Region IV-B Prepared Local Health Workers in Mobilizing Community Support for Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) ProgramThe National Nutrition Council - MIMAROPA completed the successive Orientation on Mobilizing Community Support for the Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) Program for the provincial, city and municipal level of Oriental and Occidental Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, and Palawan during the month of October. This orientation aims to equip local health and nutrition workers — Municipal Nutrition Action Officers (MNAOs), nurses, midwives and doctors in preparation for the barangay-level roll out of this activity and, thus, to successfully implement the IYCF program through the establishment of peer counseling support groups and other support systems for the promotion of breastfeeding and proper complementary feeding in their locale.

Aside from tackling independently the steps on how to organize an Infant and Young Child Feeding friendly locale, the training also focused in enhancing the counseling skills of health and nutrition workers through role playing sessions and actual counseling of mothers in the barangay using the “Gabay sa Wastong Pagpapasuso at Pagpapakain ng Sanggol at Bata” counseling cards which they find visually enhancing and useful for effective counseling sessions.

Barangay roll-outs of this orientation are scheduled this November, 2013 for chosen model barangays of the provinces of MIMAROPA.

Credits to Dr. Richen Merbert del Mundo for the photo

MIMAROPA Holds Orientation on Mobilizing Community Support for Infant and Young Child (IYCF) ProgramIn order to guide communities in strengthening the Infant and Young Child Feeding Program, NNC Region IV-B conducted the Orientation on Mobilizing Community Support for Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) Program last 1 – 4 October 2013 at Eurotel – Pedro Gil, Manila with a total of 26 participants which include key people at the provincial, city and municipal levels on the mobilization of community support for IYCF.

Ms. Vicente E. Borja, Supervising Health Program Officer and National IYCF Coordinator, Ms. Cynthia del Rio, Regional IYCF Coordinator for MIMAROPA, and Ms. Leeza Rosaldo and Ms. Ma. Katrina A. Demetrio, Nutrition Officer III and II, respectively, of the National Nutrition Council, served as facilitators and discussed the steps in mobilizing community support for IYCF program. During the training, interactive exercises were also implemented like role playing sessions, return demonstration on counselling and actual consultation to parents with infants and young children in San Andres, Manila. These procedures facilitated clear understanding and better learning for the participants.

Said orientation is set to be rolled-out in all of the provinces of MIMAROPA this month of October, 2013.

2nd Quarter Meeting of the Regional Nutrition Committee (RNC) of MIMAROPA Heldprograms in MIMAROPA. ARD Faith F. Alberto of Center for Health Development - MIMAROPA presided the meeting on behalf of the RNC Chair Director Jose R. Llacuna Jr. CESO IV, Center for Health Development – MIMAROPA Region.

The meeting was attended by Director Cristina Castillo of PIA, Director Tomas Escarez of NFA, OIC-RNPC Ma. Eileen Blanco of NNC, Mr. Lorenzo Suarez of DILG, Ms. Maria Guadalupe Laylo of DA, Ms. Marlo Chavez of NEDA, Ms. Myra Regencia of TESDA, Ms. Minda Tuburan of DTI, Dra. Milagros Sumangil of NCIP, Mr. Mark Angelo Lorenzo of DSWD, Mr. Pancracio Alcantara of DENR, Ms. Carina Saldaña of DOST, Ms. Nelmin Rose Cabotaje of DepEd, and Ms. Joan Lorque of BFAR.

Discussed and presented during the meeting were the results of the completed Monitoring and Evaluation of Local Level Plan Implementation (MELLPI) and the Search for Outstanding Barangay Nutrition Scholar (OBNS), 2012 National OPT Results, and status of the Supplementary Feeding Program of DSWD.

The RNC approved the results of the MELLPI and Search for the Regional OBNS as presented by Mr. Lorenzo Suarez, Chair of the Regional Evaluation Team (RET).

13 September 2013 - PROMO Nutri Com (Palawan, Romblon, Oriental Mindoro, Marinduque, and Occidental Mindoro Nutrition Communicators), the local media group for the promotion of good nutrition in Region IV-B, decided to have their team building activity last 11 – 12 September 2013 in Occidental Mindoro for them to able to accomplish their 1st major activity: Advocacy Meeting with the Municipal Nutrition Committee of Abra de Ilog headed by Mayor Eric A. Constantino, Barangay Captains, Barangay Health Workers (BHWs), Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNSs) of the nine (9) barangays of Abra de Ilog, and other health- and nutrition-related personnel.

The advocacy meeting seeks to obtain the commitment of stakeholders in Abra de Ilog to reduce the incidence of malnutrition in the municipality as they have the highest malnutrition prevalence rate (MPR) in the region based on 2012 Operation Timbang (OPT) Results. As Chair of the Municipal Nutrition Committee, Mayor Constantino, committed to focus on the nutrition situation of his municipality and to further their “ugnayan” to understand its root causes while NNC-MIMAROPA included Abra De Ilog in the selected list of municipalities of Occidental Mindoro for inclusion in the 4-day planning workshop to assist them draft a municipal nutrition action plan and to prioritize Abra de Ilog in the allocation of selected IEC materials.

Mayor Eric Constantino led the signing of commitment to alleviate hunger and reduce the malnutrition in his municipality.

Regional Evaluation Team Deliberates MELLPI & OBNS ResultsMembers of the Regional Evaluation Team headed by RET Chair Mr. Lorenzo Suarez of DILG IV-B deliberated the results of the completed Monitoring & Evaluation of Local Level Plan Implementation (MELLPI) & Search for Outstanding Barangay Nutrition Scholar (OBNS) for MIMAROPA in June 13-14, 2013. Other RET members who actively participated in the deliberation includes Ms. Minda Tuburan of DTI IV-B, Ms. Emily Manao of BFAR IV-B, and Ms. Flordiviña Osorio of DAR IV-B.

Information Power for PROMO NutriCom’s Mission Statement“Free MIMAROPA from hunger and malnutrition through information power” was PROMO NutriCom’s declared final mission statement in a team building workshop last September 12 at Vista Dal Mare Resort, Mamburao, Occidental Mindoro.
The activity which also tackled other organizational concerns such as its Constitution and By Laws, was attended by its Executive Officers, namely: Mr. Voltaire Dequina, President; Fr. Simplicio A. Bonquin, Vice-president, Ms. Daisy C. Clemente, Treasurer, Rubelyn Solis, Secretary, Ms. Ma. Fe A. De Leon, Auditor, and Mr. Edgardo L. Javarez, Public Relations Officer (PRO)
The group also elected its board of directors, consisting of PIA Regional Director Cristina Castillo, Prof. Ryan Batangantang (of Radyo Kaunlaran, Bansud, Oriental Mindoro), and Ms. Gudula Sarsagat (Radyo ng Bayan Palawan - Radio Station Manager.
The officers and board also vowed to commit their time, talent, and resources in the fulfillment of the objectives of the PROMO NutriCom, as they have posted in the Hands of Commitment during the conclusion of the team building activity.
PROMO NutriCom, the local media group organized by NNC-Mimaropa to assist in its efforts to promote good nutrition in the region, includes Palawan, Romblon, Oriental Mindoro, Marinduque, and Occidental Mindoro Nutrition Communicators. It is tentatively scheduled to meet again on 9 – 10 October 2013 in Manila to participate in the Program Implementation Review of the 2012 Local Media Placements and 2014 Local Media Planning.