Regional SUN Launch NCR

NNC-NCR Nutrition Program Coordinator NCR Milagros Elisa V. Federizo and Regional Nutrition Committee Chair RD Gloria J. Balboa signed a memorandum of understanding on scaling up nutrition (SUN) with the members of the SUN Networks of Civil Society, Academe and Businesses on June 10, 2022 at Crown Regency Hotel in Makati City.

The signing of MOU happened during the Regional Launch of the SUN 3.0 in the National Capital Region. The SUN is a global movement which unites governments, civil society, development partners, academe, business, and private sector in a collective effort to improve nutrition. It is a renewed effort to eliminate all forms of malnutrition, based on the principle that everyone has a right to food and good nutrition.  The SUN Movement was founded on the principle or approach that no single sector or stakeholder can effectively fight malnutrition in all its forms.

During the launch, SUN Philippines Focal Point Assistant Secretary and Executive Director of the National Nutrition Council Dr. Azucena M. Dayanghirang reiterated the call for an urgent need for all to work together and find sustainable solutions to the long-standing problem of malnutrition “The opportunity is now here in front of us as we embark on joining the SUN Movement. Let us focus on our resources and efforts on interventions that work on the ground and align our actions to yield positive results”.

Tutok Kainan Dietary Supplementation Program Phase 4 OrientationThe Municipality of Pateros assisted by Provincial Nutrition Focal Point (PNFP) Diana Umali of NNC-NCR conducted an orientation for the 71 caregivers of the beneficiaries of the Tutok Kainan Dietary Supplementation Program (TK-DSP) Phase 4 on June 17, 2022.

Caregivers from Brgys. Aguho and Sta. Ana were given details on TK-DSP Phase 4 by Municipal Nutrition Program Coordinator (MNPC) Meizl Sincuya and PNFP Umali. Their commitments were also obtained during the activity through a consent form.

Prevent hypertension, live a healthy lifestyleHypertension, commonly known as high blood pressure, is a significant medical condition in which the blood pressure rises over normal (>140/90mmHg). It is also known as the "silent killer" since it has no symptoms most of the time. Hence, some people die from the disease without being diagnosed. According to the Department of Health (DOH), hypertension is the primary cause of illness and is one of the known triggering factors of premature death in the Philippines.

As per Proclamation No. 1761, s. 2009, the month of May is designated as “Hypertension Awareness Month”. The celebration aims to prevent and control the country's increasing risk of hypertension and cardiovascular complications.

Keep your kidneys in good shape National Kidney Month is observed every June in accordance with Presidential Proclamation No. 184, s.1993, with the National Kidney and Transplant Institute (NKTI) as the lead agency for the celebration. This year, the celebration focuses on the theme, "Batong Malakas sa Panibagong Bukas.". The theme aims to promote and raise public awareness on kidney disease prevention during these difficult times.

Various conditions can lead to kidney disease. Infections of the kidney and urinary tract, the development of stones, and hypertension are some of the most common diseases that damage the kidneys which can develop into renal failure. Diabetes, use of drugs, and intake of herbal medicine, solvents, and insecticides may also cause damage to the kidneys.  In addition, a family history of kidney disease and being over the age of 60 are also risk factors. According to the National Kidney Foundation, these risk factors increase due to poor eating habits, smoking, and obesity.

Samaritan’s Purse, Manila LGU launch primary health care program in TondoThe Samaritan’s Purse in collaboration with the City Government of Manila launched their Primary Health Care Program (PHCP): “Integrated Community Health Outreach Program (I-CHOP)” and Medical Outreach on May 18, 2022, in Barangay 123, Tondo, Manila.

The PHCP aims to provide preventive, promotive, and curative health care and nutrition services to pregnant and lactating women, children less than five (5) years old, and senior citizens as well as management of diseases and other minor illnesses in adults. The program also includes health promotion education, and psycho-spiritual support to target beneficiaries in the Barangays 20, 133, and 275 in Tondo, Manila.

2022 NNC NCR TeambuildingThe National Nutrition Council-NCR (NNC-NCR) Achieve Team had their two-day teambuilding activity on May 19-20, 2022 at the Good Food Farm, Magdalena, Laguna to strengthen unity among members and promote enthusiasm to achieve performance excellence.

This year's teambuilding, with the theme “May the F.O.R.C.E be with us”, emphasizes some of the qualities that the NNC-NCR team should have to achieve more: Focus, Optimism, Resilience, Commitment, and Excellence. These are just some of the good qualities or traits that the team must possess to be more efficient and successful.