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Tuguegarao City, Cagayan – National Nutrition Council Region II represented by Nutrition officer II John Nestor Ballad, together with District Nutrition Program Coordinator and Acting PNAO Ms. Henedina Cabrera of Province of Isabela, conducted a monitoring visit in Local Government Unit of Delfin Albano, Isabela on their implementation of Tutok Kainan Dietary Supplementation Program.

The program aims to contribute to the prevention of stunting among children 0-23 months by giving improved quality and quantity of food and nutrient intakes and utilization of related ECCD F1K services among nutritionally-at-risk pregnant women.

Delfin Albano

Tuguegarao City, Cagayan – National Nutrition Council Region II represented by Nutrition officer II John Nestor Ballad, together with District Nutrition Program Coordinator and Acting PNAO Ms. Henedina Cabrera of Province of Isabela, conducted a monitoring visit in Local Government Unit of Delfin Albano, Isabela on their implementation of Tutok Kainan Dietary Supplementation Program.

The program aims to contribute to the prevention of stunting among children 0-23 months by giving improved quality and quantity of food and nutrient intakes and utilization of related ECCD F1K services among nutritionally-at-risk pregnant women.

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To celebrate and recognize all Filipino Women in society, National Women’s month is yearly celebrated and observed every March under Proclamation No. 227 s. 1988. The theme of the celebration for 2022 is "WE Make CHANGE Work for Women". This highlights the empowerment of women as harbingers of change that is anchored on malasakit at pagbabago.

Health and nutrition of every Juana is of utmost importance to empower her and become socially active and economically productive. Women experience changes in different life stages such as puberty, pregnancy, breastfeeding, and menopause. Each stage requires special nutrient needs and it varies depending on the stage of a woman’s life. Thus, to ensure the health and nutrition of each Juana, here are some essential nutrients to remember:

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Tuguegarao City, Cagayan – National Nutrition Council Region II represented by Nutrition officer II John Nestor Ballad, together with District Nutrition Program Coordinator and Acting PNAO Ms. Henedina Cabrera of Province of Isabela, conducted a monitoring visit in Local Government Unit of Angadanan, Isabela on their implementation of Tutok Kainan Dietary Supplementation Program.

The program aims to contribute to the prevention of stunting among children 0-23 months by giving improved quality and quantity of food and nutrient intakes and utilization of related ECCD F1K services among nutritionally-at-risk pregnant women.

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The National Nutrition Council (NNC) Region 02 in coordination with Cagayan Provincial Nutrition Committee represented by DNPC Corazon Baccay accompanied by Sto. Nino Municipal Nutrition Committee through MNPC Sonora Morgado conducted Tutok Kainan Monitoring visits to beneficiaries of program in their locality last 24 March 2022.

The team interviewed barangay nutrition scholars, beneficiaries and other key implementer of the program to monitor the progress. Areas checked were preparation of food, impact to beneficiaries, issues, concerns and challenges were also discussed and shared by the municipality.

BNS Empowered

Lenie Bulan of the City of Ilagan was just an ordinary woman. What she saw turned her into what she is now, a recognized outstanding woman in health and nutrition in the Philippines; committed, dedicated and above anything else, empowered.

Bulan has work for a cause and not for applause and strongly believes that the smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.

Talk to any BNS in the country and they would be one in saying that their job is not measured in size but by the depth of the commitment to make a difference in the lives of others.

Lenie is not alone. In fact, her story is just one of those heartwarming and inspiring stories from 49, 779 Barangay Nutrition Scholars deployed in 39,942 barangays in the country.

Unlike other women stakeholders, the BNS as partners of development in the country only came full circle in 1978 when Presidential Decree No.  1569 known as the Barangay Nutrition Program was created.

The women and a handful of men were recruited, trained and soon deployed, majority of them in the countryside to help the government create positive change   in the status of malnutrition, as mandated.

“ I saw the high prevalence of  malnutrition in my city and I volunteered,” Bulan said moments after she was proclaimed the most outstanding in her category in 2019.

However, this is not a story about nutrition and the percentage of improved health and nutrition situation in the region. Rather, it is on the courage, determination, commitment and empowerment of women; women you see working with the urban poor and rural areas.

BNS women are those you see engaged in community health, food production, family planning, supplemental feeding, among other services. Their minimum honorarium bare meets the daily needs of their own families yet continue to give themselves to service.

So empowered are they that they come in a strong force in the developmental scenario in every barangay. They mobilized people as they assist school children, pregnant women, lactating mothers. They become borderless as they coordinate across even crisscrossing multiple levels of governance and the private sector.

Maria Gisela Lonzaga, Nutrition Coordinator for Region 2 said the BNS excel not because of awards but the desire to give what the constituents deserve.

“They desire for a productive future of the children, their communities and the country,” she added.

For most BNS, it was a joy to self- discovery that they were fierce and strong as they are full of life, their passion to help others burned brighter thru the years.

For the last few decades, BNS have answered the most persistent and urgent question of what they are doing for others.