BNSNNC02, in its aspiration to improve the nutrition situation of every Barangay in Region-II, conducted a five (5)-day training on the Basic Course for Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNSs) among cadres of able trainers of different municipalities in Region II at New Rajah Soliman Hotel, Bokawkan Road, Baguio City last 11 to 15 August 2014. The trainers were primarily the District/City/Municipal Nutrition Program Coordinators (D/C/MNPCs) as well as Nutrition Action Officers (NAOs), Nutritionist-Dietitians (ND), and other designate trainers of BNS. Trainers/facilitators were NO-III Ms. Ma. Gisela M. Lonzaga of NNC-Region II, ND-III Ms. Amalia A. Calubaquib of Tuguegarao City, and NO-III Ms. Luningning P. Rhodes of Quirino.

The training course consists of six (6) modules designed to assist the trainees in training BNSs to have a common basic knowledge and skills as well as core values and traits that are necessary for the BNSs to perform their roles and functions effectively.

The NNC-02 is happy to note that the participants had a tremendous increase in knowledge and skills on BNS program as reflected in the results of their pre- and post-tests. Being enlightened in this training course, the trainees shall utilize their learning in uplifting the capabilities of both existing and new BNSs to ensure effective delivery of nutrition and related services.

“This training is very timely”, said one of the participants, since some were newly designated as BNSs supervisors/mentors.

Participants were given “Trainer’s Manual on Basic Course for Barangay Nutrition Scholars” and a manual for continuing education of BNSs which will serve as guide of the trainees in conducting trainings and continuing education for BNSs.

With all the valid concerns raised by the participants, NNC-02 shall make an effort to continually improve the capabilities of nutrition workers in Region-II as part of its vision in ensuring the nutritional well-being of all Filipinos.

The training proper ended as the participants firmly shouted “Barangay Nutrition Scholars, Wealth of the Nation, Champion in Nutrition!”

TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan - - Department of Health – Center for Health Development Region 2 (DOH-CHD 2) stressed that no donations of infant formula milk during disaster eventualities are accepted or fed to infants.

Carol Jean Domingo, nutritionist and dietician, said the Milk Code or Executive Order 54 provides that donations of products covered by the law including infant formula, bottles and teats are not allowed, hence, acceptance of said items specially during emergencies are prohibited.

“We observed that during calamities, there are many donations including formula milk, especially from foreign donors. We stress that it is not accepted as we want to protect the health and nutrition of infants for they are the most vulnerable individuals during state of emergencies,” Domingo said.

On her part, Nutrition program coordinator Rhodora Maestre explained that the government advocates for breastfeeding as it is the best milk for babies to sustain their good nutrition and provide nutrients needed for their growth and development.

She also emphasized that there are no excuses that mothers could not provide breast milk to their babies because every female individual, even old aged, are capable of producing milk for their babies.

“The only excuse we accept is the case wherein mothers are diagnosed as HIV/AIDS positives but still they are given the option to breastfeed their babies, if not the nutritionists must look for breast milk donors but not to allow infant formula intake to the infant,” Maestre and Domingo jointly discussed during explained with media during Nutrition Month Observance kick-off ceremony.

Maestre further said they are conducting training on infant and young child feeding to capacitate community health teams of the barangays and LGUs to be able to accurately respond to the nutrition needs of vulnerable sectors during calamities, especially those who will be rescued and evacuated. (OTB-PIA2/Cagayan)

phocagallery region-II 2nd quarter rnc meetingThe Regional Nutrition Committee (RNC) of Cagayan Valley Region had their 2nd Quarter RNC Meeting last June 19, 2014 at Las Palmas de San Jose Hotel and Restaurant, Tuguegarao City. Nutrition Program Coordinator Rhodora G. Maestre presided the said meeting. Regional Technical Assistants for Nutrition, Provincial/ City Nutrition Action Officers (P/CNAOs) and Nutrition Officers were present during the meeting. Disaster Risk Reduction Management (DRRM) representative of DSWD and staff of Health and Emergency Management (HEM) and Office of Civil Defense (OCD) were also in attendance.

The meeting highlighted the organization of Regional Nutrition Cluster and 40th Nutrition Month Celebration. Results of the 2014 Monitoring and Evaluation of Local Level Plan Implementation and Barangay Nutrition Scholar Evaluation were also presented.

With the theme “Kalamidad Paghandaan: Gutom at Malnutrisyon agapan,” the RNC planned to make use of local media in celebration of the 40th Nutrition Month. In order to provide a venue for the general public to realize the importance of preparedness during emergencies, the RNC Cagayan Valley Region will produce an infomercial on nutrition in emergencies that will be aired in various radio stations in the region.

Likewise, launching of the Nutrition Month will be conducted through a tele-radyo interview dubbed as “Agenda ng Bayan." The said program is a collaboration of DWPE- Radyo ng Bayan- Tuguegarao City and RBC Cable Master System. The tele-radyo interview scheduled on July 1, 2014 will involve NPC Maestre and Regional Directors of Department of Health (DOH), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and Office of Civil Defense.

TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan, July 1 (PIA) - - To ensure nutritional status of vulnerable population during calamities, the National Nutrition Council (NNC) Region 2 has established nutrition cluster in emergencies to manage nutrition related interventions.

Rhodora G. Maestre, nutrition program coordinator, said nutrition cluster is a group of government, non-government and international humanitarian agencies that take lead in nutrition management during emergencies and disasters.

The cluster members are dealt to ensure nutritional status of the vulnerable groups such as infants, children, pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers, older persons, and persons with disabilities.

Maestre explained that the team will specifically conduct rapid assessment in affected areas per sector, ensure timely and appropriate delivery of quality package of nutrition interventions and ensure that the foods provided and distributed are nutritionally adequate for the vulnerable group.

“We will conduct trainings and capacity building activities to the clusters to let them internalize their roles and functions. The cluster also provide nutrition counseling to affected population and promote coordination mechanism with various concerned agencies,” Maestre stated.

She said the nutrition clusters must also be institutionalized in the Local Government Units (LGUs) ready for any disaster eventuality in their areas of responsibility.

"In the nutrition governing board resolution, members of the local nutrition cluster representatives include health office, social welfare, agriculture, NGOs, CSOs, and other concerned agencies," she added.

On her part, Carol Jean Domingo, nutritionist of the Department of Health (DOH), said the cluster team should also check not only the nutritional value of the food and the donations to be distributed to the affected families.(OTB-PIA2/Cagayan)

phocagallery region-IIHeaded by Assistant Secretary of Health and Executive Director Maria- Bernardita T. Flores, the National Nutrition Council (NNC) Management Team composed of Nutrition Program Coordinators from different regions across the country and Division Chiefs of NNC Central Office flew to Batanes last 12 May 2014 for the 2nd NNC Management Conference (ManCon).

The 5- day NNC ManCon took place at the Department of Agriculture- Batanes Experiment Station on 12-15 May 2014 bounded by the dynamic culture and enchanting scenery in Batanes. The conference was set to update on the status of various programs, projects and activities; tackle and resolve issues on nutrition policy and plan development, promotion of good nutrition, monitoring and evaluation and; discuss other concerns with regards to the operations of NNC.

NNC- Region 02 led by Nutrition Program Coordinator Rhodora G. Maestre hosted the said conference. In coordination with the Provincial Nutrition Committee and Provincial Tourism Office, NNC- Region 02 arranged different set of tours for the NNC Management Team to discover the undisturbed and unspoiled beauty of the Province of Batanes.

In the Batan Island tour, the team had a chance to visit the Boulder Beach at Valugan, Basco, Dipnaysupuan Japanese Tunnel, Fundacion Pacita Nature Lodge, DOST Facility Tower and St. Carmel Chapel. Other tourist attractions visited were the Batanes National Museum, San Jose Church, House of Dakay, Old Spanish Bridge, San Carlos Borromeo Church, Shelter Port, Chawa View Deck, Vayang Rolling Hills, and Basco Lighthouse.

Combined with the exciting tour is a visit to the Nutriskwela Radyo Kayvayvanan Community Radio Station witnessing a live broadcast of the Batang Radyo sa Nutrisyon of Batanes.

To mark a satisfying conference in Batanes, a Sabtang Island Tour and a visit to the famous Honesty Coffee Shop was showcased before the team’s departure. Various delicacies and specialties of the Province were also enjoyed during the 5-day conference.

After all, the conference held in Batanes, a Nutrition Honor Awardee was indeed a valuable and memorable experience for the NNC Management Team.

phocagallery Region-II npc rhodora maestreDistinct from the usual launching of Nutrition Month Celebration, the National Nutrition Council- Regional Office No. 2 (NNC- RO2) launched the 2014 Nutrition Month through a tele-radyo interview dubbed as “Agenda ng Bayan” last 1 July 2014 at DWPE- Radyo ng Bayan, Tuguegarao City, Cagayan. The program is a collaboration of DWPE- Radyo ng Bayan and RBC Cable Masters.

Hosted by Ms. Teresa Campos, radio broadcaster of DWPE- Radyo ng Bayan, the Agenda ng Bayan program centered on 2014 Nutrition Month theme, Health and Emergency Management (HEM), Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) and Nutrition Cluster Coordination during Emergencies. Four dignitaries were invited to serve as resource persons for the said program. Headed by Ms. Rhodora G. Maestre Nutrition Program Coordinator of NNC- RO2, Director Norma Talosig of the Office of Civil Defense; Ms. Carol Jean Domingo, Development Management Officer of DOH- RO2 representing their Regional Director, Dr. Rio Magpantay; and Mr. Franco Lopez, DRRM Head of DSWD- RO2 representing their Regional Director, Ms. Remia Tapispisan were in attendance.

Members of the Balay ni Ifan Media Task Force were also present to cover the program. Each member was given the opportunity to ask relevant questions to the resource persons.

The Agenda ng Bayan program became a perfect venue to tackle different concerns and key messages in relation to the 2014 Nutrition Month celebration. It was also a perfect timing to feature Nutrition in Emergencies since the country is also celebrating the National Disaster Consciousness Month. Indeed, the tele-radyo interview served the purpose of the 2014 Nutrition Month Celebration which is to provide the venue for the general public to realize the importance of preparedness during emergencies, how to respond and what recovery measures can be taken to prevent death and worsening of malnutrition of affected population groups.