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SDS AIP 2022Butuan City --The National Nutrition Council, Caraga region spearheaded a 2-day workshop on Integrating Nutrition into the 2023 Annual Investment Program (AIP) on 20-21 October 2022 at Shacene Restaurant, Tandag City for the local governments units of the province of Surigao del Sur.

A total of sixty-six (66) local nutrition committee members participated from one (1) city, seventeen (17) municipalities, and the provincial government of Surigao del Sur. The participants were composed of Nutrition Action Officers, Municipal Budget Officers, Planning and Development Coordinators and Officers, SB on Health, and Provincial Administrative V, who were only present on the first day.

The workshop was officially opened by the Provincial Administrative Officer, Mr. Joebert Lerog on behalf of the Provincial Governor, Alexander T. Pimentel. Mr. Lerog stated that he is grateful to the National Nutrition Council for conducting the activity and was hopeful that this activity will help the nutrition-action officer, together with the team of each municipality, have a well-thought-out investment program for nutrition in 2023 which will benefit the constituents of the province, especially children and pregnant women.

LNAP Oct 2022 unicefBUTUAN CITY - In an effort to accelerate the improvement of the nutrition situation in the region, the National Nutrition Council Caraga conducted a three-day workshop entitled Planning Workshop on Integrating Nutrition in the Provincial Development and Physical Framework Plan (PDPFP), Comprehensive Development Plan (CDP), and Local Development Investment Programs (LDIP) for Local Government Units in the Provinces of Surigao del Norte, Agusan del Norte, and Agusan del Sur on October 12 -14, 2022 at Balanghai Hotel and Convention Center, Butuan City.

The planning workshop was attended by the nutrition planning core group from the different LGUs which is composed of Nutrition Action Officer, Municipal Health Officer, Municipal Budget Officer, Planning and Development Coordinator and Officer, Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officer, Sangguniang Kabataan (SK), and some Municipal Administrators.

UNICEF Philippines Nutrition Cluster Coordinator, Ms. Kristine Angeli Gimongala, shared during her welcome message that LGUs should learn many things from the planning workshop and consider integrating nutrition in the different developmental plans.

ADS Photop NPM LCEProsperidad, Agusan del Sur – National Nutrition Council Caraga spearheaded an Orientation on Nutrition Program Management and Advocacy Forum in an aim to garner support and commitments from the local administrators and legislators of Agusan del Sur on nutrition agenda. The activity was held at The Farmer’s Inn Hotel, Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur on 18 October 2022.

Attended by various personalities from different Local Government Units (LGUs), some of them shared their insights and commitments in support to nutrition. Among them is the Municipal Mayor of Veruela and Sangguniang Bayan members and representatives of different municipalities.

The Local Chief Executive of the Municipality of Veruela, Mayor Myrna Mondejar recognized the importance of a functional Municipal Nutrition Committee in order to address malnutrition in a certain locality. With this new perspective obtained from the orientation, she committed to continue in making health as her priority and will focus in maternal and child nutrition.

Anthropometric tools Oct 2022Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur – Recognizing the significance of standard measurement tools, the government and non-government organizations have joined hands to ensure that the anthropometric measurements of the vulnerable groups stay within an acceptable range of assessment. Thirteen municipalities and one city in Agusan del Sur received anthropometric tools on 18 October 2022 at The Farmer’s Inn, Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur during the Nutrition Program Management Orientation and Advocacy Forum.

Each local government unit received a salter weighing scale from Department of Health-Center for Health and Development Caraga (DOH-CHD), beam balance from World Health Organization (WHO) Philippines and height board from UNICEF Philippines and National Nutrition Council Caraga.

The salter weighing scale is used for measuring the weight of children aged two years old and below. It is a spring type of weighing scale that is partnered with weighing pants where the child is placed for measurement. On the other hand, the beam balance measures the weight of children ages two years old and above. It is a type of scale that uses a system of sliding weights on the beam.

Nutriskwela training Oct2022Butuan City (Jennifer P. Gaitano, PIA) – In time with the conduct of Training on Nutriskwela (Nutrisyon Eskwela) Community Radio Broadcasting initiated by the National Nutrition Council (NNC) Caraga in General Luna and Del Carmen, both in Siargao Island, Surigao del Norte, the Nutriskwela personnel from dxNG-FM 97.7 Radyo Kabakhawan, shared their best practices that were known in the town of Del Camen during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr. Romy Jun Sunico, campus president of Surigao del Norte State University – Del Carmen Campus (formerly Surigao State College of Technology) bared that Radyo Kabakhawan as a community radio in the said municipality has been very useful to the institution, as the SNSU was able to maximize the utilization of the radio station for broadcasting relevant information and updates to the public amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

“During the COVID-19 pandemic wherein strict health protocols were imposed and travel restriction was observed, Radyo Kabakhawan was still functional, operating and able to reach out to the people in the community because it was used to disseminate timely, accurate and relevant information to the public. It was also used to broadcast learning instructional materials to students of SNSU while face-to-face classes were temporarily suspended,” Sunico underscored.

BNS Lapaz Oct 2022Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur – The Provincial Health Office-Nutrition Services of Agusan del Sur conducted a three-day capacity building for all barangay nutrition scholars (BNS) in the Municipality of La Paz on October 19-21, 2022 conducted at Demofarm Training Center, La Paz, Agusan del Sur.

Sangguniang Bayan Member on Health, Hon. Josephine Carmona of La Paz, Agusan del Sur delivered welcomed the twenty-two (22) Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNS) and the team of facilitators and resource speakers.

The training equipped the participants with knowledge and skills to be a steadfast BNS of their respective barangays. Included in the training were the significance of the core values in performing their roles and responsibilities as a BNS, basic concepts in food and nutrition, the barangay nutrition program in the local development system, and effective community nutrition assessment.