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ro4b 2013 rnc4b held 1st quarter meeting cy 2013The Regional Nutrition Committee (RNC) of MIMAROPA had their 1st Quarter Meeting last March 18, 2013 at F. Generics Hall, Center for Health Development IV-A Building, Quirino Memorial Medical Center Compound, Project 4, Quezon City. RNC Chair Llacuna, Jr. presided the meeting. Present during the meeting were Director Wilma Naviamos of DSWD IV-B, Ms. Susan Sumbeling of NEDA IV-B, Ms. Gloria Arenillo of NFA Region IV, Ms. Myra Regencia of TESDA IV-B, Dr. Saniata Milagros Sumangil of NCIP Region IV, Ms. Maria Guadalupe Laylo of DA IV-B, Mr. Lorenzo Suarez of DILG IV-B, Ms. Minda Tuburan of DTI IV-B, & Ms. Nelmin Rose Cabotaje of DepEd IV-B to represent their agencies.

Mr. Frederich Christian S. Tan, Nutrition Officer III of NNC-MIMAROPA, presented the results of the 2012 Operation Timbang and the Revised Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos. Determined to fight malnutrition in the region, the members of the RNC agreed to converge efforts, focus and prioritize the delivery of health and nutrition related services to the top 20 municipalities in the region with the highest malnutrition prevalence rate.

Also, OIC-RNPC Blanco gave an overview on the simultaneous conduct of the 2013 Monitoring and Evaluation of Local Level Plan Implementation (MELLPI) and Search for the Regional Outstanding Barangay Nutrition Scholar (ROBNS). The MELLPI is an annual activity of the National Nutrition Council (NNC) to assess the efficiency and effectiveness of Local Government Units (LGUs) in the implementation of local nutrition programs. The RNC Chair solicited the support of each member of the Committee by allowing their respective Regional Evaluation Team member to join the said activity.

Final copies of the RNC-MIMAROPA’s Strategic Plan for 2012 – 2016 were provided to the members of the RNC during the said meeting.

NNC Mimaropa Spearheaded Nutrition in Emergencies Training in PalawanSkylight Hotel, Puerto Princesa City – The province of Palawan conducted the training on Nutrition in Emergencies (NiE) on 13 – 15 March 2013. Ma. Eileen B. Blanco, OIC-Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator, Frederich Christian S. Tan, NO III of NNC Mimaropa; Cynthia del Rio, ND III, Ramonito G. Martin, Assistant Regional HEMS Coordinator of CHD MIMAROPA; and Rachel T. Paladan, Provincial Nutrition Action Officer, and Lutgarda B. Ramirez, HEMS Coordinator of Palawan Health Office, served as facilitators and resource persons on the said training. Dr. Louie R. Ocampo, OIC-Provincial Health Officer of Palawan, welcomed and gave his message. He reiterated the importance of nutrition, which is often neglected, during emergency situation. He also thanked the regional office of NNC and CHD for taking part and providing their expertise in this training.

A total of 25 participants attended the training composed of Municipal Nutrition Action Officers, Nutritionist-Dietitians of government hospitals, and provincial health office staff.

The training is designed to equip participants with expertise needed to lead or support nutrition responses in emergencies. The course presents the spectrum of presenting interventions to prevent and address the problem of malnutrition among the affected communities during emergencies.

CGS Training and PGN Monitoring in MarinduqueBoac, Marinduque – The National Nutrition Council Mimaropa starts the year with the conduct of One-Day WHO CGS Training last 16 January 2013. It was participated by PNAO Robie Sosa, 5 District Nutrition Program Coordinators (DNPCs), 6 Municipal Nutrition Action Officers (MNAOS), and 2 Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNSs). Participants were oriented on the use of length/height board and how to properly fill-up the Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) Card. Ms. Ma. Eileen B. Blanco, OIC-RNPC; and Mr.Frederich Christian S. Tan, NO III of NNC Mimaropa, facilitated the said training.CGS Training and PGN Monitoring in Marinduque

It was also an opportunity to conduct PromoteGood Nutrition (PGN) Monitoring, 17 January 2013, in barangay Timbo & Bagtingon of Municipality of Gasan, and barangay Masiga & Bognuyan of Municipality of Buenavista

NNC Inaugurates 2nd Nutriskwela Community Radio Station in MIMAROPABansud, Oriental Mindoro – the National Nutrition Council (NNC), MQ Mediazone Production, Polytechnic of the Philippines, Bansud Campus, Oriental Mindoro and the municipality of Bansud, Oriental Mindoro inaugurated the 2nd Nutriskwela Community Radio Station in MIMAROPA – Radyo Kaunlaran Bansud– DZNI 99.7 Mhz on 28 February at the Covered Court, Bansud, Oriental Mindoro. Radyo Kaunlaran joins Radyo Kasimanwa Coron 97.3 Mhz in conquering the airwaves in its quest to empower community through the dissemination of correct/accurate and up-to-date health and nutrition information in the MIMAROPA Region.

Gracing the event were Mr. Francisco Flores of MQ Mediazone Production, OIC Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator Ma. Eileen B. Blanco of NNC-MIMAROPA, PUP President Emmanuel de Guzman, Ph.D, Mayor Ronaldo Morada, and PNAO Norine Dacula. In his message, Honorable Morada thanked the National Nutrition Council for choosing the municipality of Bansud as one of the recipients of the Nutriskwela Community Radio Network Program and committed his unwavering support for the Radio Station.
A 3-day hands-on training was conducted by NNC and MQ Mediazone Production to the five core staff: the manager, technician, program manager, announcer and writer and members of the Community Radio Council.
Highlighting the event was the turn-over of the NTC Permit to operate and the Memorandum of Agreement to the station.

Nutrition Forum in PalawanA forum entitled “Nutrition Forum in Palawan” was conducted last December 4, 2012 that aims to update the local government units (LGUs) on the present situation of 0-5 years old preschool and 6-10 years old school children in Palawan.

It was participated by Assistant Regional Director Faith Alberto MD and Ms. Perla Supnet of Center for Health Development-MIMAROPA, Dr. Eduardo Cruz (Provincial Health Officer); Dr. Maria Vina Crisostomo (Medical Specialist II); Ms. Rachel Paladan (Provincial Nutrition Action Officer) and nutrition staff of the Provincial Health Office of Palawan; members of the Provincial Technical Working Group; representatives from DepEd – Palawan and DILG – Palawan; Municipal Health Officers (MHOs); Municipal Nutrition Action Officers (MNAOs); Barangay Environment, Agriculture and Nutrition Scholar (BEANS) Presidents; ABC Presidents; Provincial Information Officer and PROMO Nutri Com Secretary Daisy Ann Atrero and her staff; and Mr. Edgardo Javarez, Program Director of DYSP and PROMO Nutri Com’s P.R.O.

During the said nutrition forum, Officer-in-Charge Blanco presented the Medium-Term Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition (MTPPAN), Nutrition Officer III Tan lectured on the Guidelines of Operation Timbang while PNAO Paladan discussed the results of the 2012 Operation Timbang (OPT) of Palawan with highlights on barangays with high Malnutrition Prevalence Rate (MPR). Two other resource speakers were also invited namely Ms. Liza Marie Victoria Dillena, Officer-in-Charge of the Health and Nutrition Unit of the Department of Education Region IV-B and Ms. Marilou Galang, Senior Science Research Specialist of the Food and Nutrition Research Institute - Department of Science and Technology. Both discussed the Nutritional Status of School Children in MIMAROPA highlighting Palawan and the Results of the 2011 Updating of the National Nutrition Survey focusing on Palawan, respectively.

It was then followed by an open forum so that municipalities can voice out their health and nutrition concerns. Representatives from different municipalities and provinces accepted the challenge and signed their commitment to alleviate hunger and reduce the prevalence of malnutrition in Palawan on behalf of the Governor and Mayors.

Provincial Health Officer Cruz gave the synthesis and his support in addressing the health and nutrition challenge which the province is facing. He ended by thanking the National Nutrition Council – MIMAROPA and the Provincial Nutrition Office of Palawan as the said forum also served as an opportunity to bring together prime advocates of good nutrition from the 22 municipalities of the province of Palawan.

ro4b 2013 rdc 4b budget consultation fy 2014Vencio’s Hotel, Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro – OIC Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator Ma. Eileen B. Blanco presented NNC MIMAROPA’s budget proposal for FY 2014 to the Regional Development Council of MIMAROPA last 27 February 2013.

The RDC-MIMAROPA conducted the Budget Consultation for FY 2014. The activity was attended by Directors and representatives of different regional line agencies (RLAs), Private Sector Representatives (PSRs), and Planning Officers of the 5 provinces and 2 cities of the region. Priority programs, projects and budgetary requirements for FY 2014 were presented by each agency for endorsement by the RDC. The activity is done annually to ensure transparency, accountability and implementation of national government and local government units (LGUs) programs