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Cotabato City. National Nutrition Council BARMM in collaboration with the Ministry of the Interior and Local Government conducts the First Virtual Forum on Governors' Action: The Fight of Local Government Against Malnutrition on June 14, 2021 via Zoom platform. This forum aims to seek the Provincial Government to prioritize and support nutrition programs, to share the nutrition interventions of the Regional Plan of Action for Nutrition 2020-2022 and to integrate Local Nutrition Action Plan to LGUs Annual Investments Plans.

Provincial Governor Bai Mariam S. Mangudadatu is represented by her Provincial Planning Development Officer, Mr. Nulfarid Ampatuan who shared their experience in their current Supplementation Feeding Program in selected municipalities of Maguindanao.


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Cotabato City. The Ministry of Basic, Higher and Technical Education (MBHTE), through its Health and Nutrition Unit, began on May 21, 2021, the delivery of the commodities for the implementation of the School-Based Feeding Program (SBFP) to target school beneficiaries in the different schools division offices across the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region.

The program aims to adhere to the provision of Iron Fortified Rice under RA 11037 to be provided to target beneficiaries every school day using the recommended cycle menu and locally available or indigenous vegetables from school gardens.

In BARMM, the government allocated funding support from its Block Grant to the SBFP for SY 2020-2021, targeting 160,000 school children all over the region for 120 feeding days.


Maguindanao. Sultan Kudarat Mayor Shameem B. Mastura took the lead to capacitate the 44 Barangay Nutrition Scholars through the initiatives of MNAO Zuhayra H. Panda and HRH-NDDP Mr. Herald Booph M. Villas in collaboration with National Nutrition Council-BARMM.

The 5-day back-to-back training was held last May 17-21, 2021 at the Municipal Gymnasium and ABC Hall of the said municipality. The training followed the minimum health standard given by the Inter-Agency Task Force.

The 44 Barangay Nutriiton Scholars are now ready to assist the LGU and RHU to combat the malnutrition problem in the municipality with 2.40% stunting prevalence of 6-59 months old children, based on the 2021 OPT results.

Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao is a 1st Class Municipality with 39 barangays.

Congratulations and Mabuhay!

NO III Hannah Farinah M. Lidasan

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June 7, 2021. Maguindanao. Local Government Unit of Mother Kabuntalan under the leadership of Mayor Datu Salaban Diocolano in coordination with the Rural Health Unit directed the participations of Barangay Nutrition Scholars to assist in the implementation of RESBAKUNA activity in the municipality.

The 15 BNS were assigned in the registration table and assist the clients in filling in the informations needed. Municipal Nutrition Action Officer Bai Johanna D. Lauban and HRH NDDP Ms. Jacqueline E. Gurtiza, RN encouraged the BNS to apply their newly aquired knowledge and skills, since they were trained on Basic Course for Barangay Nutrition Scholars last April 5-9, 2021 by the National Nutrition Council BARMM and IPHO Maguindanao.

Municipal Health Officer, Dr Harizah Amilil urges the sectors belonging to A1 and A3 to register, get vaccinated and complete the required number of doses as scheduled.

Author: NO II Maleja Daud Jaamil


October 28, 2020. Cotabato City. The Provincial Government of Lanao Del Sur Chief Mamintal Bombit Adiong acknowledges the gargantuan task to address the nutritional problems faced by the constituents since his assumption as the Governor. The data dissemination of Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology in the recently concluded Expanded National Nutrition Survey (ENNS) revealed the marked improvement of Lanao del Sur from Stunting rate of 5 out 10 (49%) below 5 year old children to 3 (33.3%) in just 4 years.

Undernutrition, Wasting, and Obesity data is even better or at par with the National Data as reported. “This is one of the most significant reduction on malnutrition record in the entire region of Bangsamoro Region in the recent years.” The report was lauded by Chief Minister Ahod Balawag Ebrahim acting as the Regional Nutrition Czar. With the support and concerted effort of the BARMM Regional Nutrition Committee, Local Government Units, Civil Society Organizations, International Non-Government Organizations, Non-Government Organizations and National Nutrition Council, it strengthened the drive to attain the objectives. “I am very happy that our efforts had paid off. The dedication of health personnel towards nutritional challenges is consistent with the national goals and objectives”, said Dr. Alinader Minalang, the Provincial Health Chief of the province.

As former ARMM Health Secretary Sinolinding Jr. mentioned in 1996, “The road to nutrition and health is certain with our commitment and cooperation.” Indeed.  

BNS Rowena 1June 3, 2021. Barangay Nutrition Scholar of Barangay Seferegen, Upi Maguindanao, Ms. Rowena Ali was selected to represent the 950 BNS of the Bangsmoro Region of Muslim Mindanao.

National Nutrition Council and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) conducts the National Validation Workshop for the Training Regulation on Community Nutrition Services via Zoom platform.  Each region is represented a BNS to review and provide insights on the proposed competencies and training process which provides an opportunity for rhe qualified BNS to earn a National Certification II. 

The partnership of NNC and TESDA hopes to produce competent BNS all over the country to deliver quality nutrition services in communities in support of the Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition 2017-2022.


Photos credits to NNC Official and Upi Barangay Nutrition Scholars post.

Author: NO II Maleja Daud Jaamil