Picsart 22 12 23 17 58 38 358 1The National Nutrition Council (NNC) is on a mission to enable all local government units to manage their local nutrition program effectively and efficiently for the welfare of all Filipinos to be adequately nourished. As such, a sound and feasible Nutrition Action Plan is required as the roadmap to successful implementation of the nutrition services. As the saying goes” Failing to plan is preparing to fail” thus, it is imperative that a plan should be geared on the salient aspects of the problem and not a generic or a “looks good on paper” plan. In Bicol Region, OPT Plus 2022 results ranked Catanduanes on its top in terms of prevalence rate on stunting, ranked 3rd in underweight, and 4th in wasting for Under Five children (U5) among the six provinces. The 2022 OPT Plus results showed that 4 of its 11 municipalities were included among the top 20 ranking LGUs with high prevalence rate of undernutrition for children less than five years old in the region.

As part of NNC ROV’s commitment in capacity building and LGU mobilization, a 2-day Local Nutrition Action Planning-Workshop and Integration of Budgets in the PDPFP, CDP, LDIP and AIP was conducted in Catanduanes for the members of the 11 Local Nutrition Committees on August 30 and 31, 2022 held at Queen Maricel Inn in Virac. Resource persons from CHD Bicol, NNC and DILG led by Marilyn Valeza OIC of NNC RO V together with Ms. Jessa L. Encarnacion, LGOO II from the DILG Catanduanes conducted the Workshop.

LNAP CamSurThe Regional Plan of Action for Nutrition (RPAN) 2017-2022, the local version of Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition draws to its conclusion this year. To ensure its continuity, National Nutrition Council Regional Office V (NNC ROV), under its LGU Mobilization Program initiated a series of workshops formulating the 2023-2025 Local Nutrition Action Plans (LNAP) in time with the just concluded elections in May and the assumption of office of new sets of officials last July. This new cycle of LNAP are expected to address the multi-faceted issues surrounding nutrition in each LGU towards contributing to the objectives of RPAN.

Dubbed as Workshop Formulating LNAP 2023-2025 and Integration of Budgets in Provincial Development and Physical Framework Plan (PDPFP), Comprehensive Development Plan (CDP), Local Development and Investment Program (LDIP) and Annual Investment Program (AIP), two batches of workshop kicked-off in the province of Camarines Sur held on 30-31 May and 6-7 June 2022 at the Regent and Villa Rosita Hotels in Naga City, respectively. The workshop, a follow through of 2019 workshop was well attended with only one of the 37 LGUs in the province not represented. Nutrition Action Officers, Budget Officers and Planning and Development Coordinators joined hands and gave NNC an overall “better to best” training evaluation as well as its trainers.

NNC Bicol a CPD Provider of the Philippine Regulation CommissionThe Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) accredited the National Nutrition Council Bicol as a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Provider on April 20, 2022. Four (4) regional activities were approved for this year and the first program to be implemented with PRC-CPD units is Training on Nutrition Program Management (NPM) for District/City and Municipal Nutrition Program Coordinators and nutrition implementers. The training is applied with Continuing Professional Development (CPD) units for selected professions, which is first in NNC Bicol. The training is created specifically for newly appointed M/CNAOs and the Nutrition Program Coordinator in their respective city/municipality and province to help them better understand the fundamentals of nutrition.

Local Government Units (LGUs) as service providers are responsible for ensuring that basic services including nutrition, reach those who are most vulnerable to malnutrition in a timely and effective manner. Nutrition Program Management (NPM) knowledge and skills are thus required to respond to local nutrition situations effectively and efficiently with appropriate interventions. Along these lines, on 14-17 June 2022, the National Nutrition Bicol held a four-day live-out training for District/City/ Municipal Nutrition Program Coordinators at Kanzo Hall & Restaurants in Legazpi City, Albay.

BALUD MASBATEBalud, Masbate. Ang Pamahalaang Bayan ng Balud, Masbate ay naisakatuparan sa kauna-unahang pagkakataon ang mithiin na makapagbigay ng serbisyong pampubliko sa pamamagitan ng programang pang Kalusugan at Nutrisyon. Ang serbisyo isinagawa ay sa pamamagitan ng Medikal Misyon at Nutrition Promotion sa Brgy. Panguiranan, Balud, Masbate. Ang aktibidad ay pinamumunoan ng aktibong Ama ng Bayan si  Honorable Rodolfo O. Estrella Jr., kasama ang kanyang butihing maybahay na si Ginang Vhel Estrella.

Ang programa ay itinuon sa ika-48 na taon pagdiriwang ng Buwan ng Nutrisyon. Kasama sa paghahatid ng pampublikong serbisyo ang mga Kapulisan (PNP) ng Balud sa pangunguna ng Hepe na si Police Major Reneir J. Teofilo, dalawang (2) RHU Physicians na sina Dr. Glen Arollado at Dra. Maria Jean Theresa Cornelio kasama ang tatlongput dalawa (32) kawani ng RHU, mga hepe ng mga Departamento ng Munisipyo, mga miyembro ng Sangguniang Bayan sa pamumuno ng Bise Mayor, Hon. Felimon C. Abelita III .

LGU Virac capacitates all its BNSs and ECCD F1k CoordinatorsThe Barangay Nutrition Scholar (BNS) Program is a human resource development strategy of the Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition, which involves the training, deployment and supervision of volunteer workers or barangay nutrition scholars (BNS). Presidential Decree No. 1569 passed on 11 July 1978 requires the deployment of one (1) BNS in every barangay and mandates the National Nutrition Council (NNC) to administer the program in cooperation with Local Government Units.

Frequently, we see them walking in the streets of the community with their nutrition assessment tools, conducting Operation Timbang Plus, nutrition counselling and health advocacy activities. As front runners of nutrition in the community, BNSs are considered as the backbone of the nutrition program implementation in the country. As volunteer health workers, our BNSs are under paid, unrecognized, and even taken for granted. Thus, their knowledge and skills need to be constantly updated so that they can continue to perform their services efficiently and faithfully serve their community. 

Bato MNC strengthen Barangay Nutrition Committees  in celebration of 48th Nutrition Month This year's Nutrition Month celebration with the Theme, "New Normal na Nutrisyon, Sama-Samang Gawan ng Solusyon," the LGU Bato's Nutrition Office spearheaded by Ms. Donnabelle Yee Tejada, deemed it appropriate to hold a three-day (3) BNAP Formulation Workshop on 25-27 July 2022, with the goal of involving stakeholders from the barangay level in their nutrition program planning and development. Three representatives from each of the 27 barangays were invited to form the core team during the planning workshop. Ms. Jessica A. Sesalim, NNC ROV's PNFP for Catanduanes, facilitated the activity with technical assistance from the DOH RND assigned in Bato, Ms. Donna Mae P. Bozar. It was a fast-paced activity that demonstrated the participants' eagerness to learn.

A culminating activity held on 28 July 2022, aim to conclude the three-day (3) BNAP Formulation Workshop. Mayor Juan T. Rodulfo was present during the NM Culmination and Awarding Ceremony, and he emphasized in his message the municipal officials' commitment to the nutrition program implementation in the municipality of Bato. He and the SB Chairman of the Committee on Health disclosed that Bato will be providing additional incentive for the BNSs, which was welcome and happy news for the volunteers. Mayor Rodulfo also expressed his gratitude to the volunteer workers and the staff of the Nutrition/DRRM Office.