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The Early Childhood Care and Development in the First 1000 Days (ECCD F1K) Program expansion this year to the entire province of Catanduanes took off last 25 – 29 March 2019 with the Social Mobilization and Planning Workshops held in different venues in the province. It was attended by key provincial, municipal and barangay nutrition participants from the sectors of nutrition, health, social welfare, agriculture and planning.

RNPC Arlene R. Reario led the activity engaging the participation of the total 547 stakeholders composed of the Nutrition Action Officers, Municipal Health Officers, Planning Officers, Agriculture Officers, Social Welfare Officers and Local Chief Executives and representatives from the province and eleven (11) municipalities including the barangay officials and workers from the 60% of the total barangays targeted in the province covered by the program.

Presentation and consultation on the ECCD-F1K Program components, guidelines and policies and the plan on how to go about it were the main points discussed in this activity. The social preparation activities include generation of Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on ECCD-F1K at the municipal level to facilitate program implementation especially on the concerns of release of funds; formulation of action plan of various program component such as masterlisting of beneficiaries, trainings on “Idol Ko Si Nanay”, ECCD Child Development Milestones, and establishment of home and communal food production.

The Provincial Government of Camarines Sur in coordination with NNC ECCD Coordinator conducted the Provincial Technical Assistance and Monitoring Evaluation (TAME) field visits in the Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) areas in Iriga City, Bato, Libmanan, and Sipocot held on 21-22 March, 2019.

The ECCD for the First 1000 Days was implemented in Camarines Sur way back 2016 and this program aims to ensure the total development of the child through the delivery of key health, nutrition, early education, and social services in the continuum of care from pregnancy to the first two years of life. Organized by the Provincial Nutrition Council of Camarines Sur, the team was composed of representatives from DepEd, PSWDO, DILG, PHO and Office of the Provincial Agriculturist to assist in the monitoring activities.

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- The National Nutrition Council Bicol conducted the Program Implementation Review (PIR) and Planning-Workshop for LNEWS-FNS municipalities in Camarines Sur on 10-11 January 2019 at Naga Regent Hotel, Naga City as part of the monitoring of the Project Management Committee (PMC).

The activity was attended by 18 members of the LNEWS-FNS core group from Calabanga, Canaman, Libmanan, Minalabac, Ragay, and Bato, Camarines Sur. During the meeting, a representative from each of the LGUs presented the Food and Nutrition Security situation of their respective areas for the year 2018.

MELLPI Pro Regional Training of TWG PNAOsDanica Caballero, PIA RO5. The National Nutrition Council (NNC) Bicol rolled-out its new nutrition evaluation tool, dubbed as the Monitoring and Evaluation of Local Level Plan Implementation Protocol (MELLPI Pro) on February 28 to March 1, 2019 in Legazpi City. 

Ms. Arlene Reario, Nutrition Program Coordinator of NNC Bicol, said that MELLPI Pro is an instrument to assess and further improve the performance of nutrition workers and LGUs. “The MELLPI Pro is now anchored on the Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition (PPAN) 2017-2022. It is easy to use and automatically provides the result of the evaluation,” Reario added.                        

The updated tool of NNC is designed to evaluate and assess the nutrition implementation programs of local government units (LGUs) and assess the performance of local nutrition workers such as Nutrition Action Officers (NAOs) and District/City Nutrition Program Coordinators (DCNPCs) and Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNSs).

Ms. Marilyn C. Valeza, Nutrition Officer III of NNC Bicol, discussed that the tool is more objective in reviewing evidences which is based on rubrics presented in a spider web diagram.

IMG 3893Legazpi City – After the ECCD Phase 3 Training of Trainers conducted on 18-19 October at Villa Caceres Hotel, Naga City, 0-36 months old children in the Bicol Region will soon undergo assessment of their development milestones.
All the four (4) ECCD pilot areas had complete participants together with those from DOH, DSWD, NNC, NDAP CamSur, and those from the Provincial Nutrition Committee. Thirty (30) participants mostly from Bato, Libmanan, Sipocot, and Iriga City took their turn assessing children 0-36 months from Brgy. Pequeña, Naga City using the ECCD checklist. With various types of toys utilized during the practice assessment, many of the children present had fun playing with the ball, rattle, truck and other toys contained in the ECCD kit.

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NNC RO V, through the support of CHD Bicol-DOH is currently conducting the Training of Trainers on ECCD F1K “Idol ko si Nanay” with Participatory Cooking Demonstration and ECCD Child Development Milestones Monitoring for non-ECCD areas in the region.

The combined 5-day training which started on 11 February is being held at Casablanca Hotel, Legazpi City and is attended by 38 participants coming from 4 provinces, 5 cities, and 5 municipalities in Bicol. This is facilitated by the National Trainers of the ECCD F1K program.

The first three days of the training is all about “Idol ko si Nanay” Learning Session for the First 1000 Days of Life and Participatory Cooking Demonstration wherein a complete and detailed process on how to implement the roll-out training at their respective areas is discussed.

The participants are also given the opportunity to discuss some of the modules themselves, which can help them gain a better understanding of the topics. For the cooking demonstration, mothers with children 6-23 months old is invited to participate as simulation of the activity.