IMG 7019The National Nutrition Council Caraga, in collaboration with the Dinagat Islands Provincial Nutrition Office, Provincial Health Office, and DXPH 98.8 Mystical FM, successfully conducted the first 10 Kumainments Nutrition School-on-the-Air (NSOA) implementation in the Province of Dinagat Islands. The 10 Kumainments NSOA commenced last August 02, 2021 and ended last August 17, 2021 and was recently culminated through a graduation ceremony last August 20, 2021. A total of 31 pioneer NSOA Dinagatnon students successfully graduated after completing the 12 sessions of the NSOA.

10 Kumainments Nutrition School-on-the-Air (NSOA) is a nutrition specific program that was developed by the National Nutrition Council to create public awareness,  adopt good nutrition practices and promote behavior change through radio, ensuring that correct and proper information on nutrition is disseminated to all. The module covers the talking points of the Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos or the more popular 10 Kumainments. The implementation and airing of the 10 Kumainments NSOA is a strategy to target population groups to ensure proper knowledge on good nutrition and good nutrition practices and seeks to engage the local government units to initiate discussion on investing more to nutrition programs.

The NSOA implementation in the Dinagat Islands was anchored by the newly designated Provincial Nutrition Action Officer of Dinagat Islands, Ms. Joanna Jessica A. Yasay, RND and the nutritionist-dietitian deployed in Dinagat Islands under the NDDP of the DOH, ND-II Ms. Kyle Rathzel Bustamante, RND which was aired daily during weekdays from 5 o'clock in the afternoon to 6:30 o'clock in the evening at DXPH 98.9 Mystical FM. Each session, relevant information on nutrition and good nutrition practices based on the Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos or the 10 Kumainments. After each session, enrolled students will answer a 5-item quiz and the first 10 students who answered/texted 5 correct answers will win 100-pesos load as an incentive. After the 12 sessions, the implementers will tally the total scores and attendance of all enrolled students and will identify the qualified students for graduation.

Last August 20, 2021, as a culminating activity, the NSOA Graduation was held at the Provincial Governor's Lounge with 31 graduates who successfully graduated. Students were from different walks of life and from different age groups. Ms. Nelida Cabarles, 74 years old, was the oldest graduate while Ms. Princes Charlene Cabusao, 12 years old, was the youngest graduate. During the graduation, Dr. Jillian Francise A. Lee, the Provincial Medical Officer II in the province welcomed the participants and thanked all the participants of the NSOA and congratulated all of the graduates. Senior Nutrition Officer II Ms. Leah Vina P. Vargas of NNC Caraga then presented the rationale of the NSOA implementation and gave an inspirational message on behalf of the OIC-Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator of NNC Caraga, Ms. Retsebeth M. Laquihon, RND, MPD, MDM. Ms. Daria Barra, the Executive Assistant of Governor Arlene "Kaka" J. Bag-ao, then gave a meaningful message and felicitations to the graduates on behalf of the good governor. Nutrition Officer I Raphael P. Ochavo then presented the topic "Why Invest on Nutrition" and the summary of the 10 Kumainments. At the graduation proper, graduates received their certificate of completion and IEC materials on 10 Kumainments from NNC Caraga and 10 top honor students received a certificate of recognition and weighing scales from the Provincial Health Office. 

Currently, 4 other areas have implemented the 10 Kumainments NSOA, including the 3 Nutriskwela Community Radio Stations in Caraga Region, namely; Radyo Kaagapay in Sibagat, Agusan del Sur, Radyo Kabakhawan in Del Carmen, Surigao del Norte, Radyo Kinaiyahan in Malimono, Surigao del Norte and the provincial radio station of the Province of Agusan del Sur. NNC Caraga aims to mobilize other local government units to implement the 10 Kumainments NSOA by utilizing their local budgets and enable more investment on nutrition information and dissemination.

NNC Caraga commends the Provincial Government of Dinagat Islands, the Provincial Nutrition Office, Provincial Health Office and the Provincial Information Office (DXPH 98.9 Mystical FM) on the successful implementation of 10 Kumainments Nutrition School-on-the-Air and challenges the same on the continued implementation of the radio program and on investing more on nutrition information and education activities. 

(NO I RP Ochavo / OIC-NPC RM Laquihon)

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NNC Caraga, spearheaded by OIC-RNPC Retsebeth M. Laquihon with NO II Aldrin Atienza and NO I Raphael Ochavo, in collaboration with Dinagat Islands Provincial Nutrition Office, conducted NPM Orientation and Training on Basic Course for Barangay Nutrition Scholars on May 18-21, 2021 at the Dinagat Provincial Guest Lounge.
The 4-day orientation-training was attended by the Municipal Nutrition Action Officers, newly appointed Barangay Nutrition Scholars, Nutritionist-Dietitians from the various district hospitals and from the PDOHO in the province.
Dr. Jillian Francise A. Lee, Dinagat Provincial Health Officer and Provincial Nutrition Action Officer (PNAO) Lindsley Go welcomed the participants and presented the rationale of the conduct of the training.
NNC Caraga continues to ensure improved access to quality nutrition and related interventions through capacity building of nutrition workers for effective and efficient management and implementation of the local nutrition program at all levels.
Technical assistance to LGUs thru capacity development is NNC Caraga's initiative thru MAC (Mentoring, Assisting, Coaching) Project to enhance the LGUs capacity, skills and knowledge in the implementation of the local nutrition program.
NNC Caraga commends the leadership of Dinagat Islands Governor and Provincial Nutrition Committee Chairperson, Hon. Arlene "Kaka" Bag-ao for the support to the nutrition program.
Author: NOI Raphael P. Ochavo
Caraga Nutrition Symposium for the 47th Nutrition Month on July 21, 2021 at Almont Inland Resort, Butuan City
NNC Caraga in celebration of Nutrition Month with the theme โ€œMalnutrisyon Patuloy na Labanan, First 1000 Days Tutokanโ€ conducted a nutrition information dissemination through a Nutrition Symposium on July 21, 2021 at Almont Inland Resort, Butuan City to discuss the importance of the First 1000 Days and its critical interventions; strategies to scale up actions to address malnutrition particularly stunting and the First 1000 days strategies which includes nutrition specific and sensitive programs in the Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition 2017-2022. A total of 50 participants attended. The Sangguniang Kabataan of Butuan City, regional line agencies and different BNS Federation Officers and members actively participated the said event.
OIC-Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator, Ms Retsebeth M. Laquihon opened the symposium and welcomed the participants. She also gave the overview of the nutrition month and of the activity. Regional Director Alexander Makinano of Commission on Population discussed โ€œIntegration of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Services in Nutrition" including the consequences of teenage pregnancy and its interventions. Ms. Teresita Lina Medrano, the DOH Nutrition Program Coordinator tackled "Maternal Nutrition and Infant and Young Child Feeding in the Context of Covid 19.โ€ Breastfeeding Nanays sa Caraga Co-founder, Ms. Rhea Carampatana-Mendez shared good practices and their initiatives to support the campaign on breastfeeding and complementary feeding among pregnant and young children.
The participants also shared their thoughts and understanding about good nutrition during the first 1000 days of life. They also declared their pledge of commitment. Sangguniang Kabataan Federation President Cynth Zephanie Nietes said that she supported the 47th Nutrition Month, the nutrition program and also the prevention of teenage pregnancy and she added that these advocacies need stronger support through policies and legislation.
(NO II LVPVargas/OIC-RNPC RMLaquihon)

mainit macThe NNC Caraga team headed by OIC-Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator Retsebeth M. Laquihon conducted Monitoring, Assisting and Coaching (MAC) Visit to the municipality of Mainit, Surigao del Norte to provide technical assistance by orienting their Local Nutrition Committee members, newly designated Municipal Nutrition Action Officer and BNSs in nutrition program management and nutrition assessment on April 26, 2021 at the Rural Health Unit, Mainit, Surigao del Norte.

Mayor Crisanta O. Mondano expresses her gratitude to the regional official and personnel of NNC Caraga for the visit to their municipality to orient their health and nutrition workers on nutrition program management to be able to do their functions effectively and efficiently.

Dr. Jessie Aguilera, the Municipal Health Officer cited the importance of good nutrition and the consequences of malnutrition. Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD) specifically hypertension and heart diseases brought by unhealthy diet and an inactive lifestyle are the top causes or leading cause of death. The result of the nutrition assessment showed a total number of 200-300 preschool children who are malnourished in Mainit.  Further, she stressed to collaboratively work together and focus their efforts in addressing malnutrition through the implementation of their local nutrition program. She also mentioned the significant roles of the different lead agencies, sectors, and members of the local nutrition committees in the improvement of their nutrition situation.

OIC-Laquihon briefly presented the provincial nutrition situation of Surigao del Norte including the nutrition situation of Mainit. She then proceeds to the orientation of the phases of Nutrition Program Management.

The organization and revitalization of their municipal and barangay nutrition committee were discussed by NO I Raphael P. Ochavo including the roles and functions of the members of the nutrition committees and how important is their collaborative efforts in the management of their nutrition program.

Senior Nutrition Officer II Leah Vina P. Vargas gave an overview of the Growth Monitoring Promotion (GMP), the conduct of nutrition assessment, use of the E-OPT Plus Tool, and mid-upper arm circumference (MUAC). She also shared the interim guidelines in the conduct of nutrition assessment in the context of the COVID19 pandemic.

OIC-RNPC Laquihon gave some guidance on nutrition monitoring and reporting with emphasis on the prescribed monitoring and reporting forms in documenting their nutrition program implementation as well as the timeline of submission of reports.

District Nutrition Program Coordinator Marissa A. Solloso of Surigao del Norte gave the closing message, she reminded the MNAO and BNSs of the status of their report submission. She was also grateful for the support given by the regional office of NNC Caraga and the Local Chief Executive, Mayor Mondano, and Municipal Health Officer, Dr. Aguilera to the newly designated MNAO and in the implementation of the local nutrition program.

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 The National Nutrition Council (NNC) and the Department of Health (DOH) joined the global commemoration of the International Thyroid Awareness Week (ITAW) and World Thyroid Day (WTD) 2021, with the theme "Mother-Baby-Iodine: The Importance of Iodine on the Woman and Her Baby." The goal of this campaign is to increase awareness about Iodine Deficiency Disorders in women of reproductive age, particularly pregnant and lactating mothers, as well as infants throughout their first 1000 days of life.

ITAW, on its 13th year, was established to raise awareness about the negative impact that undetected thyroid problems have on people's quality of life. Non-communicable diseases include not just heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and chronic respiratory diseases, but also less well-known conditions such as thyroid abnormalities caused by iodine deficiency. Iodine deficiency still persists among the elderly, breastfeeding mothers, and pregnant women, according to the 2018 National Nutrition Survey. The effects of iodine deficiency disorders on women of reproductive age, particularly pregnant and lactating mothers, are known to influence children during the first 1000 days of their lives.

As stated in Kumainment number 7, the National Nutrition Council supports the use of iodized salt, highlighting salt as the most cost-effective measure to reduce Iodine Deficiency Disorders (IDD) in the population.

To institutionalize the implementation of RA 8172 or ASIN Law and strengthen the campaign on utilization of iodized salt, NNC Caraga organized the Regional Bantay Asin Task Force composed of inter-agency members to oversee and manage the implementation of the Regional Salt Iodization Program. Further, LGUs are also encourage to organize the Bantay ASIN Task Force (BATF) at their level to monitor and implement the ASIN law's provisions. Last May 12, 2021, the Regional Bantay Asin Task Force of Caraga convened at Balanghai Hotel, Butuan City to reorient the RBATF members. Salt collection is being conducted by the Local Bantay Asin Task Force of the LGUs for submission at NNC Caraga for salt testing. The collaborative efforts of the regional and local sector shall contribute to the successful implementation of salt iodization program.