1st Regional Education Summit21-22 May 2013 –The Department of Education IV-B conducted its first Regional Education Summit which entitled “Public-Private Partnership, a key towards the attainment of the Kto12 Basic Education Curriculum”. It is held at Great Eastern Hotel, Quezon City. The guest speakers were Gov. Josephine R. Sato of Occidental Mindoro, and Asec. Tonisito MC Umali of Legal and Legislative Affairs of Department of Education. In attendance were: members of the Regional Development Council (RDC) Mimaropa, respective district superintendents of schools in mimaropa, representatives from private schools, and elementary teachers.

The summit focused on the Updates on the Kto12 Basic Education Curriculum Implementation of DepED as the Republic Act 10533 or The Enhanced Basic Education Act, 2013 or better known as K to 12 law, was signed into law last 15th of May 2013. CHED, TESDA, Bureau of Elementary Education, and private schools also gave their updates in relation to the implementation of Kto12. ARD Cecilia R. Lopez of NEDA IV-B discussed the Private-Public Partnership (PPP) in relevance to the opportunity of partnership in construction of schools.
The summit was very informative and we should be updated on the status of Kto12 because quoting what RD Sinforosa A. Guiñarez of DepEd IV-B said: “Education is everybody’s business, not only by DepED”.

IV-B Advocates for Nutrition and Development, Inc.April 29-30, 2013 marks another milestone for the MIMAROPA Region as Provincial, City and Municipal Nutrition Action Officers in MIMAROPA convened to organize the Region’s Nutrition Action Officers Association. After a series of brainstorming, the group named its association, IV-B Advocates for Nutrition and Development Inc., as they aim to be catalyst for the development of nutrition programs in MIMAROPA by ensuring collaboration and integration of all stakeholder’s efforts.

IV-B Advocates for Nutrition and Development, Inc. is now being headed by Dr. Leonor M. Nuñez-Daite, Municipal Health Officer & Municipal Nutrition Action Officer (MNAO) of the municipality of Roxas & MNAO President of Oriental Mindoro. Other elected officers are as follows:

 Vice-President  :  Ms. Norine G. Dacula, PNAO, Oriental Mindoro
 Secretary  :  Ms. Robie C. Apiag, PNAO, Marinduque
 Assistant Secretary  :  Ms. Analiza R. Herrera, OIC - CNAO, Puerto Princesa City
 Treasurer  :  Mr. Oscar Vicente L. Ylagan, Jr., PNAO, Romblon

Assistant Treasurer

: Mr. Frederich Christian S. Tan, NO III, NNC IV-B
PRO : Ms. Rowena G. Nerona, MNAO President, Occidental Mindoro
Auditor : Dr. Arceli T. Rebong, PNAO, Occidental Mindoro
Board Members :

Ms. Rachel Paladan, PNAO, Palawan

Dr. Basilisa Llanto, CNAO, Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro

Ms. Anna Paz Salonica M. Cervancia, MNAO President Palawan

Ms. Marites A. Mortel, MNAO President, Romblon

Ms. Maria Luisa L. Ligsa, MNAO President, Marinduque

The newly elected officers is tentatively scheduled to take their oath this June 2013 during the  2nd Quarter Meeting of the Regional Nutrition Committee of MIMAROPA.

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 Joined DSWD in their SFP-PIRNNC-MIMAROPA joined DSWD-MIMAROPA’s Program Implementation Review of their 2nd cycle of Supplementary Feeding Program (SFP-PIR). The said PIRs were participated by Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officers (MSWDO), Municipal Accountants, Municipal Nutrition Action Officers (MNAOs), and Day Care Workers (DCWs). The PIR served as a venue for each municipality to report the status, impact in term of changes in nutritional status of day care children, and good practices in their implementation of the supplementary feeding program.

NNC-MIMAROPA, on one hand, presented the current nutrition situation and updates in the MIMAROPA region based on the 2012 Operation Timbang (OPT) results, 2011 Updating of the National Nutrition Survey, and the Revised Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos.

DSWD-MIMAROPA also reported that there is an 8.1 % decreased in the Malnutrition Prevalence Rate (MPR) of day care children during their last year’s implementation, a very significant decreased attributable to the supplementary feeding program.

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.

What’s your worth? PSND conventionHotel Veniz, Baguio City – The Philippine Society of Nutritionist-Dietitian (PSND), Inc. held its annual convention on 4-5 April 2013. It was overflowing with participants from different regions of the Philippines. Ms. Ma Eileen B. Blanco, OIC- Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator and auditor of PSND, together with Mr. Frederich Christian S. Tan, Nutrition Officer III of NNC Mimaropa attended the convention.

During the discussion, Hon. Virgith Buena, Chairperson of PRC Board of Examiners for Nutrition and Dietetics, talked about Nutrition Professionals being visible and competent. With the increasing number of unemployment, even we Registered Nutritionist-Dietitians are included in this growing number. Hon. Buena emphasizes the importance of promoting and marketing ourselves as a professional and making a brand that would package and showcase our talents and skills as nutrition experts. We should be confident of our competencies as this would lead us to our dream jobs. So what are we waiting for? Let’s start marketing ourselves and show our worth. The time is now!