NNC MIMAROPA Conducts AHMP-PGN FeedbackingSablayan, Occidental Mindoro - Incoordination with the Provincial Nutrition Office of Occidental Mindoro, NNC MIMAROPA conducted Accelerated Hunger-Mitigation Program –Promote Good Nutrition(AHMP-PGN) Feedbacking last 21 November 2012. The Feedbacking was held to determine the level of implementation of AHMP-PGN in Occidental Mindoro. Specifically, the feedbacking aimed to: a) share and identify good practices, facilitating and deterring factors in program implementation; b) review breastfeeding support groups and clarify concepts on PGN; and c) reinforce Infant Young Child Feeding (IYCF) counseling and practical skills.

Provincial Nutrition Action Officer (PNAO) Arceli T. Rebong, District Nutrition Program Coordinators (DNPCs), Municipal Nutrition Action Officers (MNAOs), Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNSs), Mother Leaders, and other health workers who were trained on IYCF actively participated in the workshops.

In the end, the feedbacking provided learning to the participants. The participants then assured NNC to translate these learning into concrete actions for the improvement of the implementation of AHMP-PGN.

NNC IV-B Completes the Conduct of One-Day WHO-CGS Trainings in MIMAROPAThe National Nutrition Council-MIMAROPA Region conducted “One-Day WHO Child Growth Standards trainings” in 7 municipalities of MIMAROPA included in the top 100 municipalities with highest Malnutrition Prevalence Rate (MPR) in the Philippines, based on 2011 Operation Timbang Results. The MPR and position of the municipalities in MIMAROPA are listed below.


MUNICIPALITY Rank in the 2011 OPT,
(Top 100 Municipalities)
Bulalacao, Oriental Mindoro 11th
Sofronio Española, Palawan 26th
Abra de Ilog, Occidental Mindoro 32nd
Culion, Palawan 37th
Rizal, Palawan 72nd
Busuanga, Palawan 81st
Roxas, Palawan 96th

The training was intended for participants to be equipped with the following skills:

1.Use of the Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) Card

2.Recognizing the signs of severe acute malnutrition characterized by marasmus and kwashiorkor

3.Measuring and recording the child’s weight and length or height

4.Understanding the three different growth indicators

5.Interpreting the growth pattern of the child

6.Counselling mothers on growth monitoring and feeding using the prescribed job aid

The said trainings were attended by health workers (Nurses, Midwives, BNSs, and BHWs). Ms Eileen B. Blanco, OIC-RNPC and Mr. Frederich Christian S. Tan, NO III of NNC–MIMAROPA Region; and Provincial Nutrition Action Officers (PNAOs) and Municipal Nutrition Action Officers (MNAOs) from respective localities, provided the technical assistance to the seven municipalities included in the top 100 with highest MPR in the year 2011. Given emphasis on the trainings were on how to accurately compute age in months, and accurately measure height/length and weight.

PROMO Nutri Com: The Local Media Group of the MIMAROPA Region for the Promotion of Good NutritionFrom lower right to left (counterclockwise): Ms. Daisy C. Clemente, Treasurer of PROMO Nutri Com, Ms. Eileen B. Blanco, OIC of NNC Region IV-B, Ms. Daisy Anne P. Atrero, Secretary of PROMO Nutri Com, Ms. Joanne Catherina P. Alberto, CIO of Calapan City, Mr. Edgardo L. Javarez, P.R.O. of PROMO Nutri Com, Fr. Simplicio A. Bonquin, Vice-president of PROMO Nutri Com, Mr. Voltaire Dequina, President of PROMO Nutri Com, Ms. Mayda N. Lagran, Business Manager of PROMO Nutri Com, Ms. Beverly N. Aguila, AA II in PIO of Oriental Mindoro, Ms. Ma. Fe A. De Leon, Auditor of PROMO Nutri Com, and Ms. Ms. Athena Grace C. Calamba, Community Affairs Officer I in PIO of Palawan.

25 September 2012 – The National Nutrition Council Region IV-B organized a meeting with Information Officers from LGUs and Local Radio Station Managers from different provinces and cities of MIMAROPA. The objective is to establish a group of media network that would help in the dissemination of key nutrition messages and promotion of good nutrition in the region.

The group had an election of officers and Mr. Voltaire N. Dequina, Station Manager of Radyo Natin San Jose, was unananimously elected as President. Other elected officers were as follows:


Vice President: Fr. Simplicio Bonquin, Radio Station Manager of DZSB, Calapan City
Secretary: Ms. Daisy Anne P. Atrero, Provincial Information Officer (PIO), Palawan
Treasurer: Ms. Daisy C. Clemente, Designated PIO / Admin. Officer II, Occidental Mindoro
Auditor: Ms. Ma. Fe A. De Leon, OIC-PIO, Oriental Mindoro
PRO: Mr. Edgardo L. Javarez, Program Director, DYSP - RGMA, Palawan
Business Manager: Ms. Mayda N. Lagran, PIA, Marinduque

The local media group came up with the name, “PROMO Nutri Com” which means:

P - Palawan

R - Romblon

O - Oriental Mindoro

M - Marinduque

O – Occidental Mindoro

Nutri - Nutrition

Com - Communication

The 2nd meeting of local media group is tentatively scheduled on 26th of November, 2012.

BNS Presidents Converge to Form a Regional BNS FederationTo create a BNS Federation for the MIMAROPA Region, National Nutrition Council – MIMAROPA organized a meeting last 27 September 2012. It was attended by BNS Presidents of various provinces of MIMAROPA and NNC IV-B technical staff headed by Ms. Ma. Eileen B. Blanco, OIC – RNPC. Ms. Melanie Bantan, BNS President of Puerto Princesa City, was unanimously elected as President of Regional BNS Federation. Ms. Bantan accepted the nomination and gladly assumed the position.

Other elected officers were as follows:

Vice President: Honoria A. Romero of Calapan City and Oriental Mindoro
Secretary: Lorena R. Quizana of Marinduque
Treasurer: Mary Jane M. Rodia of Romblon
Auditor: Tecla C. Borbon of Palawan
PRO: Ms. Jovy T Abeleda of Occidental Mindoro (as represented by Ms. Genie Anna E. Torrente)

The Federation was named “BNS Federation of Region IV-B Inc.”. The group together with NNC – MIMAROPA Secretariat is now working on its SEC registration.

IHNF of UPLB held Training of Trainers for Oriental Mindoro on the Basic Course of Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNSs)03 - 07 September 2012 - The Institute of Huma Nutrition & Food (IHNF) of the UPLB College of Human Ecology conducted the Training of Trainers on the Basic Course for BNSs for the province of Oriental Mindoro at Kimberly Hotel in Manila. The 5 days training aims to equip the trainers to further build the capacities of their BNSs and to level the skills and knowledge of all BNSs in the country.

Representatives from Calapan City, 12 Municipalities of Oriental Mindoro, and those from the Provincial Nutrition Office actively participated in the said training. Lecturers discussed the training module in detail while the attendees actively participated in the role-out of activities as BNS participants. The recognition of the heavy task that the BNSs handle as volunteer community workers were very much realized early on.

NNC Region IV-B Conducts Local Media Placement PIREurotel, Makati – The National Nutrition Council MIMAROPA Region conducted Local Media Placements Program Implementation Review. It was participated by respective Provincial/ City Nutrition Action Officers, Information Officers, Local Radio Station Managers, and Barangay Nutrition Scholars from different provinces and cities of MIMAROPA Region.

The objectives of the Program Implementation Review are: (1) To review and assess past actions done and identify gaps encountered with regards to local media placements or activities; and (2) to formulate a Local Media Plan for 2013 for each province or city.

Ma. Eileen B. Blanco, OIC – RNPC of NNC IV-B, facilitated the group in creating project proposals and activities in communicating key nutrition messages. The group had a brainstorming of ideas in order to come up with an effective Local Media Plan.