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CASAMAYORBUTUAN CITY - Ms. Pinky A. Casamayor, a 31-year-old City Nutrition Program Coordinator (CNPC), is one of the contenders in this year's Search for the Regional Outstanding CNPC in Caraga region. 

CNPC Casamayor was evaluated by the Regional Nutrition Evaluation Team (RNET) on 14 September 2022. Part of the evaluation was the interview and desk review, validating the documents in 2021 using the Monitoring and Evaluation of Local Level Plan Implementation (MELLPI) Protocol tool.

The CNPC is a two- degree course holder, having graduated an Agriculture and Nursing degrees at Marawi State University (2009) and Holy Child Colleges of Butuan (2013), respectively. Upon receiving her second degree, she immediately volunteered as a nurse at the City Health Office of Bayugan City. Eventually, in 2020, she was given a plantilla item as Health Education and Promotion Officer (HEPO) and was also designated as the City Nutrition Program Coordinator.

IKSN ADNBUTUAN CITY - Recognizing the importance of the First 1000 Days as the golden window of opportunity and to attain the child’s full potential, the National Nutrition Council Caraga facilitated the conduct of Training on Early Childhood Care in the First 1,000 Days- Idol Ko si Nanay Training Module on 9-11 August 2022 at Almont Inland Resort, Butuan City.

The 3-day training of trainers was participated by 24 local nutrition providers from local government unit of Las Nieves, Carmen, RTR, Magallanes, Cabadbaran City, Butuan City, Nasipit, Jabonga, Buenavista, Santiago, Kitcharao, Province of Agusan Del Norte and Province of Dinagat Island consisting of Nutrition Action Officers (NAOs), Nutrition Program Coordinators (NPCs), Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNSs), Nurses, Midwives, and RNDs.

Present as resource persons to the different modules are Dr. Niṅo Archie S. Labordo (NNC CARAGA OIC-RNPC), Ms. Julianne Janine V. Carillo (DMO II SDS), Mariella P. Rayco (DMO II SDS), Jann Abigail O. Portillas (DMO II PDI), and Ms. Krystal Ryedel P. Antonio- De Jose (PO III, Regional Committee for the Welfare of Children). The trainers and participants were assisted by NNC Caraga Technical Staffs.

RENDONMs. Judith M. Rendon, a City Nutrition Action Officer (CNAO) for thirty-four consecutive years, is one of the contenders for this year’s search for Caraga Regional Outstanding City Nutrition Action Officer. 

On 5-6 September 2022, the Regional Nutrition Evaluation Team (RNET) evaluated the CNAO at City Hall in Bislig City. Part of the evaluation was an interview and desk review validation using the Monitoring and Evaluation of Local Level Plan Implementation (MELLPI) Protocol.

The 59-year-old CNAO is a Registered Nutritionist Dietitian by profession, Single by choice. Her CNAO journey started as a casual for 15 days, provisionary in the year 1987 and permanent on 1988 up to this year as the 4th CNAO of City of Bislig.

CNAO Rendon is very dedicated to her responsibilities. In her thirty-four of service, she attended various pieces of training and contributions to the implementation of different nutrition programs, and over her time, Bislig City has been awarded two Regional Outstanding Winner in Nutrition in addition she was able to produce four Regional Outstanding BNS and a 4th runner up in national level. She has also received multiple plaques of recognition and appreciation as she became a resource speaker and provided technical assistance in various nutrition program activities.

GARCIAThe 10-year City Nutrition Action Officer (CNAO) of Bayugan City, Ms. Ana Jane Garcia, is one of the contenders for this year’s search for Caraga Regional Outstanding City/ Municipal Nutrition Action Officer.

On 14 September 2022, the Regional Nutrition Evaluation Team (RNET) evaluated the CNAO at City Hall in Bayugan City. Part of the evaluation was an interview and desk review validation using the Monitoring and Evaluation of Local Level Plan Implementation (MELLPI) Protocol tool.

The 50-year-old CNAO is a Registered Midwife by profession, married and blessed with two loving children.

In 2012, the former Mayor of Bayugan City appointed Ms. Ana Jane Garcia as the City Nutrition Action Officer to handle the nutrition programs of Bayugan.

Natl Thyroid Awareness WeekRepublic Act No. 10786, an Act declaring the fourth week of September of every year as the National Thyroid Cancer Awareness Week is celebrated to inform the public of the symptoms and early actions to prevent the disease. The celebration also coincides with the International Celebration of Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month.

The thyroid gland normally found right below the Adam's apple on the bottom front of the neck resembles a little butterfly. This gland controls the metabolism. It secretes hormones that govern a range of biological activities, such as the utilization of energy, the generation of heat, and the consumption of oxygen.

Thyroid cancer arises when cells alter or mutate. Once the abnormal cells in the thyroid have multiplied sufficiently, it will form a tumor. Initially, thyroid cancer may display no symptoms. However, when the tumor grows, it can cause symptoms such as neck enlargement, voice changes, and difficulty swallowing.

There are numerous forms of thyroid cancer, the majority of which progress slowly while some can be highly aggressive. According to the Department of Health recent statistics, Thyroid cancer ranked 7th and the most prevalent endocrine-related cancer in the Philippines. Each year, its prevalence increases, particularly among women and those under reproductive age. 

MELLPIBUTUAN CITY - The Regional Nutrition Evaluation Team (RNET) conducted the deliberation of regional contenders for the Outstanding Local Nutrition Focal Points on Monday 26 September 2022 at Almont Inland Resort Hotel, Butuan City.

The deliberation presided over by Planning Officer Elenita Mandap of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) sorted out the results of the recently concluded Monitoring and Evaluation of Local Level Plan Implementation (MELLPI).

This year, the RNET visited and monitored the five provinces and six cities in Caraga region.

Provinces with Provincial Nutrition Action Officer contenders are from Agusan del Sur and Agusan del Norte.

Among City Nutrition Action Officers, the following cities have contenders: Butuan, Cabadbaran, Bayugan, Bislig, Tandag and Surigao City. Likewise, the Provinces of Agusan del Sur and Agusan del Norte both have each contender for the Outstanding Regional Nutrition Action Officer.