RO9 RiceRice is a staple food in many countries. Especially in the Philippines, rice is definitely a must have in the meals of Filipinos. Only a few Filipinos know about the different varieties of rice that differ in color, flavor, and nutritional value. So among the different varieties of rice, which is the healthiest?

Brown rice is whole-grain rice that has had the outer protective shell, known as the hull, removed. The difference between brown rice and white rice is that the former has about three times more fiber and is higher in protein. Fiber and protein promote feelings of fullness and can help you maintain a healthy weight.

RO9 Lakewood

On March 31, 2021, the Provincial Nutrition Coordinator under the NNC-IX, Ms. Marie-Claire A. Gaas, visited the Municipality of Lakewood with the District Nutrition Program Coordinator, Ms. Lea Ariza from the Provincial Nutrition Office, to conduct a courtesy call and introduction of oneself to the to the MNAO Designate, Mr. Stefano Menjid and DTTB Dr. Doreen P. Bosleng. She also visited the Municipality in response to the Health and Nutrition Implementers’ Meeting to discuss the overview of the Tutok Kainan: Dietary Supplementation Program, the forms to be used during the actual implementation and other matters. The meeting was attended by 8 Nurses (DOH-NDP), 15 Barangay Nutrition Scholars, 15 Barangay Health Workers and 1 MNAO designate.

RO9 WorldHealthWorkerWeekA year ago, COVID-19 was declared as a global pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO). On March 8, 2020, President Rodrigo Duterte declared a State of Public Health Emergency due to COVID-19. The Intrahealth International stated that the COVID-19 pandemic has shown a spotlight on the tireless efforts frontline health workers make to keep their communities—and the world—safe and healthy.

RO9 1stRegionalMeetingOn 31 March 2021, the National Nutrition Council Region IX (NNC9) conducted the 1st Joint Meeting of Regional Federations with Nutrition Action Officers (NAOs), Nutrition Program Coordinators (NPCs), and Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNSs) thru a virtual meeting using the Google meet. The meeting aims to provide updates on the new e-OPT Plus tools for acute malnutrition and the regular e-OPT tool, the updated MELLPI Pro and its tool, and the Tutok kainan Guidelines. The event was spearheaded by Nutrition Officer III (NO III) Elton Pelegrino in lieu of the Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator Nimfa Ekong due to important matters of most significance to be attended to. NO III Pelegrino was joined by other NNC9 technical staff, namely NO II Joanna Marie Baltazar, NO I Cielo Katrina Mabalot, and NO I Zhalimar Patulada. The meeting was participated by P/C/MNAOs, D/C/MNPCs, and BNSs of Region IX. 

RO9 PNCMeetingZDNOn March 25, 2021, the National Nutrition Council Region IX (NNC9) conducted its  Provincial Meeting with Nutrition Action Officers (NAOs) of Zamboanga del Norte (ZDN) at Mibang Hotel, Dipolog City to provide updates on the developments of the nutrition program and to further discuss the Tutok Kainan Dietary Supplementation Program. Provincial level meeting of NAOs is NNC9’s strategy to limit the number of participants in observance of the COVID-19 protocols. The event was spearheaded by Ms. Nimfa D. Ekong, the Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator (RNPC) of NNC9. The meeting was participated by City/Municipal Nutrition Action Officers, District/City/Municipal Nutrition Program Coordinators, Nutrition Office Aides and the Health and Nutrition Liaison Coordinator-UNICEF in the province.

RO9 PNCMettingZDNOn March 30, 2021, Provincial Nutrition Committee (PNC) of the Province of Zamboanga del Norte (ZDN) conducted their 1st  Quarterly PNC Meeting at the PGO, Provincial Capitol, Dipolog City. The meeting was presided by the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Officer and Provincial Nutrition Action Officer Designate, Ms. Nenita O. Maningo. The program started with an opening prayer by Hon. Roberto Y. Uy, the Provincial Governor of Zamboanga del Norte, followed by the acknowledgement of participants by PNAO staff Mr. Ariel T. Espiloa. The meeting was participated by 12 PNC members and representatives from different agencies (DOST, World Vision, and UNICEF), and Ms. Rowence F. Zorilla, the ECCD-F1K Provincial Nutrition Coordinator for Zamboanga del Norte (ZDS PNC) of the National Nutrition Council Region 9.