RO9 NieMolutangaOne of the missions of the National Nutrition Council (NNC) is to orchestrate efforts of government, private sector, international organizations, and stakeholders at all levels, in addressing hunger and malnutrition of Filipinos through promotion of good nutrition and nutrition surveillance. Especially during emergencies and disasters, either natural or man-made, NNC ensures that negative impacts to food and nutrition insecurity are minimized, if not prevented.

Thus, organization of a Local Nutrition Cluster is critical as it ensures that nutritional status of affected populations will not worsen and facilitates strategic collaboration and comprehensiveness of emergency management, resource mobilization and integration of cross-cutting nutrition concerns with other clusters. One of the vital actions of this cluster is to generate and provide data before, during, and after emergencies.

RO9 ABCinMahayagOn March 25, 2021, the Provincial Nutrition Coordinator for Zamboanga del Sur (ZDS PNC) of the National Nutrition Council (NNC) IX, Ms. Marie-Claire A. Gaas, visited the Municipality of Mahayag to conduct a courtesy call and presentation of oneself to the Local Chief Executive Mayor Manuel T. Saladaga, MNAO designate, Charisse Norina Ranile and Municipal Health Officer, Butch G. Lumapas. She also visited the municipality in response to the invitation to the Association of Barangay Captains (ABC) Monthly Meeting to enlighten the Barangay Chairpersons on the Tutok Kainan: Dietary Supplementation Program (DSP).

The meeting was presided over by ABC President, Hon. Marben Baker. A total of 25 barangay captains joined the session. During the meeting, MNAO-designate Charisse Norina Ma. Ranile presented the Provincial Ordinance No. 040-2020, an ordinance strengthening the Barangay Nutrition Program by providing Barangay Nutrition Scholar in every barangay, providing funds thereof and for other purposes in accordance with the Presidential Decree no. 1569.

RO9 KidneysOur kidneys, like the other organs of our body, play a vital role in keeping us alive. Once impaired, our overall health might be compromised. We never know if there‚Äôs something wrong with our kidneys if we never visit our physician and seek consultation, or if signs and symptoms develop. By then, it might be too late. We may not also notice that we have habits that contribute to the progress of developing Kidney diseases.   

RO9 ZDSPNCMeetingOn March 24, 2021, the Provincial Nutrition Committee (PNC) of Zamboanga del Sur (ZDS) conducted its First Quarterly Meeting at Balay Bisaya, Provincial Government Complex, Dao, Pagadian City. The meeting was attended by 21 PNC members from different concerned agencies and their representative, 4 District Nutrition Program Coordinators of the Provincial Nutrition Office, RNPC Ms. Nimfa D. Ekong, Nutrition Officer III Mr. Elton Pelegrino, PNC Ms. Marie-Claire Gaas.

The meeting was presided by Dr. Anatalio E. Cagampang, Jr. Chief of Hospital of ZDSMC, Officer in-charge of the Provincial Health Office and the Vice-Chair of the PNC of Zamboange del Sur and was attended by members of the committee representing the LGU, National Government Agencies (provincial office) and civil society organizations.

RO9 COVID19ISMany people have died and many Filipinos have lost their jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic. COVID-19 pandemic affects not just the healthcare system but also the overall economy of the Philippines. In Zamboanga City, as of March 16, 2021, there have been 4,235 confirmed COVID-19 cases with 3,984 recoveries, 189 deaths and 62 active cases.

The COVID-19 vaccines produce protection against the disease. Developing immunity through vaccination means there is a reduced risk of developing the illness. This immunity helps people fight the virus if exposed. Vaccines are important to protect people at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19, such as healthcare providers, older or elderly adults, and people with other medical conditions. The government needs to vaccinate at least 70% of the total population to ensure the safety of the community against the COVID-19 virus. As of now, there is a limited supply of vaccines worldwide. First-world countries have already bought about 80% of the total stocks of vaccines in the world. That is why there is no single company that can supply 110 million vaccines to the Philippines.

RO9 TTKMake way to Tutok Kainan: Dietary Supplementation Program for 6-23 months old children in the fight against the ever-growing stunting problem of our country. On the 22nd of March 2021, the National Nutrition Council Office conducted an emergency meeting with all NAOs for the data consolidation requirement. The meeting was headed by the Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator (RNPC) Nimfa D. Ekong together with Nutrition Officer III Elton N. Pelegrino, Provincial Nutrition Coordinator of Zamboanga del Norte Ms. Rowence F. Zorilla, Zamboanga del Sur Ms. Marie-Claire A. Gaas, and Nutrition Officer I Cielo Katrina M. Mabalot. The meeting was in line with the back-to-back implementation of Tutok Kainan: DSP for pregnant and for children. With this, it was participated by the different NAOs from Zamboanga del Norte and Zamboanga del Sur.