Davao City - Last December 16, 2016, the Regional Nutrition Awarding Ceremony was conducted by the National Nutrition Council XI headed by the good Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator, Dr. Maria Teresa L. Ungson. The awarding was attended by 142 participants from different LGUs, stakeholders, partners from NGAs, NGOs and academe. Also present was the BNS national president Ms. Jocelyn Lumaad and the newly elected NAOPA secretary Lynneth Demaisip. The following RNET’s was also present: Ms. Nemia Lumaino from DTI XI, Ms. Clemencia Fabia from Dep Ed XI and Sulbanon Quibo from NCMF XI who helped Dr. Ungson during the giving of awards and recognition.
This year’s ROBNS 2016 was awarded to BNS Daisy J. Bollifer, from Baragay Katipunan, Nabunturan, Compostela Valley Province among the 8 contenders within the region. With her during the award was Mr. Roldan Bollifer, her husband and Brgy. Captain Paz Maglangit. BNS Bollifer served her barangay from January 2, 2000 until present. The other BNS contenders were also recognized during the awarding ceremony and they received cash and certificates. Following the recognition of ROBNS was the recognition of the Green Banner awards of City-level and municipal level. A short AVP presentation was shown to highlight the Nutrition Programs of the two Green Banner Awardees.
NNC Davao Region organized the nutrition media group called NEA AGUILA ONSE which stands for News, Events and Activities, while Aguila symbolizes the famous Davao Eagle as one of the icons in Davao City that characterizes “king of the skies” which can be attributed to power, courage and strength. The NEA AGUILA ONSE media group aims to strengthen and sustain the campaign on good nutrition and healthy lifestyle in the region through multimedia including radio, print, TV and social media to increase public’s awareness on the importance of good nutrition that will facilitate change of behavior towards good nutrition practices.
Compostela Valley – The National School Deworming Day and its Regional Launching was held last July 29, 2015 at Nabunturan, Compostela Valley which was organized by the Department of Health of Region XI headed by Dr. Abdullah B. Dumama, Jr., MPA, CESOIII. As DOH’s attached agency, the National Nutrition Council XI showed its support by participating on its culmination.
NNC XI, represented by NOII Marcel Paul B. Maglaqui and NOI Lovely Joy P. Caballero, together with DOH XI, DILG and DepEd went to Nabunturan Central Elementary School to deworm their school children. Among other activities undertaken during the culminating program is the hand wash drill and locally sponsored feeding program before the deworming of the children.
As the Region aimed to deworm 759,082 pupils (kindergarten - grade six) in 1,644 public elementary schools; Dr. Dumama left a message which he opts to keep in mind, that worm infestations may impact on a child’s ability to learn and that growth rate and weight gain among children who are regularly dewormed is higher compared to those who are not; he quipped, each child should be dewormed “para maging malusog at masigla ang inyong mga anak.”
Davao City – Deserving Nutrition Workers in Region XI have been awarded for the CY 2014 implementation of Nutrition Program last November 19, 2015 at the Grand Men Seng Hotel, Davao City. It was attended by the different nutrition partners from Regional Nutrition Committee XI (RNC XI) and the Local Government Units (LGUs) of the region. Also on the said event, the new Sakto Seal sa Asin was launched.
The awards that have given were based on the 2014 performance of the LGUs who participated in the annual Monitoring and Evaluation of Local Level Plan Implementation (MELLPI). In giving recognition to the LGUs who have exhibited exemplary performance in the management of their nutrition programs, Nutrition Program Coordinator Dr. Maria Teresa L. Ungson led the awarding which was assisted by the Regional Nutrition Evaluation Team (RNET): Ms. Grace Elsa B. Albano from the Department of Health XI, Ms. Nemia Lumaino from the Department of Trade and Industry and Ms. Carolina Armada from the Department of Budget and Management – to be part of the congratulatory board.
One of the awards that were given for the LGUs is the 2014 Regional Green Banner Award given to the province, city and municipality that has been ranked as the first or represents the best in the region for their performance in the year 2014. This award was given to TAGUM CITY (City Level)and was received by Mayor Allan L. Rellon and City Nutrition Action Officer (CNAO) Dr. Arnel Florendo; and to the Municipality of MAWAB, COMPOSTELA VALLEY (Municipality Level) which was received by Mayor Evalina Jampayas and Municipal Nutrition Action Officer (MNAO) Manolito Cuasito. Also, the 2014 Provincial Green Banner Award was given to the Municipality of HAGONOY, DAVAO DEL SUR and received by Mayor Franco Calida and Provincial Nutrition Action Officer (PNAO) Dr. Azucena Dayanghirang.
The Kaugmaon Award, is an award only given in Davao Region. This award is given to the LGU who has improved and performed well and shows promise in the years to come. For 2014 performance,the Municipality of KAPALONG, DAVAO DEL NORTE has proved to be a fighter and withstood challenges in their nutrition program that also ranked second best during the MELLPI visits. The award was received by Vice-Mayor Teresita Timbol and MNAO Edwin Ganiera.
Adding to list of awards for the LGU is the Pag-asa Award which is given to an LGU in recognition for its notable achievement with regards to achieving the highest average reduction in malnutrition among preschool children based on Operation Timbang Results and was given to the Municipality of Mawab, Compostela Valley.
Moving on to the individual awards, the Search for the Regional Outstanding Barangay Nutrition Scholar (ROBNS) is done annually. A total of 5 BNSs were evaluated by the RNET this year, and among them, BNS Evangeline P. Orais of Barangay Visayan Village, Tagum City was chosen as the 2014 Regional Outstanding Barangay Nutrition Scholar. The second place went to BNS Regina P. Dellosa of Barangay Camudmud, Island Garden City of Samal; placing on third is BNS Ronela Q. Villacas of Bgy. Bawani, Mawab, Compostela Valley. Also, BNS Socorro Jean A. Sigasig of Barangay Buhangin Proper, Davao Cityand BNS Ester M. Arganda of Barangay Sinayawan, Hagonoy, Davao del Sur were awarded as Provincial Outstanding BNS of their respective provinces.
The launching of the adequately-iodized salt quality seal, dubbed as “Saktong Iodine sa Asin”, was developed mainly to strengthen and revitalize the existing Diamond Sangkap Pinoy Seal used in the labels of iodized salt. This adequately-iodized salt seal aims to increase awareness and use of adequately-iodized salt in households and point of purchase. The quality seal will serve as guide to consumers in identifying and purchasing adequately-iodized salt. RNPC Dr. Ungson added insights about the importance of the amount of iodine intake in every child and even adults.
This is just a simple manifestation that the Davao Region is moving forward to a more healthy population with their rising dedication to nutrition.
Madayaw! The National Nutrition Council XI (NNC XI) has culminated the celebration of nutrition month through the 2015 Nutrition Fair held last July 24, 2015 at SM Ecoland, Davao City.
The said event launched off with the ribbon cutting to open the fair to the public which is led by Dr. Maria Teresa L. Ungson, Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator; together with Presidents of the different nutrition association of NNC XI - Dr. Azucena Dayanghirang of the Nutrition Action Officer (NAO) and also the Vice-President (for Mindanao) of National Nutrition Action Officer Association; Ms. Lynneth Demaisip of the District/City Nutrition Program Coordinators (D/CNPC) Association; and Ms. Jocelyn Lumaad of the LuzViMin Barangay Nutrition Scholar (National) and Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNS) Federation (Region XI).
Inside the fair are exhibits on nutrition. It displayed the Pinggang Pinoy, The 10 Kumainments, and the highlights of the 2015 Nutrition Month talking points that focus on overweight and obesity, in line with this year’s Nutrition Month theme: “Timbang iwasto sa tamang nutritsyon at ehersisyo!” There was also a free nutrition consultation throughout the day of the fair by the Registered Nutritionist & Dietitians from Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) for the public to open their eyes on the importance of proper nutrition and active healthy lifestyle.
Davao Region – In between the dates of September 08 to 29, 2015 the National Nutrition Council XI (NNC XI) takes part alongside with Commission on Population XI (POPCOM XI), Department of Health XI (DOH XI), and Philippine Health Insurance Corporation XI (PhilHealth XI) which coordinated with the Provincial offices; to award First Birthday Gift Pack.
The First Birthday Gift Pack contained essential items for the baby’s first 1000 days, as the symbolic 100 Millionth Baby celebrates her first birthday last July 27, 2015 along with 99 other babies nationwide who marked the 100 million population of the country last year. Aside from the Gift Pack, the babies from 100 communities, 19 cities and 81 provinces received PhilHealth Member Data Record (MDR).
NNC XI promotes a nutritious complementary feeding and continued breastfeeding for the babies. Since the first 1,000 days of a child’s life (from pregnancy through a child’s 2ndbirthday) is a window of time that sets the stage for a person’s intellectual development and lifelong health. It is a period of enormous potential, but also enormous vulnerability. The six babies chosen in the region - five in every province and one in Davao City - were reminded of the information they need.
The babies namely; Harisson Ford C. Butulan from Davao City, Natsumi Kyle S. Magnifico and Catherine Jane M. Fuentes from Davao del Norte, Jhon Kenneth O. Lamintao from Compostela Valley, Angel Ella L. Morales from Davao del Sur, and Glaiza T. Torcino from Davao Oriental – were monitored regularly by the NNC XI and other agencies to ensure they will receive the required health assistance as they grow with the guidance of the Barangay Nutrition Scholars and Midwives in their respective barangay.