banana headerMany people suddenly want to be healthy, taking extra vitamin C supplements, multivitamins, getting a flu vaccine, and even trying super foods like  “banana” that  recently have been controversial because of this so-called social media hype... Banana cha-cha!  Are we just going bananas over this? 

Recently,  there was this video circulating online claiming that banana is apparently a super fruit that will prevent a person from getting infected with this dreadful COVID-19. So, it was no surprise that  next day,  the price of banana went overboard and was selling like  hotcakes. From the local saba variety, up to the elegant lacatan  and all the varieties available in the market,  like the  face mask and alcohol, bananas  may just  be the next out of stock fruit or the next big thing on the online market. The Department on Health had  clarified and issued a statement on this wrong claim. More studies and experiments are needed to establish the role of banana  in fighting against COVID-19.

Legazpi City. National adraNutrition Council Bicol attended the Closing Ceremony of the EMBRACE Project (Enhance Mother/ newborn/ child health in Remote Areas through health care and Community Engagement) of Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) held at DOH Region V today, 16 March 2020. With the ultimate goal of contributing to the reduction of Maternal and Child Mortality, Project Manager Lovely Joy Alvar presented the accomplishments of the implementation within 4 years in Calabanga, San Jose, Presentacion, and Garchitorena, Camarines Sur addressing the 3 delays model: decision to seek care, reaching care, and receiving adequate health care.

The project included nutrition-specific programs such as Community-based Management of Acute Malnutrition, Infant and Young Child Feeding, Positive Deviance Hearth, and Cooking Demonstrations and nutrition-sensitive programs such as Water, Sanitation, Hygiene (WASH), Learning Through Play and Making Meal Times Matter, Kitchen Gardening, School-based Crop Museum, and Provision of Chickens for egg production. The presence of Project EMBRACE in 4 LGUs brought about the behavior change in the community in terms of health and nutrition and resulted to increase in facility-based delivery, improvement of hygiene practices, and reduction of malnutrition prevalence. (NO I Loveres/NO III Valeza)


NNC RO5 bToday, the National Nutrition Council celebrates its 45th Foundation Anniversary. However, the whole NNC Secretariat celebrated this last week from 17-21 June at Caliraya Resort Club in Lumban, Laguna.   With the theme, “Championing Nutrition for 45 years”, more than 200 NNC employees from all the 17 Regions of the country bonded together and came out more inspired towards celebrating its 50th year in 2024.  

The celebration, initially at NNC Central Office in Taguig City commenced with a Thanksgiving Mass officiated by Rev. Father Marthy C. Marcelo from the Archdiocese of Manila.  Father Marthy said in his homily that we should all be a blessing as we move towards making NNC stronger, more committed and all employees imbued with spirit of unity and love.   

hakab na 2019 ayalaThe Philippines has envisioned that all mothers will breastfeed their children and celebrate the profound experience of motherhood. As the country campaigns to counter the current social pressure of resorting to hazardous formula milk for the babies and young children, the Department of Health Center for Health Development Bicol, in partnership with the Breastfeeding Bicolanas, Bicol Regional Training and Teaching Hospital (BRTTH), OKFM of DZGB Legazpi Radio Station and National Nutrition Council Region V, conducted the “Hakab Na Bicol 2019 in celebration with the “Breastfeeding Month in August” with the theme “Lakas ng magulang, sigla ng Pagpapasuso – Kalusugan, Nutrisyon at Kinabukasan ng Kabataan” at the Activity Center of Ayala Malls, Legazpi City last August 10, 2019. The event was organized with the following activities planned by the Family Health Cluster of DOH-CHD Bicol for the 3 days celebration held on August 8-10, 2019 at Ayala Mall, Legazpi City; namely; (1) EAT RIGHT seminar, (2) Lactation and Relactation Massage, (3) Breastfeeding in the Workplace, (4) Sabayang Pagpapasuso, and (5) Baby-Momma (Baby-wearing) Zumba.

PhotoThe MELLPI Pro roll-out training conducted on April 2-3, 2019 in the province of Masbate officially concludes the series of roll-out trainings on the Updated Monitoring and Evaluation Protocol for Local Government Units (LGUs) in the Bicol Region. Schedules of the training for the other provinces started with Camarines Norte on March 11-12, followed by Catanduanes on March 18-19, Camarines Sur composed of 2 batches held on March 19-20 and March 28-29, and Albay on March 21-22.

The trainings were attended by a total of 244 participants, composed mostly of Municipal Nutrition Action Officers (MNAOs), other members of the Municipal/Provincial Nutrition Committees, representatives from various agencies such as from the planning, social welfare, and nutritionists-dietitians. Those who were trained by the region during the Training of Trainors conducted last February 28-March 1 served as the trainors for the roll-out training with the assistance of NNC RO V technical staff.

NPC Arlene Reario with MQ Mediazone and the CRC Radyo Kahamugaway The National Nutrition Council (NNC) Bicol in coordination with the MQ Mediazone Production conducted the Hands-On Training (HOT) on Nutriskwela Community Radio Network Program in Cawayan, Masbate last August 6-8, 2019 at Cawayan SB Hall, Masbate. The 3-day HOT with NPC Reario from NNC Bicol and MQ Mediazone partners trained the members of the Community Radio Council of Cawayan who are expected to manage RADYO KAHAMUGAWAY, the 50th Nutriskwela Community radio established by NNC in various parts of the country. This community radio will bridge the different sectors through information dissemination and advocacy to increase knowledge and awareness on community development, proper nutrition and good health practices.