Kristine Angeli WS PDI 2022Surigao City- Kristine Angelie Gimongala, UNICEF Philippines' Nutrition Cluster Coordinator, highlighted the importance of nutrition in her welcome message and encouraged all local government units (LGU) to take charge of expanding nutrition programs in their respective communities by developing programs and projects and developing nutrition budget estimates.

This happened during the Training Workshop on Integrating Nutrition Program, Projects, and Activities in Planning Workshop on Integrating Nutrition in Provincial Development and Physical Framework Plan (PDPFP), Comprehensive Development Plan (CDP), and Local Development Investment Programs (LDIP) for Local Nutrition Planning Team of the Province of Dinagat Island, 14 September 2022 at Almont Beach Resort, Surigao City.

She emphasized in her message that nutrition is an integral part that saves mother and newborn lives, unlocks economic potential by enabling children to grow into productive members of their communities, promotes cognitive development, improves economic growth by reducing sick leave and fewer workers are taking early retirement due to health problems.

Alzheimers Dse Month 2022Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Week is celebrated in the Philippines during the third week of September. This annual event serves to raise awareness of the disease and the issues it presents. Everybody is working on raising awareness of Alzheimer's disease. The condition is one of the most common types of dementia, a group of diseases that cause cognitive decline.

Why does the purple ribbon symbolize Alzheimer's disease? Blue and red are combined to create purple. It is a distinguishing color which brings together the cool reliability of blue and the fiery vigor of red. The color purple symbolizes the unyielding resolve of the Alzheimer's Association and its supporters in the face of the disease.

The most prevalent form of dementia is Alzheimer's disease. It's a disease that worsens over time, starting with modest memory loss and eventually making it difficult to have a conversation or react to one's surroundings. The areas of the brain responsible for cognition, memory, and language are all affected by Alzheimer's disease.

In the Philippines, there were approximately 2,010 people who died from Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia in that year. The Philippines has the 172nd highest death rate of the disease in the world. However, most cases are usually in the western countries. Alzheimer's disease affects around 5.8 million persons in the United States aged 65 and older. Eighty percent are 75 years or older. The disease is expected to affect 60 to 70 percent of the approximately 50 million people with dementia worldwide.

PDI PlannigWS 2022Surigao City- As part of the over-all local government unit (LGU) mobilization strategy in scaling up nutrition, the National Nutrition Council Caraga region conducted a three (3)-day Planning Workshop on Integrating Nutrition in Provincial Development and Physical Framework Plan (PDPFP), Comprehensive (CDP), and Local Development Investment Programs for Local Government Units known as the "Local Nutrition Action Planning Workshop" for the Province of Dinagat Islands on 14-16 September 2022  at the Almont Beach Resort, Lipata, Surigao City, Surigao Del Norte.

A total of fifty (50) participants from eight (8) municipalities, including the province attended the said planning workshop. Each LGU or planning Core team is composed of Nutrition Action Officer, Municipal Health Officer, Municipal Budget Officer, Planning and Development Coordinator and Officer, Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officer, SB on Health and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK), and Municipal Administrator.

During her message, UNICEF Philippines Nutrition Cluster Coordinator, Ms. Kristine Angeli Gimongala, shared that UNICEF Philippines is hopeful that the planning workshop will bring a well-thought nutrition action plan and will benefit the constituents of the LGUs and the province. This will be more beneficial especially the children who are suffering from malnutrition.

Bislig Exit Con mellpiButuan City- The Regional Nutrition Evaluation Team (RNET) presented the result of the Monitoring and Evaluation of Local Level Plan Implementation (MELLPI) Pro conducted for the City of Bislig on 5-6 September 2022 at the City Mayor’s Conference Hall of this City.

The Team provided the results and the recommendation on how the City will strenghthen the nutrition program implementation.

Dimensions evaluated for the local government unit are : (1) Vision-Mission; (2) Nutrition Policies; (3) Governance; (4) LNC Management; (5) Nutrition Service Delivery; and (6) Change in Nutritional Status.

On the otherhand, the City Nutrition Action Officer, Ms. Judith M. Rendon was evaluated on her performance according to: (1) Coordination; (2) Orientation, Advocacy and Implementation; (3) Planning; (4) Documentation; (5) Resource Generation; and (6) Capacity development.

NOII Leah Vina Vargas presented the process of MELLPI Pro and discussed the value of investing in nutrition. She shared that partners and members of the City Nutrition Committee can play big part in nutrition program management.

Childhood Cancer Awareness SeptemberThe International Agency for Cancer Research (IARC) recognizes September as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month by highlighting the global burden of childhood cancer and IARC's efforts to prevent and treat childhood cancer worldwide.

Cancer is a disease in which some cells of the body grow uncontrollably and spread throughout the body. Environmental or genetic factors may have a factor, although the great majority of childhood cancers have unknown causes (WHO, 2021).

Leukemia, brain cancers, lymphomas, and solid tumors including neuroblastoma and Wilms tumors are the most prevalent types of childhood cancer (WHO, 2021). Common signs and symptoms include unexplained weight loss, frequent bruising and pallor, persistent fever, the presence of lumps or swelling, unexplained localized pain or limping; frequent headaches, frequently accompanied by vomiting; and unexpected eye or vision alterations (DOH, n.d).

Last 2020, almost 280,000 children and adolescents (aged 0–19 years) were diagnosed with cancer worldwide and almost 110 000 children died from cancer, according to the estimates made by IARC Global Cancer Observatory.

Many of the preventive ways is through having a healthy diet emphasizing fruits and vegetables. Avoid foods that contain carcinogens such as processed meat, burnt foods, overcooked foods and fried foods as this can increase the risk of some types of cancer. However, cancer may not be prevented especially if it is genetic but it can be treated. The treatment and care of children cancer involves a multidisciplinary team to provide not only medical therapy for the child, but also psychosocial support for the entire family.

LGOO Diola PlanningSurigao City- Local Government Operations Officer (LGOO) VI, Ms. Welivie C. Diola of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Caraga discussed the role of the Local Nutrition Committee and the Executive Order 138 on Nutrition Devolution during its first day 14 September 2022 of the Planning Workshop on Integrating Nutrition in the Provincial Development and Physical Framework Plan (PDFD), Comprehensive Development Plan (CDP) and Local Development  Investment Program (LDIP) for the province of Dinagat Islands and its seven municipalities held at Almont Beach Resort, Surigao City.

LGOO Diola discussed the LNC composition, its duties and functions. The Local Nutrition Committee (LNC) comprises the Chairperson, (Governor, Mayor, Barangay Captain) at each administrative level. Joining the Chairperson Under are the different representatives from various sectors, such as health, agriculture, social welfare and development, development planning and budgeting, and national agencies for nutrition.

In the LGU level, the Local Nutrition Committee is responsible for the nutrition program management. They are responsible for planning, formulating, implementing, monitoring, evaluating, and coordinating the Local Nutrition Action Plan (LNAP).