Generics Month Sept 2022The month of September is known as the Generics Awareness Month. The event celebrates the passing of the law – the Generics Act of 1988 or Republic Act No. 6675 which guarantees all Filipinos affordable and effective medications.

The 2008 Cheaper Medicines Act amended the Generics Act to require pharmaceutical companies to make generic drugs widely available. By requiring doctors to include both generic and brand names on prescriptions, the law promotes low-cost, high-quality alternatives to branded drugs.

The Cheaper Medicines Act of 2008 amended sections of the Generics Act and now requires pharmaceutical companies to manufacture, distribute, and make generic drugs widely available.

DNPC Emelyn Sept 2022Ms. Emelyn Flor Fabiana, the 49-years old District Nutrition Program Coordinator of the Province of Agusan del Norte is one of the contenders of the Regional Outstanding District Nutrition Program Coordinator in Caraga Region.

DNPC Fabiana is a Registered Nutritionist Dietitian by profession from Silliman University in Dumaguete City.

The dedicated DNPC is serving the Province of Agusan del Norte for 2 years as per job order (Feb 2019) and was appointed as DNPC in Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) since January 4, 2022 until present.

God has plans, indeed. Prior to being the DNPC, she lost her business, but God gave her an opportunity to become the DNPC of the Province of Agusan del Norte.

The DNPC joined several trainings to become an effective nutrition officer in the PSWDO and is inspired by working in the community. DNPC Fabiana never fails to work hard because she knows that God has given her the opportunity to help the LGU and the community. The DNPC stated in the interview that she really loves her job so much as she never stops learning and wants to learn more.

Sulfelix Rosario 2022One of the contenders for 2022 Search for Caraga Regional Outstanding City/Municipal Nutrition Action Officer is the 9-year Municipal Nutrition Action Officer (MNAO) of the Municipality of Rosario, Ms. Fe Vergara Sulfelix.

The 47-year old MNAO was evaluated by the Regional Nutrition Evaluation Team (RNET) on 6 September 2022 at the RHU Building of the Municipality of Rosario, Agusan del Sur. Part of the evaluation process were validation of documents and a panel interview.

MNAO Sulfelix previously worked at the Barangay Office of Barangay Wasian, Rosario as Barangay Secretary for ten (10) consecutive years before taking the board and became a Registered Nutritionist-Dietitian.

Upon receiving the professional license, she applied as Municipal Nutrition Action Officer and was appointed on August 2013.

In her sphere of being the MNAO, she coordinated and provided a strong structure of Municipal Nutrition Committee with 19 active members. As the secretariat of the committee, she initiates the MNC meetings, prepares and presents the agenda to the MNC Chairperson, acts as the focal person of Dietary Supplementation Program (DSP) funded by the municipal government, and provides technical assistance to the sixteen (16) Barangay Nutrition Scholars from eleven (11) barangays of the municipality.

BNS LadyPril Basibas ADS 2022Recently, during the celebration of the Nutrition Month organized by the Province of Agusan del Sur, Barangay Nutrition Scholar (BNS) LadyPril Basibas was hailed as the Outstanding BNS of the province on 21 July 2022.

The Provincial Outstanding BNS of Agusan del Sur was visited by the Regional Nutrition Evaluation Team (RNET) on 5 September 2022 at Barangay Wasian, Rosario to validate the performance of BNS Basibas for the year 2021.

The active BNS of Barangay Wasian, Ms. Lady Pril V. Basibas, started her journey due to her curiosity on how BNS works in a community. After feeding her curiosity by asking around the Barangay Health Center, it fueled her enthusiasm to help their community through the essence of proper nutrition. With this, she applied and was appointed as the BNS of the said barangay on the month of June of 2019. Her first few months of being the BNS were rough as she is juggling her work and her responsibilities as a mother of two and a good wife to her husband. However, her busy schedules did not stop her from attending several trainings and workshops related to nutrition to fully capacitate herself. Some of the trainings and workshop attended by the BNS are the Local Nutrition Action Planning Workshop, Nutrition Program Management Training and Basic Course for Barangay Nutrition Scholars.

LaniebelleAngchangco ADS2022On the 7th of September 2022, the Regional Nutrition Evaluation Team (RNET) visited the Provincial Nutrition Action Officer (PNAO) of the Province Agusan del Sur, Ms. Laniebelle T. Angchangco at the Provincial Nutrition Office, Agusan del Sur.

The visit aims to monitor and evaluate the performance of the provincial government and the nutrition focal person in the local level plan implementation for nutrition.

Prior to her career as the PNAO of Agusan del Sur, she became a part of the Bureau of Forestry. But she felt that she had to be in the community, working with people and for the people. With this urge in her heart, after six months, she applied and worked as the Municipal Nutrition Action Officer of the Municipality of San Luis, Agusan del Sur for two years.

On 15 June 1986, she was given an item in the Provincial Government of Agusan del Sur as Nutrition Officer III and got married at the same year. For five years, she was the District Nutrition Program Coordinator of the province that focuses on the Barangay Nutrition Scholars. On 2012, she became the Provincial Nutrition Officer III and Provincial Nutrition Action Officer designate.

World Suicide 2022The International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) and the World Health Organization (WHO) founded World Suicide Prevention Day in 2003. The month of September is dedicated to changing attitudes, spreading hopefulness, and disseminating critical information to those who have been affected by suicide under the theme "Creating Hope Through Action" in 2022.

By definition, suicide is the act of taking one's own life. It is sometimes employed to escape hardship or suffering (Canadian Mental Health Association, BC Division, 2012). Globally, an estimated 703,000 people commit suicide each year. According to the World Health Organization (n.d.), there has been a considerable increase in suicide-related contacts to mental health clinics across the nation during the COVID-19 pandemic.

One approach that is currently being investigated is the role of nutrition in mental health. According to Dr. Badgett (n.d.), a diet high in processed foods, refined grains, and soft drinks and low in fresh fruits and vegetables, increases depression risk and has fewer positive effects on physical and mental health.