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By Marie Joy S. Carbungco 

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga (PIA) -- National Nutrition Council (NNC) Central Luzon culminated the 2022 Nutrition Month celebration, with highlight on the Scaling Up Network (SUN) Movement and the commissioning of the Regional Nutrition Shepherding Team (RNST). 

During the event, NNC 3 Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator Ana Maria Rosaldo stressed the importance of working collaboratively with different stakeholders for greater impact of the different nutrition programs and initiatives in the region. 

“The SUN Network Movement is unique as it brings different groups of people together apart from the government. It is transforming the way in which people work together by empowering people to put in place effective systems and increased investment towards nutrition in order to achieve positive outcomes,” she said. 

To have a deeper appreciation of the SUN Movement and serve as guide on how the region will establish its own network, NNC invited national convenors for different sectors including the academe, businesses, civil society organizations, and development partners to share their best practices and experiences in forming their groups. 

“We will engage them [different sectors] because they have resources that can serve as input for us to further improve our nutrition situation here in Central Luzon. We see from the other regions that have established their own [SUN] movement that multi-sectoral partnerships can do so much to fill in the gaps needed in the government in order to level up our nutrition agenda,” Rosaldo said. 

Meanwhile, the event also featured commissioning of the RNST led by the Department of Health (DOH) Central Luzon Center for Health Development (CL-CHD). 

The team, which is initially composed of 24 members, primarily aims to provide technical assistance to local government units (LGUs) in order to mobilize them towards effective nutrition program management. 

Said core team will shepherd priority LGUs on effective nutrition program management focusing on  nutrition policies, nutrition planning and budgeting, and local nutrition structures and human resource.

“We have been extending assistance to our LGUs for a long time especially when we are conducting the monitoring and evaluation of local level plan implementation (MELLPI). However, this is not structured. It is only in an on-call basis and based only on what we saw as a result of the MELLPI. With this RNST, our technical assistance is now more structured so we can focus on the LGUs until they become self-propelling, their local nutrition committees are functional, and they can also shepherd other LGUs. They can also adopt the strategies used by the RNST in their component cities and municipalities,” Rosaldo said.

As part of their duties, RNST members will review the nutrition situation of priority LGUs and determine gaps in nutrition program implementation and management; as well as assist in identifying solutions to address identified gaps. 

The team members are also expected to share their knowledge, skills, experiences, and proven strategies that may contribute to finding solutions to the identified implementation gaps as applicable and suitable to the priority LGUs. 

The celebration is anchored on the theme “New Normal na Nutrisyon, Sama-Samang Gawan ng Solusyon”. (MJSC/PIA-3)

National Nutrition Council Region III
On July 19, 2022, the National Nutrition Council Region III (NNC R3) convened the members of the Regional Nutrition Monitoring and Evaluation Team (RNMET) for an Orientation on the Monitoring and Evaluation of Local Level Plan Implementation (MELLPI) Protocol.

The MELLPI Pro is an annual activity led by the RNMET which aims to monitor and evaluate the performance of the local government units (LGUs) in promoting nutrition security vis-à-vis nutrition outcomes. The MELLPI Pro is also a tool used to inform and guide policy and decision makers to enhance their nutrition products, services and delivery systems towards greater effectiveness, efficiency and sustainability.

The one-day orientation was attended by 14 RNMET members from the 12 members agencies of the Central Luzon Regional Nutrition Committee such as the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (1), Department of Budget and Management (1), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (1), Department of Health (1), Department of Labor and Employment (1), Department of Science and Technology (1), Department of Trade and Industry (1), National Commission of Indigenous Peoples (1), National Economic and Development Authority (2), National Food Authority (1), Philippine Information Agency (1), and Philippine National Police (2).

The multi-sectoral composition of the RNMET resonates the 2022 Nutrition Month theme “New normal na nutrisyon, sama-samang gawan ng solusyon”, calling for unity and solidarity to address malnutrition in the new normal.

Topics discussed during the orientation includes an overview, key feature of the MELLPI Pro, Interim Guidelines of 2021 MELLPI Pro. Nutrition Officer III Angelita M. Pasos discussed the MELLPI Pro forms for local government units while Development Management Officer II (Provincial Nutrition Focal Person for ECCD F1K) Celestine Joy L. Membrebe shared the MELLPI Pro forms for the Local Nutrition Focal Persons.

The hands-on sessions on the use of the MELLPI Pro forms were highly appreciated by the RNMET as the sessions allowed them to have a full grasp of not just the use of the format but of the entire processes involved in monitoring and evaluating the implementation of LGUs’ nutrition programs.

Apart from welcoming the RNMET, NPC Ana Maria B. Rosaldo on the other hand, discussed the schedule of the MELLPI Pro which will commence in August until October, with Aurora Province as the first LGU to be visited.

The RNMET looks forward to the real test of the knowledge and skills they gained from the orientation and meeting the real champions on the ground.

Author: NPC Ana Maria B. Rosaldo

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22 February 2022 – The National Nutrition Council Region III as the secretariat for the Central Luzon Regional Bantay Asin Task Force or CL-RBATF visited the Municipality of Baliwag, Bulacan to conduct a salt testing and monitoring activity as part of its role of regulation and monitoring of iodized salt in the region. The Municipal Nutrition Committee (MNC) of Baliwag, through the issuance of the “Ordinance No. 12 Series of 2018, An Ordinance Amending Section 2,3, and 4, Updating and Reorganizing Section 1-8 Including The Addition of New Sections of Ordinance No. 4, Series of 2001, entitled An Ordinance Promoting Salt Iodization Program in the Municipality of Baliwag in Pursuance of Republic Act 8172,” has proved its active role in the implementation of the Republic Act No. 8172 or ASIN Law, through the leadership and guidance of Mayor  Ferdinand V. Estrella as the Chair of the MNC, and Ms. Brenda B. Balaga, as the Municipal Nutrition Action Officer (MNAO).

Ms. Ana Maria B. Rosaldo, Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator, and Antonette Gail D. Garcia, Nutrition Officer I of NNC-Region III visited Barangay Poblacion where the Pamilihang Bayan or the public market was located and they were accompanied by MNAO Balaga and the Lingkod Lingap sa Nayon (LLN) or the Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNS) of Baliwag, Bulacan. Salt samples were collected from various sources such as: 1) supermarkets and groceries; 2) public market and sari-sari stores; and 3) randomly-selected households. A total of 20 different salt samples were collected from five (5) households; four (4) sari-sari stores; one (1) from public market; and 10 samples from three (3) different grocery stores.

Salt samples collected were tested using an iodine checker. Findings showed that 9 out of 20 or 45% of the samples collected passed the acceptable range for iodine which is 35-70 parts per million (ppm) iodine per 1 gram of salt sample (household – 1, sari-sari store – 1, grocery store – 7), while the rest, 11 out of 20 or 55% did not meet the acceptable range for iodine. The salt testing team also noted that salt samples that were in the acceptable iodine levels were all branded and labeled as “iodized.” Although it has also been observed that not all the salt samples labeled as “iodized” had acceptable iodine levels. Full results can be found in the table below:

No.

Source of Sample

Iodine Level (ppm)

Acceptable Iodine Level

1

Household A

30.1

No

2

Household B

-0.4

No

3

Household C

21.7

No

4

Household D

-0.7

No

5

Household E

50.5

Yes

6

Public Market

2.2

No

7

Sari-sari store A

-0.6

No

8

Sari-sari store B

-0.6

No

9

Sari-sari store C

50.7

Yes

10

Sari-sari store D

29.6

No

11

Grocery A

11.5

No

12

Grocery A

51.4

Yes

13

Grocery A

36.5

Yes

14

Grocery A

49.9

Yes

15

Grocery A

-0.4

No

16

Grocery B

62.0

Yes

17

Grocery B

2.5

No

18

Grocery C

45.9

Yes

19

Grocery C

62.0

Yes

20

Grocery C

94.5

Yes

Ms. Rosaldo and Ms. Garcia also met with Mayor Estrella to express their gratitude to his continuous support, not only to the salt monitoring activities, but to all the nutrition programs implemented in the Municipality of Baliwag. Ms. Rosaldo also presented a Pinggay Pinoy plate and nutrition IEC materials as tokens of gratitude to Mayor Estrella. Advocacy information materials such as flyers on Bye Bye Bansot sa Barangay, Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition, 2017-2022, Regional Plan of Action for Nutrition, 2018-2022 and First 1,000 Days and a book on The Ascent of Local Governments in Nutrition in the Philippines – A Compendium of Actions on Nutrition were also given to Mayor Estrella as reference in further strengthening the implementation of nutrition and nutrition-related programs in the municipality through the adoption of  good practices of other local government units.

Results of the salt testing and monitoring activity held will be reported during the  Second Quarter meeting of the RBATF on 19 April 2022.

 

Author: Antonette Gail D. Garcia, Nutrition Officer I

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On 7 March 2022, the National Nutrition Council Region III conducted an Advocacy Meeting with Non-Government Organizations, Private Sectors and members of the Central Luzon Regional Nutrition Committee on the Establishment of Central Luzon Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Network Movement.

The SUN Movement is a transformed effort to eliminate all forms of malnutrition. It is founded on the principle that everyone has a right to food and good nutrition. The movement is distinct because it aims to gather different groups of people, such as national government agencies, civil society, the United Nations, donors, businesses, academe, and scientists, to form networks that will work in collective action to improve nutrition. The movement’s efforts are towards strengthening the political commitments and the accountability for these commitments, thus, it is not a fund, an institution nor an agency.

The advocacy meeting became an avenue to convene NGAs, NGOs and private sectors in Central Luzon. The meeting recognized that collaborating with the NGOs is key to achieving greater results and to scale-up nutrition and related programs. The activity was participated by ADD Foundation International Inc. & La Verdad Christian College, AKO Ang Saklay Inc., Bifinificiaries International Foundation Inc, Children's Bible Ministries Phils., Inc., Casita Pagasa Inc , Diocese of San Jose Nueva Ecija Social Action Commission, Fresh Hope Refuge Shelter Inc., Gentle Hands Inc., LFCI KPP Kasanib sa Pagabot ng Pangarap,Inc., Lost Coin Ministries Foundation Inc., St. Augustine Sambali Fund, Inc. Members of the Regional Nutrition Technical Working Group, namely: Bureau of Fire Protection, Department of Agriculture, Department of Education, Department of Health, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Department of Trade and Industry National Bureau of Investigation, Philippine Information Agency and Philippine National Police, were also present.

Ms. Ana Maria B. Rosaldo, Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator highlighted the meaning and importance of Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement. According to her, SUN Movement is a renewed effort to eliminate malnutrition, based on the principle that everyone has a right to food and good nutrition. She discussed the SUN Movement vision, that "By 2030, ensure a world free from malnutrition in all its forms". Led by governments and supported by organizations and individuals' collective action, the SUN will ensure that every child, adolescent, mother and family can realize their right to food and nutrition, reach their full potential and shape sustainable and prosperous societies.

NPC Rosaldo also emphasized the benefits that nutrition will provide to the human capital of every country or its people. Good nutrition during the first 1000 days of a child’s life is critical to achieve the full physical, intellectual and human potential in adolescent and adulthood. Investing in nutrition will produce positive outcome.

Just like other regions, Central Luzon is also experiencing the triple burden of malnutrition - while the region addresses undernutrition, stunting, wasting, over nutrition which includes overweight and obesity, and micronutrient deficiencies are also prevalent in the region.

The SUN envisions a world free from malnutrition by 2030. Its goal is to speed up the progress towards World Health Assembly global targets on all forms of malnutrition.

The activity ended with a closing message of NPC Rosaldo, thanking the participants for attending the meeting, as the first step or partnership toward the achievement of the WHA's goal of a world free from malnutrition.

 

By:

ROSE ANNE CUYCO
Nutrition Officer II

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 By Marie Joy S. Carbungco

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga (PIA) — National Nutrition Council (NNC) Central Luzon convened nutrition workers and other stakeholders to strengthen its advocacy on early child care and development, as well as the First 1,000 Days. 


During the webinar, Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) 3 Regional Director and Regional Nutrition Committee (RNC) Member Marites Maristela stressed the importance of proper nutrition among members of the family, especially during this time of pandemic. 

“When members of the family are healthy, we have more protection against any disease or virus that we encounter as we go along…But of course, since children are more vulnerable to diseases, there is a need to give focus on their health and nutrition,” she said. 

Maristela added that it is important to discuss issues on health and nutrition as this is just one of the many issues that children face when it comes to their right to survival.

During the webinar, Regional Council for the Welfare of Children (RSCWC) 3 Coordinator Aple Shane Lomoljo discussed the salient features of  Republic Act 10410 or the Early Years Act.

In her talk, she presented the National System for Early Child Care and Development (ECCD), giving emphasis on the recognition of other ECCD learning modalities aside from Day Care Centers; as well as the recognition of other paraprofessionals and volunteers. 

“The active involvement of parents, especially that most children are stay-at-home during pandemic, is crucial in the total development of a child. There is also a need to establish functional ECCD councils at the local level in order to ensure continuous service delivery,” she said. 

Lomoljo also discussed the roles of local government units in the implementation of the law, especially in terms of budget augmentation, provision of facilities, and establishment of community based ECCD programs. 

Meanwhile, NNC 3 Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator Ana Maria Rosaldo discussed the salient features of RA 11148 or the Kalusugan at Nutrisyon ng Mag-Nanay Act. 

“It is important that LGUs support this law while at the same time strengthening family community support systems as this aims to secure the country’s future in the hands of healthy women and children,” she said.

Rosaldo also discussed the key provisions of the law, as well as the role of LGUs to ensure the integration of nutrition services for the first 1,000 days. 

Lastly, she called on participants to strengthen service delivery, and monitoring and evaluation by advocating for a whole-of-government approach to health and nutrition. 

National Nutrition Council (NNC) and Local Government Academy (LGA) sign a three-year partnership agreement to strengthen capacities of local government units (LGUs) towards nutrition improvement. (Marie Joy S. Carbungco/PIA-3)
By Marie Joy S. Carbungco

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga (PIA) – National Nutrition Council (NNC) signed a three-year partnership agreement with the Local Government Academy (LGA) to strengthen capacities of local government units (LGUs) towards nutrition improvement.

NNC Assistant Secretary and Executive Director Azucena Dayanghirang said there is a need to formalize the said partnership to capacitate LGUs to bring nutrition to the forefront of development.

“Both the LGA and the NNC are committed to the goal of eliminating all forms of malnutrition by 2030, consistent with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals…That is why we have sought the LGA to support us in capacitating local chief executives and local government functionaries to ensure that we are able to reach all the LGUs since they are the implementers of the Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition (PPAN) through their Local Nutrition Action Plans (LNAPs),” she said.

The director also cited that the next two years will be critical for nutrition since this is the time that the successor PPAN for 2023-2028 will be developed.

For her part, LGA Executive Director Thelma Vecina committed to work with NNC to combat malnutrition and contribute to the achievement of a strongly rooted, comfortable, and secure life for all Filipinos.

She said it is time to act collectively to address malnutrition, citing that the LGA believes that by engaging local chief executives (LCEs), they have more chances to eradicate this and to make their strategies and actions better than the previous years.

She also stressed the crucial role of LCEs in ensuring that nutrition programs are institutionalized in the local government since they [LCEs] are in the most strategic position to influence nutrition efforts.