ECCD DOSTBarangay Roll-Out on DOST Pinoy Modules for the Early Childhood Care Development (ECCD) First 1000 Days (F1K) Program were simultaneously held in the four ECCD Areas of Region VIII in the Municipality of Mahaplag, Abuyog, Hilongos and Baybay City on October 18-27, 2017. The conduct of the roll-out was headed by National Nutrition Council Team namely: Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator Dr. Catalino Dotollo, ECCD F1K Provincial Nutrition Coordinator Jennibeth Caῆete, Nutrition Officer I Sharmie Nicole Tansingco and supported by the pool of trained City/Municipal Nutrition Action Officers and technical staff from 4 ECCD areas. The roll-out in the barangay level is one of the three phases of ECCD F1K training design wherein DOST Pinoy Modules will be used for the purpose of nutrition education.  The primary objective of the activity is to empower and capacitate the Barangay Nutrition Scholars and Barangay Health Workers on the conduct of the regular nutrition education classes in the community.

DOST Pinoy was developed by Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-FNRI). It is a good intervention package for the improvement of the nutrition of young children. It is designed to complement the feeding program of 6-35 months old children using FNRI-developed food products while mothers undergo the classes. However, in the ECCD F1K program, the implementation of DOST-Pinoy modules will be focused on nutrition education sessions of which Local Government Units (LGUs) are encouraged to provide the feeding program.

DOST Pinoy focuses on the importance of good nutrition and proper care of the pregnant and lactating mothers, how breastfeeding can do wonders on child’s nutrition and health, the importance of meal planning and application of proper food handling and food safety in the preparation of complementary feeding and lastly, the importance of backyard gardening in addressing the food insecurity in household level.

After the barangay roll-out, participants were expected to plan for the implementation and incorporation of DOST-Pinoy Modules in the conduct of nutrition education classes, organize an activity for the participants targeting mothers of top 50 underweight 6-35 months old children, monitor and evaluate the effectivity and impact of DOST Pinoy Modules in the reduction of the prevalence rate of malnutrition in the area. (NO1 SNBT)