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Anthropometric tools Oct 2022Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur – Recognizing the significance of standard measurement tools, the government and non-government organizations have joined hands to ensure that the anthropometric measurements of the vulnerable groups stay within an acceptable range of assessment. Thirteen municipalities and one city in Agusan del Sur received anthropometric tools on 18 October 2022 at The Farmer’s Inn, Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur during the Nutrition Program Management Orientation and Advocacy Forum.

Each local government unit received a salter weighing scale from Department of Health-Center for Health and Development Caraga (DOH-CHD), beam balance from World Health Organization (WHO) Philippines and height board from UNICEF Philippines and National Nutrition Council Caraga.

The salter weighing scale is used for measuring the weight of children aged two years old and below. It is a spring type of weighing scale that is partnered with weighing pants where the child is placed for measurement. On the other hand, the beam balance measures the weight of children ages two years old and above. It is a type of scale that uses a system of sliding weights on the beam.

BNS Lapaz Oct 2022Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur – The Provincial Health Office-Nutrition Services of Agusan del Sur conducted a three-day capacity building for all barangay nutrition scholars (BNS) in the Municipality of La Paz on October 19-21, 2022 conducted at Demofarm Training Center, La Paz, Agusan del Sur.

Sangguniang Bayan Member on Health, Hon. Josephine Carmona of La Paz, Agusan del Sur delivered welcomed the twenty-two (22) Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNS) and the team of facilitators and resource speakers.

The training equipped the participants with knowledge and skills to be a steadfast BNS of their respective barangays. Included in the training were the significance of the core values in performing their roles and responsibilities as a BNS, basic concepts in food and nutrition, the barangay nutrition program in the local development system, and effective community nutrition assessment.

NPM ADS Oct2022Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur – As an initiative to strengthen the roles and commitments of the Local Nutrition Committees in combating malnutrition in the Province of Agusan del Sur, the National Nutrition Council Caraga conducted an Orientation on Nutrition Program Management and Advocacy Forum on 18 October 2022 at The Farmer’s Inn Hotel, Prosperidad, this province.

The activity invited the Local Chief Executives (LCEs), Sangguniang Bayan Members and Nutrition Action Officers to enable a more engaged and efficient body towards the best nutrition service delivery for the vulnerable groups of their respective communities.

In her opening remarks, Provincial Nutrition Action Officer (PNAO) Laniebelle T. Angchangco emphasized that malnutrition is a threat multiplier and intergenerational which could affect the overall population and the economy of the community. However, it can be prevented with a help and solid support from the LCEs, local legislators and the Local Nutrition Committee. Having said that, she appreciated the presence of Hon. Myrna Mondejar, the Municipal Mayor of Veruela, SB members and the nutrition implementers of the different Local Government Units (LGUs), who spared their time and presence during the activity.

ADS Photop NPM LCEProsperidad, Agusan del Sur – National Nutrition Council Caraga spearheaded an Orientation on Nutrition Program Management and Advocacy Forum in an aim to garner support and commitments from the local administrators and legislators of Agusan del Sur on nutrition agenda. The activity was held at The Farmer’s Inn Hotel, Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur on 18 October 2022.

Attended by various personalities from different Local Government Units (LGUs), some of them shared their insights and commitments in support to nutrition. Among them is the Municipal Mayor of Veruela and Sangguniang Bayan members and representatives of different municipalities.

The Local Chief Executive of the Municipality of Veruela, Mayor Myrna Mondejar recognized the importance of a functional Municipal Nutrition Committee in order to address malnutrition in a certain locality. With this new perspective obtained from the orientation, she committed to continue in making health as her priority and will focus in maternal and child nutrition.

PDI MOU TK Signing Oct2022San Jose, PDI – On October 11, 2022, five (5) Local Chief Executives of Province of Dinagat Islands (PDI) showed their support on Tutok-Kainan – Dietary Supplementation Program (TK-DSP) by signing the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) at San Jose Pension House, Province of Dinagat Islands.

The purpose of the MOU is to provide technical and logistical support to the targeted provinces and its municipalities for the TK-DSP in Caraga region.

Conducted along with the MOU signing is the ceremonial turn-over of PPAN 2023-2028 jackets to the LCEs of PDI in which it was commenced by National Nutrition Council (NNC) Caraga, OIC-Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator Dr. Niño Archie S. Labordo.

LCEs present during the event are: Governor Nilo P. Demerey Jr. of PDI, San Jose Mayor Yngwie Hero B. Ecleo, Cagdianao Mayor Marc Adelson D. Longos, Libjo Mayor Melody Llamera-Compasivo and Tubajon Mayor Simplicia P. Pedrablanca.

Nutriskwela training Oct2022Butuan City (Jennifer P. Gaitano, PIA) – In time with the conduct of Training on Nutriskwela (Nutrisyon Eskwela) Community Radio Broadcasting initiated by the National Nutrition Council (NNC) Caraga in General Luna and Del Carmen, both in Siargao Island, Surigao del Norte, the Nutriskwela personnel from dxNG-FM 97.7 Radyo Kabakhawan, shared their best practices that were known in the town of Del Camen during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr. Romy Jun Sunico, campus president of Surigao del Norte State University – Del Carmen Campus (formerly Surigao State College of Technology) bared that Radyo Kabakhawan as a community radio in the said municipality has been very useful to the institution, as the SNSU was able to maximize the utilization of the radio station for broadcasting relevant information and updates to the public amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

“During the COVID-19 pandemic wherein strict health protocols were imposed and travel restriction was observed, Radyo Kabakhawan was still functional, operating and able to reach out to the people in the community because it was used to disseminate timely, accurate and relevant information to the public. It was also used to broadcast learning instructional materials to students of SNSU while face-to-face classes were temporarily suspended,” Sunico underscored.