RNCL LOOPLegazpi City. The National Nutrition Council in Bicol convened on Wednesday, 25 March the Inter-Agency members of the Regional Nutrition Cluster through video conference to discuss the Nutrition Advisory No. 1, series 2020 urging LGUs on nutrition actions to take relative to COVID-19 crisis,  and the status of COVID-19 in Bicol. The advisory issued by the National Nutrition Cluster chaired by Executive Director Azucena M. Dayanghirang will guide the local government units, non-government organization, business companies and other civic-oriented organizations providing nutrition services to all areas affected by COVID-19. Meanwhile, 18 regional nutrition cluster members from different government agencies and non-government organizations participated in the online meeting. During the meeting, each nutrition advisory was tackled by the members citing the activities of government agencies and initiatives of non-government organizations. NPC Reario emphasized the need for the mothers to breastfeed exclusively (for 0-6-month-old infants) and provide complementary food (for 6 months and beyond). She also mentioned to include vegetables to the family food packs being given for the families. DSWD representative, Ms. Cristina Florendo said that the DSWD has given  food packs to different local government units containing  6 kilos rice, 4 cans of sardines, 4 cans of corned beef, 6 sachets of 3-in-1 coffee which are good for 3 days. These food packs will be given  to 25% of the poorest families in each LGU. Dr. Rita Ang-Bon of CHD Bicol  shared  that the Inter-Agency Task Force of Bicol meets regularly for the COVID-19 issues. She hopes that the nutrition commodities intended for Bicol region will soon arrive from DOH Central Office. 

RadioLegazpi City. The province of Masbate has been a recipient of NNC’s Nutriskwela Community Radio since 2017.  These radio stations bridge the different sectors and the people within or in nearby communities to right information regarding community development, proper nutrition, and proper health services. Radyo Kahamugaway in in Cawayan and Radyo Kabag-uhan in Cataingan are both managed by the municipalities.   SM Clint Ramirez of Cataingan shared that the people have actually clamored for the radio to be on air whenever it stops operation due to breakdown.  SM Fel Monares of Cawayan said that various members of their Community Radio Council in their municipality continue to enjoy being radio broadcasters having their own time slots, with  their own style of broadcasting.

Radyo Kahamugaway and Radyo Kabag-uhan have been receiving positive feed backs from their avid listeners through text messages they receive and comments on their Facebook page. However, Typhoon Tisoy damaged the radio station of Radyo Kabag-uhan so it was off-air from early December to 9 March 2020. Radio personnel of Radyo Kabag-uhan opted to do Facebook live streaming continue disseminating nutrition information and reaching the community. After the radio went on-air again, they  maintained their Facebook Live Streaming to gather more audience. Info on the Facebook page was published on the official publication of Cataingan to reach more.  On the other hand, Radyo Kahamugaway relies on the 100-watt transmitter which is able to reach 14 barangays of the municipality. SM Fel Monares requested assistance from the Sangguniang Bayan to increase the capacity of the transmitter so it can reach wider coverage. Vice Mayor Ester Binsol who was a former MNAO of the municipality know very well its importance. So, she promised to assist the radio in their request.

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.

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.

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.

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)