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IYCF NutClusSurigao City- In order to protect, promote and support safe and adequate nutrition for infants and young children through the protections of breastfeeding and complementary feeding practices and advocacies, the Regional Nutrition Cluster distributed Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) in Emergencies advocacy tarp to typhoon Odette affected local government units in Surigao del Norte and the Province of Dinagat Islands during its visits and monitoring from January 6-10, 2022.

The advocacy material shared information on how breastfeeding is important during emergencies. Likewise, it emphasizes of no milk donations which are prohibited during emergencies particularly the acceptance of the infant formula milk.

IYCF counselling shall be provided to breastfeeding or lactating mothers at the evacuation centers or even at home. If breastfeeding is not possible, the following can be done, to include: (1) promote wet feeding/cross-nursing and relactation; (2) cup feeding or spoon feeding; (3) complementary feeding for 6 months onwards. DOH guidelines mentioned that only after the above have been exhausted, artificial feeding be considered intervention provided that breastmilk substitutes and milk formula must be done under the supervision of health and nutrition workers of the LGU.

PHO Surigao Nut Cluster 2022Surigao City- In a meeting convened by the Provincial Health Office of Surigao del Norte on 6 January 2022 at the DRR Building in Surigao City, Dr. Arlene Felizarta relayed that health and nutrition related services are needed by the province to include interventions which will mitigate further malnutrition deterioration.

In response, Nutrition Cluster led by Dr. Nino Archie S. Labordo shared that the team is currently assessing the nutrition initial needs in Siargao and mainland Surigao del Norte. Dr. Labordo mentioned that nutrition response is coming but the need of data specifically the nutritional status among 5 years old and below, pregnant and lactating are necessary.

Department of Health (DOH) in close coordination with the UNICEF will be providing therapeutic food commodities good for the moderately and severely acute malnourished children. Likewise, other international organizations provided commitment for nutrition related interventions. Likewise, advocacy materials on infant and young child feeding in emergencies shall also be forwarded, relayed by Dr. Labordo.

PIR 2021Butuan City- In the scheduled program implementation review of the nutrition networks in Caraga conducted on 27-28 December 2021 via blended approach, the group revisited the 2020 and 2021 targets based on the prevalence of malnutrition per province and city.

NNC Caraga OIC Dr. Nino Archie Labordo shared that in order to capture the targets of the Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition (PPAN) 2017-2022, the nutrition networks at the regional level shall track its committed targets in the Caraga Regional Development Plan and the Regional Plan of Action for Nutrition (RPAN).

The 2021 Operation Timbang Plus (OPT+) results revealed of a decrease malnutrition prevalence in all forms of malnutrition covering the 0-59 children.

Stunting or the child has a low height for their age showed a downtrend of 3% from 11.5% in 2019 to 6.53% in 2021. Likewise, the wasting prevalence reduced from 3.9% in 2019 to 2.5% in 2021.

The reduction of the malnutrition prevalence can be attributed to many factors including the good effect of pandemic where most households were able to establish backyard gardens, a short path for the family’s food for the table.

NutClus DepartJan6 3teamsSurigao City- Early morning on 6 January 2022, three (3) teams of the Nutrition Cluster readied for deployment to typhoon Odette ravaged areas of Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte including Siargao Islands to conduct the nutrition initial needs assessment.

Joining the team Surigao del Norte Mainland is NNC -OIC Dr. Nino Archie S. Labordo with Nutrition Officer Leah Vina P. Vargas together with the support driver from UNICEF while Siargao Islands also part of the Surigao Province shall be joined in by Nutrition Focal Point, Ms. Mariella Rayco with CNPC Marissa Sollosa and two staff from UNICEF, Mr. Rasul Abdullah and Ms. Amina Lim.

Meanwhile, the Province of Dinagat Islands Team is led by Ms. Teresita Lina Mendrano of DOH Caraga with Nutrition Officer Raphael Ochavo, PNAO Joanna Jessica Yasay, NDDP Kylie Bustamante and Mr. Pete John Biscarra of UNICEF.

With the current situation, the team will utilize the mid-upper arm circumference (MUAC) to assess the nutritional status of children 6-59 months old at the evacuation centers. Likewise, the nutrition initial needs assessment (NINA) usually conducted within 72 hours post emergency shall also be utilized. The said tool will be helful to determine the individuals affected by age group, identify infant and young child feeding practices and activities, presence of commodities, relief operations conducted, challenges and concerns at the evacuation areas.

Holiday Tip 2011The celebration of hope, faith and love is incomplete without feasting on food prepared by family’s secret recipe. Fatty foods such as lechon, sweet glazed ham, fruit cake, afritada, kaldereta, spaghetti, leche flan and ube jam, ice cream, cakes and the likes will surely delight the tummies of everyone without reservation.

Christmas holidays is sweetest time of the year. It is spending quality time with the family and loved ones.   Festive foods are served everyday but be careful, the National Nutrition Council encourages everyone to take in moderation. The office reminds 10 kumainments and pinggang pinoy which reminds us on "hinay-hinay sa maalat, mamantika, at matatamis”

This reminder is not only for holiday’s but in all occasion of the year. And the advice is to eat in moderation because everything that is too much is bad for our health and will likely to develop non-communicable diseases (NCD) such as diabetes, hypertension and cancer in the future. Hence, the celebration of love and peace during holiday seasons is more meaningful and still enjoyable as long as we eat and feast in moderation without worrying the NCDs.

The Department of Health and the National Nutrition Council would recommend some healthy tips these holidays and beyond;

  • Avoid too much fatty, salty, and sugary foods. Foods high in fats include dairy products, fatty meat & poultry, and processed foods (e.g. burgers, sausages, pastry, pies, & cakes). These foods have to be taken less often and in smaller amounts only. Cut down on sugar-sweetened beverages and drink more water or no added sugar drinks. If you love eating sweets and have a hard time preventing yourself from eating one, try to gradually cut sugar out of your diet. You can also try eating unsalted snacks such as plain popcorn or plain nuts.

NutCluster 2022Butuan City- To provide updates of the nutrition cluster coordinating activities, the team convened its third meeting today 3 January 2022 via Zoom Conferencing.

The meeting started with the nutrition situation presentation on the most typhoon Odette affected areas of Dinagat Islands and Surigao del Norte including Surigao City.

The operation timbang plus (OPT+) revealed that most local government units included in the top ten with high number of wasted, stunted and underweight are from these two typhoon ravaged provinces.

Following the report are the updates from the Department of Health (DOH) augmentation of minimum service package for emergencies, Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) food packed relief delivery, Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) TUPAD or Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers, Department of Education relief operations, Philippine Information Agency (PIA) dissemination and advocacy and National Economic and Development (NEDA) recovery and rehabilitation plan.