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RO9 OrientsStaffWith the recent organizational developments of the National Nutrition Council Regional Office IX, Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator Ms. Nimfa D. Ekong conducted a special staff meeting dedicated for the orientation of the newly-hired employees last March 3, 2021. To be always true and dedicated to continuously serve the public and be competent and committed public servants, the said orientation was intended to provide information to the new employees and to refresh the employees on the overall background of the agency, its national and regional organizational structures, job descriptions of each staff among others. During the months of December 2020 and January 2021, NNC 9 posted on its Facebook page job vacancy notices for the positions of Provincial Nutrition Coordinator for Zamboanga del Sur, Provincial Nutrition Coordinator for Zamboanga del Norte, Nutrition Officer II and Nutrition Officer I. The posts generated expressions of intent from 8 interested applicants for the positions of Provincial Nutrition Coordinators (PNCs), more than 20 applicants for the position of Nutrition Officer II (NO II) and no-less than 45 participants for the position of Nutrition Officer I (NO I).

RO9 WomensDay“WE Make CHANGE Work for Women” is the 2017-2022 National Women’s Month Celebration theme. The theme generally aims to inform and engage women as stakeholders of government programs and services, and to inspire and empower women and girls to be agents of change and to contribute in promoting gender equality and the empowerment of all women. In the Philippines, Republic Act No. 6949 is enacted declaring every 8th of March of every year as National Women’s Day.

RO9 NCDNon-communicable diseases, as the name implies, are set of diseases that are non-transmittable from one person to another. Some experts also refer this as lifestyle diseases. Some NCDs include most heart diseases, most cancers, diabetes, chronic kidney diseases, chronic respiratory diseases and others.

The World Health Organization states that NCDs – primarily heart and lung diseases, cancers and diabetes – are the world’s largest killers, with an estimated 38 million deaths annually. Of these deaths, 16 million are premature (under 70 years of age). Moreover, a research conducted by the WHO discovered that NCDs account for 68% of all deaths in the Philippines, and the probability of dying between the ages of 30 and 70 years from one of the four main NCDs is 29% in the Philippines.

RO9 NAOsMeetingAfter more than a year, the National Nutrition Council Regional Office 9 was able to initially conduct two face-to-face meetings in the two (2) provinces of Zamboanga Peninsula. Headed by Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator Nimfa D. Ekong together with Nutrition Officer III Elton N. Pelegrino and Administrative Aide VI Cielo Katrina M. Mabalot, NNC-IX was able to meet again the nutrition action officers physically to conduct the Provincial Meeting of Nutrition Action Officers (NAOs) in Zamboanga Sibugay at Diplahan Tropical Resort on 23 February 2021 and the Provincial Meeting of NAOs in Zamboanga del Sur at Hotel Guillermo, Pagadian City on 24 February 2021.

RO9 COVIDDiabetesEven before the upsurge of Covid-19 cases, the incidence of diabetes is growing around the world. It is in the top ten leading causes of death. The Filipinos are not an exemption to this incidence as more and more are affected by the disease. As stated by the Philippine Statics data in the last 2008 survey, it was alarming enough to conclude that one out of every five Filipinos have diabetes. That means that around 20% of the population have diabetes and this has significantly increase from only 4% in 1998. Another cause for alarm is that Filipinos diagnosed with diabetes are getting younger.

RO9 5FoodsLentThe season of Lent is widely celebrated in the country, with Catholicism being the religion of the majority of Filipinos. It has been a practice among Roman Catholics to abstain from eating meat every Friday during lent, and the entire holy week. It is not recommended to eat pork, chicken, beef, lamb, and other types of meat during this season.

Anyone who follows this tradition knows the struggle of thinking of any meatless dishes to serve to their family. Hence, NNC IX provides you with these 5 Filipino Food to try this Lenten Season: