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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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.

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The National Nutrition Council Region 02 recognized Local Nutrition Committees and other stakeholders in the recently concluded nutrition month online contests during the virtual 2021 Nutrition Month Culmination.

A total of three online contests- Search for Chikiting na Laking First 1000 days, Online Poster Making Contest- BNSs and Students Categories, and First 1000 days Nutri Dance Jingle Contest were participated by Provincial and City Nutrition Committees in the region.

In his opening remarks, Dr. Rio Magpantay, Chair- Regional Nutrition Committee and DOH Regional Director, applauded the efforts of NNC in doing their best to successfully conduct the 47th Nutrition Month Celebration.

Mahalaga ang kalusugan kaya dapat natin itong alagaan! Tulong tulong tayo para makamit ang isang malusog na komunidad na ligtas sa sakit at kapahamakan,” he reminded.

The search for Chikiting na Laking First 1000 days aimed to highlight the importance of getting appropriate health and nutrition services in the First 1000 Days of Life in achieving a child’s full potential in terms of growth and development.

The official entries were judged by Regional Technical Assistant for Nutrition (RTANs) Ms. Abigail Anzia (DOH), Ms. Editha Ubiña (DepEd) and Ms. Delia De Guzman (DSWD).

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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.

Tutok Kainan Kicks Off in Cagayan and Isabela

Tutok Kainan kicks off in the target municipalities and cities of Cagayan and Isabela as enhanced nutribuns were delivered to a total of 1,205 pregnant women from 15 LGUs of Cagayan and 480 pregnant women from 11 municipalities, 2 component cities and 1 independent city of the province of Isabela.

Enhanced nutribuns will be given to the pregnant mothers for the first and third month of the implementation of Tutok Kainan. For the second month, hot meals will be provided to the pregnant beneficiaries. Fresh farm produced will be delivered to the LGUs by selected Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Organizations and the local government units will take charge in the preparation of the viands. Menu includes sweet and sour pork, chicken tinola, inihaw na bangus, pan fried chicken, tuna guisado, and menudo among others. The supplementation aims to add 500-700 kcal with 15-20g of protein to the usual diet of the beneficiary. All viands will be served with iron-fortified rice.

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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.