Participants to the cycling activity Padyak para kay Baby at NanayAngeles City - The National Nutrition Council Region III hosted a cycling activity with the theme “Padyak Para kay Baby at Nanay” on 22nd of February, 2014. This was successfully conducted in collaboration with the Media Group of Pampanga headed by Mr. Alberto Santiago, Executive Director of DWRW 95.1 FM who was represented by Mr. Marvyne C. Gepte, Disk Jock of the same station. The chosen theme conveys to the participants, the bystanders and watchers the exertion and determination required to influence all mothers to practice the Nutritional Guideline for Filipinos (NGF) Message Number 2 which says “Breastfeed infants exclusively from birth up to 6 months then give appropriate complementary foods while continuing breastfeeding for 2 years and beyond for optimum growth and development”.

turnoverNational Nutrition Council Region III headed by Ms. Rhodora G. Maestre, Nutrition Program Coordinator (NPC) of Region II and Officer in Charge, NPC of Region III conducted a Special Meeting to welcome the newly appointed Nutrition Program Coordinator, Ms. Florinda V. Panlilio on February 17, 2014 at Tiburcio Conference Room, Heroes Hall, City of San Fernando, Pampanga.The activity was well attended by forty five (45) Nutrition Action Officers, District/City Nutrition Program Coordinators, Regional Technical Working Group and  Media Partners of NNC.Introduction of the attendees was done by province, by city, and by organization. NPC Rhodora G. Maestre warmly welcomed the delegations. In her message, she expressed her gratitude for being the OIC in Region III  for 6 months with the numerous learnings and accomplishments. According to her, she will leave Region III with a lot of memorable experiences and  working relationships established in Central Luzon. She  proud  said that she already achieved her mission in Region III. She emphasized that, “It is not good bye for me, because Region II and III are sister regions that is why I will be here anytime to help and support the implementation of the nutrition program in Region III”.   

The  activity was highlighted by the turnover of the leadership of OIC-NPC Rhodorora G. Maestre to NPC Florinda V. Panlilio. The appointment paper was handed by NPC Maestre to NPC Panlilio as witnessed in the assembly.

Thereafter, NPC Maestre mentioned  that this welcome and endorsement meeting was the  first ever held with the new NPC and  she hopes it will set as a model for  the other regions. She introduced  the new  that Ms. Florinda V. Panlilio is a “kapampangan”, a Registered Nutritionist-Dietician, very demure, kind and a hardworking person. She also mentioned that NPC Panlilio being a  former staff of DOH-HEMS in Central Office has honed her expertise in Nutrition in Emergencies.


Nutrition awarding ceremonyThe 2013 Regional Nutrition Awarding Ceremony of Central Luzon was conducted last December 19, 2013 at 1:00 P.M. at the Otel Pampanga, formerly Otel Apartelle, Lazatin Boulevard, City of San Fernando, Pampanga.

The regional nutrition awarding ceremony is an institutionalized activity of the Regional Nutrition Committee to recognize the importance of local actions in improving the nutrition situation in Central Luzon, and also to give tribute to Local Government Units, non government organizations and individuals who have done outstanding performance for the cause of nutrition in the region and to renew everyone’s commitment, moving together in spirit and in effort towards a common vision of nutrition adequacy for all as an important element for global competitiveness, people empowerment and human development.

zumba-revFor the promotion of the updated Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos (NGF), Tarlac City and its Barangay Nutrition Committees, in collaboration with the National Nutrition Council Region III held a biggest loser dance-exercise contest called “Zumba! Sunog Taba”. The program intended   to reduce the prevalence of obesity and overweight in the city. The month-long activity started on January 5, 2014 where in 100 participants from the 10 barangays of Tarlac City embarked on their journey toward the coveted “Biggest Loser” crown. In her message, National President of the Association of District/City Nutrition Program Coordinator and Tarlac City CNPC Ms. Evelyn A. Gamurot emphasized the importance of proper diet and exercise for the success of the contest. The Zumba session lasted for an hour, 5:30 to 6:30 pm, everyday.
Nutrition Program Coordinator of NNC Region II and concurrent Officer-In-Charge of NNC Region III Ms. Rhodora G. Maestre graced the awarding ceremony on 05 February, 2014. In her message, NPC Maestre stressed the importance of community activities like the Zumba exercise in disseminating information on the updated NGF. This was echoed by City Nutrition Action Officer Dr. Ma. Carmela L. Go, who thanked everyone for their active participation and continued support for the nutrition program in the city.

The biggest loser Ms. Leonor Dule and Ms. Victoria Falgawe of Barangay Suizo received cash prizes together with the second and third placers. Consolation prizes were also given to non-winners who completed the 30 day activity.

Honorable City Councilor on Health Maria Antonette I. Belmonte assured the continuation of the “Zumba! Sunog Taba” program for the promotion of the NGF particularly message number 9: “Attain normal body weight through proper diet and moderate physical activity to maintain good health and help prevent lifestyle-non communicable diseases”. She thanked the City Nutrition Committee and NNC regional office for the successful conduct of this very timely project in the community.    

11th Year of buntis cCngressIn support on the Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNS) program, the National Nutrition Council Region III held its Training of Trainers on the Basic Course for the Barangay Nutrition Scholars last October 21-25, 2013 at the Prime Asia Hotel, Angeles City. The activity seeks not just to describe the nutrition program management at the barangay level but also to point out the importance of BNSs in the framework of nutrition program management. Through the training, participants will be able to direct and supervise BNSs in their respective area for they are one of the significant people in the promotion of good nutrition.

The training were attended by the different District/City Nutrition Program Coordinators, Provincial/ City/ Municipal Nutrition Action Officers, Nutritionist-Dieticians, Nutrition Officers and other technical staff assigned to train the BNSes in each area. Ms. Maria - Kareena Dumpit, City Nutrition Program Coordinator of City of San Fernando, Ms. Ana Bella Laborera, District Nutrition Program Coordinator of Nueva Ecija Province and Ms. Rose Anne Cuyco, Nutrition officer II of NNC Region III were the resource persons (RP’s) and have facilitated the said activity.

Filipinos on wheelsThe National Nutrition Council Region III (NNC-3) has launched, the “NGF on Wheels” for the Regional Government Center in Barangay Maimpis TODA and Wheeler Association group to promote 2012 Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos (NGF) last January 16, 2014 at DOH Compound City of San Fernando, Pampanga.

The NNC Region III distributed 100 NGF tarpaulin posters to identified areas namely the City of San Fernando, Angeles City, Balanga, Meycuayan City and Barangay Maimpis.

One of the many ways to fast track our information dissemination is through massive information drive for general public and for our fellow public servants through IEC materials such as tarpaulin streamers and posters regarding the 10 NGF messages. Posting the messages on public tricycles and wheelers (tri-bike) will help inform the public about the advocacy on NGF.

The selected tricycle and wheeler drivers signed a contract that requires them to post one poster at the back of their cab which contain one out of the 10 NGF messages, and with a theme dubbed as “ Prevent Malnutrition, Know and Live the 10 Nutrition Guidelines for Filipinos”, for 6 months starting January 16, 2014.

Tarpaulins sized 2”x3” that contain the 10 NGF messages were distributed to Maimipis Barangay Health Center, Maimpis Barangay hall, and TODA and Wheeler Association group. 

In 2012, the FNRI-DOST initiated the revision of the 2000 Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos to keep up with the changes in the nutrition situation in the country as well as new information on nutrition and related interventions to address nutrition and related health problems.