Participants and Resource Speakers of the 2016 Nutriskwela Community Radio Refresher Training, Radyo KaamigoCatanduanes – Thirty participants representing the different sectors in the municipalities of Viga, Panganiban and Bagamanoc in Catanduanes committed support to the re-organized Community Radio Council (CRC) of the Nutriskwela Community Radio, Radyo Kaamigo last 26 May 2016. The induction ceremony of the new members and officers took place after completion of the 4-day refresher training on Community Radio Broadcasting under NNC’s Nutriskwela Community Radio Network Program held last 23-26 May 2016 at Catanduanes State University in its Panganiban Campus.

The Nutriskwela Community Radio Network Program of NNC aims to empower communities through the establishment of community radio stations that disseminates nutrition, health and development-oriented information to community members.

In partnership with NNC, MQ Mediazone Productions conducted the training covering background and polices of the Nutriskwela Community Radio Network Program and basic techniques on anchoring, writing, and broadcasting. Expert resource speakers composed of Mr. Mario Garcia, Mr. Kiko Flores, Mr. Andy Vital and Ms. Mackay Quadra generously shared their knowledge and expertise to the participants.  NNC staff,  Mr. Xian Justin Alden of NNC NIED and Mr. Marvin Agripa of NNC Bicol were both present to document and address questions and issues raised by participants related to the program.

RO 5 2016 KAB Letter Sender Winner 3Katumbas ay Biyaya, the National Nutrition Council’s multimedia campaign to promote good nutrition to the public, proves to be changing the lives of the Filipino people. Mrs. Lorely de Guzman-Labo, one the two winners from Bicol region of the Katumbas ay Biyaya Season 10 Letter Writing Contest, is a living proof of this. With health and nutrition well-being on top of her priorities, Lorely considers the 30-minute radio program to be really a blessing.Lorely was born and raised in Sitio Culuyan Dos, Barangay Macad, Pasacao, Camarines Sur. As a wife and mother of three, listening to the radio program is a must. Having the goal of improving the nutritional and health status of her family, just like any other mother, she has been an avid listener since she came across the radio program in DZRH during its first season in 2008.

Katumbas ay Biyaya is indeed life-changing for the 35-year old housewife. She recalls the earlier when she would give in to her eldest son’s request to serve fried foods almost every day just so that the boy won’t cry. But as Lorely gradually learns the basics of proper nutrition through the episodes of the radio program, she was able to discover ways and simple techniques on how to nourish her family.

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.

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 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.

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.