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Webinar SeriesThe National Nutrition Council Regional Office 1 (NNC-ROI) in partnership with the League of Nutrition Action Officers of Region 1 (RLNAO-I) has successfully conducted the 2020 Nutrition Month Webinar Series cum RLNAOs Online Conference held every Tuesday from July 21-August 25, 2020 via Zoom Cloud in lieu of the postponed annual RLNAOs Conference-Workshop for this year. The live streaming of each session was also posted on the Official Facebook Page of NNC-ROI.

This webinar series aims to update and equip the Nutrition Action Officers, members of the Local Nutrition Committees, Barangay Nutrition Scholars, and other local nutrition workers with the knowledge and skills to sustain efficient and effective management of local nutrition programs. In addition, it is also a venue to enhance their capacities and competencies to improve the delivery of nutrition services and implement the programs of the Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition 2017-2022 to address hunger and malnutrition in their respective areas.

Around 500 plus participants composed of nutrition action officers, nutrition program coordinator, barangay nutrition scholars, member of nutrition committees, nutritionist-dietitians, researchers, teachers, and other stakeholders attended the said event.

NMNoong Hulyo ay ipinagdiwang ang Buwan ng Nutrisyon sa buong bansa. Lahat ng rehiyon, mga probinsya, siyudad, munisipyo at barangay ay nagkaroon ng iba-ibang paraan ng pagdiriwang.

Sa Rehiyon I ay pinangunahan ng National Nutrition Council Regional Office I noong ika-2 ng Hulyo ang paglulungsad ng naturang pagdiriwang sa pamamagitan ng video presentation at press conference na napanood at napakinggan sa NNC-ROI at PIA-1 Official Facebook Page, at iba’t ibang local na estasyon ng radyo sa buong rehiyon.

Bukod dito ay nagkaroon din ang NNC-ROI ng Nutri-Jingle Video Contest, Nutrition Month Pagbati Challenge Season 2, Idol ko si Nanay at Tatay sa Kusina: Complementary Cooking Demo Series, 2020 Nutrition Month Webinar Series cum RLNAOs Online Conference, NutriBreak, Nutrivia at Nutri-Challenge, Pak na sa Info, Pak pa sa Load!

Ang Nutri-Jingle Video Contest ay nilahukan ng mga BNS mula sa Ilocos Norte, ilocos Sur at La Union. Samantalang nasa 79 na grupo ang sumali sa Nutrition Month Pagbati Challenge na binubuo ng mga ahensya, lokal na pamahalaan, mga ospital at mga school divisions hindi lang sa rehiyon kundi sa iba pang karatig na mga lugar.

PIA Breastfeeding ArticleSAN FERNANDO CITY, Aug. 16 (Anne Hazel Flores, PIA-1) - Breastfeeding is still best for babies up to two years of age. While this sounds a cliché, indeed it is a fact.

But what if a mother gets infected with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-2019)? Can she still breastfeed her child?

The answer is a big YES.

In a recent episode of the Kapihan sa Ilocos of the Philippine Information Agency Region 1, the Department of Health-Center for Health Development (DOH-CHD) in the Ilocos reiterated that lactating mothers could give their babies breast milk even if they are infected with COVID-19.

“The virus has not, to date, been detected in the breastmilk of any mother with confirmed or suspected COVID-19,” said DOH-CHD 1 nutrition program manager and nutritionist-dietician Jovita Leny Calaguas.

She said that a mother should continue to breastfeed but has to implement appropriate hygiene measures, including wearing of a medical mask to reduce the possibility of droplets with COVID-19 being spread to her infant.

“While wearing a medical mask, it is important to replace masks as soon as they become damp, dispose them immediately, and remember not to re-use it again and strictly avoid touching the front but untie it from behind,” she added.

118161290 319329882752452 2292237715409583948 nCity of San Fernando, La Union-- The Sto. Tomas BNS Group from the Province of La Union brought home the title as the champion of the Nutri-jingle Video Contest Season 3 spearheaded by the National Nutrition Council-Regional Office I (NNC1) and the LUPang Ilocos Barangay Nutrition Scholar Federations, Incorporated (LUPangIlocosBNSFed.,Inc.) as part of the 46th Nutrition Month Celebration with the theme “Batang Pinoy, SANA TALL… Iwas Stunting, SAMA ALL! Iwas ALL din sa COVID-19!”.

The Sto. Tomas BNS Group from the Province of La Union garnered a total score of 93.68% beating the other 3 competitors from Ilocos Sur and Ilocos Norte.

Banuar ni Salun-at of Ilocos Norte District I bagged the second place with a total score of 76.78% while Candon Nutri-jingle Group of Ilocos Sur and entry Ipaglaban, Batang Pinoy of Ilocos Norte District II as third and forth place with a score of 64.82% and 59.48%, respectively.

The winners were assessed using the following criteria : Number of Likes (15%), Number of Reach (15%), Number of Views (15%), Originality (20%), Choreography (15%) and Relevance to theme (20%) with a total of 100%.

Ms. Anne Hazel Flores (Information Officer II of PIA Region 1 and Member of RONDA-1), Ms. Celestina C. Paz (Station Manager of DWFB Radyo Pilipinas-Laoag City and Member of RONDA-1) and Mr. Emmanuel Sibayan (Station Manager of DWID-FM Love Radio Dagupan City and Auditor of RONDA-1) and the netizens served as the member of the Board of Judges.

i BIDAAng buwan ng Agosto ay idineklarang National Breastfeeding Awareness Month sa ilalim ng Republic Act 10028 o ang “Expanded Breastfeeding Promotion Act of 2009”. Ang tema ngayong taon ay “I-BIDA ang pagpapasuso tungo sa wais at malusog na pamayanan!” Ito ay naglalayon na magkaroon ng kaalaman ang bawat isa sa kahalagahan ng pagpapasuso.

Ngunit ngayong panahon ng pandemya ng COVID-19 ay marami ng naapektuhan. Kasama na dito ang mga sanggol o mga bata, mga buntis, nagpapasuso at mga matatanda na kabilang sa tinatawag na nutritionally vulnerable groups.

Dahil sa banta ng sakit na COVID-19, marami ang nagtatanong “Pwede bang magpasuso ang isang ina kung siya ay isang suspected o positive sa COVID-19?”

Ayon sa WHO (World Health Organization), wala pang pag-aaral na magpapatunay na ang COVID-19 ay maisasalin sa pamamagitan ng pagpapasuso. Kaya hinihikayat ang mga nanay na may sanggol na patuloy na magpasuso sa gitna ng pandemya alinsunod sa itinakdang alituntunin sa pag-iingat o ang Minimum Health Standards. Isa na dito ay ang pagsusuot ng mask ng ina habang nagpapasuso. Kinakailangan din ang palagiang paghuhugas ng kamay lalo na bago hawakan ang sanggol. Inirerekomenda din ang paggamit ng tisyu kung uubo at ang pagtatapon agad nito sa tamang lalagyan. Kung sakali naman na ang ina ay magkaroon ng malubhang sintomas at kinakailangan na dalhin sa health facility, maaari pa din nyang ipagpatuloy ang pagbibigay ng gatas sa kanyang sanggol sa pamamagitan ng pag-hand express ng kanyang gatas. Maaari din magkaroon ng donasyon ng breastmilk mula sa ibang nagpapasusong ina o kung mayroong Human Milk Bank sa lugar. Kung nagpapasuso ay pinapayuhan din ang pagdistansya sa ibang tao.

Breastfeeding photocontestCity of San Fernando, La Union—The National Nutrition Council-Regional Office 1 (NNC1) will be holding the Breastfeeding Is DAbest Online Photo Contest this Month of August 2020 for Breastfeeding Nanays in Region 1 as part of the National Breastfeeding Month Celebration with the theme “I-BIDA ang pagpapasuso tungo sa wais at malusog na pamayanan.”

The photo contest encourages all families with lactating mothers to actively participate and submit their photo entries through NNC-Region 1’s e-mail address or through messenger with the following weekly theme which will commence on August 17:

Week 1: Pagpapasuso ng Ina, Suportado ng Ama at ng buong Pamilya
Week 2: Nagpapasusong Ina sa gitna ng Pandemya
Week 3: Complementary Feeding para kay Baby na Growing 
Week 4: Healthy Diet at Lifestyle Para sa Nagpapasusong Nanay.

This activity is another way of encouraging and inspire mothers especially the lactating mothers to breastfeed their babies as families this time of pandemic are relying mostly on social media as among the source of information.

There will be one (1) entry per account or mother and all qualified submissions will be posted at the NNC-Region 1’s official Facebook page.

The said entries will be posted using the hashtag: #BIDAsiMommy #HEALTHYsiBaby #SamaALL.