San Francisco Nutrition and Disaster Consciousness Month Culmination 2017NNC Caraga attended the 2017 Nutrition Month and Disaster Consciousness Month Culmination Program and Awarding Ceremony of San Francisco, Agusan del Sur. The Culmination was held at the FYTC San Francisco Gymnasium, Agusan del Sur. It was packed with activities such as Jingle Contest, Poem Making Contest, Cooking Contest, Poster Making Contest and Container Gardening Contest which were participated by students from different schools of San Francisco, parents and Barangay Nutrition Committees. The Municipal Nutrition Committee was also there headed by the Municipal Mayor Jenny de Asis which is also the Chairperson of the Municipal Nutrition Committee.

NO III Leah Vina P. Vargas was as one of the resource speaker and she discussed the Nutrition Month Theme: Healthy Diet Gawing Habit - for Life! San Francisco Mayor De Asis also rendered a speech on the importance of good nutrition to the overall well-being of an individual. She served as a good role model not just on the healthy diet as well as on active lifestyle. The LGU allotted time for Zumba sessions to be participated by the personnel and their constituents. The winners of the different contests were announced at the end of the program.


Author: NO I Atienza/ NO III Vargas

RNTWGThe National Nutrition Council – Caraga, conducted the 2nd Qaurter Regional Nutrition Technical Working Group Meeting, last June 28, 2017 at Hotel Luciana, Butuan City. It was participated by representatives from National Line Agencies and LGUs of Caraga. The Regional Nutrition TWG has new members from the different Provincial/City Health Offices for them to share their technical expertise in the improvement of the nutrition program implementation in the regional and local level. The meeting started with a prayer, led by NO II Karlyn Rose B. Panes, followed by acknowledgement of participants.

NO III Leah Vina P. Vargas welcomed RNTWG specially the new members, PHOs and CHOs. The topics covered during the meeting were the following: National Nutrition Council and its mandates, Nutrition Month 2017 theme and DepEd Department Order No. 13 series of 2017. NNC Caraga also shared ideas of what activities that can be conducted by the LGUs during the Nutrition Month on July. NO III Vargas also gave an orientation on the Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition (PPAN) 2017-2022. The participants also asked questions, clarifications, and gave their valued opinions about the subject matter. 

no3 vargas rncl meeting 32017Last March 30, 2017 at Luciana Annex, Butuan City, the Regional Nutrition Cluster conducted the 1st quarterly meeting. To strengthen the organization, its duties and updates. The main objective of the meeting is to reiterate the participants on the overview of the Nutrition Cluster. The said meeting was facilitated by the National Nutrition Council Caraga together with DOH Caraga Nutrition Coordinator, Teresita Lina Medrano.

NO III Vargas gave an overview of the Nutrition Cluster, she also reiterated the importance of IYCF and the role of RNC members on strengthening the program at their level.  NO II Sablas and NO I Atienza discussed the Nutrition Initial Needs Assessment (NINA) and the Guidelines on conducting Nutrition in Emergency Assessment to provide users common understanding on the tool and also NO III Vargas oriented the participants on how to use and fill up the 3 pages NINA tool.

Ms Medrano presented the Nutrition in Emergency (NiE) assessment report done last Feb 27-March 3,2017 at Surigao del Norte, it is collaboration activity with NNC Caraga technical group to assess nutritional status of the affected area during the recent calamity especially the most vulnerable group. Only one evacuation was identified in the area which is in the Municipality of Mainit specifically at Quezon elementary school. Ms. Medrano also highlighted that during their meeting at Surigao City Health Office and Surigao del Norte Provincial Office, Nutrition cluster is not available to give immediate support to the affected areas. Thus, there is a need to organize a Regional Nutrition Cluster for Emergency.

NO III Vargas, presented the status of the Capacity Mapping, ND IV Medrano also conducted equipment inventory and presented her data on the logistics provided by DOH to the LGU’s

Agreement was made among with the members to strengthen the Regional Nutrition Cluster. Next meeting, the cluster will conduct planning of activities to facilitate on providing aid specially during calamities.



Nutriskwela RefresherThe NNC 13 participated the 2017 Refresher Training Course on Nutriskwela Community Radio last June 6-8, 2017 at Radyo Kaagapay, DXCN-FM 99.1 MHz in Sibagat, Agusan del Sur. Through the efforts of National Nutrition Council and the Local Government Unit of Sibagat in partnership with the MQ Media Zone, the training aims to capacitate the participants on how to deliver the news efficiently and empower the community through dissemination of correct, relevant and up-to-date nutrition and health information. The training was participated by the members of the Community Radio Council, students, educators, government sectors and the stakeholders of the Local Government Unit of Sibagat, Agusan del Sur. This 3-day training was covered with lectures and interactive discussions, writing of news plugs, introduction of broadcasting tools, enhancement of broadcasting skills and group presentations facilitated by MQ Mediazone Productions, NNC’s media partner led by Ms. Mackay Quadra, Mr. Mario Garcia, Mr. Francis “Kiko” Flores and Mr. Andy Vital.

NNC 13- NO III Leah Vina P. Vargas, RN MN attended as one of the resource speakers and discussed the overview of Nutriskwela Community Radio and its importance in advocating nutrition-related information from all relevant sectors of the community. The municipal mayor of Sibagat, Maria Liza L. Evangelista gave her message of appreciation and encouragement to the participants to actively participate and support the radio program. She also emphasized the relevance of community radio as one of the means to convey information and education on matters concerning nutrition. After the training-workshop the participants elected the members of Community Radio Council (CRC) committee.

Radyo Kabakhawan 97.7 DXNG, the nutriskwela radio station in del Carmen, Surigao del Norte is currently being trained from June 13-15, 2017, the radio station personnel, Community Radio Committee and new program anchors are the participants of the Refresher Training Course on Nutriskwela Community Radio.

Author: NO II Karlyn Rose B. Panes

Intl Womens Day 2017The National Nutrition Council, together with the LGUs of Butuan City, different Government agencies and Non-Government Organizations were united in the observance of the International Women’s Day last March 08, 2017. It is a global day celebration for the social, economic, cultural, political achievements of women. This day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.

The first part of the said event was a Mass held at Saint Joseph Cathedral, then followed by a Motorcade from Guingona Park to Agusan del Norte Provincial Capitol Covered Court, where the second part of the program was held.

At the said venue, the environment was festive and filled with energy of the people that attended the activity. The emcee acknowledged the participants by having a roll call of each agency which was present during the event. The guest speaker, Hon. Rema E. Burdeos talked about empowering women to pursue their passion, for the sake of their family, community and the whole nation. With the theme “WE Make Change Work for Women”, she also addressed the issue of strengthening the implementation of the Magna Carta of Women at all levels.

The affair was capped by the “Rationale of the One Billion Rising” campaign aimed to create a new kind of consciousness – one where violence against women will be resisted until it’s unthinkable. It was demonstrated with a dance “Break the Chain” where all the participants grooved to express joy and celebrate the fact that they have not been defeated by this violence.


Author: NO I Aldrin Atienza


RNET feedbacking after OBNS Evaluation of Ms. Lampad of Surigao del NorteThe National Nutrition Council-Caraga through the Regional Nutrition Evaluation Team (RNET) is currently conducting the annual search for the Regional Outstanding Barangay Nutrition Scholar (ROBNS) for the evaluation period Calendar Year 2016.  Search for ROBNS is conducted yearly to identify Barangay Nutrition Scholar who has exemplary performance in coordinating and implementing the Barangay Nutrition Program which contributed to the improvement of the nutritional status of its constituents particularly the vulnerable groups like preschool children, school children, pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers.  The evaluation shall cover assessment of skills of BNS in coordinating the Barangay Nutrition Program to various sectors at the grassroots level, efficiency in the delivery of nutrition services, initiatives in resource generation activities, skills in nutrition assessment, maintenance of updated records and timeliness of submission of nutrition reports, among others. The mechanics of the evaluation shall consist of desk review of Barangay Nutrition Documents and validation of preschool children nutritional status through weighing of children to determine the changes in their weight that leads to the improvement of their nutritional status specifically of underweight children.

The RNET already had visited the following OBNS: Ms.Madelyn Guillera of Cabadbaran City, Ms. Mareezhele Lampad of Socorro, Surigao del Norte, Ms. Mary Glory Gil of Surigao City and Ma. Magdalena Betita of Lanuza, Surigao del Sur. The OBNS from Tandag City, Bayugan City, Agusan del Sur, Butuan City and Agusan del Norte are still to be evaluated. The ROBNS contenders will also undergo a written examination on June 6, 2017 in Butuan City through a prescribed BNS questionnaire from NNC-Central Office which will be administered by the evaluators.