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1st Sem Salt Monitoring

12 April 2021, Cagayan de Oro City – To ensure that only adequately iodized salt are distributed in the stores and establishments in Northern Mindanao, the Regional Bantay Asin Task Force (RBATF) X conducted the 1st Semester Salt Monitoring at Ozamiz and Malaybalay City Public Markets last 23 and 25 March 2021, respectively.

The monitoring teams were composed of the Department of Health Center for Health Development-Northern Mindanao (DOH CHD-NM), Philippine National Police (PNP) Regional Office 10, Philippine Information Agency (PIA), Salinas Foods, Inc. and National Nutrition Council (NNC) X. The teams were assisted by Misamis Occidental PBATF, Provincial Nutrition Action Officer (PNAO) Marichu G. Tijing and staff and CNAO Lelita G. Navarez in Ozamiz City, and Bukidnon Provincial Health Office staff and CNAO Eza C. Canonigo in Malaybalay City.

The task force collected salt samples in the major salt retailers/stores in both cities which were tested for iodine levels afterwards. Test results showed that all 11 salt samples collected from the Ozamiz City Public Market have iodine content. However, only one (1) salt sample is compliant to Food and Drug Administration (FDA) required standard of iodine content of 30-70 parts per million (ppm). Meanwhile, four (4) out of 10 salt samples in Malaybalay City are within the FDA required iodine content.

Article MELLPI Pro Refresher Orientation

9 April 2021, Cagayan de Oro City – Members of the Regional Nutrition Evaluation Team and representatives from provinces and cities warm up for the conduct of this year’s Monitoring and Evaluation of Local Level Plan Implementation (MELLPI) and Search for Outstanding Local Nutrition Focal Points.

As there have been updates regarding the draft guidelines and following the suspension of monitoring and evaluation activities in 2020, the National Nutrition Council X hosted a virtual orientation on the updated guidelines of the MELLPI Pro last 6 April 2021, attended by 46 RNET members and provincial/city nutrition focal points.

Covered during the orientation were the salient features of the updated guidelines including the background of the MELLPI Pro, its mechanics, and awarding system. NNC X likewise discussed the conduct of M&E in the new normal, which will involve specific strategies and mechanisms depending on the quarantine classification of the area to be visited. Nutrition Program Coordinator Gladys Mae S. Fernandez informed the group on the updates of the scheduled validation activities by the National Evaluation Team, involving the local government units (LGUs) vying for national awards. These are Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon, Misamis Occidental Province and Cagayan de Oro City.

Queries from the participants were taken in and answered by the facilitators, while some points for clarification were forwarded to the Nutrition Surveillance Division of NNC.

The LGU representatives identified their preferred initial schedule of the M&E activities for consideration of the RNET and secretariat.

More coordination activities will be done by the NNC X secretariat with the RNET members and the LGUs for the conduct of M&E, which shall include the dissemination of approved guidelines for the conduct of MELLPI during pandemics/disasters once available, and finalization of M&E schedules. (NO III Sheena Marie G. Talle)

2 Courtesy Call

6 April 2021, Cagayan de Oro City – National Nutrition Council X Nutrition Program Coordinator Gladys Mae S. Fernandez and staff paid a courtesy call to the new Regional Director of DOH Center for Health Development – Northern Mindanao, Dr. Jose R. Llacuna, Jr., MD, MPH, CESO III on 6 April 2021.

Present also during the meeting were Ms. Telesfora G. Madelo, ND IV and staff, Ms. Pamela E. Legaria of DOH CHD-NM.

NPC Fernandez presented the organizational structure of NNC X and enumerated the 2020 accomplishments under major output indicators, including the unplanned activities done. She also discussed the planned activities for 2021.

During the courtesy call, current issues on the nutrition programs were tackled. Dr. Llacuna concurred on the possible priorities and direction of the Regional Nutrition Committee (RNC) X under his leadership. He likewise committed to lead the RNC X and to provide assistance and insights to forward the agenda on nutrition.

Dr. Llacuna assumed post as the new head of the CHD-NM last 15 March 2021. Being the Regional Director of the CHD, Dr. Llacuna is consequently the Chairperson of the RNC X. (NO III Sheena Marie G. Talle)

8 Enjoy a healthy summerPAGASA announced towards the end of March that the country’s hot dry season, often called summer, is here. As the song goes by, “Here comes the sun, and I say, it's all right”, summer is a time to recharge and relax after strenuous months of hurdling and sitting in the office, attending virtual meetings or classes in the new normal set-up brought by the pandemic.

Authorities continue to advise people to stay at home over traveling, since it increases your chances of contracting or spreading the virus.

What’s safe and not when it comes to enjoying summer during COVID-19? Here are the things to consider as summer hits during the COVID-19 pandemic:

Tutok Kainan DSP Meeting with LDN6 April 2021, Cagayan de Oro City – The National Nutrition Council X convened select Lanao del Norte areas, representatives from the Provincial Health Office and DOH’s Nutritionist-Dietitians for the first ever coordination meeting regarding the proposed Tutok Kainan Dietary Supplementation Program (TK DSP). This happened virtually last 30 March 2021, with a total of 16 participants attending.

There are seven (7) municipalities involved for the said program. These are: Kauswagan, Kolambugan, Linamon, Matungao, Nunungan, Sultan Naga Dimaporo and Tagoloan.

Nutrition Program Coordinator Gladys Mae S. Fernandez discussed the rationale of the program, its background, and priority groups. Moreover, NPC Fernandez presented the target implementation areas, initial program considerations, proposed TK components, and support expected from the local government units. For the TK DSP in Lanao del Norte, children 6-23 months old will be given food commodities for 180 days.

2nd draft TK DSP wet feeding3 April 2021, Cagayan de Oro City — The National Nutrition Council Region 10 (NNC X) through Provincial Nutrition Coordinator (PNC) Stephanie C. Barrio met with the representatives of the Department of Agrarian Reform Provincial Office (DARPO) Bukidnon and partner Agrarian Reform Beneficiary Organization (ARBO) representatives. This is in preparation for the upcoming implementation of the wet feeding scheme of the Tutok Kainan Dietary Supplementation Program (TK DSP) for pregnant women in the eight (8) recipient Local Government Units (LGUs) of Bukidnon. 

The meeting was held last 29 March 2021 at the DARPO Conference Room, Airport Village, Casisang, Malaybalay City, Bukidnon. Among the attendees were Provincial Agrarian Reform Officer (PARO) I Bernardita M. Lozaga, Chief Agrarian Reform Program Officer (CARPO) Phoebe I. Noval, Agrarian Reform Program Officers (ARPOs) of the recipient LGUs, and representatives from the seven (7) partner ARBOs.