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Nutrition plays a more vital part in life of people in times of emergencies and calamities

This situation inspired the Department of Health Regional Office 02 (DOH-R02) specifically thru the Health Emergency Management Staff (HEMS) to tap the expertise of National Nutrition Council (NNC-R02) in organizing the recently held Nutrition in Emergencies Training last May 26-29 at Tuguegarao City, Cagayan.

In order to push through this event, head agency invited different Nutrition Action Officer coming from various priority municipalities in the region. The participants were composed of all twenty (20) municipalities of Cagayan, ten (10) are from Isabela (Dinapigue, Divilacan, Ilagan, Maconacon, Palanan, Cauayan, Jones, Ilagan, Santiago and Sta. Maria) while five (5) municipalities are from Nueva Vizcaya (Alfonso Castaneda, Ambaguio, Bayabag, Kayapa and Sta. Fe). In addition, the remaining participants came from Quirino Province (Aglipay, Cabarrougis, Diffun, Maddela, Nagtipunan, Saguday).

With its core objective, to lessen mortality rate during disasters and calamities by ensuring that the communities are prepared and nutritional needs of people are adequate during those times. The five day seminar jump start by providing each participant a background about the over-all view of National Disaster Risk Reduction Management System which includes its framework, national policies, and directives.

ro2 nutri kalesa painting contestTUGUEGARAO CITY, CAGAYAN- With the aim of National Nutrition Council (NNC) R02 to promote healthy living, NNC conducted Nutri-kalesa painting contest prior to the celebration of Nutrition Month last June 30 as a way for students to express their insights about nutrition.

The value of kalesa or a horse drawn-rig as an IEC medium of promoting good health in the city is duly recognized through the said activity. Too, the event also provided an avenue for students to showcase their artistic skills while taking their part in encouraging the people to live a healthy life.

Nutri-kalesa painting was participated by 11 kalesas and different students coming from different schools. 4 kalesas were assigned to students of Linao National High School, 6 for Cagayan National High School students and 1 kalesa assigned to Tuguegarao Science High School students.

The theme of the painting contest was based on how the students visualize the 10 Kumainments launched by NNC. Students started to do their tasks on June 29 at PDRMO Cagan Office SIADP.

gift givingJoint with the celebration of the 7th Gamet Festival, the Regional Nutrition Committee (RNC) headed by regional director and chair of the RNC, Jovita P. Ayson of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources have distributed family food packs to the 100 small-scale farmers and fisherfolk families of San Juan, Sta. Praxedes, Cagayan last January 11, 2015.

The activity has been conducted to provide nutrition to the marginal people of Sta. Praxedes especially the vulnerable individuals such as the infants, children, pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers, older persons, people with disabilities and people living with debilitating conditions. San Juan has been chosen as the beneficiary of the goods for being the poorest of the poor barangays in Sta. Praxedes with 14% underweight preschool children.

Sta. Praxedes also often experiences typhoons and floods affecting the nutrition situation of its populace as a result of loss of food crops and interrupted food supply. Hence, the delivery of nutrition intervention such as giving of family food packs is an essential way to prevent the deterioration of their nutritional status.

Nutrition Program Coordinator Rhodora G. Maestre, Mayor and Chair of the Municipal Nutrition Committee Esterlina A. Aguinaldo-Ramos and other stakeholders also participated in the giving of family food packs as nutrition intervention to the 100 beneficiaries.

The family food packs were comprised of 2 kilos of rice, assorted canned goods, seaweed chips and noodles and dried fish.

ro2 support to gourmixThe National Nutrition Council Region 2 demonstrated its support in the use of Gourmix as a supplementary, complementary and food relief during calamities through a signed resolution on July 1, 2015 as part of the national nutrition month celebration.

Resolution no. 4 series of 2015 is a resolution endorsing and supporting the Gourmix as supplementary, complementary and food relief during calamities. This resolution created convergence among different government agencies in the region.

Pinoy Gourmix is a product developed by the Department of Agriculture R02 as a response in combating malnutrition. This product is a complete and smart food which has high nutritional value. Hence, NNC R02 recognized its potential in addressing malnutrition problems.

Rhodora Maestre, Nutrition Program Coordinator, attested in her speech that Gourmix is indeed a nutritious food. In addition, she also said that everyone can avail smart food for a cheaper price. Thus, giving her full support to the use of Gourmix.

The signing of the resolution gained full support from Lucrecio Alviar Jr., DA-R02 Executive Regional Director and Mary Anne Darauay, CVACE President and witnessed by the members of balay ni ifan media group.

With this simple start, NNC-R02 strongly believe that with the support and trust of different government agencies in their advocacy at the same time with the intervention of Pinoy Smart Food, combating malnutrition will be an easy task.

IFANTuguegarao City, Cagayan – The National Nutrition Council-Cagayan Valley released the third issue of the InFormation About Nutrition (IFAN) magazine at Kainang Pilipino last December 22, 2014.

The third issue highlights the nutrition achievers from the region as well as the established and implemented programs, projects and good practices that were lauded and replicated by other local government units and other regions. It also centers on the theme: “ONLY IN REGION 02” which means that Cagayan Valley Region basks in profound pride for pioneering among the good practices in nutrition: Balay ni IFAN, Batang Radyo sa Nutrisyon, Nutrikalesa and Bantay ASIN Checkpoint. The four practices are unique for the region and stand as pillars that firmly support the nutrition programs in the Cagayan Valley.

Owing to its distinctive practices, NNC-R02 entitled the third issue of IFAN magazine with Lambak ng Cagayan: A Window to the Nation. This implies that Region 02 offers itself to the rest of the country while serving as a beacon and role model through its good practices in nutrition.

NNC-R02 deemed it proper to continue its publication since it served as a very effective and efficient mode of delivering nutrition information in all corners of the region.

Members of the Balay ni IFAN Media Group also attended the unveiling of the IFAN agazine-3rd Issue in full support to its successful release.

Mayor and Municipal Nutrition Committee Chair Liwayway DC Caramat of Nueva, Vizcaya has attended the National Conference of Regional Bantay Asin Task Forces last January 22-23, 2015 at Bayview Park Hotel, Roxas Boulevard, Manila.

The Santa Fe Bantay Asin Checkpoint is one of the good practices of the Regional Bantay Asin Task Force of Cagayan Valley. Mayor Caramat shared her presentation on relevant and appropriate salt iodization initiatives with the topic “Active LGU Involvement in Salt Checkpoint: The Case of Santa Fe, Nueva Vizcaya”.

Mayor Caramat presented the situation of Cagayan Valley Region in 1998 in terms of Iodine Deficiency Disorders (IDD) that challenged Region 02 to organize the Regional Bantay Asin Task Force and establish the Bantay Asin Checkpoint as an initiative to regulate the entry of non-iodized salt in the region and eliminate the occurrence of Iodine Deficiency Disorder (IDD) in Cagayan Valley. Mayor Caramat further presented the continuing efforts and initiatives implemented by the Regional Bantay Asin Task Force with the support of the National Nutrition Council-Region 02, Local Government Unit of Santa Fe, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN)-Philippines and other stakeholders.