NNC 9 IYCFThe Department of Health Regional Office 09 holds a training activity on Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) for new Barangay Nutrition Scholars deployed in  Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur and Zamboanga Sibugay to sharpen their skills  when counselling mothers  with appropriate feeding practices for infants and young children. The BNS of two municipalities in Zamboanga del Norte – Labason and Piǹan will also be supported with  trainings on Basic Course for Barangay Nutrition Scholars, IYCF and WHO-Child Growth Standards. A total of Php 884,000.00 is allocated for the lined-up activities that includes board and lodging and supplies.


In Zamboanga Peninsula, the regional offices of the Department of Health and  the National Nutrition Council work hand in hand in the conduct of  training for Barangay Nutrition Scholars particularly on Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF). One of those collaborated training happened on  21-24 February, 2017 at the Mibang Hotel, Dipolog City which was attended by twenty-nine new Barangay Nutrition Scholars who are deployed in the municipalities of  Godod, Liloy, Sindangan, Gutalac, Baliguian, Katipunan, La Libertad, Sergio Osmena, Salug, Rizal, Mutia, Jose Dalman, Polanco, Manukan and Dipolog City, province of  Zamboanga del Norte. The Regional Pool of Trainers on IYCF composed of NDs and Nutrition Officers from the Provincial and City  Government Units of Zamboanga del Norte and Zamboanga City served likewise as resource persons during the training assisting the core trainers Ms Evelyn Capistrano of DOH and Ms Nimfa Ekong of NNC.

Investing on capacity building for local nutrition workers will generate cadre of IYCF peer counsellors who can  guide mothers in the nutrition care of their children to prevent and protect young children from malnutrition.