MELLPI Dec2021Butuan City- In order to increase participation of the local government units in the conduct of the Monitoring and Evaluation of Local Level Plan Implementation (MELLPI) the National Nutrition Council Caraga facilitated a two-day re-orientation of the tool to selected local nutrition evaluation team on 14-15 December at Almont City Hotel, Butuan City.

MELLPI Pro is designed to monitor and evaluate the performance of local government units (LGUs) in promoting nutrition security vis-a-vis nutrition outcome, with the aim to inform and guide policy and decision-makers enhance nutrition products, services and delivery systems towards greater effectiveness, efficiency and sustainability. On the other hand, the local nutrition focal points are evaluated according to dimensions of nutrition workers’ management performance.

Along with the orientation, a simulation exercise on the MELLPI Pro forms were participated in order to capture actual learning on the conduct of the activity.

Tandag BFRoomButuan City - On Wednesday, December 15, 2021 via Zoom Conferencing, the Caraga Regional Nutrition Cluster  convened a meeting focusing on NNC Governing Board Advisory No. 02, series of 2020 re Nutrition Cluster Recommendations on Healthful and Nutritious Family Food Packs and Sustainable Food Sources and Regional Nutrition Cluster Advisory No. 06-003 series of 2021 re Nutrition Cluster Preparation for the Potential Impact of Tropical Cyclone Odette all are for the vulnerable group, the mothers and children.

DOH Caraga Nutrition Program Coordinator Teresita Lina Medrano gave updates on the preparations on the coming typhoon Odette and advised the LGUs to do preposition of logistics and nutrition commodities including IEC materials and nutrition assessment tools; and the minimum service package during emergencies. She reminded the members to relay and advocate the EO51 Milk Code to ensure the safety of children.

On the other hand, the Nutrition Action Officers who are present shared their ongoing preparations at the local level such as the Tandag City Nutrition Office through its CNAO Reyveen John Geli, of the following: activation of the Local Nutrition Clusters; Prepositioning of minimum service package, logistics and IEC materials; advisories on food checklist and breastfeeding; cordination with other offices thru group chats; camp coordination - to ensure breastfeeding area, wash facilities etc in the evacuation centers. To assure safety of beneficiaries, a team was identified to screen donation of private groups and other entities.

RNC Meeting Dec9Butuan City- In a recently conducted Regional Nutrition Committee Meeting, the body passed and approved reorganization and operationalization of the Regional Bantay Asin Task Force (RBATF) in Caraga region during its blended meeting on 9 December 2021 at Watergate Hotel, Butuan City.

RA 8172 otherwise known as “An Act Promoting Salt Iodization Nationwide and for Related Purposes”, or commonly called “ASIN Law” seeks to contribute to the elimination of micronutrient deficiencies in the country, particularly the iodine deficiency disorders, through the cost-effective preventive measure of salt iodization.

Specifically, during the discussion, Nutrition Officer Aldrin S. Atienza shared the functions of the team: (1) manage and coordinate the National Salt Iodization Program (NSIP) in the region through the formulation of Annual Salt Iodization (NSIP) Operational Plan; (2) organize Provincial Bantay Asin Task Force and coordinate with stakeholders particularly salt re-packers and traders; (3) advocate the effective implementation of ASIN Law including full support from stakeholders and the community; (4) monitor and evaluate program implementation through meetings for update and to discuss and address implementation problems and issues, visit warehouse of salt distributors and monitoring salt in ports; and; (5) recommend to the Regional Nutrition Committee, National Salt Iodization Program-related regional policies.

Tandag CCMButuan City- As the PAG-ASA forecast identified Caraga region as area to be affected by tropical storm Odette, the NNC Caraga released through a Regional Nutrition Cluster Advisory No. 06-003 re Nutrition Cluster Preparation for the Potential Impact of Tropical Cyclone Odette on 14 December 2021.

The advisory encourages for the Provincial/City/Municipal Nutrition Cluster to activate its respective Nutrition Clusters and closely monitor the weather condition and be ready for the possible impact of the rainfall particularly to the affected households in the area which may cause displacement specifically the nutritionally vulnerable groups like pregnant women, lactating mothers, infants, preschool children, and elderlies.

Likewise, the advisory mentioned to ready with the prepositioning of the resources for nutrition response and tools that can be used for the rapid nutrition assessment.

In a Department Personnel Oder No. 2007-2492-A regarding the amended creation of the health cluster with subclusters on Nutrition, WASH and Health, the Nutrition Cluster is created to ensure that the nutritional status of the whole population specifically the vulnerable sectors are taken cared of.

Youth Dec2021Butuan City- “Let us take part of this action for the support of nutrition devolution, let us bring a zero malnutrition” Hon. Cynth Zephanee N. Nietes, President - Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Federation of Butuan City in her statement of support during the Day 2 of the Caraga Regional Dialogue with Punong Barangays: Enabling Nutrition Devolution, on 7 December 2021 via Zoom Conferencing.

The Federation President encourages the youth to make nutrition program a priority. She mentioned that activities are not limited to the common youth programs but they can explore more to include nutrition information dissemination through media, forum, symposium and trainings. There is a need for the Sangguniang Kabataan and other youth sectors to be involved with nutrition program and development, Nietes added.

Recently, the youth sector in Caraga has been very active in participating the NNC activities. The SK is one of the listed members of the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) movement in the region which will partner in nutrition advocacy dissemination and help in nutrition program implementation of different nutrition related programs, projects and activities at their respective barangays.

Tandag NutClusterButuan City- As typhoon Odette (International name Rai) becomes severe tropical storm, the Tandag City Nutrition Office convened to activate its Nutrition Cluster including the twenty-one (21) Barangay Nutrition Clusters of the City on 13 December 2021.

The Nutrition Clusters of the different barangay discussed about the preparation of the incoming typhoon including the inventory of prepositions, evacuation centers, and the roles and functions of each of the member of the team.

In the report of the state weather bureau as of December 13, 2021, the tropical storm with international name Rai was last spotted 1, 6545 kilometers east of Mindanao.

The nutrition cluster aims to ensure that the nutritional status of affected population especially the most vulnerable groups infants, children, pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers, older persons, people with disabilities and debilitating conditions will not worsen due to the impact of disaster.