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The National Nutrition Council (NNC) XII held a virtual orientation on the 2022 updated version of Monitoring and Evaluation on Local Level Plan Implementation (MELLPI) Pro tools via zoom teleconference on June 17. A total of 27 Local Nutrition Focal Points (LNFPs) and Nutrition Evaluation Team (NET) members region-wide attended the said activity.

The virtual orientation serves as an avenue to provide updates on the 2022 MELLPI Pro guidelines and tools, to prepare and guide the participants in administering the upcoming MELLPI Pro and discuss the proposed timetable for the regional MELLPI Pro activity.

The MELLPI Pro is designed to monitor and evaluate the performance of Local Government Units (LGUs) in promoting nutrition security vis-à-vis nutrition outcomes, as well as the performance of Local Nutrition Focal Points (LNFPs) as frontline nutrition staff in carrying out their core functions in line with delivering nutrition services in the locality. The results of the MELLPI Pro aims to guide policy and decision-makers to enhance nutrition services and delivery systems towards improved effectiveness, efficiency, and sustainability.


The Provincial Nutrition Committee-Planning Core Group of Cotabato Province convened for a 2-day planning workshop held on 14-15 of June. The workshop aims on formulating the Province’s Provincial Nutrition Action Plan (PNAP) for Calendar Years 2023-2025 for AIP Integration to ensure budget allocation for nutrition programs and projects. It is also conducive to better understanding of investing in nutrition and directed on addressing the province’s stunting and wasting issues, with a particular attention on the First 1000 Days program.  In the activity’s attendance were Provincial Nutrition Action Officer, Ely Nebrija and 11 other selected Provincial Nutrition Committee Members (PNC) which took place at the ABC Landmark Hotel in Kidapawan City.  

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The Nutrition in Development Organization of Social Educators of SOCCSKSARGEN” (Nutri-DOSE), NNC XII’s regional media group and information arm in the dissemination and advocacy efforts on promoting good nutrition, held its first organizational meeting for 2022 on 19th of May via Zoom Videoconference.

The meeting was convened with 11 members participants coming from the different media groups and information offices in the region.

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The Barangay Nutrition Committees (BNCs) of Kidapawan City were capacitated for effective and sound implementation and management of their nutrition programs on June 15-16 at City Health Office Conference Room, Kidapawan City, Cotabato Province.

The City Nutrition Office (CNO), in collaboration with the National Nutrition Council (NNC) Regional Office XII, provides training to eight (8) barangays in Kidapawan City, consisting of Barangay Kagawad on Health and Barangay Nutrition Scholar (BNS) in managing their Barangay Nutrition Program through organizing their BNC, formulating an effective mission and vision statements, and developing their causal model. Assigned Rural Health Midwives of the respective barangays were also present during the two-day training.

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On May 31, 2022, the province of Sultan Kudarat launches Phase 2 of the Tutok Kainan Dietary Supplementation Program in the municipality of Esperanza Sultan Kudarat. The program aims to reduce the number of malnourished children, particularly those who are stunted and wasted children aged 6-23 months, by giving quality and healthy complementary foods for a period of 180 days with a target daily supplementation of 130-200 kilocalories for 6-11 months old children and 200-300 kilocalories for children 12-23 months old respectively.

Along with the launch, dry commodities were distributed to barangays that are beneficiaries of the program, as well as food containers and utensils. Some municipal nutrition committee members, BNCs, BNS, Nutrition officers, and Rural Health Workers from the province attended the launching activity. The National Nutrition Council's Provincial Nutrition Focal Persons, Ms. Flora May Madrona, RND and Katty T. Parreño, RND assisted and graced the event.

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