PPANThe PPAN or the Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition 2017-2022 consists of nutrition-specific programs, nutrition-sensitive programs, and enabling programs. These nutrition programs call for efficiency to ensure positive nutrition outcomes at the end of 2022.

One of the nutrition-specific programs which addresses the micronutrient deficiencies problem in the country is the Mandatory Food Fortification. Food fortification is the process of adding vitamins and/or minerals (micronutrients) to foods and condiments, to improve their nutrient content.

Infographics TK Storage Inspection Monitoring12 May 2022, Cagayan de Oro City - The National Nutrition Council (NNC) X represented by Provincial Nutrition Focal Point (PNFP) Lizelle Bete, conducted Tutok Kainan Dietary Supplementation Program (TK DSP) monitoring and storage inspection to program recipient barangays in the municipality of Balo-i, Lanao del Norte.

Last 6 May, PNFP Bete visited Barangays Maria Christina and West Poblacion wherein NNC X was warmly received by the Punong Barangay, Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNSs), Barangay Health Workers (BHWs), and nutrition workers from the municipalities visited.

One of the preparations being made in both barangays is the purchase of chest freezers for perishable food items, as well as the construction of a community kitchen near the storage area for convenient and quick preparation and feeding to the 6-23 months old beneficiaries.

Infographics Safe Motherhood WeekThe second week of May has been declared as “Safe Motherhood Week” by Presidential Proclamation No. 200 signed in year 2002. Annually, the Philippines observes this proclamation to promote maternal health and nutrition, as well as full access to health services in order to make pregnancy and childbirth safer.

Every woman, especially a pregnant or a new mother, has the right to quality health care. No woman should die for giving life. However, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), over 830 women die from preventable pregnancy and delivery complications every year.

Hence, WHO in partnership with the Department of Health (DOH), has worked hand in hand to make universal health care a reality for all pregnant women who require additional care throughout their pregnancy. This effort also encouraged all women to give birth at a health facility so that both the mother and the infant are well-cared for by qualified and trained health workers before, during, and after the childbirth. All mothers are also urged to go for regular check-ups with their babies where competent treatment can save lives of women and newborn babies.

CDO BNSE11 May 2022, Cagayan de Oro City (CNPC Sherill Faith P. Española) – Ms. Osterlean D. Lustre and Ms. June Nalyn D. Damo, Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNS) from Carmen, Cagayan de Oro City have been granted with Civil Service Eligibility for qualifying in the Barangay Nutrition Scholar Eligibility (BNSE) from Civil Service Commission (CSC) 10. City Nutrition Action Officer (CNAO) Nenita F. Rabe personally congratulated the two (2) BNSs during their courtesy visit at the City Health Office on 12 May 2022.

Cagayan de Oro City has now a total of four (4) eligible BNSs— BNS Juanicita D. Budiongan and Ms. Jane L. Antiquina from Barangay Kauswagan were the first ones to be apply successfully for the BNSE.

As promised, CNAO Rabe will propose again this year the hiring of these four eligible BNSs in the local government unit to assist in the implementation of nutrition programs in the City.

The BNSE is the first-level eligibility and may be considered for appointment to positions that do not require written examination, provided the appointee meets the education, training, experience, and other requirements of the position.

It shall be granted to a BNS who rendered at least two (2) years of continuous and satisfactory nutrition services and other related activities. Qualified BNSs are encouraged to apply. Please check the CSC website for the requirements:

Hypertension Awareness Month InfographicsHigh blood pressure also known as hypertension is defined as high or raised blood pressure. It is a condition in which the pressure in the blood vessels have persistently increased and significantly elevates the risks of various diseases.

Blood pressure levels below 120/80 are considered normal. Over time, higher results may indicate hypertension. The top number (systolic) represents the pressure in your blood vessels when your heart beats. The lower number (diastolic) represents the pressure in your heart between heartbeats, as it fills up with blood.

NNC X EPAHP X PartnershipThe Partnership Against Hunger and Poverty (PAHP) program was enacted last July 2016 during the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). The aim of the program is to institutionalize and operationalize the league effort and partnership among the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Agriculture (DA), and Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) as one of the dynamisms of the Government in addressing the pressing issue of hunger mitigation, food and nutrition insecurity, and poverty reduction.

The PAHP program was enhanced by the inclusion of additional support from partner agencies upon signing of the Enhanced Partnership Against Hunger and Poverty (EPAHP) Program MOU last 9 December 2019.