lgu tagudin vowsTagudin, Ilocos Sur- The Municipality of Tagudin, Ilocos Sur through Mayor Jose Bunoan, Jr. committed their full support to the Food and Nutrition Security-Early Warning System (FNS-EWS) Project of the National Nutrition Council (NNC) during the preliminary visit to the municipality and FNS-EWS orientation conducted by NNC Regional Office last November 11, 2014 atTagudin Municipal Hall. The orientation was attended by members of the Municipal Nutrition Committee (MNC) spearheaded by the MNC Chairperson, Mayor Bunoan including Presidents of the Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNS) and Barangay Health Workers (BHWs)Federations.

Ms. Ma. Eileen Blanco, Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator of NNC Region I said in her message that Tagudin, Ilocos Sur was chosen as an area for the EWS-FNS because of its high prevalence rate of malnutrition based on the 2013 Operation Timbang Results. “Thisis a specific type of food security information system that provides timely notice of impending acute food security crises,” she added.

nnc roi joins rbjmpiSan Fernando City, La Union- In celebration of the National Correctional Consciousness Week (NACOCOW) of the Regional Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (RBJMP1), Nutrition Officer I Gretchen J. Nisperos of National Nutrition Council Region 1 acted as a resource person on Food Handling and Management during the kick off activities conducted last October 22, 2014 at Camp Florendo, Parian, San Fernando City.

The activity was highlighted with a cooking competition dubbed as “Master Mess Officer Season II” which was participated by 20 wardens and mess officers of the region. Ms. Nisperos served as chairperson of the board of judges. The winning recipes were: Inabraw of Agoo Municipal Jail (Champion), Mush-Ampalaya Dinengdeng of Badoc Municipal Jail (First Runner Up), and Squash- Malunggay Patties of Naguilian Municipal Jail (Second Runner Up).

Meeting on CROWN AwardAfter maintaining the Green Banner Award for Three (3) consecutive years since 2010 and adjudged as one of the 1st Year CROWN Maintenance Awardees last year, the City of Vigan is one step closer to the Nutrition Honor Award (NHA), the highest award given by the National Nutrition Council for Local Government Units with outstanding performance.

Last June 10-14, 2013, the validation visit to vigan city by the National Nutrition Evaluation Team (NNET) was undertaken to assess the efficiency and effectiveness of local level plan implementation for the year 2012. The team was led by Ms. Ellen Ruth Abella, Nutrition Officer IV of the Nutrition Surveillance Division with Ms. Jovita Raval, Chief of the Nutrition Information and Education Division, both from the National Nutrition Council together with Ms. Angelina Bustos of UP Los Banos.

Five randomly selected barangays were visited as part of the evaluation which included Barangays Pantay Laud, Mindoro, VII, Capangpangan and San Julian. The team weighed 10% of the total pre-school children in each barangay including identified underweight, severely underweight and overweight pre-school children based on the 2013 Operation Timbang Plus Report. Also, desk review of records with the Barangay Nutrition Committees (BNCs) were done validated through interview and other supporting data. Site visitations were also made to validate the various projects/programs of the city.

During the exit conference, the National Evaluation Team presented their observations and findings on the following aspects: 1. Efficiency of the Local Level Plan Implementation, 2. Weight status of pre-school and school children validation weighing, 3. Extent of Nutrition integrated into the Local Development Plans and Programs and 4. Functionality of Nutrition Committees both at the City and Barangay Level. Recommendations were cited to enhance the performance of the City Nutrition Committee as well as the Barangay Nutrition Committee in the implementation of Nutrition Programs and Projects.

Through the innovative programs for nutrition implemented with the active participation of the City Nutrition Committee (CNC) led by Mayor Eva Marie S. Medina and the proactive Barangay Nutrition Scholars of Vigan City, they are optimistic to bag the 2nd Year CROWN Maintenance Award and to sustain the gains to be able to get the Nutrition Honor Award Next Year.

NPC Ma. Eileen B. Blanco and NO II Ethelreina A. Balisnomo with Ms. Jovita Leny S. Calaguas as the RNET Chairman together with the members of the CNC joined the evaluators who visited five sampled barangays.

To highlight the month long celebration of Nutrition Month this July, regional launching activity was held last July 08, 2014 at Barangay Parian Este Covered Court, Bauang, La Union. The activity was a joint project of the National Nutrition Council Regional Office I in coordination with the Regional Nutrition Committee with its chair, Director Myrna C. Cabotaje and the Municipality of Bauang, La Union under the stewardship of Hon. Eulogio Clarence Martin P. De Guzman.

Section 7 of Presidential Decree No. 491 or the Nutrition Act of the Philippines designates the month of July as Nutrition Month to create greater awareness among Filipinos the importance of nutrition. With this year’s theme, “Kalamidad paghandaan: Gutom at malnutrisyon agapan”, it aims to provide a venue for the general public to realize the importance of preparedness during emergencies, how to respond and what recovery measures can be taken to prevent death and worsening of affected population groups.

Region 1 Nutrition ClusterThe National Nutrition Council Governing Board Resolution No. 1 s. 2009 adopted the DOH National Policy on Nutrition Management in Emergencies and Disasters stipulating the guidelines in the delivery of Nutrition and nutrition related services for the nutritional well-being of the population specially to the vulnerable groups. In addition, there was an amendment to Department Personnel Order 2007-2492 regarding the Creation of the Health Cluster with Sub-clusters on Nutrition, Wash and Health and NNC as the overall chair of the local nutrition cluster.

In compliance, the National Nutrition Council-LUPangIlocos spearheaded the Organization of Nutrition Clusters in the region. It was held on May 8, 2014 at DOH Licensing Conference Room, San Fernando City, La Union. The meeting was participated the following member agencies: DSWD, DA, DOH, DILG, DOST, OCD, CHED, and DTI.

The Nutrition Cluster aims to ensure that the nutritional status of the affected population especially the most vulnerable groups like the infants, children, pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers, older persons, people with disabilities, and people living with debilitating conditions will not worsen or deteriorate due to the impact of emergency and disaster by linking with other cluster/sector groups and establishing capacities at all levels.

Mr. Renzie Ivan A. Costales of OCD presented an Overview of Disaster Risk Reduction and Management including some initiatives done by RDRRMC. Likewise, RNPC Ma. Eileen B. Blanco discussed the roles and responsibilities of partner agencies in the nutrition cluster.

To further strengthen the competence of the Regional Nutrition Cluster members, training on Nutrition in Emergencies and Infant Feeding in Emergencies will be conducted sometime in August 2014 by NNC-Regional Office I.

RNPC Blanco encouraged everyone to be always ready in times of emergency and disaster in order to ensure the nutritional well being of the affected population groups.

Annual BNS Congress of the Federation of Barangay Nutrition Scholars of the Province of Ilocos Sur “Wastong Nutrisyon at Kalusugan, BNS Maaasahan” was the theme of the Annual BNS Congress of the Federation of Barangay Nutrition Scholars of the Province of Ilocos Sur held last May 27 at Candon Civic Center, Candon City. The event served as a venue of continuously build capacities of BNSes in order to improve nutrition service delivery. Likewise, it will help the BNSes in prioritizing programs for hunger and malnutrition mitigation in order to strengthen their role as front liners in nutrition at the community level.

The event pays tribute to Barangay Nutrition Scholars who untiringly volunteered their services to their constituents despite the very minimal allowance they are receiving. It was an avenue for the BNSs to be updated on current health and nutrition issues through the lectures given by the invited resource speakers.

Atty. Pablito Sanidad Jr., Board Member of the Province of Ilocos Sur attended the event who even volunteered himself to serve as the legal adviser of the federation. On the other hand, Ms. Ma. Eileen B. Blanco, Nutrition Program Coordinator of NNC Region 1 congratulated the Federation for holding the said event. She thanked the participants for their services and sacrifices for the cause of nutrition in their respective barangays.