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20 September 2019 - MiMaRoPa Regional Technical Assistance Monitoring and Evaluation (TAME) team for the Early Child Care and Development in the First 1,000 Days (ECCD-F1K) of Life Program was formed during its organization meeting at Microtel Hotel Acropolis, Quezon City.The meeting was attended by members of Regional Technical Working Group (RTWG) for Nutrition which comprised of Department of Health, Department of Agriculture, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Department of Trade and Industry, Department of Agrarian Reform, National Commission of Indigenous People, Rural Improvement Club and Technical Skill and Development Authority. The RTWG or nutrition will serve as members of TAME.


The “Nutrition Champions” from the Municipality of Roxas (Oriental Mindoro) and City of Calapan (Oriental Mindoro) received their National Nutrition Awards, trophies and prizes during the 2019 National Nutrition Awarding Ceremony at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) last August 30, 2019.

Hon. Councilor Ronnel Sescar, Roxas Municipal Administrator and Dr. Leonor Nunez-Daite, Roxas Municipal Health Officer/Municipal Nutrition Action Officer, received their second year Consistent Regional Outstanding Winner in Nutrition (CROWN) award. It is a step-closer to the Nutrition Honor Award, the highest award in nutrition given to LGUs in the country.

The CROWN award was given to the City of Calapan (Oriental Mindoro) and was received by Hon. Mayor Arnan Panaligan, Hon. Council Mylene de Jesus, and Ms. Zipora Manes, City of Calapan Nutrition Action Officer.

The awards were conferred by Dr. Azucena M. Dayanghirang, the newly appointed Executive Director of National Nutrition Council; Hon. Senator Cynthia Villar; Hon. Senator Aquilino Pimentel ; Dr. Roger Tong-An , DOH Undersecretary; and Mr. Karlo Alexei B. Nograles.

Dr. Mario S. Baquilod, CHD MIMAROPA Regional Director; Dr. Matthew Medrano, CHD MIMAROPA Family Health Cluster Head; Ms. Perla Supnet, CHD MIMAROPA Nutritionist-Dietitian; and OIC-Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator of NNC MIMAROPA, Ms. Carina Santiago, also graced the event.

The National Nutrition Awarding Ceremony is an annual event of the National Nutrition Council (NNC) to give recognition to the Local Government Units (LGUs) who have made an outstanding performance in nutrition program management and implementation and services within the community. -AVETPatriarca

2019 NM Article

3 July 2019 – 2019 MIMAROPA Nutrition Month celebration was launched in partnership with the Provincial Government of Marinduque and the Municipality of Mogpog last July 3, at the Mogpog Municipal Covered Court. This year’s theme was “Kumain nang wasto at maging aktibo…Push natin ‘to!” which aims to promote awareness on the importance of healthy diet and physical activity.

The event started with simultaneous Fun Walk and Fun Bike around the town of Mogpog participated by nutrition advocates and bike enthusiasts in coordination with PNP – Mogpog and Emergency Rescue Team of Marinduque.

Following the welcome remarks by Hon. Augusto Leo M. Livelo, Mogpog Municipal Mayor, Hon. Presbitero J. Velasco Jr., Governor of Marinduque, also welcomed the participants and guests, and expressed his gratefulness for choosing Mogpog, Marinduque as the venue for the Regional Launching of Nutrition Month. In his message, he shared the importance of nutrition on the health of every individual and to the community. The event was also attended by Buenavista Mayor Nancy C. Madrigal and Torrijos Mayor Lorna Q. Velasco who both expressed support to nutrition programs in their respective municipalities. Ms. Carina Santiago formally opened the event, and discussed the three (3) key messages of 2019 Nutrition Month – 1. Have at least one (1) hour of physical activity everyday; 2. Limit screen time to two (2) hours or less per day; and 3. Eat the three (3) food groups –Go, Grow, and Glow-everyday.

Mr. Edzell Arcinue, Nutrition Officer III – NNC MIMAROPA, emphasized the importance of having a physical activity on a daily routine and the benefits it provides to an individual. Also, he explained how an individual can achieve a healthy body through proper food choices. Mr. Ace Patriarca, Nutrition Officer I – NNC MIMAROPA showed how we can incorporate physical activity in our daily lives. Subsequently, NutriQuiz was held to measure the participants’ attentiveness to the lecture. Winners received exciting prizes from NNC MIMAROPA.

The program was capped off with a Zumba Dance Exercise as a response to one of the key messages of this year’s theme which is to increase the physical activity and to reduce the sedentary lifestyle of individuals and families, which was enjoyed by all of the attendees.

Around 400 participants joined the regional launching of Nutrition month composed of representatives from NNC MIMAROPA led by OIC-Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator, Ms. Carina Z. Santiago, Regional Technical Working Group (RTWG) on Nutrition, Nutrition Action Officers’ Association of the Philippines - MIMAROPA (NAOPA-MIMAROPA), District/City Nutrition Program Coordinators’ Association of the Philippines - MIMAROPA (DCNPCAP-MIMAROPA), Federation of Barangay Nutrition Scholars in Region IV-B (FBNS IV-B), and the Palawan, Romblon, Oriental Mindoro, Marinduque, and Occidental Mindoro Nutrition Communicators (PROMO Nutri Com), the Barangay Nutrition Scholars of all the six (6) municipalities of Marinduque, and local chief executives of Marinduque led by Honorable Governor Presbitero Velasco Jr.

Nutrition Month is celebrated every month of July as per mandate by P.D. 491 or Nutrition Act of the Philippines to create greater awareness on the importance of nutrition. - BLVMEstrella

DCNPC Awarding

National Nutrition Council Executive Director, Azucena M. Dayanghirang, awarded seven District/City Nutrition Program Coordinators (D/CNPCs) from MIMAROPA Region during the 7th National Conference of District/City Nutrition Program Coordinators. The awarding ceremony was held in Baguio Country Club last 13-14 August 2019.

The awardees and their years of service are:

Plaques of recognition were given to the long serving D/CNPCs to acknowledge their dedication, hard work and commitment in disseminating nutrition programs and policies in their respective districts/cities.

The conference was conducted by the National Nutrition Council in partnership with District/City Nutrition Program Coordinators’ Association of the Philippines (D/CNPCAP) to achieve the following 1) update district/city/municipal nutrition program coordinators (D/C/MNPCs) on the Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition (PPAN) 2017-2022 and other policies and programs as basis for developing and coordinating local nutrition plans of action; 2) enhance the skills of participants on self-development techniques related to improving their performance as D/C/MNPCs; 3) provide a venue for the conduct of D/CNPCAP general assembly to discuss various concerns of the association; and 4) build and strengthen camaraderie among the delegates through participation in fellowship opportunities. -BVLMEstrella

FEPB Article on F1K

25 March 2019 – NNC MIMAROPA completed the social preparation activities for the implementation of the Early Childhood Care and Development in the First 1,000 Days of Life (ECCD-F1K) Program for the province of Occidental Mindoro and its 11 municipalities.

Orientation meetings with the local chief executives as well as with members of the Provincial and Municipal Nutrition Committees of Abra de Ilog, Calintaan, Looc, Lubang, Magsaysay, Mamburao, Paluan, Rizal, Sablayan, San Jose and Santa Cruz were done.

2019 Nutrition Caravan

4 July 2019 - The PROMO NutriCom (Palawan, Romblon, Oriental Mindoro, Marinduque and Occidental Mindoro Nutrition Communicators) held a Nutrition Media Caravan for Marinduque with the assistance of National Nutrition Council (NNC) MIMAROPA. It was held on 4th of July 2019 at Provincial Convention Center in Mogpog, Marinduque.

Ms. Carina Z. Santiago, OIC-Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator of NNC MiMaRoPa, welcomed everyone and formally opened the activity.  She gave an overview of the past Nutrition Caravan and stakeholders’ forum. The objective of this forum is to create awareness on the effective involvement and combined efforts of local government units, and other stakeholders.

President Voltaire Dequina, Information Center Manager of Philippine Information Agency in Occidental Mindoro, shared the mission of PROMO Nutri Com to “Free MiMaRoPa from hunger and malnutrition through information power”. Part of the Nutrition Caravan is to give understanding and investing on Nutrition which was presented by Edzell M. Arcinue, Nutrition Officer III. Mr. Arcinue explained the importance and impact of proper nutrition in the first 1000 days of a child as it affects the full development of potential of the future generation.

The Memorandum Circular No. 2018-42 was presented by Ms. Lea Marte, DILG Marinduque Representative, which is a national policy on adoption and implementation of the Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition (PPAN) 2017-2022 at all local government units.

The nutrition situation and nutrition program of Marinduque were also highlighted and conferred by the PNAO of the Province of Marinduque, Ms. Rubi C. Apiag. Similarly, Dr. Edzel L. Muhi, the MNAO of Mogpog, Marinduque, mentioned and shared the best practices and nutrition programs that they implemented. Dr. Muhi shared that integration of all health and nutrition programs are vital in achieving positive results to the overall health of the people.

Lastly, the Provincial Nutrition Committee, League of Municipalities of the Philippines – Marinduque Chapter and the MNAOs of Marinduque had declared their commitment and support for nutrition programs in front of all participants of Nutrition Media Caravan for Marinduque.

The caravan aims to provide over all support to the Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition 2017-2022 and tap local communication talents and skills to develop persuasive communication programs and projects toward creating positive behavioral changes to free communities from hunger and malnutrition. This is the 7th Nutrition Caravan since 2013. - AVETPatriarca