NATIONAL CAPITAL REGIONThe Regional Nutrition Committee of NCR (RNC-NCR) approved through a resolution the inclusion of the Convenors of the Regional Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Networks of academe, business, civil society, and youth as members of the inter-agency committee. RNC Resolution No. 1 s.2023, “Resolution Expanding the Composition of the Regional Nutrition Committee of NCR to include Convenors of the Regional Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Networks of Academe, Business, Civil Society, and Youth” was unanimously approved during the first meeting of the committee held yesterday, 31 January 2023 at the National Nutrition Council Central Office in Taguig City.

In the meeting presided by the new Chair of the RNC, Regional Director Dr. Aleli Annie Grace P. Sudiacal of Metro Manila Center for Health Development, Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator Milagros Elisa V. Federizo shared the background of the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement and how the regional SUN networks of academe, business, civil society, and youth were organized. The regional networks through their respective Convenors will be involved in the discussions and decision-making of the RNC as it collectively finds way to improve the nutrition situation in the region.   

Viral hepatitis V3 8.5 11 inHepatitis is a huge public health concern in the Philippines according to the World Health Organization (WHO). The month of January is observed in the Philippines as Liver Cancer and Hepatitis Awareness and Prevention month. This year’s theme, “Malusog na Atay, Masayang Buhay”, aimed to increase people’s awareness in preventing liver diseases.

According to the WHO, around one in 10 Filipinos have chronic hepatitis B, and six in 1,000 have chronic hepatitis C, but due to a lack of awareness, people may not know that they have it until it is too late. This is an infection that can cause liver inflammation, and if not treated early enough, this may cause liver damage through scarring and cirrhosis, which reduces the liver’s ability to remove toxins from the blood. 

nnc ncr monthly staff meetingWith the goal of having a more productive new year, the NNC-NCR Achieve team had their first monthly staff meeting on 09 January 2023 at the NNC Boardroom in Taguig City. The team hopes to achieve more in 2023. To be able to do this, the group discussed the remaining deliverables that still to be done in the 1st month of the quarter to move forward to 2023 activities.  

During the meeting, the group discussed things to prepare for the meetings this January with Regional Nutrition Committee, Regional Barangay Nutrition Scholar Federation, and Regional and Local Bantay Asin Task Forces, as well as the Orientation on the Monitoring and Evaluation of Local Level Plan Implementation.

NPC Mila Federizo also shared the synthesis of the NNC Management Conference held in December 2022 emphasizing the action lines for regional offices. She also presented and explained the job description of each staff to review everyone on their respective tasks as part of the NNC-NCR team.

RNPC Federizo thanked the group for their support and cooperation. She hopes that the experiences in the past year brought lessons that will guide them in the performance of their tasks this 2023.

Regular staff meeting is held monthly to discuss updates and strategize how to implement the activities of the regional office.

Written by: NO III Emerenciana L. Francia and NPC Milagros Elisa V. Federizo

GAW SMC Do you store Iodized salt properlyGoiter Awareness Week is celebrated every 4th week of January under Presidential Proclamation 1188 to promote awareness on the prevention and control of goiter and other Iodine Deficiency Disorders (IDD). In the country, the use of iodized salt is encouraged to prevent IDDs.  The use of iodized salt is considered the simplest and cheapest way to obtain iodine. Thus, proper storage of iodized salt is essential to minimize the loss of iodine and retain its benefit.

Salt is a staple seasoning ingredient commonly used as a food preservative or a flavoring agent. In the Philippines, salt is iodized by virtue of Republic Act 8172 known as the Act Promoting Salt Iodization Nationwide. In RA 8172, all producers or manufacturers of food-grade salt are required to iodize the salt they will produce, manufacture, import, trade, or distribute.

BNS Meeting 10Jan2023The Federation of Barangay Nutrition Scholar (BNS) of NCR, Inc. through its Officers and Board Members mapped out their plans for the year during their first meeting held on January 10, 2023 at the NNC Boardroom, Taguig City.

The meeting was presided by NNC-NCR Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator Milagros Elisa Federizo and attended by 26 BNSs from the 17 local government units in NCR except for San Juan City.

Topics discussed were: 1) Processing of the 2022 BNS Regional Conference; 2) Conduct of OPT Plus; 3) Updates on the BNS Program - Hiring and deployment, BNS Benefits and BNS Kits; and 4) Planning for the induction of new officers and activities of the Federation in 2023. Ex-officio Ms. Grace Tamayo also reported the discussion and agreements during the Joint National Association Meeting held on November 21, 2022.

Joint Meeting of the Regional and Local Bantay Asin Task ForcesThe Regional and Local Bantay Asin Task Forces (R/LBATF) in NCR had a meeting last Friday, January 20, at Hotel Lucky Chinatown in Binondo, Manila. The task forces met to discuss the Accomplishments in 2022 and plans to improve Salt Iodization Program in 2023. The R/LBATFs work for the strict implementation of the Republic Act 8172 or ASIN Law in the region.

During the meeting, the members of the LBATFs shared the activities they have conducted such as regular meetings, promotion and advocacy, and passage of local ordinance/resolution on Salt Iodization Program (SIP) implementation, among others. In 2022, more LGUs conducted monitoring of iodized salt in food establishments, sari-sari stores, markets, etc.  using the WYD machine.

It was shared at the meeting that in support of the SIP, Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto issued City Ordinance No. 54, Series of 2022. In this ordinance, all sari-sari stores earning not more than P250,000 annually will be entitled for a tax-free special permit or business permit if they present their sanitary and health certificates and proof of selling food items with a Sangkap Pinoy Seal, including iodized salt.