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Samar PNAOPALO, Leyte – The National Evaluation Team (NET) on November 14-15, 2022 has evaluated the Regional Outstanding Provincial Nutrition Officer in Eastern Visayas, Ms. Cynthia Palileo of Samar via virtual platform..

During the NET validation, Dr. Catalino P. Dotollo, Jr., Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator of National Nutrition Council Region 8 warmly opened and welcomed the NET, PNC and development partners.

In his message, he already congratulated PNAO Palileo in her journey as one of the contenders in the search for National Outstanding Local Nutrition Focal Point (NOLNFP). He also thanked the support of the PNC, development partners and likewise the former governor and now Samar Representative Hon. Reynolds Michael Tan and was reaffirmed by the current governor Hon. Sharee Ann Tan.

PNAO Palileo spanned her career of 30 years and counting. After graduating Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics (BSND) in Manila and passed the licensure examination, she started working full time in a private organization.

World Water DayEvery 19th of November, the World Toilet Day is celebrated. The celebration started on November 19, 2013. Since then, the date has been an annual United Nations observance.

This year’s theme is “Making the Invisible Visible”.

The above theme focuses on the impact of poor sanitation on groundwater, and how inadequate sanitation systems spread human waste into rivers, lakes, and soil, polluting underground water resources. Safely managed sanitation protects groundwater from human waste pollution.

The entire world faces a global sanitation crisis. There are around 3.6 billion people who are still living with poor quality toilets that ruin their health and pollute their environment. Inadequate sanitation systems spread human waste into rivers, lakes, and soil, contaminating the water resources under our feet. The link between sanitation and groundwater cannot be overlooked.

Everyone must have access to a toilet connected to a sanitation system that effectively removes and treats human waste.

Dulag BNAPPALO, Leyte - The Local Government Unit (LGU) of Dulag funded two batches of 2023-2025 Barangay Nutrition Action Plan (BNAP) formulation in all its barangays. The workshop was done simultaneously in two separate venues.

The two separate batches were facilitated by the National Nutrition Council (NNC) 8 official and staff. To save funds, the workshop was conducted in Dulag, Leyte instead of the usual hotel. The workshop was attended by Punong Barangays, Kagawad on Health, Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNSs), Barangay Secretary or Treasurer and Sanguniang Kabataan (SK) chairpersons.

The above also serves as core planning team and Barangay Nutrition Council members.

As in the usual BNAP workshop NNC 8 Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator Dr. Catalino P. Dotollo, Jr. requires all barangays to draft and print their respective BNAPs.

World Childrens DayWorld Children's Day was first established in 1954 as Universal Children's Day and is celebrated on 20 November each year to promote international togetherness, awareness among children worldwide, and improving children's welfare. It was since then celebrated annually all over the world.

This year’s theme is Inclusion, For Every Child. On 20 November, kids will stand up for a more equal, inclusive world," says the UN website.

In the Philippines, it is a month-long celebration every November of each year. The celebration aims to give Filipino children access to a healthy environment, good education, and healthcare.

Tanauan advocacy meetingPALO, Leyte - Two days after the successful dialogue of Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator (RNPC) with Tanauan, Leyte DepEd official Principal Dorcas Mejia, a formal courtesy visit was made to Mayor Gina Merillo and her Municipal Nutrition Committee members.

Mayor Gina Merillo is a neophyte mayor but a 3-term board member of the 4th District of Leyte. As board member she occupied various committee chairmanships and memberships.

After the usual introduction, RNPC sets the tone of the orientation by giving copies of the NEOtrition guide to the mayor and to MNC members present. Result of the latest Monitoring and Evaluation of Local Level Plan Implementation (MELLPI) Pro of which the municipality got a low score was discussed.

In spite the very low NELLPI Pro result, the RNPC still thanked the mayor and MNC members for the active participation and support during the regional validation.

Moreover, after discussing the MELLPI Pro result, the RNPC discussed the NEOtrition guide on how to make the MNC functional, make a 3-year MNAP to be integrated in the AIP and ultimately to the annual budget.

Mellpi TarangnanPALO, Leyte - The National Evaluation Team lead by Mr. Daniel Salunga from the Nutrition Surveillance Division (NSD) of the National Nutrition Council Central Office (NNC CO), alongside Prof. Leila Africa, professor from UP Los Banos and UNICEF Information Management (IM) Consultant, Gabriel Tubigon evaluated the Regional 8 Contender Ms. Lanie Ancheta in Brgy. Cabunga-an, Tarangnan Samar.

Ms. Ancheta is a veteran Barangay Nutrition Scholar (BNS) with 11 years of experience. In her interview with the NET team, she talked about her experience as a BNS and how it has affected her deeply.