BNS Kit GigaquitButuan City- Typhoon affected areas in Surigao del Norte received kits for barangay nutrition scholars shared by the National Nutrition Council Caraga on 22-24 December 2021.

The BNS kits are part of the personal protection against COVID-19 virus while the BNSs are on duty. Items included in the kit are facemasks, alcohol and shield.

Areas visited by NNC with kits provided are the municipalities of Sison, Placer, Bacuag, Gigaquit, Claver, Tubud, Alegria and Surigao City.

The visit also monitored the post disaster situation and presence of evacuation areas. Except for Surigao City most of the LGUs with evacuation centers returned back home after 72 hours post disaster.

NNC is hopeful to visit the LGUs in Dinagat and Siargao Islands to meet with the nutrition networks and provide necessary response.

NutClus INGOButuan City- Nutrition Cluster response team convened for widen support and partnership on 27 December 2021 via blended meeting at Almont Inland Resort Hotel, Butuan City.

In a quick but meaningful meeting, OIC NPC Nino Archie Labordo shared to the group the post typhoon Odette situation particularly on nutrition related concerns in the ravaged areas of Surigao del Norte and Dinagat Islands.

Providing responses are members of the cluster to include updates from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) on prize freeze, Department of Health (DOH) on commodities available, Philippine Information Agency (PIA) on the progress of responses, and the Breastfeeding Nanay’s in Caraga on the online information drive.

On the other hand, the local government units of Tandag City shared on the responses forwarded to areas affected to include water and food. Also, the Province of Surigao del Sur shared of the related polices with regards to response by the province to areas of Surigao, Dinagat and Siargao.

BNS Claver 2021Butuan City- fifteen (15) barangay nutrition scholars (BNS) in the Municipality of Claver refreshed on the training for the barangay nutrition scholars on 21-23 December 2021 at the Rural Health Unit Building Conference, Claver, Surigao del Norte.

The said training is aimed to re-orient the BNSs of the roles and functions in the management of nutrition program at the barangay level.

Included topics in the training are the concept of the BNS Program, Food and Nutrition, Nutrition Program Management and the Different Skills of the BNS.

OIC-NPC Nino Archie S. Labordo discussed the topic on Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition and the Role of the BNS as an additional training topic.

On the other hand, Nutrition Officer Raphael P. Ochavo shared the MELLPI Pro for the BNS and the National Nutrition Council incentives and benefits.

NutClus Odette SisonButuan City- The Regional Nutrition Cluster chaired by the National Nutrition Council visited the typhoon Odette ravaged towns in Surigao del Norte on 22-24 December 2021.

Joining the Nutrition Cluster are from the Department of Health and the Provincial Nutrition Office of Surigao del Norte. The group visited the municipalities of Sison, Gigaquit, Placer, Bacuag, Claver, Tubod and Alegria all in the Province of Surigao del Norte.

During the monitoring, the said towns are busy in the response activities to include repacking and distribution of relief goods to the affected families.

The conduct of the visit and monitoring is aimed at ensuring that the vulnerable children and mothers are taken cared of, likewise, advisories regarding installation of breastfeeding corners and no milk formula donations are provided.

RNAC 2021 CNAO GeliButuan City- City Nutrition Action Officer Mr. Reyveen John B. Geli received the Nutrition Service Award for his exemplary performance in the management and implementation of nutrition program in the City of Tandag, Surigao del Sur during the Regional Nutrition Awarding Ceremony held on 20 December at LJ Mega Convention Hall, Butuan City.

Prior to his post as CNAO, Mr. Geli served as the City Nutrition Program Coordinator where his expertise on coordination and management on nutrition programs was galvanized.

In 2017, Mr. Geli started to lead the nutrition program implementation of the City through its different innovations and strategies employed to reduce the different forms of Malnutrition.

He believes that the foundation of good nutrition implementation will start at the barangay level of which he ensured that all the 21 barangays are reactivated with a functional Barangay Nutrition Committee. Likewise, inclusion of the First 1,000 days program in the Local Nutrition Action Plans and the Annual Investment Programs are secured.

RNAC 2021 BNS GarciaButuan City- Soledad B. Garcia of Brgy. Baan Km. 3 is the City’s Outstanding Barangay Nutrition Scholar (OBNS) of Butuan City and contender to the regional search for the OBNS shared her appreciation to the support given by the Barangay Nutrition Committee in the nutrition program implementation.

The message was shared by BNS Garcia during the Regional Nutrition Awarding Ceremony held on 20 December at LJ Mega Convention Hall, Butuan City.

She mentioned of a high number of malnourished children in her barangay in the previous years but because of the support provided by the BNC, Brgy. Baan Km. 3 recorded a zero malnourished child this year.

Brgy. Baan Km. 3 is Chaired by ABC President Gemma P. Tabada who is active in pushing the welfare of good nutrition for children and the whole community. BNS Garcia relayed that during the Chairpersonship of Hon. Tabada policies are aggressively passed to include ordinances on health and nutrition concerns, welfare of the constituents and health workers and implementation of the barangay nutrition action plan.