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Prosperidad BNS May2022Butuan City --Aimed at developing competencies in managing and implementing nutrition programs, the National Nutrition Council Caraga and Agusan del Sur Provincial Nutrition Office provided technical assistance to barangay nutrition scholars in Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur on May 16-19, 2022.

The three-day training was participated in by 38 Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNSs). It served as a refresher course for eighteen (18) BNSs while the remaining twenty (20) were trained for the first time.

Specifically, the training provided the basic knowledge and skills of the Barangay Nutrition Scholars’ roles and responsibilities as a volunteer and as a scholar. The group also reviewed the different forms and reports that they are supposed to keep and maintain.

Included topics discussed in the training are the background of the Barangay Nutrition Scholar Program, basic concepts of food and nutrition, roles and functions of a BNS, community nutrition assessment with their corresponding reports, and the barangay nutrition program in the local development system.

AgNorte May 30 IYCFButuan City – Agusan del Norte convened its Provincial Nutrition Committee (PNC) members, Nutrition Action Officers (NAOs) and City/Municipal Nutrition Program Coordinators (C/MNPCs) to plan for the organization of local Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) Support Group and Nutrition Cluster facilitated by the National Nutrition Council Caraga on May 30, 2022 at the Provincial Social Welfare Development Office Conference Room, Butuan City.

In the Philippines, only one out of five mothers exclusively breastfeed in the first six months. This statistic indicated that there is really a need to organize an IYCF support group especially at the barangay level. Through community support groups, the dissemination of proper child-rearing practices and its reach will widen.

Eight steps are to be followed as guide in organizing a local Infant and Young Child Feeding support groups: First, mapping and identification of possible partners that could make a significant impact in the mobilization of IYCF support groups. Next, the conduct of a community assembly, which will be the avenue to orient the possible partners. The third step is the organizing of volunteers, wherein the roles and responsibilities of the volunteers, local chief executives and the city/municipal tram are determined. The next step is the assessment of IYCF practices in the community which would reveal the level and kind of IYCF practices. After that, orientation of peer counsellors on IYCF concepts, use of IYCF counselling cards, peer counselling methodology and forms to be used. Subsequently, is the formulation of an action plan that would guide the support group on the schedule of activities and its scope. The final step, is the implementation period where the main goal is to roll out the tasks at hand based on the action plan and the last step would be the monitoring, evaluation, and documentation.

CPDBUTUAN CITY – In its letter received today, May 13, 2022, the Philippine Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) grants accreditation to the National Nutrition Council (NNC) Caraga as Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Provider for Caraga Region. The accreditation grants NNC Caraga the authority to conduct trainings, seminars and fora with corresponding CPD units for a number of professions upon proper application with the PRC. Programs and courses to be offered with CPD units includes, but not limited to, Nutrition Program Management (NPM) Training, Local Nutrition Action Planning (LNAP) Workshop, and Nutrition in Emergencies-Information Management (NIE-IM) Training.

INAYThe National Nutrition Council (NNC) Caraga joins in the promotion of Safe Motherhood Week pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 200, s. 2002, declaring the second week of May of every year as “Safe Motherhood Week” to promote maternal health and nutrition in the country through preventive and promotive activities as well as addressing avoidable factors that can cause death during pregnancy, childbirth, and post-partum. In the Philippines, some improvement in delivery care was indicated in the preliminary results of National Demographic and Health Survey 2014 (NDHS). In particular, the findings unveil an increase in facility-based deliveries and in births delivered by health professionals. However, there is still a need to further improve and strengthen the implementation of the National Safe Motherhood Program by the Department of Health. Considering these factors, the Department of Health with its Administrative Order No. 2008-0029 or the Implementing Health Reforms for Rapid reduction of Maternal and Neonatal Mortality was formulated to guide the development, implementation and evaluation of various programs aimed at women, mothers and children, with the ultimate goal of rapidly reducing maternal and neonatal mortality in the country.

Within this mandate, minimum standard services are pre-pregnancy services; antennal care; proper care during delivery; and postpartum and postnatal care.

ADS Meeting April 27 28Prosperidad, ADS- The National Nutrition Council Caraga led by OIC RNPC, Dr. Nino Archie S. Labordo provided technical assistance and nutrition related updates in the Joint Meeting of the Provincial Nutrition Committee (PNC) and Nutrition Action Officers (NAOs) on April 27-28, 2022 at the Agriculture’s Conference Hall, Government Center, Patin-ay, Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur.

With forty-eight (48) attendees, the meeting presided-over by the Acting-Assistant Provincial Administrator Geronimo L. Porlares, Jr. on behalf of Governor Santiago B. Cane, Jr., the Chairman of Provincial Nutrition Committee discussed relevant concerns and issues on nutrition program implementation.

Included in the agenda presented by PNAO Laniebelle Angchangco are: (1) regional and provincial nutrition situation; (2) 2021 Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition (PPAN) accomplishments of the province and (3) the review of Evaluation of Food Production and Sanitation (EFPSAN).

OIC-RNPC Labordo discussed the key features of Monitoring and Evaluation of Local Level Plan of Implementation Protocol (MELLPI Pro) of the Nutrition Programs, Projects and Activities and nutrition focal point persons at the local government units.

RNC Meeting 11MayButuan City – On 11 May 2022 the Regional Nutrition Committee (RNC) convenes it’s First Meeting at Almont Inland Resort, Butuan City, and via Zoom platform, presided-over by the RNC Chairperson and DOH-Center for Health and Development Caraga, Regional Director, Dr. Cesar C. Cassion.

The meeting discussed relevant issues and concerns about nutrition and its implementation. Lined-up items in the meeting are: (1) review of the Regional Nutrition Committee structure; (2) 2021 Operation Timbang Plus (OPT+); (3) Updates on typhoon Odette Response and Nutrition Cluster Policies and Activities; and (4) 2022 Nutrition Month Celebration.

Five resolutions passed and approved during the meeting which is seen to improve the nutrition landscape of the region. The resolutions are:  (1) amendment of the 2015 RNC resolution on the Expansion of RNC members  to include  Nutrition Action Officers to maintain NAO Federation membership with NAO President to represent the association and inclusion of two other civil society organization or non-governmental organization as members of the Committee to complete three representatives to the RNC; (2) prioritize LGUs with high prevalence of malnutrition in their development plans through a multi-sectoral approach; (3)  adoption of the Philippine Integrated Management of Acute Malnutrition (PIMAM) protocol and referral system in Caraga; (4) revitalization of the Breastfeeding Committee in the region; and (5) support to the 2022 Nutrition Month Celebration.