The National Nutrition Council Caraga attends the 1st Semester 2022 Special Regional Committee on Sustainable Development Goals (SRC-SDGs) today June 20, 2022 via Zoom Videoconference.

The meeting centered on the discussion on the national updates on the SDGs Performance. Director Myrna Clara B. Asuncion, the Program Coordinator of the Sub-Committee on SDGs and Director III of NEDA Central Office, presented the status of each of the SDGs and highlighted how the Philippines fared during the pandemic. She noted that the COVID-19 pandemic dampened the gains in the SDGs.

In the Sustainable Development Reports (SDR), the Philippines ranked 103 out of 165 countries in the year 2021 and improved in the year 2022 with a ranking of 95 out of 163 countries. SDG Index Scoring is used to rank, which reflects the overall score that measures the total progress towards achieving all 17 SDGs.

Sustainable Development Goal 2 (SDG 2 or Global Goal 2), which is one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals established by the United Nations in 2015, aims to achieve "zero hunger". The official wording is: "End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture".

In the 2021 and 2022 SDRs, SDG 2 has significant improvements. The reports indicated that while the challenges on hunger and malnutrition remain, the actions are on track or maintaining SDG achievement. The reports showed improvement in the prevalence of malnutrition and obesity (>30 BMI) while significant challenges remain with moderate improvements in the prevalence of stunting in children under 5 years of age.

Meanwhile, for 2020 in Caraga Region, concerned agencies on SDG 2 marked 82.1% on the inventory of targets and 2020 accomplishments with 10 additional indicators from the Expanded National Nutrition Survey (eNNS) which signifies on track and exemplary implementation of programs, projects, and activities to achieve the SDG 2.

The Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition (PPAN) 2017-2022, which is an integral part of the Philippine Development Plan 2017-2022, is consistent with the Duterte Administration's 10-point Economic Agenda, the Philippine Health Agenda, and the development pillars of malasakit (protective concern), pagbabago (change or transformation), and kaunlaran (development), and the vision of Ambisyon 2040. It factors in and considers country commitments to the global community as embodied in the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, the 2025 Global Targets for Maternal, Infant and Young Child Nutrition, and the 2014 International Conference on Nutrition.

The National Nutrition Council coordinates and monitors the implementation of the PPAN and ensures that the 2030 SDGs will be achieved and the vision of Ambisyon 2040. #RPOchavo

The NNC and DOH were invited by the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP) to speak in their webinar series called Talk Points on June 21, Tuesday, 1:00 - 5:00 PM. The discussion will focus on devolved functions of national agencies in light of EO 138. It will be offered via Zoom and will be livestreamed via DAP's Local Governance and Development Office Facebook Page. 


We are inviting all current and most importantly, incoming local chief executives in our region to join the activity. Nutrition action officers and key functionaries on nutrition are also invited to join. Kindly help us disseminate this information. 


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EO 138 Talk Points on June 21, Tuesday, 1:00 - 5:00 PM

Prosperidad BNS May2022Butuan City --Aimed at developing competencies in managing and implementing nutrition programs, the National Nutrition Council Caraga and Agusan del Sur Provincial Nutrition Office provided technical assistance to barangay nutrition scholars in Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur on May 16-19, 2022.

The three-day training was participated in by 38 Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNSs). It served as a refresher course for eighteen (18) BNSs while the remaining twenty (20) were trained for the first time.

Specifically, the training provided the basic knowledge and skills of the Barangay Nutrition Scholars’ roles and responsibilities as a volunteer and as a scholar. The group also reviewed the different forms and reports that they are supposed to keep and maintain.

Included topics discussed in the training are the background of the Barangay Nutrition Scholar Program, basic concepts of food and nutrition, roles and functions of a BNS, community nutrition assessment with their corresponding reports, and the barangay nutrition program in the local development system.

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AgNorte May 30 IYCFButuan City – Agusan del Norte convened its Provincial Nutrition Committee (PNC) members, Nutrition Action Officers (NAOs) and City/Municipal Nutrition Program Coordinators (C/MNPCs) to plan for the organization of local Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) Support Group and Nutrition Cluster facilitated by the National Nutrition Council Caraga on May 30, 2022 at the Provincial Social Welfare Development Office Conference Room, Butuan City.

In the Philippines, only one out of five mothers exclusively breastfeed in the first six months. This statistic indicated that there is really a need to organize an IYCF support group especially at the barangay level. Through community support groups, the dissemination of proper child-rearing practices and its reach will widen.

Eight steps are to be followed as guide in organizing a local Infant and Young Child Feeding support groups: First, mapping and identification of possible partners that could make a significant impact in the mobilization of IYCF support groups. Next, the conduct of a community assembly, which will be the avenue to orient the possible partners. The third step is the organizing of volunteers, wherein the roles and responsibilities of the volunteers, local chief executives and the city/municipal tram are determined. The next step is the assessment of IYCF practices in the community which would reveal the level and kind of IYCF practices. After that, orientation of peer counsellors on IYCF concepts, use of IYCF counselling cards, peer counselling methodology and forms to be used. Subsequently, is the formulation of an action plan that would guide the support group on the schedule of activities and its scope. The final step, is the implementation period where the main goal is to roll out the tasks at hand based on the action plan and the last step would be the monitoring, evaluation, and documentation.

MUAC Feb26Butuan City- In the Second Quarter Meeting of the Social Development Committee (SDC) of the Regional Development Council (RDC) on 2 June 2022 via virtual platform, the Committee unanimously approved the adoption of the Philippine Integrated Management of Acute Malnutrition (PIMAM) protocol and referral system in Caraga region.  

PIMAM is a nutrition-specific program based on the World Health Organization (WHO) protocols for inpatient therapeutic care and the Community-based Management of Acute Malnutrition.

In his presentation, National Nutrition Council Caraga, Officer-in-Charge, Dr. Nino Archie S. Labordo, shared that the focus of the management are children 6-59 months who have sudden loss or wasting, bilateral edema, and loss of appetite and malnutrition that resulted in prolonged insufficient food intake, concurrent or repeated bouts of infection, and or inappropriate child rearing.

Nutrition Assessment conducted in typhoon Odette hit areas using Mid-Upper Arm Circumference (MUAC) for 6-59 months old children, and height or length and weight taking, covering as of May 11, 2022, 134 severe acute malnourished children and 365 moderate acute malnourished children detected.

This means that there is one acutely malnourished child assessed in every 100 children.

The adoption of the PIMAM protocol would not only assess the nutritional status of children but rather save children under the state of acute malnutrition, said NNC Caraga OIC, Dr. Labordo.