INAYThe National Nutrition Council (NNC) Caraga joins in the promotion of Safe Motherhood Week pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 200, s. 2002, declaring the second week of May of every year as “Safe Motherhood Week” to promote maternal health and nutrition in the country through preventive and promotive activities as well as addressing avoidable factors that can cause death during pregnancy, childbirth, and post-partum. In the Philippines, some improvement in delivery care was indicated in the preliminary results of National Demographic and Health Survey 2014 (NDHS). In particular, the findings unveil an increase in facility-based deliveries and in births delivered by health professionals. However, there is still a need to further improve and strengthen the implementation of the National Safe Motherhood Program by the Department of Health. Considering these factors, the Department of Health with its Administrative Order No. 2008-0029 or the Implementing Health Reforms for Rapid reduction of Maternal and Neonatal Mortality was formulated to guide the development, implementation and evaluation of various programs aimed at women, mothers and children, with the ultimate goal of rapidly reducing maternal and neonatal mortality in the country.

Within this mandate, minimum standard services are pre-pregnancy services; antennal care; proper care during delivery; and postpartum and postnatal care.

RNC Meeting 11MayButuan City – On 11 May 2022 the Regional Nutrition Committee (RNC) convenes it’s First Meeting at Almont Inland Resort, Butuan City, and via Zoom platform, presided-over by the RNC Chairperson and DOH-Center for Health and Development Caraga, Regional Director, Dr. Cesar C. Cassion.

The meeting discussed relevant issues and concerns about nutrition and its implementation. Lined-up items in the meeting are: (1) review of the Regional Nutrition Committee structure; (2) 2021 Operation Timbang Plus (OPT+); (3) Updates on typhoon Odette Response and Nutrition Cluster Policies and Activities; and (4) 2022 Nutrition Month Celebration.

Five resolutions passed and approved during the meeting which is seen to improve the nutrition landscape of the region. The resolutions are:  (1) amendment of the 2015 RNC resolution on the Expansion of RNC members  to include  Nutrition Action Officers to maintain NAO Federation membership with NAO President to represent the association and inclusion of two other civil society organization or non-governmental organization as members of the Committee to complete three representatives to the RNC; (2) prioritize LGUs with high prevalence of malnutrition in their development plans through a multi-sectoral approach; (3)  adoption of the Philippine Integrated Management of Acute Malnutrition (PIMAM) protocol and referral system in Caraga; (4) revitalization of the Breastfeeding Committee in the region; and (5) support to the 2022 Nutrition Month Celebration.

ADS MELLPI Oreintation April 2022Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur- Members of the Provincial Nutrition Committee (PNC) and City/Municipal Nutrition Action Officers (C/MNAOs) of Agusan del Sur reorient on the Monitoring and Evaluation of Local Level Plan Implementation (MELLPI) Protocol on April 27, 2022 at Agriculture’s Conference Hall, this province.

The discussion led by National Nutrition Council Caraga, Officer-in-Charge, Dr. Nino Archie S. Labordo focused on the dimensions, scoring and computation utilizing the MELLPI Pro tool.

The essential dimensions that will be identified and reviewed by the monitoring and evaluation team are the organizational and the worker component. Under the organizational component includes: presence of the vision and mission, adoption and implementation of nutrition policies and laws, status of governance and organizational structure, functionality of Local Nutrition Committee Management, implementation of nutrition intervention/ services, and the changes in the nutrition status in the Local Government Units (LGUs).

In the worker component, their performance in terms of planning, organizing, advocacy, coordination, resource generation, documentation, record keeping, monitoring and their evaluation skills are being evaluated.

CPDBUTUAN CITY – In its letter received today, May 13, 2022, the Philippine Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) grants accreditation to the National Nutrition Council (NNC) Caraga as Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Provider for Caraga Region. The accreditation grants NNC Caraga the authority to conduct trainings, seminars and fora with corresponding CPD units for a number of professions upon proper application with the PRC. Programs and courses to be offered with CPD units includes, but not limited to, Nutrition Program Management (NPM) Training, Local Nutrition Action Planning (LNAP) Workshop, and Nutrition in Emergencies-Information Management (NIE-IM) Training.

Cervical Awareness Month 2022The National Nutrition Council-Caraga joins in the promotion of Cervical Cancer Awareness Month pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 368 undertaking the campaign to curb cervical cancer incidence through increased consciousness and medical assistance through screening, with intensifying the significance of early detection to fight against cervical cancer.

Cancer is characterized by the uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells in the body caused by the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) that begins in the cervix. It is a disease that can be prevented through HPV vaccination and regular screening. Any woman can get cervical cancer, but some women are at higher risk because of factors such as: Having the Human Papillomavirus Virus, early age at first birth (younger than 20 years old) and women with 3 or more full-term pregnancies are at increased risk, early sexual intercourse, history of multiple sexual partners (or a partner with multiple partners), history of the sexually transmitted disease, a sexual relationship with a person who has exposure to HPV, not screened with Pap (Papanicolaou) test in more than 5 years and never been screened at all, who smoke since it weakens the immune system, making it harder to fight off HPV infections, and women over the age of 30.

Considering nutrition, epidemiologic studies recommend that dietary factors may influence the risk for cervical cancer. The effect of diet may be attributable to the suppressive action of certain micronutrients such as carotenoids (both vitamin A and non-vitamin A precursors), folate, and vitamins C and E, on HPV infection.

ADS Meeting April 27 28Prosperidad, ADS- The National Nutrition Council Caraga led by OIC RNPC, Dr. Nino Archie S. Labordo provided technical assistance and nutrition related updates in the Joint Meeting of the Provincial Nutrition Committee (PNC) and Nutrition Action Officers (NAOs) on April 27-28, 2022 at the Agriculture’s Conference Hall, Government Center, Patin-ay, Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur.

With forty-eight (48) attendees, the meeting presided-over by the Acting-Assistant Provincial Administrator Geronimo L. Porlares, Jr. on behalf of Governor Santiago B. Cane, Jr., the Chairman of Provincial Nutrition Committee discussed relevant concerns and issues on nutrition program implementation.

Included in the agenda presented by PNAO Laniebelle Angchangco are: (1) regional and provincial nutrition situation; (2) 2021 Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition (PPAN) accomplishments of the province and (3) the review of Evaluation of Food Production and Sanitation (EFPSAN).

OIC-RNPC Labordo discussed the key features of Monitoring and Evaluation of Local Level Plan of Implementation Protocol (MELLPI Pro) of the Nutrition Programs, Projects and Activities and nutrition focal point persons at the local government units.