ro11 rpanThe Social Development Plan Committee’s function is to coordinate all planning and programming activities of the Social Development agencies in relation to development directions identified at the regional and sub-regional levels. And recommend specific policies, strategies and guidelines to carry out the goals and objectives of the regional plan through various social development programs/projects - a formulated timeline, clarified resources, and steps to be taken to reach the goal of Davao Regional Plan of Action for Nutrition (RPAN) 2015-2016 was endorsed to the Second Quarter Meeting of the Social Development Committee XI – Regional Development Council XI last 18th day of June 2015.

Held at the NEDA-RDC XI Center, Bangkal, Davao City as the meeting was presided by the SDC XI Chairperson and DOST Regional Director - Anthony Sales, PhD, CESO II which started 9:30 in the morning.

ro11 iron primex riceThe Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI), an attached agency of the Department of Science and Technology, recently conducted the Forum on Rice Fortification on 20 February 2014 at the Pinnacle Hotel, Davao City. Among those who participated were rice millers of region XI, manufacturers of fortificant and fortified foods, food establishments, NFA and NNC XI RNPC Maria Teresa L. Ungson. FNRI team was led by Dr. Imelda Agdeppa. The purpose of the forum was to inform stakeholders and possible partners on the new technology on the manufacturing of Iron Premix Rice (IPR). The presentations focused on the Guidelines and Policies on Food Fortification Program, Scaling-Up Rice Fortification Program through Techno Transfer and the Technology on Rice Fortification.

The Food and Nutrition Research Institute is the research arm of the government in food, nutrition and other science and technology activities. The Institute is currently conducting a series of studies in fortifying rice guided by the concept on the processes of scaling-up in response to R.A. 8976 otherwise known as the Food Fortification Law.

ro11 nutrition planning mati"This kind of Workshop is new for us and we appreciate this because we have been guided and corrected with our outputs. By that, we know the right things to do..." said Mr. Danilo Baño, a participant from the Municipality of Cateel, Davao Oriental. Last February 18-21, 2014 at Baywalk Hotel, Mati City, the said City/Municipal Nutrition Planning Workshop was held and was attended by 38 participants coming from the Local Government Units of Davao Oriental.

The Province of Davao Oriental is one of the target provinces needing social protection as identified by the Cabinet Cluster on Human Development and Poverty Reduction. Apayao, Ifugao, Occidental Mindoro, Romblon, Negros Oriental, Eastern Samar, Northern Samar, Samar, Leyte, South Leyte, Lanao del Norte, Misamis Occidental, Lanao del Sur, and Maguindanao are also the target provinces needing social protection as identified by the Cabinet Cluster on Human Development and Poverty Reduction, and these areas are also to conduct or have already conducted a similar workshop.

ro11 fnri seminar and writeshopAs an offshoot component of the research on the development of the Iron Premix Rice, the Food and Nutrition Research Institute conducted the Training and Writeshop of Trainers on Health and Nutrition Education on 4-7 March 2014 at the Grand Regal Hotel, Davao City. The affair was graced by Dr. Mario V. Capanzana, Director of the FNRI. There was a total of 35 participants that included faculty and staff from Maco Heights Central Elementary School and District Nurses and health personnel of Maco and Compostela Valley PNAO Rey Pajarito. NNC XI RNPC Maria Teresa L. Ungson also attended the 4 day training.

This research was conducted to address the inadequate intake of nutrients especially iron which paved the way for iron fortified rice. Rice fortification is one of the stop gap measures to fill the nutrient gap between intake and requirement. From July to December 2013, supplemental feeding among targeted anemic school children was done in Maco Heights Central Elementary School. The aim was to improve the nutritional status of the children. However, to sustain the effects of the intervention, there is a need to educate parents on health and nutrition and the basics for the application at home.

The training of trainers will serve as a medium of communication to create awareness and improve the knowledge of parents on health and nutrition through regular PTA meetings. Training modules delved on health and nutrition. The lectures were delivered by experts from FNRI led by Dr. Imelda Agdeppa. After the lectures, a writeshop was done by the participants to translate the modules into the local dialect.

ro11 tagum nutrition committee oriented mellpiNutrition planning has been an established activity of local nutrition committees. This is a result of the continuing capability-building process made possible through various support from the National Nutrition Council (NNC). The Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition (PPAN) as formulated by NNC is the systematic integration of efforts of the government, private agencies and institutions to address the country’s malnutrition problem. It is a management tool to assess progress of plan implementation, to identify strengths and weaknesses in implementing the local nutrition program, to institute appropriate corrective measures, and to facilitate achievement of the plan's objectives.

Monitoring & Evaluation of Local Level Plan Implementation or (MELLPI) was formulated in 1979 to guide Monitoring and Evaluation by field implementers. It aims to assess the efficiency of local level plan implementation, as indicated by the outreach of activities undertaken relative to the local nutrition action plan, funds expended, as well as the management and support given by local executives and other implementing agencies.

ro11 ironfortified rice discussed kool mamas pilot airingDavao City -- Kool Mama was introduced in the pilot broadcasting of her radio program as “Ang Mama mong concerned sa nutrition mo, sa health mo, sa wellness mo, at sa puso mo. “ The character of Kool Mama was created by NNC XI’s RNPC, Dr. Maria Teresa Ungson in allusion to mothers as they are known to be authority figures and can exert power over their offsprings, they be young or old. The said program is to provide nutrition, health, and wellness information to the public, in a social and approachable, yet influential way.

The pilot episode was broadcasted last March 8, 2014, under GMA Super Radyo DXGM Davao (1125 kHz Davao City). In the said show, Kool Mama, has a segment wherein she gives advice to the problems of a chosen letter sender. In her segment, Chika Kool Time she talked to Chona F. Patalen, Science Research Specialist and Claire Magsadia, Senior Science Research Specialist, both from FNRI-DOST of FNRI (Food Nutrition and Research Institute – Department of Science and Technology)- Manila. They talked about FNRI’s existing projects such as Scaling-up Rice Fortification Program through Techno-Transfer: A Strategy Towards Nutrition Security.