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Gov Tan June 2021Tacloban City- Samar Governor Reynolds Michael Tan and the Provincial Nutrition Committee (PNC) showed their support to nutrition programs and strategies during the National Nutrition Council 8 and the Regional Nutrition Evaluation Team’s (RNET) visit on 15-16 June 2021 in Catbalogan City, Samar.

Governor Tan who is also the Chairperson of the Provincial Nutrition Committee during the exit conference of the Monitoring and Evaluation of Local Level Plan Implementation (MELLPI) directed the Provincial Nutrition Office to get into the process and include in the budget, the honorarium for the barangay nutrition scholars in the province.

Likewise, the PNC welcomed the technical advises provided by the RNET in terms of improving and exploring possibilities of an enhanced and collaborative nutrition projects, programs and activities in Samar.

Highlighted in the two-day visit is the orientation of the Tutok Kainan Dietary Supplementation Program (TK-DSP) with the Governor and staff. In his orientation, NNC8 Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator, Dr. Catalino P. Dotollo, Jr. shared that the TK: DSP will be implemented in ten (10) municipalities of the province targeting 6-23 months old, malnourished children which will run for 180 feeding days.

The DSP according to Dr. Dotollo, will be a platform for other nutrition activities and interventions such as nutrition education classes or nutri text blast, home/ backyard vegetable gardening, sustainable livelihood projects among others.

2021 NUTRITION MONTH GENERIC LOGO 1Signed on June 25, 1974, the Presidential Decree 491 or the Nutrition Act of the Philippines mandates the National Nutrition Council (NNC) to spearhead the nationwide celebration of the Nutrition Month.

This year, the 47th National Nutrition Month Celebration is anchored on the theme “Malnutrisyon Patuloy Labanan, First 1000 Days Tutukan,” which calls for continued efforts from all sectors to address malnutrition amid the ongoing health crisis, focusing on the First 1000 Days of life as the strategic intervention to prevent stunting and obesity.

To push through the month-long celebration under the new normal, the NNC Regional Office VIII, in partnership with various nutrition stakeholders in the region, has lined up series of online activities where its social media followers can join at the comfort of their homes or workplace.

For the Nutri-Jingle, below are the general guidelines;

  • The contest is open to all high school (Junior or Senior high school) nutrition advocates in Eastern Visayas.
  • The entry jingle must adhere to the 2021 Nutrition Month Celebration Theme “Malnutrisyon Patuloy na Labanan, First 1000 Days Tutukan”
  • Each entry must not exceed three (3) minutes, inclusive of optional opening/closing credits and should be in HD data format (MP4).
  • Must contain original footages. Music used can be original, licensed or in the public domain or can be made acapella.
  • Must not contain any obscene, malicious or offensive content and has not been exhibited as part of any other competition.
  • Inappropriate and offensive entries will be disqualified automatically.
  • Each entry must be submitted by sending/sharing the Google drive link of the uploaded video entry to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. following this format:

File Name:      NNC8_NutriJingle_<Name of Participant)

Subject:          NNC8 Nutri Jingle Contest Entry

Body:              <Name of participant, age, address, contact number>

                        <Title and a brief description>

                        <Google drive link>

  • Deadline of submission is on 9 July 2021. Posting of entries in the official Facebook page of NNC Region VIII is on July 12, 2021.
  • Announcement of winners is on 29 July 2021 as part of the 2021 Nutrition Month Celebration culmination activities.
  • All entries will automatically become property of the NNC and may be used in various promotional and advocacy purposes.
  • Judges’ decision is final and non-appealable.

Winners

1st Place                       PHP3,000 and Certificate of Recognition

2nd Place                      PHP2,000 and Certificate of Recognition

3rd Place                      PHP1,000 and Certificate of Recognition

2Finalist                      PHP500 (4th- 5th rank)

100 worth of load to none winners and certificate of Participation

DA ASFTACLOBAN CITY (Sarwell Meniano) – At least 519 hogs were culled in Abuyog, Leyte in the past five days as cases of African swine fever (ASF) spread to nearby towns, the Department of Agriculture (DA) reported on Tuesday.

Local authorities started the culling on Jan. 14 after four pigs in Can-aporong village in Abuyog town tested positive for the highly-contagious virus, the first case detected in the Visayas.

“The depopulated hogs were within the 500-meter radius of the first affected areas. This was our immediate action to contain the spread of ASF in Abuyog and nearby towns,” said Francis Rosaroso, DA Eastern Visayas regional information officer.

Culled pigs were from the villages of Can-aporong, San Isidro, Bunga, Canmarating, Buenavista, and Loyonsawang.

Placed under strict surveillance are 38 villages in Abuyog, nine in MacArthur, and three in Javier town, but more areas will be under monitoring as ASF affects more villages outside Abuyog, Rosaroso said.

Meanwhile, the agriculture department announced on Tuesday that results of the confirmatory test conducted on the blood samples taken from five villages from nearby towns of Javier and La Paz in Leyte, tested positive for the ASF virus, as confirmed by the Bureau of Animal Industry’s Animal Disease Diagnosis and Reference Laboratory.

New cases were found in Mag-aso and Luneta villages in La Paz; and Comatin, Caranhug and Abuyogay in Javier village in Leyte.

Initial investigation disclosed the ASF virus may have been transmitted in local farms through infected boar being used for natural mating and hog traders who may have fed their stocks with contaminated food products.

Pigs affected by ASF usually manifest high fever, distinct hyperemic (reddish) areas on the skin of the neck, chest, and extremities, and bleeding of internal organs that could lead to sudden death within two to 10 days.

“The regional ASF task force immediately convened the local officials of the two towns to institute strict border security through establishment of checkpoints and plan out appropriate responses in preparation for the mandatory depopulation within the 500-meter radius, and further collection of blood samples and monitoring in the surveillance zones,” the DA said in a statement.

The department assured the public that concerned local government units and the regional ASF task force will continue to institute proactive measures, such as strict enforcement of quarantine procedures, restriction of animal movement, disinfection, and clearing of affected areas.

“The DA is doing our best to stop the spread of ASF virus. About 100 technical staff from the regional office are now in affected areas to conduct investigation and surveillance,” Rosaroso added.

As early as Jan. 14, the Abuyog local government has already banned the entry of all vehicles carrying pigs and pork meat, including those Manila-bound trucks transporting live hogs from Mindanao.

The alternative route is the Baybay-Albuera-Ormoc Road, but the Ormoc City government issued on Saturday a directive to close its land borders to the entry of pigs and pork products from Mindanao.

As per available data from the Philippine Statistics Authority, 70 to 80 percent of the region's hog supply comes from Mindanao. Only 20 to 30 percent are locally-produced. (PNA)

2021 NUTRITION MONTH GENERIC LOGO 1Signed on June 25, 1974, the Presidential Decree 491 or the Nutrition Act of the Philippines mandates the National Nutrition Council (NNC) to spearhead the nationwide celebration of the Nutrition Month.

This year, the 47th National Nutrition Month Celebration is anchored on the theme “Malnutrisyon Patuloy Labanan, First 1000 Days Tutukan,” which calls for continued efforts from all sectors to address malnutrition amid the ongoing health crisis, focusing on the First 1000 Days of life as the strategic intervention to prevent stunting and obesity.

To push through the month-long celebration under the new normal, the NNC Regional Office VIII, in partnership with various nutrition stakeholders in the region, has lined up series of online activities where its social media followers can join at the comfort of their homes or workplace.

For the Nutri-Jingle, below are the general guidelines;

  • The contest is open to all high school (Junior or Senior high school) nutrition advocates in Eastern Visayas.
  • The entry jingle must adhere to the 2021 Nutrition Month Celebration Theme “Malnutrisyon Patuloy na Labanan, First 1000 Days Tutukan”
  • Each entry must not exceed three (3) minutes, inclusive of optional opening/closing credits and should be in HD data format (MP4).
  • Must contain original footages. Music used can be original, licensed or in the public domain or can be made acapella.
  • Must not contain any obscene, malicious or offensive content and has not been exhibited as part of any other competition.
  • Inappropriate and offensive entries will be disqualified automatically.
  • Each entry must be submitted by sending/sharing the Google drive link of the uploaded video entry to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. following this format:

File Name:      NNC8_NutriJingle_<Name of Participant)

Subject:          NNC8 Nutri Jingle Contest Entry

Body:              <Name of participant, age, address, contact number>

                        <Title and a brief description>

                        <Google drive link>

  • Deadline of submission is on 9 July 2021. Posting of entries in the official Facebook page of NNC Region VIII is on July 12, 2021.
  • Announcement of winners is on 29 July 2021 as part of the 2021 Nutrition Month Celebration culmination activities.
  • All entries will automatically become property of the NNC and may be used in various promotional and advocacy purposes.
  • Judges’ decision is final and non-appealable.

Winners

1st Place                       PHP3,000 and Certificate of Recognition

2nd Place                      PHP2,000 and Certificate of Recognition

3rd Place                      PHP1,000 and Certificate of Recognition

2Finalist                      PHP500 (4th- 5th rank)

100 worth of load to none winners and certificate of Participation

NNC 8 Organizational Chart FINAL

The National Nutrition Council - Region VIII is headed by Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator Dr. Catalino P. Dotollo, Jr. and is composed of (1) Development Management Officer III, (5) Development Management Officer II, (3) Project Development Officer I, (1) Information Management Officer, (2) Administrative Aide VI, (1) Administrative Aide III, and (1) Utility Worker. 

FUNCTIONS:

  • Execute policies, directives, and guidelines set by the NNC Governing Board at the regional levels;
  • Coordinate the planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition (PPAN) at the regional level;
  • Provide technical assistance to program implementers at the regional and local levels;
  • Establish and maintain functional linkages with agencies involved in the nutrition program;
  • Conduct nutrition trainings, promotion and advocacy as well as resource mobilization activities in the region;
  • Generate nutrition and related data and serve as monitoring and database center for the regional PPAN;
  • Facilitate the provision of materials from various sources for the intended recipients of the nutrition program;
  • Serve as the secretariat to the Regional Nutrition Committee and other technical committees; and
  • Perform such other functions as may be assigned.