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RTWG Meeting August30Butuan City - The Regional Nutrition Technical Working Group (RNTWG) conducted its Third Quarterly Meeting on August 30, 2022, and discussed important nutrition programs and activities via a blended approach at Almont Inland Hotel, Butuan City, and via Zoom Video Conference.

The RNTWG Presided over by Nino Archie S. Labordo, Officer-in-Charge of the National Nutrition Council -Caraga lined-up the following items: (1) Local Government Mobilization: Learning Hub for Enhanced and Revitalized Nutrition (LEARN) and Shepherding Project; (2) Philippines Multisectoral Nutrition Project (PMNP); (3) Monitoring and Evaluation on Local Level Plan Implementation (MELLPI) Pro Schedule of Activities and Updates; and (4) and Nutrition Program Management (NPM) eLearning Course and other online activities.  

On LGU mobilization, Dr. Labordo expressed that the items were put into discussion to plot out activities and get commitment from the member agencies.

DMOII Raphael P. Ochavo provided updates on the Shepherding project. He relayed that Claver and Placer both in Surigao del Norte are the areas identified in which the project will be implemented.

The team had already visited the two areas and received positive feedback from the two local chief executives.

Senior Citizen Aug28Butuan City – Thirty (30) senior citizens in Barangay Imadejas received nutrition and diet counselling on 28 August 2022 at the Barangay Imadejas covered court, Butuan City.

Basic anthropometric measurements such as height, weight and body mass index (BMI) were taken to inform each senior of their nutritional status. Further, the desirable body weight (DBW) and total energy requirements (TER) were also calculated for their guidance.

To give proper guidance, individual discussion was made using the Pinggang Pinoy for the elderly designed by the Department of Science and Technology- Food and Nutrition Research Institute (DOST-FNRI).

Senior citizens that are aged 60 years old and above are advised to eat less oily or fatty foods, salty and sugary rich products to reduce the risk of non-communicable diseases such as hypertension and obesity.

However, elderly people can still eat a variety of foods ranging from go, grow and glow food in moderation and in balance.

CNPC Tandag MELLPI2022Butuan City – 29-year-old City Nutrition Program Coordinator, Mary Joy A. Galolo is one of the contenders in this year’s Search for the Regional Outstanding CNPC in Caraga region.

Part of the screening process, the Regional Nutrition Evaluation Team (RNET) interviewed, Mary Joy A. Galolo, at Capitol in Tandag City, Surigao Del Sur, on August 25, 2022. And documents were reviewed, particularly the accomplishments and documentation in 2021.

Ms. Galolo, a registered Nutritionist Dietician, once worked at the Department of Health (DOH) where she developed knowledge and skills about health and nutrition prior to becoming a public health nutritionist.

The Department of Health molded her to be efficient in every task being asked, to include master of the ceremony and speaker in every seminar, orientation, and other events. After working at the DOH, she officially transferred to Tandag City as a City Nutrition Program Coordinator in January 2019 as job order and was then appointed as Nutrition Officer III on August 17, 2020.

NSOA Carmen Aug 2022Butuan City- Twenty-two (22) Nutrition School on the Air (NSOA) graduates received positive feedback and support from local legislators for their dedication and commitment to nutrition and related delivery services during the NSOA Graduation Ceremony, 26 August 2022 at the DSWD Conference Room, Carmen, Surigao del Sur.

Hon. Michael C. Escuyos relayed that the barangay nutrition scholars and barangay nutrition workers are essential public servants helping the government smoothen the service delivery on health and nutrition implementation.

On the other hand, Sangguniang Bayan Renato Calaṅas was inspired by their dedication as volunteers and as least paid workers. As a member of the Sangguniang Bayan, I will support the health and nutrition implementation and the welfare of the volunteers relayed by Hon. Calaṅas.

BF Month Aug2022Every month of August, National Breastfeeding Awareness Month is celebrated, and for this year's theme, "Sama-samang Itaguyod, Tamang Kaalaman at Kalinga sa Pagpapasuso."

In accordance with Republic Act 10028, or otherwise known as the Expanded Breastfeeding Promotion Act of 2009, signed by the 10th President of the Philippines, Gloria Macapagal Arroyo on March 16, 2010. The policy aims to encourage the government, the health sector, and the general public to support exclusive breastfeeding and raise public awareness of the importance and benefits of breastfeeding for both the infant and the mother.

According to UNICEF (2018), breastfeeding is one of the most effective ways to ensure child health and survival. Breastmilk is an ideal source of food that provides all the energy and nutrients needed by infants, wherein it should be initiated during the first hour of birth up until 6 months exclusively and continued up to 2 years and above with safe and appropriate complementary foods.

In addition, breastmilk contains antibodies that protect the child against early diseases, specifically during their first 1000 days of life (Camacho-Morales et al., 2021) and a defense for childhood malnutrition. Breastfeeding promotes adequate growth and optimal brain development, which has been linked to higher intelligence later in life (Belfort, 2017) and a lower risk of childhood obesity when breastfed for more than 7 months (Qiao et al., 2020).

CNAO Geli interview 2022Butuan City- On August 25, 2022, the Regional Nutrition Evaluation Team interviewed and evaluated the City Nutrition Action Officer (CNAO) contender of Tandag City, Dr. Reyveen John B. Geli, using the Monitoring and Evaluation of Local Level Plan Implementation (MELLPI) Protocol.

The 31-year-old CNAO is a registered nurse by profession and has been the City Nutrition Action Officer of Tandag City for over four years, starting on January 2, 2018, until the present.

CNAO Geli is dedicated and committed to his functions and duties. He has attended different trainings about nutrition programs and implementation and became resource speaker of various webinars that promotes the same advocacy.

In terms of dealing with the people, his past experiences as an elected officer which exposed him to different fields and activities, became the strength that makes him believe that he can do more as the CNAO of the city.