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BNS Maydolong

Maydolong, E.Samar - The National Nutrition Council (NNC) 8 on Monday kicked off the weeklong basic training course for Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNS) in Maydolong, Eastern Samar, after more than a year of strict border restrictions due to the threat of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).

This training, which will run until April 16, aims to capacitate BNS with basic knowledge and skills, as well as core values and traits that are necessary for them to perform their roles and functions effectively.

The local government unit funded the activity, through the initiative of Teresita Bayotas-Garado, the Municipal Nutrition Action Officer and wife of Hon. Godofredo Garado, the Mayor and Chairperson Municipal Nutrition Committee of said town.

Meanwhile, the NNC regional office here, led by Dr. Catalino Dotollo Jr., Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator, will provide technical assistance as its counterpart.

Serving as facilitators are Nino Archie Labordo, Nutrition Officer (NO) III; Ullasini Alferez, NOII; and Annabel Limbagan, NOI.

The activity is being held at the town gymnasium to ensure that physical distancing is strictly observed, while face masks and alcohol were provided to all participants from the town's 20 barangays.

The BNS Program is a human resource development strategy of the Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition, which involves the recruitment, training, deployment and supervision of volunteer workers called the Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNS).

Presidential Decree No. 1569 (1979) mandated the deployment of at least one (1) BNS in every barangay in the country to monitor the nutritional status of children and other nutritionally at-risk groups and link them with nutrition and nutrition-related service providers. PD 1569 also mandated the NNC to administer the program in cooperation with local government units.#NASLabordo and GSabalza

NS BMVicarioTACLOBAN CITY - In a special session on Wednesday (April 7, 2021), the Provincial Council of Northern Samar passed a resolution that would provide benefits and incentives for the continuing service of Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNS) in the province.

This thrust towards nutrition is in line with the objectives of the First 1000 Days of Life Program, one of the flagship programs of the provincial government this year, the Northern Samar provincial information office (NSPIO) said in a statement on its Facebook page.

On March 24, the Provincial Nutrition Committee approved the resolution for endorsement to the provincial council.

The resolution recommended the payment PhP300 per month and additional incentive of up to PhP300 depending on the performance of BNS, from the provincial government.

This is on top of the honorarium they receive from the barangay and the local government unit, the NSPIO stated.

Moreover, the resolution also supports the grant of other benefits to BNS who perform their duties actively and regularly as certified by the Nutrition Action Officer, midwife, or the Punong Barangay of their respective areas.

These include loyalty incentives of up to PhP4,000 depending on the years of service, PhilHealth Insurance Coverage, Medical and Dental benefits, free legal assistance, and BNS Convention.#GSabalza

RNC Dr BustamanteTACLOBAN CITY - The Eastern Visayas State University (EVSU) is eyeing the use of nutrition-related issues and concerns as possible research topics for its students taking up Masters in Rural Development (MRD) and Masters in Home Economics (MHE).

This was raised during the Regional Nutrition Committee (RNC) meeting on March 23 at Ritz Tower de Leyte in Tacloban City.

Dr. Hilaria Bustamante, an EVSU faculty and one of the RNC members representing the academe sector, said this would lessen the expenses on monitoring and evaluation on nutrition-related programs and services on the ground, as well as help students come up with relevant research topics.

"As one of the faculty members of MHE, students are having a difficult time in looking for topics despite the wide scope of our program as it embraces other fields. If these are issues in the field, then why not as an academic community look on these as possible research topics," Bustamante said.

As agreed during the meeting, she will propose this to its Vice President for Research Planning and Extension and the Dean of the Graduate School.

Meanwhile, Dr. Catalino P. Dotollo Jr., National Nutrition Program Coordinator in the region, said the institution can also submit proposals that can be funded under the Eastern Visayas Research Consortium, one at a time, provided it’s within the Regional Unified Health Research Agenda (RUHRA).

Awarding AprilPALO, Leyte - The National Nutrition Council (NNC) Eastern Visayas has recognized individuals and local government units in the region that conquered the challenges amid the global health crisis for the continuity of nutrition programs and services.

For the first time, the annual Regional Nutrition Awarding Ceremony (RNAC) was held in blended virtual and face-to-face on March 30, 2021 at The Oriental Hotel in Palo, Leyte as standard health protocols remain in place to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Special citation for nutrition advocate retirees were given to Alicia Nicart, Yvonne Abonales, Resurreccion Enage, Annabelle Parane and Alma Gadin.

The local government of Mahaplag town, Matalom, Mayorga, Abuyog, Bato, Dulag, Hindang, Javier, and MacArthur all in Leyte were recognized for its active participation in the 2020 Provincial Monitoring and Evaluation on Local Level Plan Implementation.

Outstanding LGUs with above 80 percent coverage in the 2020 Operation Timbang Plus (OPT+) are Tabango and Albuera both in Leyte; Giporlos and Taft in Eastern Samar; Allen, Bobon, San Jose and Victoria in Samar; Almeria, Biliran, Cabucgayan, Caibiran, Culaba, Kawayan and Naval in Biliran; Matuguinao, Paranas, Sta. Rita, Talalora and the cities of Calbayog and Catbalogan in Samar; the towns of Bontoc and Sogod in Southern Leyte; and the province of Biliran.

Also recognized were LGUs with low level of stunting prevalence rate from 2017-2020 based on the <20 cut off of the World Health Organization.

These include Anahawan, Bontoc, Hinunangan, Hinundayan, Liloan, Limasawa, Malitbog, Pintuyan, San Juan, San Ricardo, Silago, Sogod and the city of Maasin in Southern Leyte; Alangalang, Albuera, Barugo, Dulag, Tabango, Tabontabon, Tanauan, Tunga and Ormoc City in Leyte; and Caibiran, Culaba, Kawayan and Naval in Biliran.

In Northern Samar, these are the towns of Allen, Bobon, Catarman, San Antonia, San Isidro, San Jose, and Victoria; Dolores, Salcedo, Sulat and Taft in Eastern Samar; and Paranas, Talalora and Tarangan in Samar.

RTWG March23PALO, Leyte - The Regional Technical Working Group (RTWG) for Nutrition in Eastern Visayas on Tuesday (March 23, 2021) held its first quarter meeting for 2021 in blended virtual and face-to-face as part of the new normal amid the ongoing health crisis.

RTWG members who attended the meeting at Ritz Tower de Leyte in Tacloban City were from the Department of Trade and Industry, the Department of Social Welfare and Development, the National Development and Economic Authority, the Department of Health, the Eastern Visayas State University, and the Philippine National Police.

Meanwhile, virtual participants who joined via Google Meet are representatives from the Department of Science and Technology, Department and Agrarian Reform, Department of Public Works and Highways, the Visayas State University - BIDANI and Plan International.

Dr. Catalino P. Dotollo Jr., Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator, presented the results of the Rapid Nutrition Assessment Survey (RNAS) conducted from November to December last year by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute and the pilot implementation of Tutok Kainan Supplementation Program in the region.

PIMAM SSM March 2021TACLOBAN CITY (Leo Christian V. Lauzon) - On March 16-19, 2021, a joint team from DOH and CPRMCI conducted the very first Philippine Integrated Management on Acute Malnutrition (PIMAM) Supportive Supervision and Mentoring (SSM) in Oras and Borongan City, Eastern Samar.  This Supportive Supervision and Mentoring Pilot Visit in selected areas in Eastern Samar will serve as basis towards improving the PIMAM Supportive Supervision Manual for supervisors/mentors to assist implementers in reinforcing their skills and knowledge, mentoring, coaching, motivating, and identifying implementation issues and other learning gaps for purposes of ensuring efficient and effective service delivery of PIMAM.

The Philippine Integrated Management on Acute Malnutrition advocacy workshops and SAM training started in 2016. More than 200 health professionals completed a Training of Trainers Course in priority provinces identified by DOH. A Guide Book on Mentoring PIMAM Courses was developed in 2017 to serve as a guide for newly trained SAM (Severe Acute Malnutrition) trainers to ensure that the SAM training course is effectively rolled out to health workers at all levels from hospitals up to communities.

Bottleneck Analysis (BNA) Validation and Action Planning Workshop in April 2019, three main bottlenecks were identified: (1) ineffective supply chain for therapeutic and anthropometric supplies, (2) poor demand for SAM management services linked to poor community mobilization and (3) limited supervision and lack of reporting/monitoring systems. Upon review of the provincial action plans of the 17 provinces, the lack of PIMAM and SAM training for health workers and other community workers was a stand-out issue. The need for the conduct of training courses, refresher courses and supportive supervision were some of the interventions included in the plans.

The visit consists of visiting the In-patient Therapeutic Care (ITC) at the Eastern Samar Provincial Hospital and two selected Outpatient Therapeutic Care (OTCs) located in RHU Oras and CHO 2 Borongan. The PIMAM SSM Team is composed of Dr. Milagros Salvacion Bolito (DOH), Ms. Felicita Borata (DOH), Ms. Sallie Jabinal (PNAO), and Mr. Leo Christian Lauzon (CPRMCI). During these visits, the Team goes to the ITC/OTC facility, warehouse and storage areas to check the availability of supplies, does record review, and conducts SSM session with the PIMAM trained health worker.