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Borongan CityPALO, Leyte - The City of Borongan was chosen by the newly organized Regional Nutrition Shepherding Team (RNST) of the National Nutrition Council 8 as the target LGU for mentoring and coaching on nutrition program implementation.

The National Nutrition Council Region 8 conducted re-orientation on Nutrition Shepherding (NS) among its identified members and trimmed down membership to those who attended the third round of organizational meeting.

The NNC conducted series of NS sessions in the City of Borongan on December 21,22 and 23. The series of sessions started out with Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition 2023-2028, Regional/Provincial/City nutrition situation, general concepts of NS, Local Nutrition Functionality Assessment, Monitoring and Evaluation of Local Level Plan Implementation (MELLPI) Pro, and NS in the Context of MELLPI Pro.

The series of NS sessions was attended by members of the city nutrition committee including SP Committee on Health Katrina Anacta.

In the December 27, 2022 session, Hon. Katrina Anacta told the CNC including NNC staff, DMO Gerico Sabalza that the city legislators will support the project through policy support. However, she told the same that RNPC hold dialogue meeting with City Mayor Jose Ivan Dayan Agda to galvanize the NS project in the city.

True enough and upon the initiative of City Nutrition Action Office Jassie Acla Alegre, the two personalities meet on January 19, 2023.

This is the first NS session for the year. The city mayor was so enthusiastic during the meeting particularly during the regional, provincial and city nutrition situation presentation. He realized that there is much needed effort to really scale up nutrition intervention both nutrition specific and sensitive intervention.

He also called the attention of City Local Government Operations Officer (CLGOO) present to help on the enabling mechanism of all the barangays of the city particularly on BNC organization and functionality and Barangay Nutrition Action Plan formulation including budgeting.

The mayor also called the attention of the agriculture and other sectors to really focus on their program targeting. He told sectors to focus their interventions on barangays with high incidence of stunting, wasting and underweight.

He instructed the CNAO to have a master list of household heads with malnourished children. He further instructed the CNAO to empower mothers to attend nutrition education classes.

Meanwhile, the RNPC vowed to support the city through technical assistance and LGU mobilization effort.

Towards the end of the meeting the city mayor expressed his full support to the NS project. As an initial step he instructed the CNAO to design an activity related to planning and budgeting among barangays.

RNPC Dr. Dotollo told the mayor and the CNC that members of the BNAP core planning team would include Punong Barangay, Kagawad on Health, Barangay Nutrition Scholar, Barangay Treasurer/Secretary and SK Chairperson.

The mayor suggested that the planning and budgeting workshop will be held in Cebu for 3 days exclusive of travel time and instructed the RNPC and CLGOO to be the main resource speakers including the CNAO and City Budget Officer. Said workshop will be help as early as possible in the 3rd week of February. #RNPC-CPD

Borongan CityPALO, Leyte - The City of Borongan was chosen by the newly organized Regional Nutrition Shepherding Team (RNST) of the National Nutrition Council 8 as the target LGU for mentoring and coaching on nutrition program implementation.

The National Nutrition Council Region 8 conducted re-orientation on Nutrition Shepherding (NS) among its identified members and trimmed down membership to those who attended the third round of organizational meeting.

The NNC conducted series of NS sessions in the City of Borongan on December 21,22 and 23. The series of sessions started out with Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition 2023-2028, Regional/Provincial/City nutrition situation, general concepts of NS, Local Nutrition Functionality Assessment, Monitoring and Evaluation of Local Level Plan Implementation (MELLPI) Pro, and NS in the Context of MELLPI Pro.

The series of NS sessions was attended by members of the city nutrition committee including SP Committee on Health Katrina Anacta.

In the December 27, 2022 session, Hon. Katrina Anacta told the CNC including NNC staff, DMO Gerico Sabalza that the city legislators will support the project through policy support. However, she told the same that RNPC hold dialogue meeting with City Mayor Jose Ivan Dayan Agda to galvanize the NS project in the city.

True enough and upon the initiative of City Nutrition Action Office Jassie Acla Alegre, the two personalities meet on January 19, 2023.

This is the first NS session for the year. The city mayor was so enthusiastic during the meeting particularly during the regional, provincial and city nutrition situation presentation. He realized that there is much needed effort to really scale up nutrition intervention both nutrition specific and sensitive intervention.

He also called the attention of City Local Government Operations Officer (CLGOO) present to help on the enabling mechanism of all the barangays of the city particularly on BNC organization and functionality and Barangay Nutrition Action Plan formulation including budgeting.

The mayor also called the attention of the agriculture and other sectors to really focus on their program targeting. He told sectors to focus their interventions on barangays with high incidence of stunting, wasting and underweight.

He instructed the CNAO to have a master list of household heads with malnourished children. He further instructed the CNAO to empower mothers to attend nutrition education classes.

Meanwhile, the RNPC vowed to support the city through technical assistance and LGU mobilization effort.

Towards the end of the meeting the city mayor expressed his full support to the NS project. As an initial step he instructed the CNAO to design an activity related to planning and budgeting among barangays.

RNPC Dr. Dotollo told the mayor and the CNC that members of the BNAP core planning team would include Punong Barangay, Kagawad on Health, Barangay Nutrition Scholar, Barangay Treasurer/Secretary and SK Chairperson.

The mayor suggested that the planning and budgeting workshop will be held in Cebu for 3 days exclusive of travel time and instructed the RNPC and CLGOO to be the main resource speakers including the CNAO and City Budget Officer. Said workshop will be help as early as possible in the 3rd week of February. #RNPC-CPD

Palompon Nutrition OfficePALO, Leyte - Another local government unit in Eastern Visayas, this time in Palompon, Leyte opened its separate nutrition office, according to Ms. Lovelyn Hortelano Ovales, the Municipal Nutrition Action Officer (MNAO)

MNAO Lovelyn is a Public Health Nurse by plantilla position but is a full time designated MNAO.

Ovales further said that along with opening of the nutrition office is assignment of three technical and support staff.

They will assist MNAO Ovales in the day-to-day operation of the nutrition office. She also said, she will request for the creation of a nutrition plantilla position next year.

Recently, MNAO Ovales attended together with the nutrition core planning team a 3-day Local Nutrition Action Plan 2023-2025 formulation. Upon returning home, she presented their draft MNAP to the local sangunian. The programs, projects and activities reflected in the MNAP was funded and is incorporated in the 2023 Annual Investment Program (AIP).

Rise and RebuildPALO, Leyte -The National Nutrition Council is the highest policy and coordinating body in nutrition. The same is cascaded at the regional level.

The Rise and Rebuild International Foundation an international non-government organization (NGO) paid a courtesy visit with Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator Dr. Catalino P. Dotollo, Jr.

Foundation’s Managing Director Mr. Benjamin D. Cinco together with two of his nutrition staff Mr. Mighty S. Morales and Dario Capila paid a visit to RNPC and lay down their program, projects and activities on nutrition in the selected municipalities of Leyte.

The Rise and Rebuild Foundation is an international NGO committed to aiding the poor and the malnourished children and mothers in the Philippine Islands.

The initial program began with the building of communal bathrooms after the devastating Typhoon Haiyan (locally named TS Yolanda) in November of 2013.

While they continue to build bathrooms, the foundation focuses on the nutrition of malnourished children, from birth through secondary school.

LhearnPALO, Leyte – Before the year 2022 ended, the National Nutrition Council (NNC) 8 wrapped up two major activities.

These are Local Nutrition in Early Warning System (LNEWS) Program Implementation Review (PIR) and Learning Hub for Enhanced and Revitalized Nutrition (LHEARN) project.

The Local Nutrition Early Warning System - Food and Nutrition Security (LNEWS-FNS) Program is one of the activity and data sources of the Philippine Nutrition Surveillance System (PNSS) of the Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition (PPAN). The said program aims to understand the causes and seasonality of malnutrition.

In Region 8, at least five municipalities are identified as LNEWS areas. These are the municipalities of Hilongos and Palompon in Leyte, Gandara and Basey in Samar and Libagon in Southern Leyte. During the PIR, LGUs present took time in presenting their LNEWS accomplishment up to the 3rd quarter of 2022. Best practices were identified and likewise the challengers in its implementation.

Hilongos MayorPALO, Leyte - As the National Nutrition Council Region 8 opened the new year, Dr. Catalino Dotollo, Jr., the Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator, conducted a courtesy call and NEOtrition orientation to two municipal mayors of Leyte province.


Inopacan, Leyte Mayor Hon. Rogelio Dotollo-Pua Jr. and Hilongos, Leyte Mayor Manuel Villahermosa were the subject of the courtesy visit and NEOtrition orientation by the RNPC.

Hilongos Mayor Lenlen as he is fondly called welcomed and thanked the RNPC for the full support extended to the municipality.

On the other hand, the RNPC congratulated the LCE for bagging 2021 Green Banner Seal of Compliance (GBSC) for nutrition and the Regional Outstanding Municipal Nutrition Action Officer (MNAO) for MNAO Edward F. Lora.

Mayor Villahermosa boosted the newly renovated and expanded Municipal Nutrition Office to serve the nutritional needs of Hilongosnons.

Meanwhile, Inopacan Mayor Jojo as he is also fondly called is thankful or the visit of the RNPC.

He told the RNPC that he really waited the latter’s visit as more of his constituents relayed NNC 8 support to the municipality.