ADS PA April 8BUTUAN CITY – National Nutrition Council (NNC) Caraga, Officer-in-Charge Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator (OIC-RNPC), Dr. Niño Archie Labordo had a courtesy visit to  Agusan del Sur, Provincial Administrator, Sir Ronulfo R. Paler, on 8 April 2022 at the Provincial Capitol Building, Patin-ay, Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur.

OIC-RNPC Labordo extended his gratitude to the Provincial Government of Agusan del Sur (PGAS) for its continued support of nutrition program implementation, especially on the Dietary Supplementation Program – Tutok Kainan (DSP-TK) that will be implemented to 13 Local Government Units (LGUs) of this province with children ages 6-23 months old as its beneficiaries.

Provincial Nutrition Action Officer Laniebelle Angchangco shared the current nutrition situation, emphasizing the stunting prevalence of the province that made the province one of the beneficiaries of DSP-TK. She also added that media platforms help nutrition advocates to increase the awareness of the people on nutrition and nutrition programs.

San Luis BFkit April 2022BUTUAN CITY – On April 8, 2022, National Nutrition Council Caraga joined the Integrated Health and Nutrition Services at the Municipality of San Luis spearheaded by Provincial Health and Nutrition Office of Agusan del Sur and San Luis Municipal Nutrition Committee.

The integrated activity includes advocacy on nutrition and physical activity, family planning, adolescent health, dental care and rabies prevention.

On the nutrition advocacy, OIC-RNPC Niño Archie S. Labordo and PNAO Laniebelle Angchangco conducted nutrition education to mothers through games and pop quiz. The pop quiz was about the first 1000 days, exclusive breastfeeding and complementary feeding. Those mothers who have participated received kits. Pregnancy kits are given to soon-to-be mothers and breastfeeding kits for lactating mothers. On the other hand, a physical activity, in the form of dancing, was done with the children of the Municipality of San Luis and was discussed on the importance physical activity and healthy eating.

Pilar lecture by the beachSIARGAO ISLAND – Information Management Officer (IMO) Annievil del Pilar together with the Regional Nutrition Cluster Coordinator, Ms. Kristine Angeli Gimongala facilitated a series of Philippine Integrated Management of Acute Malnutrition (PIMAM) Crash Course to Municipal Nutrition Action Officers (MNAOs), Rural Health Unit (RHU) Staff and barangay nutrition scholars (BNSs) in the municipalities of Dapa, Santa Monica, San Benito, and Pilar last March 28-31, 2022.

During the training, the need for the proper conduct of nutrition assessment using different anthropometric tools was emphasized. Nutrition interventions and Infant and young child feeding in emergencies were also highlighted. It was the first time to a lot of the participants to see or use the Mid-upper arm circumference tapes as a tool for determining acute malnutrition in both children 6-59 months old and pregnant and lactating women. A return demonstration of proper mid-upper arm circumference (MUAC) taking, proper use of child growth standards (CGS) tables was done.

DO Plaza April 8 2022BUTUAN CITY – National Nutrition Council (NNC) Caraga reached out to two hospitals of Agusan del Sur on April 8, 2022 as part of its strategy to advocate nutrition and nutrition-related programs in the hospitals, centers and facilities.

Administrative Officer, Mr. Ronnie Torralba of Talacogon District Hospital located at San Isidro, Talacogon, Agusan del Sur welcomed OIC-RNPC Dr. Niño Archie Labordo and NNC Caraga staff. The visit included discussion on the admission of children with severe acute malnutrition and the functionality of dietary services present in the hospital.

The team also visited the provincial hospital, D.O Plaza Memorial Hospital situated at Patin-ay, Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur. The team was received by Chief Nurse Cecilia D. Labella and discussed the establishment of the lactation station, monitoring of admitted malnourished children and the application of the mother-baby-friendly facility with OIC-RNPC Labordo and Provincial Nutrition Action Officer Laniebelle Angchangco.

Pilar Australia visit April 2022Butuan City- Team from the Australian Government - Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) visited Caraga region particularly the typhoon Odette hit areas of Siargao and Dinagat Islands on 5-6 April 2022.

The visit headed by Mr. Thanh Le, Counselor for Development monitored the response activities of the different aides shared by developmental partners, particularly on the Reproductive Health Medical Mission (RHMM) and the established Emergency Maternity Tent Facility (EMFT) in Barangay Pilaring, Pilar, Surigao del Norte.

The RHMM aims to bring access to reproductive health care and education to the community and share medical care and concerns and information.

Maternal and child packages, including nutrition interventions are integrated in the program which ensures better well being of the mother and the child.

On the other hand, the EMTF is used as an alternative, temporary medical point of care in communities where facilities have been non-functional and where maternal and child interventions are still needed.

LNEWS Sna Franz April 4 2022Prosperidad, ADS--Core group of the Local Nutrition Early Warning System (LNEWS) together with the representatives of the five sentinel barangays, Municipal Nutrition Action Officer (MNAO) Charlaine Ayessa Rubillos and the Provincial Nutrition Action Officer (PNAO) Laniebelle Angchangco set out plans to increase the food security and diet diversity of each household in the Municipality of San Francisco, Agusan del Sur.

The presentation of the LNEWS results paved way to the interactive discussion among officers involved to improve the results of the next monitoring.

MNAO Rubillos recommended to strengthen the implementation of household backyard gardening with at least five different kinds of vegetables and to continue the advocacy on the importance of first 1000 days.

MSWD Officer Ms. Edendita Batiao proposed that aside from household backyard gardening, the communal garden should be strengthened as well. She also added the mobilization of Bantay-Asin Task Force (BATF) in the municipal and barangay level.

Barangay Kagawad of one sentinel barangays shared that their communal gardens were demolished for road widening project. Currently, they are still looking for a new location to put up a communal garden.