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mogpog marinduque bags 1st year crownThe municipality of Mogpog, Marinduque was awarded its 1st Year CROWN (Consistent Regional Outstanding Winner in Nutrition) Maintenance Award during the National Nutrition Awarding Ceremony last 21 October at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC). Mayor Sinen Livelo, Jr. was present to receive the Plaque of Recognition and cash award of Php 100,000.00. Also present during the said awarding ceremony were Congresswoman Gina Reyes, members of the Provincial Nutrition Committee of Marinduque and Municipal Nutrition Committee of Mogpog, and the Regional Nutrition Evaluation Team of MIMAROPA. The 1st Year CROWN Maintenance Award is given to a municipality, city, or province that continuously shows improved nutrition situation in their area through effective and innovative nutrition program implementation.

Last 24 – 28 March, the National Nutrition Evaluation Team visited and rigorously evaluated Mogpog, Marinduque through visitation to nutrition program sites, interview to Nutrition Committee members, health nutrition workers and community beneficiaries of nutrition programs, and documents and reports validation. Community awareness and collaboration among local Nutrition Committee members were seen and felt as one of the factors that contributed to the sustained efforts in nutrition program implementation aside from effective health and nutrition programs being implemented in their health facilities and schools.

ro4b photography workshopStaff of the NNC CALABARZON and NNC MIMAROPA offices had the opportunity to learn the basics of photography from Mr. Joy Hermogenes and Ms. Arvie Miranda last August 18, 2014. Lessons included the importance of photography in journalism; insight into the different parts of the camera; manipulating aspects such as aperture, shutter speed, and ISO to adjust exposure; and using guidelines such as the rule of thirds, perspective, vantage points, and framing to properly compose pictures. Ms. Hannah Christina Clemente and Mr. Marciano S. Cruz of NNC CALABARZON, and Mr. Edwin Daryl Dy and Mr. Allan T. Dolor of NNC MIMAROPA were chosen to be the primary and back up photographers for each office respectively.

The skills Mr. Hermogenes and Ms. Miranda imparted are essential in the documentation of the different events that both offices hold allowing them to tell the stories and better raise awareness for the nutrition situation in their respective regions. Mr. Hermogenes and Ms. Miranda also gave a small introduction to cinematography and tips on how to improve the documentation capabilities of the offices such as recommending additional equipment and offering refreshers for free at his studio for those who are genuinely interested in learning photography. To end the lessons, Ms. Miranda left the offices with the thought that making great pictures relies on the archer and not the bow referring to the skill of the photographer being more important than the camera itself.

NNC MIMAROPA nutrition cluster members31 July 2014 – In order to have a more coordinated and effective response structure and response mechanism during calamities and disasters, NNC MIMAROPA organized the Regional Nutrition Cluster at the Fersal Hotel, P. Tuazon Blvd., Cubao, Quezon City. This consisted of members of the Regional Nutrition Committee of MIMAROPA. In attendance during the meeting were Dir. Cristina V. Castillo, PIA; Dir. Erlinda V. Armada, DAR; Ms. Sheryl B. Sarabia, NEDA; Ms. Marieta Alvis-Setias, DA; Ms. Chona C. Zamora, DENR; Ms. Maria Lewina A. Tolentino, NFA; Ms. Minda B. Tuburan, DTI; Ms. Niña Kristina V. Perez, DOH; Ms. Myra M. Regencia, TESDA; Ms. Rosita S. Liwagon, NCIP; Mr. Jerry Mercado, DOST; and Ms. Liza Marie Victoria M. Dillena, DepEd.

Discussed during the organizational meeting were the rationale for the organization of Nutrition Cluster and membership and functions of the organization. Vests were provided to the members which will be used by members of the Nutrition Cluster, who voluntarily and enthusiastically committed to participate in nutrition response during disaster and emergencies.

With the MIMAROPA’s Regional Nutrition Cluster, the region is now assured to have a group that would take the lead in nutrition management during emergencies and disasters as our country continues to be affected by natural and human-induced emergencies.

ro4b battles malnutritionDirector Janairo of the Department of Health – Mimaropa declares war against malnutrition through Oplan Kain-Sigla, a direct feeding approach with nutrition education classes in nutritionally-at risk municipalities in all provinces of Mimaropa. The move was brought about by the alarming nutrition situation of preschool children in the region based on the latest National Nutrition Survey.

Oplan Kain-Sigla would be catering to the nutritional needs of around 200 severely underweight and underweight preschool children and their mothers in the municipalities of Bongabong in Oriental Mindoro, Abra de ilog in Occidental Mindoro, Torrijos in Marinduque, San Andres in Romblon and Sofronia Española in Palawan.

Malnourished preschool children will be served one full lunch for five days a week from July to September. Lunch would consist of 1 cup of rice, 2 pcs. matchbox size of meat or fish or poultry, ½ cup of vegetables and 1 piece fruit. Nutritionist – Dietitian Perla Supnet will supervise and monitor the operations of Oplan Kain-Sigla while nutrition education classes will be a concerted effort of the Nutritionsit – Dietitians in the locale.

The regional launch of Oplan Kain-Sigla will be at the Municipal Plaza of Torrijos on the 22nd of July 2015.

NNC MIMAROPA  OIC Carina Santiago speaking during the Regional Nutrition Committee meeting last  July 31, 2014The Regional Bantay Asin Task Force (BATF) conducted its first meeting for the year during a back-to-back meeting with the Regional Nutrition Committee on 31 July 2014 at the Fersal Hotel, P. Tuazon Blvd., Quezon City.  Updates on the planned activities were discussed including its technical assistance to the Bantay Asin Task Force of Occidental Mindoro which was organized in April 2014. A draft Executive Order creating the task force citing its composition and functions is now in the process of approval. OIC Carina Santiago emphasized that the Regional BATF should work hand-in-hand with the Provincial BATF of Occidental Mindoro for the continued progress of the National Salt Iodization program in the province, which is also seen to subsequently help local salt producers in the region.

The Regional BATF of MIMAROPA recognizes the important role that the province plays in country’s fight against Iodine Deficiency Disorders since Occidental Mindoro is among the major salt-producing provinces in the country. Hence, the Regional BATF pledged to provide continuous technical assistance to the Provincial BATF of Occidental Mindoro, the first province-level watchdog organized in the region to monitor and assure the successful implementation of the National Salt Iodization program.

Last 30 April 2014, Governor Gene Mendiola himself catalyzed the creation of the Provincial BATF during a meeting with concerned national government agencies, non-government organizations, and local salt producers and distributors. Amidst apprehension and reluctance among salt producers and distributors, and even local officials, Gov. Mendiola insisted on abiding to the Asin Law. “We already have a law that mandates the iodization of salt and we have to follow”, were his words. Gov. Mendiola also asked for local support from the municipalities of San Jose and Magsaysay, two of the top salt-producing municipalities in the province, through the creation of municipal-level Bantay Asin Task Force. Mr. Voltaire Dequina, President of PROMO Nutri Com, the region’s local media arm in promoting good nutrition, sworn to also help in the province’s advocacy to create awareness and demand for Iodized salt.

Entries for the digital photo competition are displayed during during the 2nd Regional Nutrition Committee Meeting on 31 July“We (Filipinos) are known to be tough and determined to survive. Preparedness is an important factor during news outbreak on storm signals. We believe that hunger and malnutrition can be prevented despite natural disasters coming our ways.” – Diane B. Fabicon, 14 years old

As part of NNC-MIMAROPA’s Nutrition Month Celebration, a Digital Photo Competition was organized which aimed to depict the theme of the 2014 Nutrition Month, “Kalamidad Paghandan, Gutom at Malnutrisyon Agapan!” and serve as a campaign to promote awareness on the importance of preparedness in the prevention of hunger and malnutrition in times of disasters and calamities.

A total of twenty (20) photo entries were received from the period 9 June to 30 July 2014. Twelve (12) members of the Regional Nutrition Committee judged the photo entries during the 2nd Regional Nutrition Committee Meeting on 31 July. Ms. Yrish Nicole Ann G. Aceveda, 12 years old, of Oriental Mindoro National High School got the First Place, Mr. Josh Pypers A. Macalintal, 14 years old, of Aurelio Arago Memorial National High School got the Second Place, and Ms. Diane B. Fabicon, 14 years old, of Nabuslot National High School got the Third Place.

Winners of the Digital Photo Competition were notified via phone and prizes will be delivered via courier.