ABC PresButuan City- ABC President and Chairperson of the Barangay Nutrition Committee, Gemma P. Tabada of Barangay Baan Km. 3 of this city shared her statement of support on behalf of the Punong Barangays to find innovative means for nutrition program implementation during the Caraga Regional Dialogue with Punong Barangays: Enabling Nutrition Devolution on 7 December 2021 via Zoom Conferencing.

Hon. Tabada who is leading the 86 punong barangays in Butuan City expressed commitment to improve nutrition situation in each of the barangays and local government units in the region.

Being in public service for a quite some time, Hon. Tabada pushed for other local government units to create and passed ordinances for the benefits of the barangay nutrition scholars and barangay health workers. She mentioned that in her term an increased of honorarium has been passed for the BNSs, BHWs and other health care workers.

As the implementation of Mandanas-Garcia ruling comes 2022 and forward, the good ABC President encourages the LGUs to include in their transition devolution plan the creation of nutrition office with staff so that there is focus on nutrition program management. She added that there is opportunity in the Mandanas-Garcia implementation, the planning team shall cooperate and collaborate to lay better plans.

OrosaFrom November 25 to December 10, the world observes the 18-Day Campaign Against Violence Against Women. This year, the Philippines also commemorates the 76th anniversary ending World War II and the Battle for the Liberation of Manila. As we remember the sacrifices of our heroes and the innocent civilians that perished in the war, let us celebrate the lives and contribution of three distinguished women who saved countless lives from starvation and with their innovation, grit, and service for others.

Maria Y. Orosa was a food technologist, pharmaceutical chemist, humanitarian and war heroine who invented calamansi juice powder, banana ketchup, soyalac, and two breeds of fruit-plants called oroval and clarosa. Orosa completed her bachelor's and master's degrees in pharmaceutical chemistry, as well as an additional degree in food chemistry from the University of Washington. She was only 29 years old in the year 1922, when she worked for the Philippine government as the country’s foremost chemist. By 1928, the government was so impressed with her work that they sent her to Holland, England, Germany, Spain, Italy, France, Hawaii to study food technology and food preservation. She became part of the Bureau of Science and the Bureau of Plant Industry.

Maria wanted to help the country become self-sufficient, so she empowered Filipino families by organizing 4-H clubs in the islands and traveling into the barrios to teach women how to raise chickens, preserve local produce, and plan healthy meals. She invented the palayok oven that enabled families without access to electricity to bake, and developed recipes for local produce, including cassava, bananas, and coconut. Her banana ketchup food invention became a favorite condiment and cooking ingredient in the Philippines. She also developed wines and calamansi nip, a desiccated and powdered form of a citrus fruit also used to make reconstituted calamansi juice, and is also used in other recipes. Using both her local and technical knowledge, Orosa made culinary contributions and taught proper preservation methods for native dishes such as adobo, dinuguan, kilawin and escabeche.

Virtual Dialogue DecButuan City- In a virtual dialogue conducted on 7 December 2021, workshop output shared by two selected barangays in the region captured the audience and inspired many Barangay Nutrition Committee’s to formulate a comprehensive Barangay Nutrition Action Plan (BNAP).

Anchored on the Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition (PPAN), Barangay Nutrition Scholar’s in Maticdum, Tandag City and BNS in Maygatasan, Bayugan City presented their workshop outputs during the Caraga Virtual Dialogue with Punong Barangays: Enabling Nutrition Devolution.

BNS Robelyn C. Galela of Barangay Maticdum, Tandag City, Surigao del Sur shared the BNAP 2022 integrating the Devolution Transition Plan. In her presentation, the BNC identified eight (8) nutrition specific programs, nine (9) nutrition sensitive programs; and six (6) items under the Enabling mechanisms. On the other hand, BNS Levemae Tanjay of Barangay Maygatasan, Bayugan City, Agusan del Sur shared nine (9) major nutrition related programs with specific activities lined up for 2022.

RNC Dec9Butuan City- In a meeting conducted by the Regional Nutrition Committee, the august body approved the 2021 Regional Nutrition Awarding Ceremony (RNAC) during its meeting on 9 December 2021 at Watergate Hotel, Butuan City.

This year, despite the threat of COVID 19 the Regional Nutrition Evaluation Team (RNET) was able to conduct and evaluate selected provinces and validated identified local nutrition focal points particularly the Barangay Nutrition Scholars.

Using the Monitoring and Evaluation of Local Level Plan Implementation (MELLPI) Pro tool, the RNET validated six (6) contenders for the Regional Outstanding Barangay Nutrition Scholar (ROBNS) in the region. However, contenders vying for the coveted award did not reach its cut-off to be nominated for at the national level.

On the other hand, the Green Banner awardees shall be identified by the Provincial Nutrition Evaluation Team and shall be given recognition once list received by the NNC Secretariat.

PPAN LabordoButuan City- On a virtual dialogue with the punong barangays in Caraga region, Officer-in-Charge, Dr. Nino Archie S. Labordo shared the topic, “Usapang PPAN sa Barangay Programang PangNutrisyon Gawing Mahusay” on December 6, 2021 during the Day 1 of the Regional Dialogue with Punong Barangays: Enabling Nutrition Devolution via Zoom conferencing.

The topic articulated the increased recognition of the Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition (PPAN) and its connection to barangay nutrition action plan (BNAP)s. Likewise, it shared the functions of the barangay nutrition committee and roles of Punong Barangays, Barangay Nutrition Scholars, and other committee members in the achievement of BNAP and PPAN targets.

In the formulation of the BNAP, Dr. Labordo emphasized to identify activities that are listed in the three prong programs, the nutrition specific, nutrition sensitive and enabling programs.

To achieve the PPAN outcome targets, he shared actions through having a better nutrition among pregnant mothers, better birth outcomes, better exclusive breastfeeding and complementary feeding, and better overall calorie intake.

Top Officials Dec8Butuan City- In the light of the Mandanas Ruling, two of the top local chief executives in the region provided support to strengthen nutrition programs and updating of the local nutrition action plans shared during the two-day Regional Virtual Dialogue with Punong Barangays: Enabling Nutrition Devolution on 6-7 December 2021 via Zoom Conferencing.

Agusan del Norte Governor Dale B. Corvera and the Chairperson of the Regional Development Council (RDC)-Caraga encourages the local government units to implement nutrition initiatives more effectively as the fusion of resources in the Mandanas- Garcia ruling allows efficient management of resources and a more focus implementation of the programs.

Meanwhile, Mayor Kirk A. Asis of Bayugan City, Agusan del Sur, the Chairperson of the RDC-Social Development Committee encourages the barangays to give more importance on the nutrition needs of children and families. The good Mayor added that as elected by the people, it is part of the officials’ responsibilities to secure the nutrition of the people from being infants to becoming children, adolescents and later as adults in life.