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.

ro4b 2012 6th bccl vhw conventionCoron, Palawan – The 6th Volunteer Health Workers Convention was held last 16-18 of May, 2012 in Coron Colisuem with the theme: “Kakayahan Linangin, Kalusugan Pangkalahatan Kamitin”. It was participated by all Volunteer Health Workers (Barangay Health Workers, Barangay Microscopist, Barangay Sanitary Inspector and BEANS or Barangay Environment Agriculture Nutrition Scholars. The Municipal Health Officers of the four municipalities of Busuanga, Coron, Culion, and Linapacan together with their staff were also present on the said activity.

Topics discussed were as follows:

  • Overview of the Convention ­­­­– Dr. Alan R. Guintapan, MHO, Coron
  • BHW By Laws – Dr. Charlie O. Tejada, MHO, Culion
  • BCCL HEALTH ZONE and Program Initiatives – Mr. Alfredo P. Balane Jr. – MLGOO, Coron and Station Manager of Radyo Kasimanwa
  • PHILHEALTH – Mr. Wilfred Hernandez, Manager
  • High Risk Pregnancies – Dr. Mary Ann Navarro, Provincial Health Officer I
  • KP Concept – Ms. Anna Bertha Datinguino-o, Head-LHAD, CHD IV-B
  • Overview on Child Growth Standards and Nutrition Month Theme for 2012 – Mr. Frederich Christian S. Tan, NO II, NNC Region 4
  • The three-day convention was indeed a success and it surely equipped the Volunteer Health Workers of the four municipalities with learning and updates on health and nutrition.

Infant and Young Child Feeding Counseling and Other Relevant Nutrition Services Delivered to the Evacuees of Coron, Palawan21 November 2013 - Claudio Sandoval North Elementary School, the only remaining evacuation center in Coron, Palawan which temporarily cradles 114 families and 279 individuals, received Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) and nutrition counseling to pregnant, lactating, and parents having  three year old and below children by the National Nutrition Council staff, Ms. Jane Christine Guballa and Provincial Nutrition Action Officer (PNAO) of Palawan, Ms. Rachel Paladan, together with the municipal health workers of Coron.  IYCF counseling aims to empower nutritionally at-risk groups with the proper knowledge on nutrition highlighting on the importance of breastfeeding and proper and safe complementary foods especially during these crucial times that these children carry the double vulnerability of being undernourished due to their tender age and likelihood of not getting enough nutrients due to food insecurity as a result of the onslaught of Typhoon Yolanda.

ro4b 2012 romblon bns trainingDream Paradise Mountain Resort, Romblon – The National Nutrition Council Region IV-B provided technical assistance to seven municipalities of Romblon, namely: Alcantara, Cajidiocan, Corcuera, Looc, Romblon, San Fernando, Santa Fe on “Basic Course for Barangay Nutrition Scholar”. The training is designed to equip BNSs on basic knowledge and skills as well as core values and traits that are necessary for them to perform their roles and functions effectively.

Attended by a total of 76 participants – 72 BNSs and 4 MNAOs, Ms. Eileen B. Blanco, OIC-NPC; together with Ms. Jellie Ann C. Palencia and Mr. Frederich Christian S. Tan, both Nutrition Officer II of NNC Region IV-B served as resource speaker and facilitator of the said training.

Discussed in the training were the following:

  1. Legal basis and rationale for the implementation of the BNS program
  2. Relationship of food, diet and nutritional status, as well as the different form of malnutrition, its causes and consequences
  3. Important skills needed to effectively perform their roles and functions
  4. Overall local development system and nutrition program management
  5. Roles and functions of BNS in the context of nutrition program management

Participants were very interactive, receptive and lively throughout the training and mentioned that the training further strengthens their knowledge and skills in nutrition program management. The BNSs who attended the training were very eager to go back in their respective barangays to apply what they have learned during the training.

ANG PARANGAL"-2013 Joint Regional Nutrition Awarding for MIMAROPA and CALABARZON Regions“Ang pagiging BNS po ay hindi madaling trabaho… ito ay isang sakripisyo… Bakit ko po nasabi iyon?  Kasi po simula sa pagbubuntis, pagsilang, hanggang sa kanilang paglaki at pagtanda  ay amin silang inaalagaan;  kasama na rin ang mga tb patients sa mga kliyente namin… Sa kabila po nito, kusang loob kong tinanggap ang pagiging BNS dahil nais kong makatulong sa aking mga kabarangay at maipagpatuloy ang nasimulan ng aking ina na naglingkod din bilang BNS sa loob ng 31 taon.   Nakita ko po sa kanya ang malasakit at pagmamahal sa  kanyang ginagawa.  Ito po ang nagbigay sa akin ng inspirasyon upang maglingkod ng tapat at walang pag-iimbot.”

*Excerpt from the message of 2012 ROBNS JOSEPHINE R. BALINGIT

of Barangay de Villa, Sta Cruz, Marinduque

The acceptance speech of ROBNS Josephine R. Balingit was delivered during the 2013 Regional Nutrition Awarding Ceremony held on 6 December 2013 at The Heritage Hotel in Pasay City.  She was also adjudged as a Third placer for 2012 National Outstanding BNS.

ROBNS Balingit was recognized together with two other ROBNs namely:  Ms. Pedrita C. Ogayre of Barangay  Little Tanauan, Roxas, Oriental Mindoro (First Runner- Up) and Ms. Ruby M. Padilla of Barangay  Cabayugan, Puerto Princesa (Second Runner- Up). They received plaques of Recognition and cash awards.


The National Nutrition Council Technical Committee approved the theme for this year's Nutrition Month celebration which is "Pagkain ng gulay ugaliin, araw-araw itong ihain!" The theme focuses on encouraging Filipinos to increase consumption of vegetables to address micronutrient deficiencies and prevent non-communicable diseases such as cardiovascular disease, cancer and diabetes.