OIC RNPC Laquihon discussing nutrition programs with DOH XIII Director Llacuna Jr last January 20 2021 at DOH Caraga, Butuan CityJanuary 20, 2021, Butuan City- OIC-Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator Retsebeth M. Laquihon of NNC Caraga had a First Coordination Meeting for CY 2021 with Caraga Regional Nutrition Committee Chairperson, DOH Director Jose R. Llacuna, Jr for the collaborative efforts in the implementation of nutrition program between NNC and DoH in the region.

OIC-RNPC Laquihon gave updates on the proposed establishment of NNC Caraga supported by RDC Resolution no.57 s2020. RD Llacuna is giving his full support for this endeavour to strengthen and sustain the operationalization and management of nutrition program in Caraga.

Director Llacuna added that DoH is purchasing Allen sticks to augment the needs of the LGUs for nutrition assessment. Nutrition assessment is one of the vital steps in nutrition program planning and management; it can be used to identify high-risk groups and priority areas for nutrition interventions. This will also serve as basis for identifying immediate and underlying factors in malnutrition according to the WHO-CGS nutrition indicators.


White and Pastel Plain Collage Facebook PostThe National Nutrition Council Caraga, spearheaded by OIC RNPC Retsebeth Laquihon, in collaboration with the NNC Nutrition Information & Education Division represented by the National Focal Person for Nutriskwela NO II Katherine Villanueva-Bucton, conducted a Refresher & Orientation on the Management of Nutriskwela Community Radio Network Program on January 26, 2021 via Zoom Video Conferencing.

The refresher/orientation aims to orient the new radio staff and to review the guidelines on the management of the Nutriskwela Community Radio Stations in Caraga Region.

All 3 Nutriskwela Community Radio Stations in Caraga Region attended the activity, namely: (1) Radyo Kaagapay in Sibagat, Agusan del Sur represented by Station Manager Elizabeth Badajos; (2) Radyo Kabakhawan in Del Carmen, Surigao del Norte represented by Station Manager Elwin Argana and Program Manager Aljon Judilla; (3) Radyo Kinaiyahan in Malimono, Surigao del Norte represented by Radio Technician Michael Albia.

The radio personnel were refreshed/oriented on the Operation, Management & Maintenance of Nutriskwela Station in the New Normal Setting, the Nutriskwela Community Radio Station Editorial & Station Policy, Equipment Maintenance and Troubleshooting, the Strengthening of the Nutriskwela Community Radio Council, and on the strategies on the New Media and Social Networking Site. NNC Caraga and its network of Nutriskwela Community Radio Stations, amidst the present challenges, aims to strengthen the use of radio broadcast and social networking to ensure updated sharing of information on nutrition and on the COVID-19 updates.

NNC Caraga sincerely thank the local chief executives and partner SUCs for the continued support on the operation and maintenance of the Nutriskwela Community Radio Stations.

Author: NO I Raphael P. Ochavo, RN


NNC Caraga First Virtual Mac October 2020
42 LGUs from the 5 provinces of Caraga Region attended the first virtual MAC (Mentoring, Assisting and Coaching) Project facilitated by the National Nutrition Council Caraga last October 19, 2020 via Google Meet. The virtual MAC is a provision of technical assistance regional project that aims to assist, and coach the P/C/M Nutrition Action Officers and D/C Nutrition Program Coordinators of Caraga Region to effectively implement the various nutrition programs in their respective LGUs. Spearheaded by OIC-Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator Ms. Retsebeth M. Laquihon, together with the technical staff of NNC Caraga, updates were presented on the use of the eOPT with MUAC components. The participants were also refreshed on the proper use of MUAC as well as the guidelines on the proper storage and use of both MUAC for children and adults. The implementation of the Dietary Supplementation Program for Nutritionally at-risk pregnant women and children was also discusssed. 

The role of Local Nutrition Action Officers and District Nutrition Program Coordinators are critical in carrying out their coordinative functions in the different phases of local nutrition program management specifically on nutrition assessment, local nutrition planning, nutrition program implementation, nutrition advocacies, resource generation activities and nutrition monitoring and evaluation, among others. Regular capacity building is needed to guide their efforts along nutrition program implementation. 

MAC has been and will always be part of the regular program of the NNC Caraga to further capacitate all nutrition and health workers in order to facilitate effective implementation of the nutrition programs in their respective LGUs.

๐Ž๐ง๐ฅ๐ข๐ง๐ž ๐ƒ๐ข๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ž๐ฆ๐ข๐ง๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐…๐จ๐ซ๐ฎ๐ฆ ๐จ๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐‘๐ž๐ฌ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ญ๐ฌ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ— ๐„๐ฑ๐ฉ๐š๐ง๐๐ž๐ ๐๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐š๐ฅ ๐๐ฎ๐ญ๐ซ๐ข๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐’๐ฎ๐ซ๐ฏ๐ž๐ฒ (๐ž๐๐๐’) ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐๐ซ๐จ๐ฏ๐ข๐ง๐œ๐ž ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐€๐ ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐š๐ง ๐ƒ๐ž๐ฅ ๐๐จ๐ซ๐ญ๐ž.
Results of the 2019 National Nutrition Survey were presented particularly on the nutrition situation of the province that affects the preschool children, school children, pregnant women, lactating women, adults and senior citizen including the status of food security.
Mr. Laurito reiterated that the results of the eNNS survey of the province shall be used as reference to re-direct their nutrition actions toward addressing the malnutrition problem that affects the vulnerable group. SB Calo also stressed that nutrition policies will be passed to support the proposed provincewide dietary supplementation program and livelihood program to improve the nutrition situation and food security.
OIC-NPC Retsebeth M. Laquihon of NNC-Caraga in her Call to Action presentation highlighted to direct nutrition efforts to PPAs in PPAN 2017-2020 specifically the implementation of critical interventions in the First 1000 days and encourage the LGUs to invest for nutrition by ensuring that LNAPs shall be integrated in their AIP, CDP and PDPFP.
DOST-FNRI Deputy Director Dr. Anthony P. Calibo concluded to utilize nutrition data in eNNS for nutrition program planning, policy formulation and advocacy for support.

Nutrition Action Officers, Data CollecEWS6tors, Brgy. Nutrition Scholars, and Early Warning System Core Team from the municipalities of San Francisco and Talacogon in the Province of Agusan del Sur attended the virtual refresher on Local Nutrition Early Warning System for Food and Nutrition Security last Oct. 13, 2020 facilitated by the National Nutrition Council Caraga. OIC-NPC Ms. Retsebeth M. Laquihon welcomed the participants and stressed the importance of EWS toward achieving food and nutrition security thru early warning information to counter any threat either natural or human induced that may affect the ability of communities and households to obtain sufficient food. The objective of the refresher course is to re-orient the data collectors and the EWS Core Team on the overview and mechanics of EWS-FNS program implementation, which plays a vital role on food and nutrition security thru establishing an information system. This will also prepare the EWS areas for the resumption of data collection in their respective sentinel barangays this quarter to determine the impact of COVID-19 in food and nutrition security and come up with a local food and nutrition security plan for sustainability.

Further, the EWS processes were discussed which includes key steps in data collection, analysis and interpretation as well as the importance of communicating and disseminating the data and information for nutrition program planning and decision making for food and nutrition security along its dimension on availability, accessibility, utilization and stability.

NOII Leah Vina Vargas also presented the general guidelines on the conduct of household interviews to guide the data collectors on the complete and accurate collection of data.

Agusan del Sur PNAO Laniebelle Angchangco gave her closing statement by encouraging all data collectors and NAOs to stand firm on their duty as we continue to experience the damaging effect of the COVID-19 pandemic in the implementation of health and nutrition programs.

NNC Caraga is sincerely grateful to the Municipalities of San Francisco and Talacogon in the Province of Agusan del Sur, especially the Municipal Nutrition Action Officers Ms. Mamerlyn Bugaoan of San Francisco and Mr. Eric Jay Obeรฑita of Talacogon and all the barangay data collectors, BNSs and the rest of the stakeholders who have been instrumental in the continuous implementation of the EWS-FNS in their respective localities.

Author: NOI Raphael P. Ochavo, RN

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The online workshop aims to (1) increase the recognition of the alarming malnutrition problem in the country its impact on children, women, families, communities, and the nation, the imperative to invest in nutrition, and the critical role of LGUs in curbing the malnutrition problem, following the pandemic situation and in achieving the outcomes of PPAN; (2) formulate the 2021 and 2022 AIP with strong budgetary items on nutrition focused on the first 1000 days to reduce and prevent stunting and safeguard nutrition in the post-pandemic period; and (3) define the set of actions required from the LGU team to ensure implementation and sustainability, along with timelines and relevant processes that needs to be influenced in order to ensure the implementation of the nutrition budget items planned for the 2021 and 2022 AIP.
Day 1 started with the presentation of the: [Session 0] Overview of the Workshop presented by NO IV Mr. Reggie Guillen of NNC NPPD; [Session 1] on Building Pandemic Resilient LGUs through Local Investments in Nutrition presented by Mr. Cecilio Adorna of Nutrition International/UNICEF; and [Session 2] the Guidance and Mechanics of the Workshop presented by NOII Leah Vina Vargas of NNC Caraga.

Day 2 was dedicated for the completion of the workbooks. RTPF and the technical staff of NNC Caraga provided one-on-one virtual technical assistance to the participants most especially in accomplishing the various project templates in the AIP costing workbooks. Participants were grouped according to their respective breakout rooms where they can privately collaborate with their key personalities in their LGUs to effectively plan for their 2021 nutrition PPAs.

Day 3 focused on the presentation of the accomplished AIP costing workbooks as well as the Re-entry Plan wherein participants share to the plenary their PPAs and their budgetary allocation for each of the programs and projects.
At the closing of the workshop, Ms. Lourdes Louella A. Escandor, the City Administrator of Tandag City, representing Tandag City Mayor Roxanne C. Pimentel, gave her inspirational message, thanking first of all the health and nutrition workers who continuously serve amidst the pandemic. She also shared the commitment of Tandag City to continue to champion for nutrition as they aim for a zero-malnutrition city.
NNC Caraga, spearheaded by OIC-NPC Retsebeth M. Laquihon, and the National and Regional Team of Planning Facilitators sincerely thank the participating LGUs for the success of the online workshop.