MELLPIBUTUAN CITY - The Regional Nutrition Evaluation Team (RNET) conducted the deliberation of regional contenders for the Outstanding Local Nutrition Focal Points on Monday 26 September 2022 at Almont Inland Resort Hotel, Butuan City.

The deliberation presided over by Planning Officer Elenita Mandap of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) sorted out the results of the recently concluded Monitoring and Evaluation of Local Level Plan Implementation (MELLPI).

This year, the RNET visited and monitored the five provinces and six cities in Caraga region.

Provinces with Provincial Nutrition Action Officer contenders are from Agusan del Sur and Agusan del Norte.

Among City Nutrition Action Officers, the following cities have contenders: Butuan, Cabadbaran, Bayugan, Bislig, Tandag and Surigao City. Likewise, the Provinces of Agusan del Sur and Agusan del Norte both have each contender for the Outstanding Regional Nutrition Action Officer.

RENDONMs. Judith M. Rendon, a City Nutrition Action Officer (CNAO) for thirty-four consecutive years, is one of the contenders for this year’s search for Caraga Regional Outstanding City Nutrition Action Officer. 

On 5-6 September 2022, the Regional Nutrition Evaluation Team (RNET) evaluated the CNAO at City Hall in Bislig City. Part of the evaluation was an interview and desk review validation using the Monitoring and Evaluation of Local Level Plan Implementation (MELLPI) Protocol.

The 59-year-old CNAO is a Registered Nutritionist Dietitian by profession, Single by choice. Her CNAO journey started as a casual for 15 days, provisionary in the year 1987 and permanent on 1988 up to this year as the 4th CNAO of City of Bislig.

CNAO Rendon is very dedicated to her responsibilities. In her thirty-four of service, she attended various pieces of training and contributions to the implementation of different nutrition programs, and over her time, Bislig City has been awarded two Regional Outstanding Winner in Nutrition in addition she was able to produce four Regional Outstanding BNS and a 4th runner up in national level. She has also received multiple plaques of recognition and appreciation as she became a resource speaker and provided technical assistance in various nutrition program activities.

Alzheimers Dse Month 2022Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Week is celebrated in the Philippines during the third week of September. This annual event serves to raise awareness of the disease and the issues it presents. Everybody is working on raising awareness of Alzheimer's disease. The condition is one of the most common types of dementia, a group of diseases that cause cognitive decline.

Why does the purple ribbon symbolize Alzheimer's disease? Blue and red are combined to create purple. It is a distinguishing color which brings together the cool reliability of blue and the fiery vigor of red. The color purple symbolizes the unyielding resolve of the Alzheimer's Association and its supporters in the face of the disease.

The most prevalent form of dementia is Alzheimer's disease. It's a disease that worsens over time, starting with modest memory loss and eventually making it difficult to have a conversation or react to one's surroundings. The areas of the brain responsible for cognition, memory, and language are all affected by Alzheimer's disease.

In the Philippines, there were approximately 2,010 people who died from Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia in that year. The Philippines has the 172nd highest death rate of the disease in the world. However, most cases are usually in the western countries. Alzheimer's disease affects around 5.8 million persons in the United States aged 65 and older. Eighty percent are 75 years or older. The disease is expected to affect 60 to 70 percent of the approximately 50 million people with dementia worldwide.

Natl Thyroid Awareness WeekRepublic Act No. 10786, an Act declaring the fourth week of September of every year as the National Thyroid Cancer Awareness Week is celebrated to inform the public of the symptoms and early actions to prevent the disease. The celebration also coincides with the International Celebration of Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month.

The thyroid gland normally found right below the Adam's apple on the bottom front of the neck resembles a little butterfly. This gland controls the metabolism. It secretes hormones that govern a range of biological activities, such as the utilization of energy, the generation of heat, and the consumption of oxygen.

Thyroid cancer arises when cells alter or mutate. Once the abnormal cells in the thyroid have multiplied sufficiently, it will form a tumor. Initially, thyroid cancer may display no symptoms. However, when the tumor grows, it can cause symptoms such as neck enlargement, voice changes, and difficulty swallowing.

There are numerous forms of thyroid cancer, the majority of which progress slowly while some can be highly aggressive. According to the Department of Health recent statistics, Thyroid cancer ranked 7th and the most prevalent endocrine-related cancer in the Philippines. Each year, its prevalence increases, particularly among women and those under reproductive age. 

Bislig Exit Con mellpiButuan City- The Regional Nutrition Evaluation Team (RNET) presented the result of the Monitoring and Evaluation of Local Level Plan Implementation (MELLPI) Pro conducted for the City of Bislig on 5-6 September 2022 at the City Mayor’s Conference Hall of this City.

The Team provided the results and the recommendation on how the City will strenghthen the nutrition program implementation.

Dimensions evaluated for the local government unit are : (1) Vision-Mission; (2) Nutrition Policies; (3) Governance; (4) LNC Management; (5) Nutrition Service Delivery; and (6) Change in Nutritional Status.

On the otherhand, the City Nutrition Action Officer, Ms. Judith M. Rendon was evaluated on her performance according to: (1) Coordination; (2) Orientation, Advocacy and Implementation; (3) Planning; (4) Documentation; (5) Resource Generation; and (6) Capacity development.

NOII Leah Vina Vargas presented the process of MELLPI Pro and discussed the value of investing in nutrition. She shared that partners and members of the City Nutrition Committee can play big part in nutrition program management.

Kristine Angeli WS PDI 2022Surigao City- Kristine Angelie Gimongala, UNICEF Philippines' Nutrition Cluster Coordinator, highlighted the importance of nutrition in her welcome message and encouraged all local government units (LGU) to take charge of expanding nutrition programs in their respective communities by developing programs and projects and developing nutrition budget estimates.

This happened during the Training Workshop on Integrating Nutrition Program, Projects, and Activities in Planning Workshop on Integrating Nutrition in Provincial Development and Physical Framework Plan (PDPFP), Comprehensive Development Plan (CDP), and Local Development Investment Programs (LDIP) for Local Nutrition Planning Team of the Province of Dinagat Island, 14 September 2022 at Almont Beach Resort, Surigao City.

She emphasized in her message that nutrition is an integral part that saves mother and newborn lives, unlocks economic potential by enabling children to grow into productive members of their communities, promotes cognitive development, improves economic growth by reducing sick leave and fewer workers are taking early retirement due to health problems.