NNC1Province of Agusan del Norte culminates the 2019 Nutrition Month Celebration last August 07, 2019 at Robinsons Place Butuan. NO II Leah Vina P. Vargas represented the National Nutrition Council Caraga and served as one of the board of judges of the many contests prepared by the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office. Hon. Elizabeth Marie Calo who is the Sangguniang Panlalawigan Board Member for Health represented Agusan del Norte Governor, Hon. Dale B. Corvera and gave an inspirational speech. Hon. Calo emphasized the importance of taking care of our body and that it is a moral obligation. She also commended all nutrition workers, especially the Provincial Nutrition Action Officer, Ms. Silver Joy Tejano, the District Nutrition Program Coordinator, Ms. Eden Amper, the Municipal Nutrition Action Officers, the Barangay Nutrition Scholars, the Municipal Health Officers, nurses and municipal/barangay health workers for their courageous and usual support to the nutrition program. Hon. Calo also shared her personal experience of taking care of her nutritional health. She exclaimed that adhering to the nutrition month theme, "Kumain nang wasto at maging aktibo...Push natin 'to!", is a basic concept but plays a vital fundamental role in one's health.

Performing and deserving nutrition workers were also given due recognition as they receive plaques for their service. All participants also enjoyed a Zumba exercise wherein they danced with glee which is part of the nutrition month theme to be more active. In the afternoon, representatives from the ten municipalities of Agusan del Norte performed as they participated in the nutrijingle contest.

Author: NO I Raphael P. Ochavo, RN

NNC13 LNEWS1NO II Ivy Sheryl Sablas and NO I Raphael Ochavo of NNC Caraga attended and facilitated the Local Nutrition Early Warning System – Food & Nutrition Security Monitoring & Meeting of the Municipality of San Agustin, Surigao del Sur. The Early Warning System for Food and Nutrition Security is a component of the Philippine Food and Nutrition Surveillance System (PFNSS) that is intended to enable LGUs to take timely nutrition action through early detection of a worsening nutrition situation based on monitoring of nutrition and nutrition-related indicators. The LNEWS – FNS monitoring and meeting was attended by the local barangay officials of the five sentinel barangays of the Municipality of San Agustin, officers and staff of the Surigao del Sur Provincial Nutrition Office duly represented by DNPC Ms. Marilou Gallardo, health officers from the Municipal Health Office and the Municipal Nutrition Office of the Municipality of San Agustin.

District Nutrition Program Coordinator Ms. Marilou Gallardo welcomed the participants and guests and thanked all of the data collectors and the LGU of San Agustin for convening the key offices and individuals for the conduct of the EWS monitoring and meeting. Before the data presentation, NO II Ivy Sheryl Sablas gave brief discussion on EWS to orient the participants, especially the new data collectors and newly elected local officials. The Municipal Planning and Development Officer (MPDO) in collaboration with the Municipal Nutrition Office through its Municipal Nutrition Action Officer (MNAO) spearheaded the presentation of the results of the data collected for the 1st Quarter of 2019 to the EWS core group and to the local officials present. According to the data presented, only 65% of the total number of households interviewed are considered food secure and among the food groups, cereals, oils & fats, and spices & condiments are the top three food groups ranked according to frequency of consumption. The nutritional status presented shows that there are 11 cases of underweight and severely underweight children, 18 cases of stunting and 4 cases of wasting and severe wasting.

The MPDO and MNAO expressed their concerns in the accuracy of the collection of data as there are confusions with the usage of the data collection tool, prompting the need to conduct reorientation of the data collectors. The newly elected local barangay officials also expressed their concerns with regards to the general process of the EWS. The local officials requested that their BNSs orient the local officials about EWS and present the previous and present nutritional status of their respective locality. Also, the BNS/data collectors requested for more financial assistance, as well as the provision of tools and supplies, to aid in their data collection activities. The most common concerns the data collectors expressed are the insufficiency of transportation funds, data collection supplies (office supplies) and equipment (boots, umbrellas) and the provision of a more accurate and easier to transport height board.

At the end of the monitoring and meeting, MNAO Ms. Marylle Masaglang gave the closing remarks thanking all of the participants and challenged all data collectors, health and nutrition workers to go the extra mile in battling malnutrition. Also, the participants were able to receive 10-Kumainment fans and nutrition month t-shirt.

Author: NO I Raphael P. Ochavo, RN

DSCF5265 minMarch 20-22, 2019, Del Carmen, Surigao del Norte - NNC Caraga, together with District Nutrition Program Coordinator of Surigao del Norte, Marissa Solloso, went to the Municipality of Del Carmen, Siargao Island, Surigao del Norte. The purpose of this visit was to conduct the NSOA Orientation and Nutriskwela Monitoring of DXNG FM 97.7 Radyo Kabakhawan. Municipal Nutrition Action Officer; Gil Bandoy and Radyo Kabakhawan Program Manager, Aljon Judilla accompanied the team.

Surigao State College of Technology – Del Carmen Campus, Director, Dr. Romy Jun Sunico and Radyo Kabakhawan Station Manager, Elwin Argana, welcomed the team. NNC Caraga staff proceeded with the Nutriskwela Monitoring, followed by NSOA Orientation. NNC Caraga also participated in the Digital Literacy Training for the Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNS), barangay secretaries, out-of-school youth, and Alternative Learning System (ALS) teachers and learners.

Nutrition Officer II, Leah Vina P. Vargas gave a message to the BNS participants to continue their hard work and through this training they will be able to package well the nutrition programs in their barangays. Age is not also a barrier to learning specially in serving the community and help improve the nutrition situation of their barangays and the entire municipality. She also appreciated the support given by the Department of Information and Communication Technology (DICT) – Mindanao Cluster 2 and SSCT for choosing BNS as one of the participants of the training. She also recognized the big support the school has given to the nutriskwela station as a partner. Nutrition Officer II, Ivy Sheryl Sablas, discussed and demonstrated the use of eOPT Tool to the BNS participants.

After the activities, the group gave a feedback of the orientation and monitoring to the active and supportive Mayor of Del Carmen, Hon. Alfredo Coro II and he pledged to continue his strong support to the nutrition program and Radyo Kabakhawan.


Author: NO II  Aldrin S. Atienza, RN, REMT-B

NNC13 HLCADS2019 1July 26, 2019 - NNC Caraga, in coordination with the Provincial Nutrition Office of the Province of Agusan del Sur and in collaboration with the Department of Education – Agusan del Sur Division and Bayugan City Division, and in partnership with the Department of Health – Center for Health Development Caraga, conducted the Healthy Lifestyle Campaign Among Students and Teachers. Anchored to the 2019 Nutrition Month theme which is “Kumain nang wasto at maging aktibo…Push Natin ‘to!”, the healthy lifestyle campaign is a call to action for Filipinos to practice a healthy diet and engage in regular physical activity and reduce sedentary behaviours which go hand in hand. The annual campaign will serve as an avenue to help individuals make informed food choices and be guided on how to integrate physical activity in daily life; jump-start or reinforce nutrition advocacies and policies; and mobilize stakeholders to provide an enabling environment for a healthy diet and physical activity.

Provincial Nutrition Action Officer (PNAO) of Agusan de Sur, Ms. Laniebelle Angchangco graced the event and gave her message to the participants on behalf of the provincial nutrition council of the province. She emphasized the important role of the students and teachers, as well as school nurses, to become effective advocates of proper nutrition and physical activity and become “pushers” of health and nutrition. A Zumba exercise followed and was enjoyed by the participants before the start of the discussions. The NNC Caraga technical staff led the discussion on the main talking points of the 2019 Nutrition Month. The focus of the talking points is centered on the three key messages of the theme which is to have one hour or more of physical activity each day, reduce screen time to two hours or less per day, and eat the three food groups for variety each day.

Nutritionist-Dietitian II of DOH-CHD Caraga, Ms. Lovely Grace Camancho presented and discussed the Pinggang Pinoy, which is a new, easy to understand food guide that uses a familiar food plate model to convey the right food group proportions on a per-meal basis, to meet the body’s energy and nutrient needs of Filipino adults. Pinggang Pinoy serves as visual tool to help Filipinos adopt healthy eating habits at meal times by delivering effective dietary and healthy lifestyle messages. Ms. Sunshine Alipayo, Nurse V of DOH-CHD Caraga, presented and comprehensively discussed the topic on Non-Communicable Diseases, its causes, the adverse effects, and current efforts on battling NCDs.

In the afternoon, after the presentations and discussions, students, teachers, and school nurses engaged in an interactive open forum and exchange of best practices in their current efforts in health and nutrition. Dr. Susan Marañon, Medical Officer III of Agusan del Sur Schools Division gave the closing remarks, thanking all the participants and organizers of the healthy lifestyle campaign.

Author: NO I Raphael P. Ochavo, RN

IMG 2720 min 1January 29, 2019, Sibagat, Agusan del Sur- NNC Caraga, joined the celebration of DXCN FM 107.3 MHz – Radyo Kaagapay’s 9th Founding Anniversary, held at the Municipal Hall of Sibagat. The Nutriskwela Community Radio Network Program is a project of the National Nutrition Council to address the problem of hunger and malnutrition in the Philippines through the use of radio, the most available form of mass media.
The celebration started with a motorcade around the municipality, participated by the members of the LGU, Sibagat Local Nutrition Committee, Senior Citizens and the general public. The Chairman of the Community Radio Council, Ms. Leah Lagat gave the welcome address. NNC Caraga’s Nutrition Officer II Ivy Sheryl Sablas gave her message of gratitude to the LGU of Sibagat and the Community Radio Council for their continuous support and effort in giving information to the public about health, nutrition and the overall progress of Sibagat. In behalf of MNAO Evelyn Mondia, Nutrition Staff Rovelyn Montino reported the Nutritional Status of the municipality. Sibagat Mayor, Hon. Maria Liza L. Evangelista and SB Member Mr. Felipe Mabasle also gave an inspirational message to the participants of the event.
One way of showing their appreciation to their avid listeners, Radyo Kaagapay and LGU Sibagat, raffled out soaps, AC/DC Radios and umbrellas to the lucky participants of their LGU, Senior Citizens and general public. Radyo Kaagapay’s Station Manager, Ms. Elizabeth M. Badajos, gave the closing remarks, thanking all of the participants for joining the celebration.
Author: NO II Aldrin Atienza, RN, REMT-B

NNC13 HLC2019 2July 18, 2019 - NNC Caraga, in cooperation with the Department of Education Caraga and other line agencies, successfully conducted the 2019 Nutrition Month Contests - Nutrition Quiz Bee, Poster-Making Contest, Video Nutri Jingle Contest at Almont Inland Resort, Butuan City as part of the Healthy Lifestyle Campaign during the 2019 Nutrition Month Celebration. As mandated by Presidential Decree No. 491 – the Nutrition Act of the Philippines – the National Nutrition Council (NNC) coordinates the nationwide celebration of Nutrition Month every July in order to increase awareness of the Filipinos on pressing nutrition concerns. This year’s official Nutrition Month theme which is “Kumain nang wasto at maging aktibo…push natin ‘to”. The theme is a call to action for Filipinos to practice a healthy diet and engage in regular physical activity and reduce sedentary behaviours which go hand in hand. The annual campaign every July will serve as an avenue to help individuals make informed food choices and be guided on how to integrate physical activity in daily life; jump-start or reinforce nutrition advocacies and policies; and mobilize stakeholders to provide an enabling environment for a healthy diet and physical activity.

This year's participants for the Nutrition Quiz Bee are Grade 3 learners from the different schools division of Caraga Region. Nutrition Quiz Bee Winners: 1st Place - VIC ANDREI HERNANDO (Butuan City Division) 2nd Place - DUANE JON ACUÑA (Agusan del Sur Division) 3rd Place - LEEAM TAGARAO (Agusan del Norte Division). Poster-making contest participants are Junior High School students from the different schools division of Caraga Region. Poster-Making Contest Winners: 1st Place - WINSTON DELA PAZ (Surigao City Division) 2nd Place - CRISTIAN JOREN CAPOY (Butuan City Division) 3rd Place - BRYL GAMAYA (Tandag City Division). 10 high schools in Caraga Region submitted their entries for the Video Nutri-Jingle Contest. Video-Nutri Jingle Contest Winners: 1st Place - Tandag National Science High School, 2nd Place - Agusan National High School, 3rd Place - Caraga Regional Science High School. Dr. Gerna Manatad, OIC Asst. Regional Director of DOH-CHD Caraga gave an inspirational message and thanked all the parents, students, and teacher/advisers who participated to showcase their talent and intellectual skills.


Author: NO I Raphael P. Ochavo, RN