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RO5 2013 Child Care on Mothers DayThe Liberty Commercial Center Legazpi conducted a One-day Nutritional Activity dubbed as “Child Care on Mother’s Day” on 12 May 2013 from 8:00 am to 12:00 nn at LCC Activity Center. This activity is part of the on-going outreach program of LCC together with the humanitarian activities focused primarily on promoting the Health and Welfare of indigent children. 110 children ages 1-5 years old from Barangays San Roque and Sabang, Legazpi City were provided with supplemental feeding, multi-vitamins and medical check-up.

Weight and height taking were also conducted with the help of Barangay Nutrition Scholars of targeted barangays. The National Nutrition Council together with the City Nutrition Office of Legazpi were invited to extend their support and technical assistance during the said activity. Mrs. Marlyn L. Beldad gave a short message in behalf of Mrs. Arlene R. Reario, Nutrition Program Coordinator of NNC who was still in Manila after a trip in Bangkok, Thailand for the Asia Region Knowledge Management Workshop on Children and Food Security.

The message given by NPC Reario which was translated in bicol dialect by Mrs. Beldad emphasized the role of mothers in rearing their children through proper breastfeeding which is the best intervention to ward off sickness and death of children. It was further stressed that breastmilk is the best food for babies and thus, breastfeeding is considered as anti-poverty strategy to reduce family expenses.

"Saktong Iodine sa Asin" Quality Seal Region V LaunchingLegazpi City –The National Nutrition Council Bicol in partnership with the Department of Health Region V and Food and Drug Administration Field Office V launched in the Bicol Region the Saktong Iodine sa AsinQuality Seal last 08 September 2015 at Kanzo Hall & Restaurant, Legazpi City. This is to promote usage and raise awareness on the benefits of fortification of salt as a means to increase the iodine intake of the population particularly of the at risk group thus eliminating the problem of Iodine deficiency.

The said activity was attended by more than 70 participants representing the regional government agencies such as PIA Bicol, DOST V, DA V, DSWD FO V, DepEd V, Bureau of Customs, Philippine Ports Authority, and PNP RO 5. These member agencies also comprise the Regional Bantay Asin Task Force (RBATF) which serves as watchdog of the distribution and supply of adequately-iodized salt through strengthened monitoring and wider dissemination of advocacies legally supported by resolutions and guidelines and complementing the initiatives of partners in the national level.

Also present were those from DOLE, DepED Albay Division, teachers of Bagtang Elementary School, BNSs, Provincial/City/Municipal Nutrition Action Officers (NAOs), District and City Nutrition Program Coordinators (DCNPCs), Bicol Regional Barangay Nutrition Scholars Association (BRBNSA, Inc.) officers and members, Bicol Media sa Nutrisyon Members, Manila Times Correspondent and ABS-CBN Legazpi who covered the celebration.

RO5 regional launching of Giya sa Marhay na Nutrisyon para sa PilipinoLegazpi City. NNC Regional Office V successfully launched the NGF or Giya sa Marhay na Nutrisyon para sa Pilipino on 26 November 2013 at La Piazza Hotel and Convention Center, Legazpi City. The NGF was translated by the media group during their planning-workshop on 30 October. A total of 220 participants consisting of the RNC/RTWG members, Regional BNS Association, NGOs, NAOs, DCNPCs, BHWs, BNSs, peer counselors, and media from different parts of the region attended the said event.

NPC Reario opened the program and explained the importance of NGF encouraging the participants to promote and adopt it to their respective areas. She discussed the 10 messages and their implication to health.

RNC Chair and Regional Director of DOH-CHD V, Gloria J. Balboa delivered an inspirational speech stressing out that nutrition education still remains as the cornerstone to improving the nutritional status of the populations in the long term. Disseminating simple and practical nutrition messages that encourage individuals to consume an adequate and well-balance diet together with a healthy lifestyle is therefore a most desirable objective. She quoted the following from Mahatma Gandhi and Mark Twain as her parting words, ‘Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.’

bns plaqueThe 3,300 strong membership association of Barangay Nutrition Scholars in Bicol Region will hold their annual conference here in Legazpi City, on 29, August 2013 at the Albay Astrodome. BNSs, as they are popularly known, “serves” as the backbone in combating malnutrition at the community level. Thus the event is dubbed “BNS Empowerment Towards Community Action Against Malnutrition.”

Said event will be attended by 1,000 delegates and representatives coming from the 6 provinces of the Bicol region, in an annual gathering that seeks to enhance their knowledge and skills in promoting appropriate nutrition interventions at the community level. Despite recent economic development of the country, malnutrition remains one of the major problems besetting both the countryside and urban areas of the country, especially Bicol Region.

Ms. Erlinda B. Nollora, the current President of the Bicol Region BNS Association, Inc. (BRBNSA, Inc.) hails from Barangay Hanawan, Ocampo, Camarines Sur. She has been serving as a BNS for 28 years now, one of the longest serving BNS in the region. President Nollora also seats as a member of the board of director of the National BNS Federation, Inc. The BRBNSA,Inc. started consolidating themselves 3 years ago, through series of meetings, capacity building and seminars. Annually, BNSs across the country are being recognized by the National Nutrition Council (NNC) with their exemplary performance through the Search for City, Provincial, Regional and National Outstanding BNS. NNC also recognizes long serving BNS for their loyalty and continuous service.

“We are very thankful for the support being extended to us by the National Nutrition Council. If not for them, our efforts would not have been recognized, and we would not have the courage to band ourselves and strengthen our resolve to pursue the advocacy and volunteer work to address malnutrition, in the Bicol Region.”

RO5 Officers and Board of DirectorsLegazpi City. Officers and Members of the Board of Directors of Bicol Media sa Nutrisyon had their Oath Taking during the Regional Launching of new NGF, held on 26 November at La Piazza Hotel and Convention Center, Legazpi City before Regional Director Arnel B. Garcia of DSWD FO 5. Its president, Mr. Tito B. Ordinario, Station Manager of 99.5 Love Radio, Legazpi City was not present but its Vice President, Mr. Henry Maceda,

Vice President for Program of DZGB/TV 6, Legazpi City and the rest of the officers were present. In Mr. Maceda’s speech on behalf of the group, he accepted the challenge of being NNC’s partner in ensuring the dissemination of correct nutrition information through the print, radio and television. The media group is actively supporting NNC’s campaign in disseminating the new NGF and other nutrition and health related messages by airing NNC’s nutrition messages and integrating these in local radio programs. The event, covered live on radio by DWRL, was likewise featured by local ABSCBN through its TV Patrol Bicol and GMA 7’s Baretang Bikol shown on the same day.

b 220 132 2734 0   images stories region5 2013 FILES Nutrition in emergencies training for Juban and IrosinSorsogon City.  WFP together with the provincial government of Sorsogon and NNC Bicol will conduct training on nutrition in emergency for the municipalities of Irosin and Juban in the province of Sorsogon. Both these municipalities are prone to emergency due to the threat of typhoon and volcanic eruptions. At least 20 members of the municipal disaster reduction and coordinating council from each municipality are expected to attend this training.  As members of the municipal nutrition committee, the same group will act as the members of the municipal nutrition cluster, a sub-cluster of the local disaster risk reduction and management council (LDRRMC).  Ms. Salome Navales, the Municipal Nutrition Action Officer of Irosin said that “This is a timely training as we want to ensure that the vulnerable groups such as the infants, pregnant and lactating women, the elderly and the persons with disability are given extra care and love, particularly during emergency situations.”  For her part, NPC Arlene R. Reario of NNC Bicol affirmed the need to capacitate members of the provincial and municipal nutrition clusters to ensure that they are ready to respond to the nutrition needs during emergencies and disasters.   She added that one of the important outputs of the training is the formulation of the Nutrition in Emergency Preparedness, Response and Recovery Plan in the 2 municipalities.