3Q BNS MeetingTUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan – Cagayan Valley Barangay Nutrition Scholars Federation Inc. officers conducted their 3rd Quarter virtual meeting to discuss the federation concerns and their remaining activities for the year, last September 14, 2021 via zoom meeting.

The federation discussed on the following agenda: 1. Financial Statement of CVBNS Federation Inc.; 2. Updates on Payment of 2020 and 2021 Annual Dues; 3. CSC Eligibility Requirements; 4. Formulation of BNAP; 5. BNS ID; and 6. BNS Congress.

Nutrition officer II Frances Vea Valdez presented the financial statement of the federation and gave updates on the payment of their annual dues. She reminded them to settle their annual dues for 2020 and 2021. BNSs who requested financial assistance NNC- Central Office will also receive benefits from the federation considering that they have complied to the necessary documents reflected in the guidelines.

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CITY OF ILAGAN, ISABELA---- Department of Health – Center for Health Development Region 02 and National Nutrition Council Region 02 teamed up in the recently concluded online training on Nutrition in Emergencies (NIEm) Batch Two last 8-10 September 2021 via Webex online platform.

In his opening remarks, Mr. Val-Aaron Taguinin, Nurse III-DOH R02, acknowledged the efforts of the LGUs who attended the training despite the ongoing COVID-19 response and vaccination activities in their locality.

“We are very glad and appreciative of your attendance in today’s training. It only shows the dedication and commitment of public health workers, supporters and advocates in ensuring a safe, adoptive and disaster-resilient communities,” shared by Nurse Taguinin.

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By Benjie S. De Yro


When a media man posted a video   munching with gusto five varieties of Hibiscus flowers, it sent shock waves to most netizens. Why on earth didn’t they know that Hibiscus flowers could be eaten?

Most of those who saw the video, now trending of social media, said they will try it too, over mayonnaise or any dip they prefer. In fact, the video merited a front page space over Manila Standard.

That video alone has sent hundreds of people googling on health and nutrition benefits of blooms as they never did before. On hindsight, the information became relevant and timely as people  began to realize the values of flora species.

It was nutrition information.

Such is the role of the media on nutrition dissemination as the pandemic rages on. As soon as the virus emerged in Wuhan, Hubai, China on December of 2019 and declared as pandemic on January 20, 2020, all platforms on social media went to work if only to provide necessary and relevant information to the public.

To members of the Fourth Estate, particularly members of the Balay Ni Ifan Media Task Force of the National Nutrition Council in region 2, it was a challenge because nutrition information could be one area where at times, the general public simply took it with a shrug.

But the pandemic created a public health concern and under such situation, they now wanted more information to keep them healthy. They knew that by eating the correct food to maintain body resistance against the virus.

LNAP Formulation

NNC R2 conducted the 2022 Local Nutrition Action Plan Updating and Formulation Workshop last 18-20 August 2021. It was attended by seventy two (72) Municipal Nutrition Action Officers, Municipal Health Officers, Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officers, Municipal Agriculturists, Municipal Planning and Development Officers and other member of Local Nutrition Committees from 17 LGUs in the region. The activity aimed to provide technical assistance to some LGUs in the formulation of their 2022 LNAPs, and updating for others with 2020-2022 LNAPs with consideration to current nutrition program updates and the Mandanas Ruling to be implemented by 2022.

Ms. Maria Gisela M. Lonzaga, Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator of NNC Region 02 welcomed the participants and formally opened the 3-day workshop. She recognized the important roles of LGU planning team in formulating their respective LNAPs and ensuring that this will be integrated in the local development plans and annual investment programs for assured budget and implementation. She also thanked everyone for exerting efforts in continuing the implementation of nutrition programs, projects, and activities included in their current LNAPs amid the pandemic.

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National Nutrition Council Region 02 conducted the 2021 Virtual Stakeholders’ Forum on Stunting and the First 1000 Days of Life last 29 July 2021. It was attended by around 100 local nutrition committee members, members of the regional nutrition committee, members of the media, and some local chief executives via Zoom and was watched by more than 200 Facebook followers via FB livestream.

Ms. Maria Gisela M. Lonzaga, Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator of NNC Region 02 formally opened the event. She greeted the participants and the speakers before delivering the importance of the First 1000 Days of Life to address the stunting problem. She recognized the important roles of the LGUs in implementing programs, projects and activities along the First 1000 Days of Life Program.

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CITY OF ILAGAN, ISABELA----- The National Nutrition Council Region 02 conducted its 3rd quarter virtual monitoring of Radyo Kalugaran Community Radio Network in Claveria, Cagayan and Radyo Kayvayvanan Nutriskwela Community Radio Network in Basco, Batanes on 27 August 2021.

During the virtual monitoring visit, the National Nutrition Council region 02 found out that the Radyo Kalugaran needed to temporarily sign off due to close exposure to positive COVID-19 cases in the municipality.

“We are very blessed despite having close contacts with positive COVID-19, the results of our antigen tests are always negative however we need to temporarily sign off due to strict home quarantine even we yielded negative results,” shared by Ms. Juliet Atiagan, Station Manager-Radyo Kalugaran.

It was also noted that there was an increased budget for Radyo Kalugaran. From Php 200,000.00 in 2019, the budget went up to Php 350,000.00 in 2020 and increased of more or less Php 400,000.00 this year. As a result, the radio station now has additional three (3) employees that assist in the operations of the station.