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PIMAM Meeting June 2021Tacloban City- The Regional Philippine Integrated Management of Acute Malnutrition (PIMAM) Team Coordinative meeting for the provinces and cities in Eastern Visayas is being conducted from June 8-10, 2021 at Hotel Lorenza, Tacloban City.

The management meeting is a venue to discuss issues and concerns regarding PIMAM implementation in the region organized by the Department of Health Center for Health Development (DOH-CHD) Eastern Visayas. The National Nutrition Council (NNC) sits as Vice Chairperson of the Management Team.

In compliance with the IATF health protocols, the meeting was divided into small groups as Samar and Norther Samar Province on 8 June, Provinces of South Leyte, Biliran and Eastern Samar on June 9 and the Province Leyte with selected municipalities on June 10, 2021.

On Day 2, RNPC Dr. Catalino P. Dotollo, Jr., gave an update regarding the Mandanas ruling to be implemented next year and advocated Provincial Department of Health Office (PDOHO) and Provincial/Municipal Nutrrition Action Officer (P/MNAO) present to also tell local chief executives (LCEs) to create plantilla items of Nutritionist-Dietitician or Nutrition Officer to oversee PIMAM implementation. The RNPC cited some cities and municipalities who already created plantilla positions of the same.

As a response, Biliran PDOHO, Dr. Jerico Carlo Nartea, Jr. committed to advocate to LCEs in Biliran for the creation of plantilla items of NDs/NOs and upgrading of nurse positions based on the current issuance of Executive Order from the Office of the President.

This current good news will boost the morale of the health workers particularly NDs and nurses in the region. Likewise, will help implement PIMAM programs.

NutMonth RTWG June2021Palo, Leyte- On Monday, 7 June 2021, five of the nutrition networks of the National Nutrition Council 8 convened for the upcoming Nutrition Month Celebration in a blended approach via Google Meet Platform with few physically attending at Hotel Alejandro, Tacloban City.

This year Nutrition Month theme, “Malnutrisyon Patuloy na labanan, First 1000 Days Tutukan” aimed to increase understanding of the First 1000 days of life and increase collaboration with stakeholders and other sectors for scaled up interventions to fight malnutrition, RNPC Dr. Catalino P. Dotollo, Jr., shared.

The Regional Technical Working Group (RTWG) on Nutrition and the Harmonized Initiatives of Media for the Spread of Good Nutrition (HIMSOG)8 agreed to have the Nutrition Month Launching on 1 July 2021 via a motorcade around the town of Palo passing the offices at the Government Center in Candahug and Baras.

A press conference is also scheduled right after the motorcade and shall be hosted by the HIMSOG8 with the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) 8 as co-host.

The group also relayed their agency’s participation through posting of tarpaulins, uploading of NM Collaterals via social media account and active participation in the long month celebration.

RBATF8 May2021PALO, Leyte - To ensure that salt used in households and food establishments in the region is appropriately iodized, the Regional Bantay Asin Task Force (RBTAF) in Eastern Visayas will kick off its salt monitoring this June.

This was agreed during its first meeting for 2021 at the Hotel Alejandro in Tacloban City on May 4.

The RBTAF will begin its salt monitoring in Tacloban City, the region's central capital, after it was found out that most of its distributors and dealers are not compliant to the standard iodization.

The task force will set a meeting first with P/CNAOs for the scheduling in their respective areas.

Presiding over the meeting was Mr. Benzczinct Benedikt C. Ortega, FDA-8 Officer-in-Charge and RBATF chairperson, with other members physically present including the representative of the Department of Trade and Industry, Philippine Information Agency, the Philippine National Police, and the Tacloban CNAO.

Meanwhile, virtual participants who joined via Google Meet were representatives of the Department of the Interior and Local Government, Department of Science and Technology and PPA.#Gerico Sabalza

Veggie Facility April2021PALO, Leyte - A veggie bread processing facility will soon serve freshly baked nutritious products in one of the biggest Yolanda resettlement sites in Tacloban City, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) announced on Thursday (June 3, 2021).

The project in San Isidro village is funded under the DOST8's Grant-in-Aid (GIA) Program and will be adopting the technologies of the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI) which products are also used to address the malnutrition problem of the country.

"One of the biggest relocation sites for typhoon victims will soon enjoy the benefits of freshly baked nutritious breads, enriched with natural vegetables such as squash, carrots, or malunggay," DOST Leyte provincial director John Glenn Ocaña said in a social media post.

Since all equipment has already been purchased, Ocaña said that would-be plant workers will be trained on Food Safety and Good Manufacturing Practices in the early part of July.

Project launching will be scheduled once it becomes fully operational by September 2021, he added.

The facility is expected to be fully operational by September serving freshly baked nutritious breads, enriched with natural vegetables such as squash, carrots, or malunggay. #GSabalza

ECCD AlangalangPalo, Leyte- Thirty-eight (38) nutrition advocates in Alangalang joined the first batch Training for Barangay Implementers on Early Childhood Care and Development in the First 1000 Days (ECCD F1K) Phase 2: Idol Ko Si Nanay on 3-7 May 2021 at Tatay Doy's Farm, Brgy. P. Barrantes, Alangalang, Leyte.

The training aimed to develop competencies on facilitating conduct of mothers’ classes using the Idol ko si Nanay module in the First 1000 days and the FAO-developed participatory cooking demonstration for improved complementary feeding among 6-23 months old children and in implementing the ECCD F1K Days program.

Likewise, it gives orientation to implementers on growth monitoring and the use of the Electronic Operation Timbang (eOPT) Plus Tool to improve the conduct and reporting of nutrition assessment of preschool children in the locality.

Hon. Mayor Lovell Ann M. Yu in her message encouraged all the barangays to help improve nutrition through budget prioritization and inclusion of the first 1000 days program in their plans.

The trained participants are expected to conduct the roll-out by sharing the different sessions to their respective areas of assignments.

Vaccination DOH8 May2021PALO, Leyte - A total of 252, 823 doses of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccine has been distributed in Eastern Visayas as of Friday, the Department of Health (DOH) reported.

The number is 99.94 percent of the total doses delivered in the region since early March, the DOH said.

Of the distributed vaccines, 139,197 have been administered for the first dose and 41,310 for the second dose or those fully vaccinated.

"Currently, the government is continually conducting the vaccination roll-out for Priority Group A1 and has commenced the vaccination of Senior Citizens or Priority Group A2 and adults with comorbidities or Priority Group A3," the DOH regional office here said in a Facebook post on Friday.

To date, Leyte has received the highest vaccine allocation among the six region's six provinces with 57,652 doses, while 41,114 doses were distributed in Samar, 36,556 in Eastern Samar, 33,514 in Northern Samar, 33, 274 in Southern Leyte, and 10,652 in Biliran.