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Masbate province ready for Tutok KainanThe Tutok Kainan Dietary Supplementation Program (TK DSP) is part of the PPAN 2017-2022 which aims to prevent stunting by giving nutritious food commodities to the nutritionally at-risk pregnant women and children 6-23 months old. The Province of Masbate has been identified as one of the provinces under the Human Development and Poverty Reduction Cluster (HDPRC) included in the Phase 4 of the program covering 1,650 children in 30 barangays from 10 LGUs. NNC identified 10 priority LGUs namely the municipalities of Aroroy, Baleno, Batuan, Cawayan, Mandaon, Milagros, Mobo, Placer, Uson and the City of Masbate based from 2021 OPT Plus data and identifying barangays with bigger number of 6-23 months old children who are malnourished as the target areas for TK DSP.

The program intend to provide additional food to pregnant women for 90 calendar days and complementary food for children 6-23 months for 180 calendar days with priority to those who are nutritionally at-risk or undernourished. The Tutok Kainan Dietary Supplementation Program (TK-DSP) will be implemented by improving both the quality and quantity of food and nutrient intakes and utilization of related ECCD K1K services including program monitoring and evaluation of integrated nutrition program that helps ensure delivery of complementary early childhood care and development services in the First 1000 days pursuant to RA 11148.

 

Tutok Kainan has four phases of coverage under the Human Development and Poverty Reduction Cluster priority areas. In Phase 1a, the province of Camarines Sur is included with 6,350 pregnant women who are nutritionally at-risk, and Phase 1b targets pregnant women in areas that were hardly hit by typhoons Rolly and Ulysses in 2020 with Albay and Catanduanes as priority provinces. Most provinces for phase 1 have ongoing Dietary Supplementation and some have even completed the 90-day “Tutok Kainan” Supplementation program. The Phase 2 targeted provinces include Sorsogon, and Masbate with 1,112 pregnant women to receive daily wet feeding for 90 days.  In Phase 4 the province of Masbate is still included wherein 1,650 stunted and wasted children 6–23-month-old will receive complimentary feeding of freshly cooked foods for 6 months and dry commodities on weekends. The NNC in partnership with DAR Provincial Office of Masbate identified the ARBOs who will regularly supply the fresh food items for the complementary feeding and Tutok Kainan Dietary Supplementation for pregnant women.

To facilitate the implementation of the program in Masbate Province, NNC Bicol has deployed Ms. Jessica A. Sesalim, the Provincial Nutrition Focal Point (PNFP) for TK DSP. The PNFP is in-charge of the social preparation activities that include the coordination, meeting with stakeholders, master listing of recipients and Listing of Consignees, facilitate the Memorandum of Understanding with LGUs, MOU with DAR and Marketing Agreement with Agrarian Reform Beneficiary Organizations (ARBOs), and orientation to health workers and beneficiaries.

 RNPC Ms. Arlene R. Reario of NNC Bicol conducted an online orientation of the respective Nutrition Action Officers and Nutrition Coordinators of the identified LGUs and other stakeholders regarding TK DSP on October 5, 2021. Ms. Sesalim also paid courtesy meetings to the Masbate Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Luisito Co, PDO Masbate Dr. Lalaine Villasis, and to PHO Masbate Head of Public Health Services Dr. Cynthia LLacer.

Likewise, a coordination meeting between NNC ROV represented by PNFP Sesalim with DAR Masbate represented by Chief of Support Services Mr. Nicolas Briones and Agrarian Reform Officer I Honey Den Fuentes was conducted to discuss the Memorandum of Understanding between NNC and DAR Masbate regarding Tutok Kainan DSP. It was also held to determine the potential ARBOs that can be engaged in a negotiated community procurement agreement to help provide economic empowerment of Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Organizations (ARBOs), through a sustainable partnership with NNC as a direct buyer of ARBOs farm products/services.

Courtesy visits were also conducted by the PNFP Masbate to some of the LGU beneficiaries to discuss the MOU and determine the focal persons for TK DSP in the municipalities and orient the health workers involved in the program.

As the social preparation is underway, other activities will be conducted and NNC ROV is grateful with the support of all stakeholders to enable the successful implementation of the Tutok Kainan Dietary Supplementation Program for 1650 young children in Masbate Province.

- JAS, MCV, NNC RO V