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.

NPM ADS Oct2022Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur – As an initiative to strengthen the roles and commitments of the Local Nutrition Committees in combating malnutrition in the Province of Agusan del Sur, the National Nutrition Council Caraga conducted an Orientation on Nutrition Program Management and Advocacy Forum on 18 October 2022 at The Farmer’s Inn Hotel, Prosperidad, this province.

The activity invited the Local Chief Executives (LCEs), Sangguniang Bayan Members and Nutrition Action Officers to enable a more engaged and efficient body towards the best nutrition service delivery for the vulnerable groups of their respective communities.

In her opening remarks, Provincial Nutrition Action Officer (PNAO) Laniebelle T. Angchangco emphasized that malnutrition is a threat multiplier and intergenerational which could affect the overall population and the economy of the community. However, it can be prevented with a help and solid support from the LCEs, local legislators and the Local Nutrition Committee. Having said that, she appreciated the presence of Hon. Myrna Mondejar, the Municipal Mayor of Veruela, SB members and the nutrition implementers of the different Local Government Units (LGUs), who spared their time and presence during the activity.

Idol ko PDI OCT2022San Jose, PDI- Headed by the Provincial Nutrition Office in collaboration with the National Nutrition Council (NNC) Caraga, a 3-day training on Early Child Care Development: Idol Ko Si Nanay Training Module was conducted on October 11-13, 2022 at San Jose Pension House, Dinagat Islands.

A total of 24 health and nutrition implementers of Province of Dinagat Islands (PDI), composed of Municipal Health Officer (MHO), Municipal Nutrition Action Workers (MNAO), Public Health Nurses (PHN), Nutritionist-Dietitians, and Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNS) Federated presidents were capacitated and now roll-out training ready on their respective municipalities and institutions.

PDI Governor Nilo P. Demerey Jr, welcomed the participants which he expressed his gratitude to the health workers on their continued hard work in eradicating malnutrition in the province specially the children, pregnant and lactating mothers. Gov. Demerey also acknowledged the presence of NNC Caraga OIC, Dr. Nino Archie Labordo and the whole NNC team. He thanked the NNC for the continued assistance and guidance to the PLGU.

PDI MOU TK Signing Oct2022San Jose, PDI – On October 11, 2022, five (5) Local Chief Executives of Province of Dinagat Islands (PDI) showed their support on Tutok-Kainan – Dietary Supplementation Program (TK-DSP) by signing the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) at San Jose Pension House, Province of Dinagat Islands.

The purpose of the MOU is to provide technical and logistical support to the targeted provinces and its municipalities for the TK-DSP in Caraga region.

Conducted along with the MOU signing is the ceremonial turn-over of PPAN 2023-2028 jackets to the LCEs of PDI in which it was commenced by National Nutrition Council (NNC) Caraga, OIC-Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator Dr. Niño Archie S. Labordo.

LCEs present during the event are: Governor Nilo P. Demerey Jr. of PDI, San Jose Mayor Yngwie Hero B. Ecleo, Cagdianao Mayor Marc Adelson D. Longos, Libjo Mayor Melody Llamera-Compasivo and Tubajon Mayor Simplicia P. Pedrablanca.

DRRMH Surigao Oct7SURIGAO CITY – Department of Health (DOH) Caraga with support from the UNICEF conducted a Provincial Wide Disaster Risk Reduction and Management in Health (DRRM-H) Planning Workshop for the Province of Surigao del Norte on October 5-7, 2022 at EY Miner Suites, Surigao City with the National Nutrition Council- Caraga as Cluster facilitator during the activity.

DRRM-H planning is a participative process, carefully studying the hazards, vulnerabilities, and risks of an area. Additionally, it is a systematic, systemic, strategic, evidence-based, and consultative process to come up with a regional, provincial, city, municipality, barangay, and hospital DRRM-H Plan and properly implement it to ensure resilient health systems at all levels of governance.

In his message, DOH DMO V Erwin Pingal thanked the local government units for giving time in the planning workshop. Likewise, he acknowledged UNICEF Philippines for the support provided for Caraga region.

Food Safety Awareness Oct2022In a continuous effort of educating on food safety and to eradicate food poisoning and other foodborne illness, the Food Safety Awareness Week is held every last week of October in adherence to Presidential Proclamation No. 160, series of 1999.

More than people realize, food safety plays a significant role throughout the entire food chain. Food safety is the level of safety and sanitation of foods from food borne diseases, illnesses received from eating food that contains germs, bacteria, or viruses. According to WHO (2022), an estimated 600 million people – nearly one in every ten people in the world – will become ill after eating contaminated food, and 420,000 will die, resulting in the loss of 33 million healthy life years.

Controlling food safety generally requires knowledge of what can hinder its integrity and stability (WWF, 2020). Contaminations in food have a negative impact on food safety it can be caused by biological, chemical, physical, or radiological hazards, and they can result to food poisoning or food intoxication, which can result in mild to fatal health consequences such as vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea, or even debilitating infections and long-term diseases.