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Ribbon Cutting during the opening and blessing of Breastfeeding Station in Bicol Central Station, Naga CityImagine that you’re a mother exclusively breastfeeding your baby and travelling to another place to visit. Many mothers find it difficult to continue breastfeeding while travelling unless they have their own vehicle or there is a nearby place to drop-by so they can breastfeed their baby. How about a mother waiting to ride a bus or a jeepney at a terminal yet she needs to breastfeed her baby? When in Naga City, worry no more because of the LGU’s initiative to provide a specific area for breastfeeding or lactating mothers.

On 1 March 2016, the Naga City Nutrition Committee led by Mayor John G. Bongat in collaboration with the City Population and Nutrition Office (CPNO) opened to the public the breastfeeding center located at the Bicol Central Station (BCS). The inauguration of the breastfeeding center highlights the significance of a specific area or place where breastfeeding can be continuously practiced even in a public place without compromising the privacy of lactating mothers.

RO 5 2016 5th NutriQuizLegazpi City – Eleven Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNS) representing their respective province and city in the Bicol Region competed to become the Champion during the 5th Regional Nutrition and Health Quiz held on 4 February at the Event Area of the Pacific Mall in Legazpi City. The event, led by NNC with funding support from DOH, once again showed the unity among the members of the Regional Nutrition Committee (RNC) and media partners towards a nutrition event. This quiz tested the knowledge and ability of the volunteers on health, nutrition, food, population, current events and programs on social services.

Indeed, all contestants were champions from their respective provinces and cities but only one took home the title as the regional champion. The battle of minds and enthusiasm during the whole contest was so intense that three tie breaking questions needed to be drawn on both the elimination and championship round to declare the winner. With PIA Director Naz as the quizmaster, excitement and heart-melting moments were felt during the contest.

NGO Forum vertical 2ft x 4ft comThrough the 2nd Regional NGO Forum conducted last 4 December at Hotel Venezia in Legazpi City, NNC Bicol continued to intensify partnerships with local government and non-government organizations. Nine (9) NGOs from different parts of the Bicol region and eight (8) agency members of the Regional Nutrition Committee (RNC) took part in the said event. Themed “NGO-GO Cooperation towards Optimal First 1000 Days”, the activity generally aimed to contribute to the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) movement, targeting to generate commitments in 2016 from stakeholders, with emphasis on the first 1000 days.

NPC Arlene R. Reario shared the presentation on “Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD), The First 1000 Days”, highlighting that good nutrition in the first 1000 days sets the foundation on children's growth and development. NO III Valeza of NNC provided the input on Updated Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition 2014-2016. NPC Reario reiterated the significance of NGO-GO collaboration in nutrition action and improvement.

Sharing their experiences in nutrition program implementation during the panel discussion were Ms. Venus Laforteza, Health and Nutrition Specialist of World Vision Philippines and Ms. Natividad Cardel, City Nutrition Program Coordinator of Legazpi City. Ms. Laforteza discussed their Pinoy Nutrition Hub experience whereas CNPC Cardel imparted Legazpi City’s best practices towards optimal nutrition of mother and children.

Ms. Cristina Rico, Planning Officer II of DOH RO V led the workshop to firm up initial investments and re-align future commitments of NGOs along the PPAN priority actions.
Collaborative efforts of various sectors and not through a single spoon alone will accelerate action towards a well-nourished citizenry. With positive responses and commitments from participating NGOs, the door for scaling up nutrition interventions in the Bicol region was further widened.

RO 5 2016 Prov IYCF WHOCGS Trainers MeetingLegazpi City. A series of trainings will be conducted by the National Nutrition Council Bicol on WHO-Child Growth Standards (WHO-CGS) for health workers and Peer Counsellors training on Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF). With funding support from the Department of Health RO V, these trainings will cover the six provinces of Bicol Region namely Albay, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Catanduanes, Masbate, and Sorsogon. Last 14-15 January 2016, a 2-day live-in meeting was conducted at Hotel Villa Angelina in Legazpi City to review the modules of the 2 trainings and strategize on how best to conduct these.

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Naga City- About 300 participants comprised of local chief executives, members of the local nutrition committee, nutrition action officers, district and city nutrition program coordinators, Regional Nutrition Committee members and RTWG, Regional Nutrition Evaluation Team (RNET) members, barangay nutrition scholars, media partners and invited guests gathered to witness and participate in the 2015 Regional Nutrition Awarding Ceremony held on 20 November 2015 at Villa Caceres Hotel in Naga City. This annual prestigious event of the NNC Bicol gives due recognition to local government units in the region that have shown outstanding performance in managing their local nutrition program. Likewise, in this event, NNC honors the outstanding Barangay Nutrition Scholars who have done commendable performance in their barangays by doing ordinary things extraordinarily. 

From the results of the conduct of the Monitoring and Evaluation of Local Level Plan Implementation (MELLPI) from March to August 2015 through the combined efforts of the RNET, the following distinctions and recognitions were laid:

2014 Top Performing Barangays on Nutrition

v  Brgy. Quitago, Guinobatan, Albay v  Brgy. Maporong, Oas, Albay
v  Brgy. Gubat, Daet, Camarines Norte v  Brgy. Buyo, Virac, Catanduanes
v  Brgy. Magnesia del Norte, Virac, Catanduanes v  Brgy. Valencia, Virac, Catanduanes
v  Brgy. Badling, Uson, Masbate v  Brgy. Buenavista, Uson, Masbate
v  Brgy. Panicijan, Uson, Masbate v  Brgy. Central, Bulusan, Sorsogon
v  Brgy. Looban, Bulusan, Sorsogon v  Brgy. Sabang, Bulusan, Sorsogon
v  Brgy. Sapñgan, Bulusan, Sorsogon v  Brgy. Timbayog, Casiguran, Sorsogon
v  Brgy. I (Poblacion), Sta. Magdalena, Sorsogon v  Brgy. Bagsangan, Irosin, Sorsogon
v  Brgy. San Agustin, Iriga City v  Brgy. Sto. Domingo, Iriga City
v  Brgy. Panicuason, Naga City v  Brgy. San Isidro, Naga City
v  Brgy. San Pascual, Sorsogon City v  Brgy. Bongabong, Tabaco City
v  Brgy. Bacolod, Tabaco City  

These 23 outstanding barangays out of the 100 barangays from six provinces, 21 municipalities and 7 cities visited were identified by the RNET after receiving an average score of at least 95 percent during the nutrition evaluation. They received a certificate of recognition and a token of an 18-inch industrial fan to be used in their nutrition center.

RO 5 2016 Laptop grant to BNS in Naga CityNaga City – All twenty seven (27) Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNS) of Naga City received a brand new laptop during the BNS Planning Workshop held last 18 January 2016 at Bicol Science and Technology Centrum. Mayor John G. Bongat personally initiated the awarding and distribution of the laptop computers assisted by the City Nutrition Program Coordinators Ms. Raquel B. Buere, Ms. Rosemarie V. Zuniega, and Mr. Alvin V. Villacruz. The 3 CNPCs likewise each received the same unit of laptop as managers of the nutrition programs in the city.