Nutrition Action Officers, Data CollecEWS6tors, Brgy. Nutrition Scholars, and Early Warning System Core Team from the municipalities of San Francisco and Talacogon in the Province of Agusan del Sur attended the virtual refresher on Local Nutrition Early Warning System for Food and Nutrition Security last Oct. 13, 2020 facilitated by the National Nutrition Council Caraga. OIC-NPC Ms. Retsebeth M. Laquihon welcomed the participants and stressed the importance of EWS toward achieving food and nutrition security thru early warning information to counter any threat either natural or human induced that may affect the ability of communities and households to obtain sufficient food. The objective of the refresher course is to re-orient the data collectors and the EWS Core Team on the overview and mechanics of EWS-FNS program implementation, which plays a vital role on food and nutrition security thru establishing an information system. This will also prepare the EWS areas for the resumption of data collection in their respective sentinel barangays this quarter to determine the impact of COVID-19 in food and nutrition security and come up with a local food and nutrition security plan for sustainability.

Further, the EWS processes were discussed which includes key steps in data collection, analysis and interpretation as well as the importance of communicating and disseminating the data and information for nutrition program planning and decision making for food and nutrition security along its dimension on availability, accessibility, utilization and stability.

NOII Leah Vina Vargas also presented the general guidelines on the conduct of household interviews to guide the data collectors on the complete and accurate collection of data.

Agusan del Sur PNAO Laniebelle Angchangco gave her closing statement by encouraging all data collectors and NAOs to stand firm on their duty as we continue to experience the damaging effect of the COVID-19 pandemic in the implementation of health and nutrition programs.

NNC Caraga is sincerely grateful to the Municipalities of San Francisco and Talacogon in the Province of Agusan del Sur, especially the Municipal Nutrition Action Officers Ms. Mamerlyn Bugaoan of San Francisco and Mr. Eric Jay Obeñita of Talacogon and all the barangay data collectors, BNSs and the rest of the stakeholders who have been instrumental in the continuous implementation of the EWS-FNS in their respective localities.

Author: NOI Raphael P. Ochavo, RN