April Benjie

By Benjie S. De Yro

Summer time can be the best time in the Philippines; it can also be one of the most dangerous periods for your health.

Read on.

Philippine summers are characterized with abundant fresh fruits and enough time to go on field trips, excursions, family gathering and whatever gimmick the family can think of. That’s where the danger lies.

Here are some tips this summer to safeguard your health without being ‘killjoy’ to yourself, based on experts’ advise. At random now:


TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan – National Nutrition Council Region II headed by Nutrition Program Coordinator Maria Gisela Lonzaga, together with Nutrition Officer II Frances Vea Valdez, participated in the Extension Program Grand Launching and Memorandum of Agreement Signing Ceremony with Cagayan State University – Andrews Campus at Barangay Hall Annafunan East, Tuguegarao City on April 22, 2022.

CSU-Andrews in particular the College of Allied Health Sciences (CAHS) has an approved Extension Program titled: “CARE SHELTER (Comprehensive Assessment and Rehabilitation Shots for Health and Livelihood Towards Economic Recovery)” which aims to provide appropriate quality care, and target a variety of issues affecting the health of a community.

NPC Lonzaga delivered a message of commitment of National Nutrition Council Region II to the extension program. She ensured that the agency shall provide assistance and give the utmost support to the program.

LNAP Santiago

NNC R2 assisted and provided technical assistance to Santiago City Nutrition Committee during their Santiago City LNAP Formulation Workshop and Strengthening City Nutrition Committee last 7-8 April 2022 held at Wilmer Hotel and Resort, Santiago City.

It was attended by 45 members of City Nutrition Committee. The activity aimed to provide technical assistance to the CNC members in the formulation of their 2023-2025 City Nutrition Action Plan with consideration to current nutrition program updates and the Mandanas-Garcia Ruling to be implemented by 2022.

Dr. Genaro Manalo, CHO-CNAO- Santiago City, welcomed the participants and formally opened the 2-day workshop. He 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.

social media

TUGUEGARAO CITY, CAGAYAN----- National Nutrition Council Region 02 strengthened Local Nutrition Committees’ social media presence to promote nutrition behaviors with the recently concluded training last 31 March 2022 at Hotel Carmelita, Tuguegarao City.

Ms. Maria Gisela M. Lonzaga, Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator, warmly welcomed participants of the training. She expressed her appreciation to members who were present during the training. She also emphasized the importance of utilization of social media in the promotion of nutrition behavior change.

Then Mr. Edzell Arcinue, Nutrition Officer III-NNC R02, introduced participants and gave an overview and objective of the activity. He also emphasized the expected outputs to be accomplished by the participants.

Mr. Mark Djeron Tumabao Jr., Information Officer and Social Media Manager-PIA Region 02, acted as resource speaker about the topic on Social Media Managers Tips and Background and Creating nutrition contents for Facebook page. He shared that in 2021, Youtube is the highest and most used social media platforms.

After, he shared different editing tools and navigate on each of them for the participants to appreciate the user-friendly aspect of every software. Editing tools shared and demonstrated were adobe photoshop, Canva and Microsoft softwares.

LNAP Vizcaya

National Nutrition Council Region II represented by Nutrition Program Coordinator Maria Gisela Lonzaga, Nutrition Officer III Edzell Arcinue, Nutrition Officer II John Nestor Ballad and Nutrition officer II Frances Vea Valdez, providedtechnical assistance in the 2023-2025 LNAP Planning Workshop for the Province of Nueva Vizcaya and the 15 LGUs.

Participating in the planning workshop, coordinated by District Nutrition Program Coordinator Luzviminda P. Ragpa under the direction of Dr. Edwin B. Galapon, Chief of the Provincial Integrated Health Office (PIHO) and concurrent Provincial Nutrition Action Officer (PNAO), were Nutrition Officers from the fifteen component municipalities of the province.


TUGUEGARAO CITY, CAGAYAN----- The Regional Bantay Asin Task Force (RBATF) Region 02 conducted its 1st Quarter meeting last 21 March 2022 at Taj Hotel and Resto/Bar, Tuguegarao City.

In her opening remarks, Ms. Maria Gisela M. Lonzaga, Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator- NNC R02, expressed her appreciation and warmly welcomed the members for the first face-to-face meeting of RBATF for 2022. She also acknowledged the presence of FDA represented by Mr. Gomel C. Gabuna, Director II-FDA North Luzon Cluster, and emphasized the importance of strengthened partnership of DOH, NNC and FDA in the implementation of RA 8172 in the region. She also acknowledged the personnel in the Bantay Asin Checkpoints who continuously rendered services despite the risks of contracting COVID-19.