Esperanza Mayor Nov 2022Butuan City“Nutrition is not a single department’s agenda”, Mayor Deo Manpatilan of the Municipality of Esperanza expressed during the Local Nutrition Action Planning conducted on November 8-10, 2022 at ABC Building, Esperanza, Agusan del Sur.

The good Mayor recognized that investigating the cause of malnutrition does not stop at poor dietary intake. The nutrition worker and advocates should investigate more and ask identify the reason/s of poor dietary intake to describe the root cause of malnutrition because there are so many factors that we need to look out. He sees nutrition as a problem that should be included in social, environmental, legislative, infrastructure and administrative budgeting and planning.

He observed that one of the root causes of malnutrition is poor knowledge on appropriate infant and young child feeding and poor attitudes towards healthy lifestyle and proper nutrition.

As the Former-SB Committee Chairperson on Environment, Mayor Manpatilan said that, “Our constituents have resources, but they do not know how to maximize it.”

He also added that one of nutrition intervention that should be implemented is intensified nutrition advocacy to promote positive behavioral change towards health and nutrition.

Placer Forum Nov2022Butuan City- Members of the Municipal Nutrition Committee and the Chairpersons and barangay nutrition scholars of the twenty barangays in the Municipality of Placer in Surigao del Norte attended the Forum on Investing Nutrition for Effective Local Governance on 21 November 2022 at the Multipurpose Hall, Barangay Magsaysay of this municipality.

The activity was warmly welcomed by Sangguniang Bayan on Health, Hon. Ruwill R. Febrero. In his message, he conveyed that the municipality has a number of malnourished children. The counterpart of the barangay and its officials is necessary.

During the forum, Municipal Nutrition Action Officer, Ms. Ruth Rivera shared the nutrition situation. In 2022, the municipality recorded 6.9% wasted, 21% stunted, 7.4% underweight, 57% prenatal check-up, 57% exclusive breastfeeding and 40% provision of folic acid and iron.

The presented indicators on malnutrition like stunting and wasting are all way above the cut off level of the World Health Organization, and indicators in PPAN 2017-2022 are far from its targets.

Dagyaw 2022BUTUAN CITY—Investing in nutrition in the first 1,000 days is critical in the physical and mental development of the child, shared by National Nutrition Council Caraga, Officer-in-Charge, Dr. Nino Archie S. Labordo during the Annual Dagyaw Townhall Meeting on November 18, 2022 at Dottie’s Place, Butuan City.

This year’s Regional Dagyaw theme is “Edukasyon ug Nutrisyon sa Kabataang Caraganon: Palig-onon!” (Education and Nutrition for Caraganon Youth: To be strengthened!).

Dr. Labordo expressed convergence between and among stakeholders in advocacy towards combating malnutrition, particularly stunting.

At the individual level, stunting may result in a reduced learning capacity, including poor school performance, higher absenteeism, and high chances of repeating grades, he added.

The Dagyaw townhall meeting discussed three main parts: The Child in School; Health of Learners; and Mental Health and Well-being of Caraganon Learners.

Tagbina tools 2022Butuan City- On 16 November 2022, the Municipality of Tagbina in Surigao del Sur through its Mayor and the Chairperson of the Municipal Nutrition Committee, Mayor Glaiza Jane P. Lanete received height boards and salter scales endorsed by the National Nutrition Council Caraga, OIC, Dr. Nino Archie S. Labordo.

Mayor Lanete thanked NNC Caraga for identifying the municipality as the recipient of said measuring tools. The tools are important to take the height and the weight of children, the good Mayor added.

In the latest Operation Timbang Plus (OPT+), the Municipality of Tagbina ranked third with high prevalence of stunting, recorded at 15.09%.

Dr. Labordo encouraged to increase the OPT+ coverage to above 80% in order to capture better nutrition situation for the municipality.

Likewise, OIC Labordo lobbied for capacity building for the barangay nutrition scholars to better equipped them on assessment and nutrition program management.

NSOA del Carmen 2022Butuan City-- Twenty-five (25) 10 Kumainments Nutrition School on-the-Air (NSOA) participants completed its sessions and received its certificate on October 27, 2022 at Surigao del Norte State University – Del Carmen Campus in Del Carmen, Siargao Island, Surigao del Norte.

The NSOA graduates composed of barangay nutrition scholars and barangay health workers have completed the learning sessions on nutrition, and are now equipped to do their part as nutrition advocates in their respective barangays.

In his message, Dr. Romy Jun Sunico, Campus Director of Surigao del Norte State University-Del Carmen Campus, encouraged all the NSOA graduates to share to their peers all the significant learning they gained in health and nutrition, and be good examples of what they preach to the community.

It is to be recalled that the organization of the Nutriskwela radio station in Del Carmen is in partnership with the local government unit and the SNSU-Del Carmen Campus.

Bislig NIEM 2022Butuan City—Bislig City Nutrition Committee members and Barangay Chairpersons and their kagawad on health attended the three-day Training on Nutrition in Emergencies and Information Management conducted on 15-17 November 2022, at the Bislig Cultural and Sports Center in this City.

Executive Assistant, Mr. Oscar Macua welcomed the participants on behalf of Mayor Hon. Florencio Garay. In his message, Mr. Macua emphasized the importance of nutrition for the growth and development of the child and how he will become a productive citizen of the country.

Nutrition in Emergency as discussed in the first module, refers to the situation in which food security is often severely   threatened, causing increased risk of malnutrition, illness and even death.

City Mayor Garay identified that capacity development among the members of the Local Nutrition Committee is important, so that basic knowledge on nutrition program management will be acquired.