Article New PNFP for ECCD F1K in LDN22 September 2021, Cagayan de Oro City – In line with the National Nutrition Council (NNC) memorandum signed 17 August 2021, a Provincial Nutrition Focal Point (PNFP) was hired for the Early Childhood Care and Development-First 1000 Days (ECCD-F1K) Program in Lanao del Norte Province.

The PNFP, in the person of Ms. Lizelle L. Bete, RND, will act as the focal person for the Phase 3 and Phase 4 Tutok Kainan Dietary Supplementation Program implementation in the said province. The two phases will deliver supplementary feeding program for almost 1,600 children aged 6-23 months old for 180 days.

As new member of the NNC Region 10 team, Nutrition Program Coordinator Gladys Mae S. Fernandez, and Ms. Sheena Marie G. Talle, Nutrition Officer III, oriented PNFP Bete last 20 September 2021 on the overview of NNC, including its mandates, programs, operations, and the roles and responsibilities of a PNFP.

PNFP Bete will conduct facilitation of social preparation activities, coordinate the dietary supplementation component, ensure implementation of the nutrition education and food demonstration component, and facilitate program monitoring, evaluation, and reporting.

The hiring of PNFP for the program in Lanao del Norte warrants better coordination and implementation as NNC aims to provide dietary supplementation to target groups under the First 1000 Days period.

Lanao del Norte is the second province in the region to receive the Tutok Kainan DSP, after Bukidnon. Lanao del Norte and Bukidnon are included as priority provinces under the Human Development and Poverty Reduction Cabinet Cluster (HDPRC). (NO III Sheena Marie G. Talle)

Article AIP Workshop Camiguin21 September 2021, Cagayan de Oro City – A virtual Workshop on Integrating Nutrition in the 2022 Annual Investment Program was held for the first time for Camiguin Province and select local government units (LGUs). This was done on 14, and 16-17 September 2021 via video teleconferencing.

The previous efforts on LGU mobilization were focused on Bukidnon and Lanao del Norte areas, being classified as priority provinces under the Human Development and Poverty Reduction Cabinet Cluster (HDPRC). Thus, the virtual planning workshop for Camiguin, attended by the Province, and LGUs Catarman and Guinsiliban, was a first.

The National Nutrition Council X facilitated the workshop. Along the course of the 3-day activity, the LGU mobilization strategy and the imperative on investing in nutrition amid the pandemic were presented. Workshop mechanics were also explained.

TK DSP LDN Orientation Phase 420 September 2021, Cagayan de Oro City – The National Nutrition Council (NNC) identified Lanao del Norte Province as one of the priority areas for the fourth phase of Tutok Kainan Dietary Supplementation Program (TK DSP). At most 10 municipalities will benefit from the program for Phase 4, on top of the seven (7) identified areas in the Province for Phase 3.

The NNC Region X facilitated a virtual orientation meeting held 17 September 2021 in preparation for the commencement of TK DSP Phase 4. Nutrition Action Officers, representatives and Nutritionist-Dietitians from the Department of Health attended the meeting, representing 10 select local government units (LGUs), namely: Bacolod, Baloi, Baroy, Kapatagan, Lala, Magsaysay, Maigo, Salvador, Sapad and Tubod.

The Tutok Kainan DSP seeks to attend to the prevention of stunting and wasting among children aged 6-23 months. Lanao del Norte Phase 4 areas are given with a total allocation of 1,150 beneficiaries from all 10 LGUs, involving 13 barangays in total. The Program also opens a window of opportunity for nutrition education among mothers and caregivers in the community for the healthy growth and development of their children. The Tutok Kainan DSP will run for six (6) months or 180 feeding days to contribute to the efforts in mitigating hunger and malnutrition in the country.

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TK DSP monitoring of wet feeding21 September 2021, Cagayan de Oro City – The third and final leg of Phase I implementation for Tutok Kainan Dietary Supplementation Program is now underway.

National Nutrition Council X’s Provincial Nutrition Focal Point in the person of Gwyn Y. Balaba paid a visit to select areas to conduct monitoring of the ongoing wet feeding. He witnessed the hot meals being prepared, distributed, and consumed by the pregnant women recipients. Shane Sumaylo, one of the beneficiaries in Sumilao, Bukidnon expressed her gratitude towards the program, "Dako kayo siya’g katabang sa akong pag-buros kay dili lang ako ang naka pahimulos, apil napud ang nutrition sa akong baby" (It provides assistance and support throughout my pregnancy, as well as for my baby's nutritional needs), she said, referring to the TK DSP.

It demonstrates the effect and success of the program while attaining its objective, which is to contribute to the prevention of stunting among children 0-23 months old by improving the quality and quantity of food and nutrient intakes and utilization of related Early Childhood Care and Development First-1000 Days services among nutritionally at-risk pregnant women in the target Tutok Kainan program areas.

22 NSOA 202122 September 2021, Cagayan de Oro City – The National Nutrition Council (NNC) Region X successfully aired its 2021 10 Kumainments Nutrition School on-the-Air or NSOA over Strong Radio 90.3 FM and Facebook Live.

The radio program aired from 11 August to 17 September 2021, every Wednesday at 9:00-9:30 AM and Friday at 10:00-10:30 AM, with replay every Thursday and Saturday at 10:30-11:00 AM. Aside from Cagayan de Oro City, the 10 Kumainments NSOA reached Bukidnon, Misamis Occidental and Misamis Oriental, and nearby provinces, outside Region 10. Also, the Facebook Livestreams reached Luzon and Visayas areas.

Anchors ensured viewer participation and engagement via Facebook Live. On average, each video was able to gain approximately 500 views, 100 reactions, comments, and shares. NNC X announced live on air and through social media cards the top three (3) winners among the average of 30 participants per episode. Winners will receive ₱100.00 cellphone load.