2-2NNC Legazpi City -  30 May 2017.  The quest for the Best 2016 Barangay Nutrition Scholar (BNS) continues.  Today, the written examination for the respective 2016 Outstanding BNSs from all over the region are at Jennifer’s Kababayan Hotel in Legazpi City for their 1.5 hour written examination.  Yesterday afternoon, Naga City’s 2016 Outstanding BNS, Florenia D. Mariano, together with the city’s District Nutrition Program Coordinator, Ms. Raquel B. Buere, were already in Legazpi City to ensure early arrival at the venue and relax before the day of the examination.  We are sure that all the contenders from various cities and provinces in the region studied hard and prepared well for this examination. Two OBNSs particularly from the provinces of Catanduanes and Masbate no longer joined today’s examination as the same test was administered to their respective OBNS during the team’s evaluation in their barangays held on 22 and 26 May, respectively.  The provincial outstanding BNS of Masbate is Lalaine A. Recaña from Brgy Sawang, Aroroy while the POBNS of Catanduanes is Evelyn Q. Magtagob from Brgy Palnab del Sur, Virac.  

As in the past years, the written examination was prepared by NNC Central Office, and the same test is given to all contenders to the Search for 2016 Regional OBNS in the country.   The Bicol Regional Nutrition Evaluation Team for this year, with Ms. Anneli Alejo of POPCOM Region 5 as the Chairperson, will meet and deliberate the results of 2016 Regional Outstanding BNS on the 6th of June.  Good luck to all contenders to the Search for Bicol region’s 2016 outstanding Barangay Nutrition Scholar. (arr/nnc 5)

R5 ECCD Fund Check Cam SurThe National Nutrition Council – Region 5 led by NPC Arlene R. Reario together with ECCD F1K – PNC Betito, handed over the 2017 funds for the implementation of the program components on mother’s classes, nutrition education, home food production, and monitoring to all the ECCD F1K areas in Camarines Sur, namely Iriga City and the municipalities of Bato, Libmanan, and Sipocot with a total number of 190 barangays. These areas were considered to have the highest magnitude of poverty ranging from 23% to 40.3%.

The municipality of Bato was the first to receive its financial assistance on 7 April at Rotber’s Garden, Sta. Cruz, Bato, Camarines Sur during the consultative meeting for Nutrition Early Warning System for Food and Nutrition Security, with Mayor Francisco B. Bernaldez.

2016 NNC RO 5 ECCD Launching Libmanan CamSurYesterday, 22 November, NNC together with Mayor Bernard Brioso and the members of the Libmanan Nutrition Committee launched the Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) Intervention Package for the First 1000 Days (ECCD-IP F1KD) in the municipality with the strong 250 members of the Barangay Nutrition Committees from 75 barangays composed of Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNS), Barangay Health Workers (BHWs), Barangay Chairpersons and Committee Chairs on Health in attendance. NPC Arlene Reario discussed in detail the plan of the government in ensuring the full development of the child through the implementation of various health, nutrition and social services covering all the pregnant women and children 0-23 months.

Mayor Brioso has started the fight for better services for pregnant women by making available 24/7 the municipality’s ambulance to ferry and bring would-be delivering pregnant women from the coastal and mountainous parts of the municipality to the lying-in clinics and to Libmanan District Hospital. He also said that a new Rural Health Unit, the 3rd one in the municipality, will soon be constructed with funding support from the LGU. He envisions Libmanan to have less stunted and underweight children through the ECCD-IP F1KD program.

R5 2017 RDPWriteshop cum Workshop for the Formulation of the RDP 2017-2022 of Bicol conducted by NEDA Regional Office V, Arimbay, Legazpi City on 29 November 2016.

The SDC Technical Staff led by Director Agnes Espinas of NEDA organized the Planning-Workshop for the formulation of the Regional Development Plan 2017-2022 of Bicol.

The National Nutrition Council, represented by NO III Valeza, participated in writing the plan chapter on “Reducing inequality in opportunities for human development”. The Writeshop cum Planning-Workshop was attended by more than sixty (60) focal persons  of the different government agencies including Provincial/City Planning Officers from 6 provinces and 7 cities, representatives from people’s organizations, and officials from State Universities and Colleges in the region. The participants were grouped according to their agency’s assigned Chapter. The draft RDP 2017-2022 has 22 Chapters and nutrition was under Chapter 11 under human development as an end in itself. Other agencies involved on this chapter include DOH, PopCom, DOLE, TESDA, CHED and DepED. This chapter focuses on the following: to improve outcomes in nutrition, health (i.e.  guarantee services that provide care for all stages, ensure the accessibility of services through universal health coverage), and basic education (i.e. provision of quality, accessible, relevant and liberating basic education for all).

Completion of the draft RDP 2017-2022 is expected on 6 December 2016 when the group meets again. ( NO III Valeza)


Picture1The National Nutrition Council Bicol continuously promotes exclusive breastfeeding to achieve the overall goal of reducing undernutrition among the children.   This is in support to Republic Act 10028, otherwise known as “Expanded Breastfeeding Promotion Act of 2009”,  that mandates all health and non-health  facilities, establishments or institutions, including public places to establish or provide breastfeeding stations for lactating women/nursing mothers or workers.

The Regional Nutrition Committee  passed RNC Resolution No. 1, series 2015 on 23 July 2015, “Requesting the Land Transportation  Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) Region V to issue a Directive/Circular requiring All Bus Operators  in the Bicol Region to designate a Breastfeeding Seat/BF Corner inside their buses and terminals” in support to RA 10028.  To facilitate its implementation, NNC RO V requested NEDA Social Development Committee during its 6 May 2016 to  endorse the same resolution to Regional Development Council (RDC).  



r5 rnac 2016Legazpi City. The National Nutrition Council Bicol will give due recognition to local government units that have shown outstanding performance in managing their local nutrition program on Tuesday, 6 December 2016, 1:00 o’clock in the afternoon at The Oriental Hotel, Legazpi City.  Likewise, the NNC will honor outstanding Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNS) who have done exemplary performance in their barangays by doing ordinary thing extraordinarily.