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To kick off the Nutrition Shepherding Project in Isabela Province, RNPC Maria Gisela Lonzaga of NNC Region 02 and PNAO Henedina Cabrera of Isabela Province met with the local nutrition committees of Aurora and Burgos in Isabela. The meetings were both to advocate for the nutrition shepherding project and creation of plantilla positions for nutrition.

Hon. Mayor Joseph Christian Uy of Aurora was represented by the members of their local nutrition committee and Sangguniang Bayan while Hon. Mayor Isis Dominique Uy was represented by Hon. Vice-mayor Ruben Gragasin and the nutrition committee of Burgos.

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Hon. Liwayway Caramat, Mayor of Santa Fe, Nueva Vizcaya commits full support of LGU Santa Fe in implementing nutrition programs, particularly the Asin Law (RA 8172) during the visit of Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator Meggie Matammu Lonzaga and FDA Director for North Luzon Cluster, Mr. Gomel Gabuna last 10 August 2022. The group discussed strategies on how to strengthen the Regional Bantay Asin Task Force and the Asin Checkpoint situated in their municipality. The team was also joined by DNPC Ruben Ambatali and Mr. Orlando Pitchay, Provincial Consultant who oversees the Bantay Asin Checkpoint in Santa Fe and Kayapa, Nueva Vizcaya.

Dir. Gabuna shared his vision for the Regional Bantay Asin Task Force in the region, particularly in Santa Fe including the digitalization of the systems, records, and tracking of shipments, enhancing existing local ordinances on salt iodization and checkpoints, provision of salt iodizing machine for LGUs, and a regionwide conference of the North Cluster group on Salt Iodization Program. He also shared that Representative Ron Salo of KABAYAN Partylist is set to review the RA 8172.

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The National Economic and Development Authority Region 2 (NEDA2) celebrates this year’s Nutrition Month with a cookfest at the NEDA2 gym on July 22, 2022. The cookfest was participated in by all employees, interns, and on-the-job trainees. It raised awareness on the importance of a healthy and balanced diet especially during this COVID-19 pandemic as well as showcase the talents and skills of personnel in cooking.

The activity started as a culinary challenge that eventually transformed into a luncheon buffet. Each of the NEDA2 five divisions cooked and served their most nutritious dishes, appetizers, and desserts. The buffet table was filled with several native favorites, including alugbati salad, pinakbet, fish (tilapia) escabeche, pork adobo, roasted chicken, buttered shrimps, chicken curry, and the crowd’s favorite, pork blood stew or commonly called “dinuguan”, prepared by the Finance and Administrative Division.

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Regional Nutrition Shepherding Team of Region 02 was deployed in the municipality of Lasam, Cagayan last 11 August 2022 to advocate for nutrition and mentor their local nutrition committee on nutrition program management. RNST members Ms. Corie Soriano, President of Rotary Club of Tuguegarao Citadel and Mr. Edwardson Tad-o, ND III of DSWD FO2 joined RNPC Maria Gisela Lonzaga and NO III Edzell Arcinue in the deployment. The activity aimed to review the previous MELLPI Pro Results of Lasam and assess their current nutrition program implementation for the RNST to develop the nutrition shepherding action plan for Lasam.

RNPC Lonzaga oriented the LNC on the Nutrition Shepherding Project of the National Nutrition Council. She shared that the project aims to mentor LGUs through their local nutrition committees to strengthen their nutrition program management. She also advocated for the creation of nutrition office with staff complement for Lasam to oversee the nutrition programs of different offices of the municipality. MPDC Rodel Urian and the Executive Assistant to the Mayor, Ms. Isabella Lozada ensure that the LNC headed by Hon. Mayor Dante Dexter Agatep, will explore the creation of the positions, and include it in their devolution transition plan.

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The National Nutrition Council Region 02 recognized outstanding Local Nutrition Committees in the recently concluded nutrition month online activities during the online 2022 Nutrition Month Awarding Ceremony last 04 August 2022, the #NewNormal way.

In her opening remarks, Ms. Maria Gisela M. Lonzaga, Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator- NNC RO2, applauded the efforts of different Local Nutrition Committees (LNCs) and Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in submitting their entries despite the current pandemic that we are facing right now.

“This year’s celebration of nutrition month limited celebration with mass gatherings and participation, instead, it gave way to the #NewNormal activities. Regional and local celebrations relied on the use of social media platforms and virtual activities,” she stressed.

A total of seven online contests were conducted- Poster making contest employee and students category, Slogan Making Contest, BNS Nutrition Heroes, Digital Photography Contest, and Tiktok Challenge - were participated by Provincial and City Nutrition Committees while Nutrition Month Short Filmmaking Contest were participated by HEIs in the region.

The following were winners of the said online contests who bagged home certificates of recognition and Php 1,000.00 cash prize for the Third Place and certificates of recognition and Php 1,500.00, for second place and Php 2,500.00 for first place,for consolation prize Php 500.00 respectively except for Nutrition Short Filmmaking Contest were in participants won Php 10,000.00- First place, Php 7,500.00 for second place and Php 5,000.00 for third place. All consolation were amounting to Php 2,000.00:

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Regional Nutrition Shepherding Team of Region 02 was deployed in the municipality of Lasam, Cagayan last 11 August 2022 to advocate for nutrition and mentor their local nutrition committee on nutrition program management. RNST members Ms. Corie Soriano, President of Rotary Club of Tuguegarao Citadel and Mr. Edwardson Tad-o, ND III of DSWD FO2 joined RNPC Maria Gisela Lonzaga and NO III Edzell Arcinue in the deployment. The activity aimed to review the previous MELLPI Pro Results of Lasam and assess their current nutrition program implementation for the RNST to develop the nutrition shepherding action plan for Lasam.

RNPC Lonzaga oriented the LNC on the Nutrition Shepherding Project of the National Nutrition Council. She shared that the project aims to mentor LGUs through their local nutrition committees to strengthen their nutrition program management. She also advocated for the creation of nutrition office with staff complement for Lasam to oversee the nutrition programs of different offices of the municipality. MPDC Rodel Urian and the Executive Assistant to the Mayor, Ms. Isabella Lozada ensure that the LNC headed by Hon. Mayor Dante Dexter Agatep, will explore the creation of the positions, and include it in their devolution transition plan.