Santiago MNAO 2022Butuan City- On 12 September 2022 at 3rd Floor Santiago Government Center Building, Santiago, Agusan del Norte the Regional Evaluation Team (RNET) visited the outstanding Municipal Nutrition Action Officer (MNAO) of the Province of Agusan del Norte.

The 56 years old Municipal Nutrition Action Officer (MNAO), Ms. Belen Estrosos, is a devoted wife and mother of two children as well as a caring grandmother of three grandkids.

Since 1997, Ms. Estrosos had worked for the municipality as a designated and regular employee with the responsibility of interacting with senior citizens. Despite having an education degree, she hasn't been in a teaching field since 1991. After serving for eight years, she came to the conclusion that helping others makes her happy and satisfied than teaching.

On 2014, she began serving as the Municipal Nutrition Action Officer at the Municipality of Santiago Agusan del Norte. MNAO Estrosos is in charge of nine barangays in her capacity as the MNAO. She campaigns on exclusive breastfeeding in mothers, pinggang pinoy, and 10 kumainments on coastal and rural areas that implement home gardening to meet their daily needs. These initiatives are carried out with the assistance of barangay nutrition scholars.

PDI visit Sept PajulasButuan City- In relation to post Typhoon Odette’s monitoring and reporting of the implementation of the cluster strategy and results, NNC Caraga’s newly hired Information Management Officer (IMO) for the Province of Dinagat Islands (PDI), Ms. Angelica Pajulas was introduced to Municipal Nutrition Action officers (MNAOs) and Provincial Nutrition Action Officer (PNAO) Ms. Joanna Jessica Yasay of PDI on 5-6 September 2022.             

The meeting was together with UNICEF Nutrition Cluster Coordinator, Ms. Kristine Angeli Gimongala and Provincial Nutrition Focal Point (PNFP) for PDI, Ms. Jann Abigail Portillas. The IMO will support and provide relevant and up-to-date information for updating the nutrition in emergency strategic plan with emphasis on cluster achievements, results, and lessons learned from Typhoon Odette's response, recovery, and rehabilitation.

Additionally, PNFP Portillas conducted a short orientation on Tutok Kainan- Dietary Supplementation Program. In a visit in the Municipality of Tubajon, the group was given an opportunity to discuss the TK-DSP, its objectives and components during its Municipal Nutrition Committee meeting. The same orientation was provided to municipalities particularly to the Office of the Mayor with the presence of the Municipal Administrator.

DNPC Emelyn Sept 2022Ms. Emelyn Flor Fabiana, the 49-years old District Nutrition Program Coordinator of the Province of Agusan del Norte is one of the contenders of the Regional Outstanding District Nutrition Program Coordinator in Caraga Region.

DNPC Fabiana is a Registered Nutritionist Dietitian by profession from Silliman University in Dumaguete City.

The dedicated DNPC is serving the Province of Agusan del Norte for 2 years as per job order (Feb 2019) and was appointed as DNPC in Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) since January 4, 2022 until present.

God has plans, indeed. Prior to being the DNPC, she lost her business, but God gave her an opportunity to become the DNPC of the Province of Agusan del Norte.

The DNPC joined several trainings to become an effective nutrition officer in the PSWDO and is inspired by working in the community. DNPC Fabiana never fails to work hard because she knows that God has given her the opportunity to help the LGU and the community. The DNPC stated in the interview that she really loves her job so much as she never stops learning and wants to learn more.

CRH Adopt a Project 2022Surigao City– On September 16, 2022, Purok-3, Barangay Canlanipa, Surigao City served as the launch location for the Adopt-a-Community Project of the Caraga Regional Hospital's Department of Family and Community Medicine with the theme: “Himsog na Pamilya, para sa Himsog na Komunidad”.

The project, which will last for two years, is intended to offer fundamental services that are necessary for improving nutrition and health. The project team is trying to assist families in achieving at least a near-normal nutritional status in the area because of its high rates of severe acute malnutrition.

Joel A. Cambalon, the barangay captain of Canlanipa, expressed his gratitude for the initiative and expressed his hope that in the near future there would be no more malnourished children within barangay Canlanipa and would achieve healthy community.

The UNICEF Representative, Kristine Angeli Gimongala, Nutrition Cluster Coordinator, said that the Adopt-a-Community program is not a charity. This wasn’t given out of pity. She added that this is given because this is what is due, with due help from all those who can.

BNS LadyPril Basibas ADS 2022Recently, during the celebration of the Nutrition Month organized by the Province of Agusan del Sur, Barangay Nutrition Scholar (BNS) LadyPril Basibas was hailed as the Outstanding BNS of the province on 21 July 2022.

The Provincial Outstanding BNS of Agusan del Sur was visited by the Regional Nutrition Evaluation Team (RNET) on 5 September 2022 at Barangay Wasian, Rosario to validate the performance of BNS Basibas for the year 2021.

The active BNS of Barangay Wasian, Ms. Lady Pril V. Basibas, started her journey due to her curiosity on how BNS works in a community. After feeding her curiosity by asking around the Barangay Health Center, it fueled her enthusiasm to help their community through the essence of proper nutrition. With this, she applied and was appointed as the BNS of the said barangay on the month of June of 2019. Her first few months of being the BNS were rough as she is juggling her work and her responsibilities as a mother of two and a good wife to her husband. However, her busy schedules did not stop her from attending several trainings and workshops related to nutrition to fully capacitate herself. Some of the trainings and workshop attended by the BNS are the Local Nutrition Action Planning Workshop, Nutrition Program Management Training and Basic Course for Barangay Nutrition Scholars.

Generics Month Sept 2022The month of September is known as the Generics Awareness Month. The event celebrates the passing of the law – the Generics Act of 1988 or Republic Act No. 6675 which guarantees all Filipinos affordable and effective medications.

The 2008 Cheaper Medicines Act amended the Generics Act to require pharmaceutical companies to make generic drugs widely available. By requiring doctors to include both generic and brand names on prescriptions, the law promotes low-cost, high-quality alternatives to branded drugs.

The Cheaper Medicines Act of 2008 amended sections of the Generics Act and now requires pharmaceutical companies to manufacture, distribute, and make generic drugs widely available.