National Kidney Month InfographicsThe month of June was declared as the National Kidney Month by virtue of Presidential Proclamation No. 184, series of 1993 to raise awareness about kidney disease.

Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) is a serious lifelong condition which is often overlooked until symptoms appear, it is a progressive disease and has serious complications including kidney failure which will then require a kidney transplant and dialysis.

It is known that having healthy food choices is crucial to having a healthy body, but if you have CKD, diet and nutrition play an even greater role in managing your disease progression. At this stage, kidneys become less effective at removing unwanted fluid and managing the correct levels of nutrients, such as calcium, phosphate and potassium. Adopting a healthy lifestyle can help prevent, manage and slow progression of CKD and its complications.

Making healthy and nutritious food choices is key to avoid this disease. Eat healthy meals and choose foods such as fresh fruits, fresh or frozen vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat or fat-free dairy products which are good for your entire body.  Cut back on added sugars and salt, and limit sodium intake to less than 2,300 milligrams each day.

SDC X Q2 Meeting9 June 2021, Cagayan de Oro City – The Regional Development Council-Social Development Committee X in its second quarter meeting affirms the endorsement of nutrition-related agenda to the RDC X, the highest planning and policy-making body in Northern Mindanao.

This meeting was held virtually on 9 June 2021. Approximately 80 members and guests attended the meeting presided by CHED 10 Regional Director Raul Alvarez, Jr. in behalf of Committee Chair Mayor Jennifer W. Tan of Tangub City. NNC X Nutrition Program Coordinator Gladys Mae S. Fernandez and Nutrition Officer III Sheena Marie G. Talle attended as NNC X representatives.

NNC X proposed for the following to be elevated to the highest regional body: 1) Adoption of Regional Nutrition Committee X Resolution No. 1, s2020 “Mobilizing Local Government Units of Northern Mindanao for the First 1000 Days Program”; 2) 2021 July Nutrition Month Campaign; and 3) Tutok Kainan Dietary Supplementation Program.

Adoption of the above-mentioned RNC X resolution by the RDC X will help reinforce enabling support for LGUs to invest in programs and activities for the First 1000 Days. Similarly, the same support for the “golden window of opportunity” is being called from the members of the body and relevant stakeholders to intensify campaign on Nutrition Month, themed, “Malnutrisyon patuloy na labanan, First 1000 Days tutukan!”. Lastly, the Tutok Kainan DSP initiative is presented for the first time to the SDC X as an invitation to support the said program, targeting the vulnerable groups captured in the First 1000 Days period.

To add, the Philippine Multisectoral Nutrition Project, where NNC is one of the main project proponents, was presented by Dir. Jane Armas of Kalahi-CIDSS, DSWD Central Office. Project objectives, target areas, components and institutional arrangements were presented by Dir. Armas. Like the other agenda presented during the meeting, the SDC X likewise stamped the PMNP for support and endorsement.

The NNC X is grateful to the SDC X and National Economic and Development Authority X for considering and approving the said NNC X agenda for the RDC X’s approval. (NO III Sheena Marie G. Talle)

Article Misamis Occidental NET Validation Visit7 June 2021, Cagayan de Oro City – The National Evaluation Team conducted a two-day virtual validation visit to Misamis Occidental as contender to the 2nd Year Maintenance for the Consistent Regional Outstanding Winner in Nutrition (CROWN) Award.

Ms. Cynthia Vengco of NNC-Nutrition Surveillance Division, as NET team leader, was accompanied by Dr. Marie T. Bugas of DOST-Food and Nutrition Research Institute, Ms. Ana Castañeda of UP Los Baños-BIDANI, and Ms. Ethel May Oñas of Centro Escolar University. NNC X through Nutrition Program Coordinator Gladys Mae S. Fernandez, Nutrition Officer Sheena Marie G. Talle, and CHED 10 representative and Regional NET Chair Dr. Arlita Amapola B. Minguez provided support to Misamis Occidental.

During the Opening Program, Governor and Provincial Nutrition Committee Chair Atty. Philip T. Tan and Vice Governor Aurora Virginia Almonte gave their messages of inspiration. Gov. Tan emphasized the need to work together, be creative and find ways to pursue the objectives of the PNC. On the other hand, Vice Governor Almonte shares her confidence on the outputs of the PNC, and expressed her support especially on crafting policies supportive to the nutrition program.

Ms. Vengco presented the overview of the visit while her colleagues shared their optimistic messages for the validation.

The bulk of the visit comprised of virtual desk review of the documents uploaded online, while Provincial Nutrition Action Officer Marichu G. Tijing was on standby for queries by the NET. On the second day, key findings and recommendations were shared by the NET, and duly noted by the PNC. The team also had a fruitful discussion with the PNC members about the nutrition activities conducted by each office for 2019-2020.

The NET members appreciated the interagency involvement of each PNC member in an effort to bring improved nutrition outcomes in the Province. PNAO Tijing is hopeful that their best efforts will enable them to take home the 2nd Year CROWN Maitenance Award. (NO III Sheena Marie G. Talle)

Article Joint RNC 1st Sem Meeting9 June 2021, Cagayan de Oro City – In a video conferencing convened by National Nutrition Council X, a joint 1st semester meeting for the Regional Nutrition Committee, Regional Nutrition Cluster and RNC-Technical Working Group was held on 8 June 2021. This was attended by 21 member agencies, and presided by Nutrition Program Coordinator Gladys Mae S. Fernandez, in behalf of Dir. Jose R. Llacuna, Jr., CESO III of DOH Center for Health Development-Northern Mindanao Regional Director and Chair of the RNC X.

Dir. Llacuna gave a short message as an opening for the meeting, where he thanked the body for attending the meeting, and posed a challenge to continuously promote good nutrition. He also shared the current efforts of DOH CHD-NM to procure heightboards to be distributed to select LGUs in the region, recognizing the need for correct measuring tools in nutrition assessment. Dir. Llacuna delegated NPC Fernandez as the Presiding Officer as he has to attend other equally important appointments.

Draft News Article Photo Special Meeting on NaBNS Fe1 June 2021, Cagayan de Oro City – The National Nutrition Council Region X and the National Barangay Nutrition Scholars Federation (NaBNS Fed.) Incorporated – Northern Mindanao Chapter organized a Special Meeting last 31 May 2021. The meeting was a combination of online via Zoom and face-to-face at The VIP Hotel, Cagayan de Oro City. A total of 11 officers attended during the meeting presided by Chapter President BNS Flordeliza S. Gonzales of Iligan City.

Nutrition Program Coordinator Gladys Mae S. Fernandez gave her warm appreciation to all the officers who attended the meeting despite the spike of COVID-19 cases. She likewise provided updates to the body, including the 2021 BNS conference rationale, schemes, and participation of Punong Barangays in the said activity. Furthermore, NPC Fernandez shared NNC’s approved proposal on the additional training for BNSs to be conducted by Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) to improve their competency skills. BNSs will be granted Barangay Nutrition Service-National Certification (BNS-NC) II after finishing the training. To ensure that the draft competency standards and training regulations developed by TESDA in coordination with NNC are aligned with the needs of the BNSs, an online validation workshop will be held on 4 June 2021. Region 10’s representative is BNS Puribel B. Talaroc, the NaBNS Federation Inc. - Northern Mindanao Chapter secretary.

CDO Technical Assistance7 June  2021, Cagayan de Oro City – The last leg of technical assistance (TA) for national awards contenders happened on 3-4 June 2021, virtually, with Cagayan de Oro City. The Regional Nutrition Evaluation Team (RNET) facilitated the TA to further prepare the city for the NET validation visit on 15-16 June, this year.

Cagayan de Oro City vies for the 1st Year Consistent Regional Outstanding Winner in Nutrition (CROWN) Award, after having been recognized as CROWN Awardee in 2019.

The City Nutrition Office, headed by City Nutrition Action Officer Nenita F. Rabe accommodated the RNET during the two-day activity. The RNET was composed of Dr. Arlita Amapola B. Minguez of CHED X, Ms. Eva T. Pactura of DA RFO 10, and NNC X’s Nutrition Program Coordinator Gladys Mae S. Fernandez and Nutrition Officer III Sheena Marie G. Talle.

Like the previous technical assistance provided to the two other Region 10 LGUs vying for national awards, the RNET reviewed the 2019 documents of Cagayan de Oro City. Following the desk review, the RNET further extended assistance through presentation of initial observations and recommendations for the CNO’s consideration.

Despite the escalating cases of COVID-19 in the city, the City Nutrition Committee through the CNO continues to prepare for the upcoming national validation, while also keeping in check the delivery of nutrition services in the barangays. (NO III Sheena Marie G. Talle)