health; the challenges of and strategies towards the reduction of adolescent pregnancies; and newborn care and addressing barriers to immediate, exclusive and continued breastfeeding.

On the first day, the keynote speakers were Vice President Leni Robredo and DOH Secretary Paulyn Jean B. Rosell-Ubial. VP Robredo emphasis that every child on the planet should be ensured of good nutrition, care and medical attention on the first 1000 days of life, to which should be place high up on the list of priorities by any government sectors. Secretary Ubial said that she will continue all the programs started by the previous DOH secretaries including Kalusugan Pangkalahatan (UHC) as a strong foundation for protecting the poor from financial risk ---but other reforms are also needed to achieve overall improvements in health outcomes. She also shared President Rodrigo Duterte’s Health Agenda slogan, “All for Health towards Health for ALL”… “Lahat Para sa Kalusugan! Tungo sa Kalusugan Para sa Lahat.”

On the second day of the convention, there was PAN Awarding ceremony in which one of the awardees was the municipality of Lanuza from Surigao del Sur, they received their second maintenance on Pabasa sa Nutrisyon Award. Acknowledgement of sponsors, raffle draw, synthesis and closing remarks were done after the awarding ceremony.

rtwg resolution 2016Unhealthy diets and physical inactivity causes overweight and obesity, which are also forms of malnutrition. These forms of malnutrition are strongly associated with having NCDs particularly type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, hypertension and cancer. The leading causes of mortality in Caraga region include hypertensive cardiovascular diseases, cancer, diabetes and renal diseases.

To respond to the emerging problem on overnutrition, Caraga’s Regional Nutrition Committee (RNC) with the assistance of the Regional Nutrition Technical Working Group (RNTWG) wanted to improve health and quality of life of Caraganons through adoption of desirable dietary practices and healthy lifestyle. RNTWG drafted two Regional Nutrition Resolutions, resolutions on intensifying healthy lifestyle campaign among the populace through the member agencies of Caraga regional nutrition committee (RNC) and other stakeholders and resolution on enjoining the member agencies of Caraga Regional Nutrition Committee (RNC) and other stakeholders to limit the serving of carbonated soft drinks and juices containing high sugar in office canteens and during conduct of meetings, trainings and other similar activities. These resolutions were approved by the Regional Nutrition Committee Chairperson, Director Jose R. Llacuna. The RNTWG wanted to raise these resolutions to the Regional Development Council and to disseminate it to the local government units.

The members of RNC also advocates the 10 Kumainments, the popular version of the Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos to promote positive nutrition practices to prevent malnutrition and encourage healthy lifestyle among the Filipinos. 10 Kumainments are simple and easy to remember guidelines that can be easily followed.


hlAugust 25 and 28, 2015, NNC Caraga conducted Campaign on Good Nutrition and Healthy Lifestyle among senior citizens, people with disabilities, indigenous people's group, law enforcers and personnel of correctional facilities at Baker's Joy Conference Hall, Butuan City.

The problem of malnutrition is still prevalent nationwide in the form of undernutrition, overnutrition and specific micronutrient deficiencies. Furthermore, the occurrence of non-communicable diseases is apparent nowadays, wherein overweight and obese individuals are in high risk particularly to hypertension, diabetes mellitus, and cardiovascular diseases, among others. This can be attributed to excessive intake of fatty foods, high consumption of sugar rich foods and salty foods. Physical inactivity and lack of exercise are also contributing factors to these diseases.

Educating the general public through mass campaign on good nutrition and healthy lifestyle is of prime importance in ensuring that basic knowledge on good nutrition and practice of healthy lifestyle are adopted, thus, leading to behaviour change and increase public’s consciousness and awareness on good nutrition. Good nutrition must be promoted not only focusing to the vulnerable groups like preschool, school children, pregnant women and lactating mothers; there are sectors in the society that needs to be targeted for good nutrition specifically the older person, people with disabilities and indigenous people’s group. On the other hand, the law enforcers and employees from correctional facilities were also participants of the campaign on good nutrition for them to be physical fit as well in order to perform their task to provide security and safety among the general public.

The topics focused merely on the importance of good nutrition and active and healthy lifestyle such as ten kumainments, healthy lifestyle programs, pinggang pinoy and belly gud program. Five keys on food safety of Department of Health were also promoted for safer water and food consumption.



Director Llacuna serving the first meal to malnourished preschool during the "Unang Hungit," DOH Supplementary Feeding on April 15, 2016 in Surigao del Sur Oval Sports Complex, Tandag City.April 15, 2016, Tandag City -- DOH and NNC Caraga went to Tandag City for the Launching of the Supplementary feeding of DOH, “Unang Hungit.” The team was led by Director Jose R. Llacuna Jr, the DOH Regional Director and OIC-Nutrition Program Coordinator of NNC Caraga.

It has been 7 months since the Indigenous People (IP) from the municipalities of San Miguel, Marihatag, San Agustin, Tago and Lianga evacuated their areas due to armed conflict between the military and NPAs. The indigenous people seek shelter in the Oval-Surigao del Sur Sports Complex in Tandag City. With months of monitoring of the health and nutritional status of evacuees, there is an increasing number of malnourished among the vulnerable groups.

Through the collaborative effort of DOH and NNC Caraga, Surigao del Sur Provincial Nutrition Office, Provincial Health Office, IP representatives,  Municipal Nutrition Action Officers of the affected areas and members of Surigao del Sur Nutrition Cluster, a supplementary feeding of 120 days was planned for the improvement of the nutritional status of pregnant women, lactating women, underweight and severely underweight children.

Consultation for the implementation of the feeding, formulation of guidelines and menus were made by the Nutrition Cluster of Surigao del Sur with the assisted from DOH and NNC Caraga. The Nutrition Cluster also consulted the IP leaders and their representatives in the selection of the menus. Menus are not just healthy foods but also culturally sensitive to the IPs. The supplementary feeding of the IPs was also funded by DOH Caraga.

The Ceremonial “Unang Hungit” of the malnourished children as the start of the 120-days supplementary feeding was graced by Director Llacuna together with ARD Cesar Cassion, Dr. Glenn Tiangha, PHO Eric Montesclaros and PNAO Ermelinda Ascarez.

DOH Caraga Expanded Program on Immunization Coordinators also had an Immunization Week Celebration   in Tandag City during the “Unang Hungit” ceremony.

caraga dostpinoy42015The Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (FNRI-DOST), is the lead agency in food and nutrition research and development in the country. One of its missions is to provide innovative technologies to fight malnutrition. In Caraga Region, the municipality of Gigaquit, Surigao del Norte is a recipient of DOST PINOY (Package for the Improvement of Nutrition of Young Children). DOST PINOY is a component of Malnutrition Reduction Program which aims to reduce the prevalence of undernutrition among infants and young children. The local government’s counterpart for the said project is to provide building/space for the processing area, the needed manpower and ingredients/materials to produce the DOST-FNRI developed complementary food products.

To start up, the FNRI-DOST conducted a 2-day DOST PINOY training workshop in Gigaquit, Surigao Del Norte last March 25-26, 2015. The participants were volunteer health workers and barangay nutrition scholars (BNS) from different barangays. It was also participated by Ms. Leah Vina P. Vargas, Nutrition Officer I of National Nutrition Council Caraga and some of the regional DOST staff. The participants were trained on how to teach mothers and caregivers about basic nutrition, maternal nutrition and how to prepare Bigmo. Bigmo is a cheaper rice-mongo blend, a nutritious complementary DOST PINOY food product.

Appropriate complementary feeding and breastfeeding are discussed in the training. Breastfeeding is one of the best practices of good nutrition. Exclusive breastfeeding is done from birth up to the first six months of life. Complementary feeding starts after 6 months to meet the nutritional need of a growing child.  Nutritious foods are added in the child’s diet while breastfeeding is continued. The participants also learned how to do affordable meal planning, backyard gardening and handling and preparing foods safely.

Ms. Vargas and DOST staff from different provinces were toured in the food processing plant. The facility will soon be opened to produce the DOST-FNRI developed complementary food products which can be availed by the neighboring municipalities, cities and provinces.

safemotherhoodweek201625-27 May 2016, Butuan City -- DOH Caraga, as a contribution to the Philippines’ commitment to the United Nation millennium declaration of reducing poverty and hunger, celebrated the Safe Motherhood Week with a 3-day activity in Luciana Convention Center, Butuan City. A series of informative lectures on health and nutrition of mother and baby during pregnancy and after delivery, breastfeeding, immunization and family planning was conducted. Free ultrasound was also provided among pregnant mothers along with services on safe family planning and counselling during the 3-day activity.

Director Jose R. Llacuna Jr, the DOH Regional Director and Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator (RNPC) of NNC Caraga gave an inspirational message to an estimated 150 pregnant mothers to keep themselves and their babies healthy and well nourished. He gave emphasis on the importance of the first 1000 days of life of a child. Together with MNCHN Program Coordinator Dr. Grace Lim, DoH EPI Nurse Coordinator Jasmin Sarce and Nurse Arlys Demata, Director Llacuna also gave Buntis Kits to our pregnant mothers.

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