BNAP MeridaTACLOBAN CITY - The Barangay Nutrition Action Plan (BNAP) is the local version of the Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition (PPAN), the country's directional framework for nutrition improvement.

Lead by their Municipal Nutrition Action Officer, Mr. Ernesto Pening, Barangay Nutrition Committee Members from 21 barangays of Merida, Leyte, actively participates during the workshops.

ARBO DaramDARAM, Samar - Provincial Nutrition Focal Point- Samar, Irene Dagami met with San Roque Farmer's Association ((SRFA) Members Ms. Silva and Analyn to discuss the TK DSP program and the ARBOs who will supply raw feeding commodities ofthe identified barangays of the municipalities of Daram, Samar.

Barangays of Mayabay and Talisay are the beneficiaries of the TK-DSP for 6-23 months old children.

Present during the meeting were Magleam Versoza, Agrarian Reform Officer representing Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) and MNAO Alexis Garduce.

JAVEGAHILONGOS, Leyte - The National Nutrition Council 8 inks partnership with Javier Vegetable Growers Association (JaVeGA) in Javier Leyte.

JaVeGA is an Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Organization (ARBOs) of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR). A Marketing Agreement (MA) between the two was signed and signals the start of the Tutok Kainan Dietary Supplementation Program (TK-DSP) for 6-23months old children and nutritionally-at-risk pregnant women.

In signing the MA, NNC8 is represented by RNPC Dr. Catalino P. Dotollo, Jr while representing on behalf of Association is Their President Ms. Rowena C. Almadora.

Before signing of the MA, an orientation on Tutok Kainan-Dietary Supplementation Program was discussed. The salient features of agreement and mechanism of payment were likewise highlighted and discussed.

Tutok Kainan Dietary Supplementation Program aims to contribute to the prevention of stunting among children 0-23months old by improving the quality and quantity of food and nutrient intakes and utilization of related Early Childhood Care and Development in the First 1000 Days (ECCD F1KD) services among children 6-23months old children and nutritionally-at-risk pregnant women in the target Tutok Kainan program areas.

ROB CatarmanCATARMAN, Northern Samar - PNFP Ramel Bandibas conducted Tutok Kainan:Dietary Supplementation Program Orientation and consultative meeting with Northern Samar Provincial Agrarian Reform Partners on April 5, 2022.

The activity focusses on the orientation and overview of the program, guidelines on the engagement with ARBOs, Marketing Agreement, documentary requirements and the weekly cycle menu which includes commodity type and volume of products. As part of the discussion, it has been emphasized that the agreed price of the products is already inclusive of the transport cost and should be delivered within the specific period of time.

On the other hand, with seven (7) covered municipalities in TK:DSP in Northern Samar, two (2) Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Organizations (ARBOs) committed to enter into an agreement to supply raw products to specific municipalities with the required volume of products, meats, vegetables, fruits among others, as ordered by the National Nutrition Council.

Agrarian Reform Beneficiary Organizations (ARBOs) are the partners of National Nutrition Council in ensuring the sustainability of the program especially when it comes to providing hot meals l. The ARBOs will be the direct seller of farm products/services in coordination with the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR).

CNAO TaclibanPALO, Leyte - The Nutrition Action Officers Association of the Philippines (NAOPA) Eastern Visayas chapter elected its new set of officers and board of directors during their regular NAOs meeting.

Elected Vice President is Tacloban City Nutrition Action Officer Ms. Maria Lumen Pedrosa-Tabao.

Malu as she is fondly called started her government service journey in 2005 when she was designated Officer-in-charge of the City Nutrition Office of Tacloban City.

Two years after she was appointed City Nutrition Officer. By 2010-2022 she was briefly assigned as Officer-in-charge of the City Tourism Office of the same city and Business Permits and Licensing Office. This is in top of her being a full time CNAO.

In 2011 just as she reached 5 years in the government services was one of the Regional Outstanding Nutrition Action Officer of Eastern Visayas. The same year, the City of Tacloban received its Green Banner Award by the Regional Nutrition Evaluation Team (RNET).

Malu has a separate nutrition office with support staff and a separate budget.

Javier MHOPALO, Leyte - In its first Nutrition Action Officers Association of the Philippines (NAOPA), Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator Dr. Catalino P. Dotollo, Jr. had a dialogue with Provincial Health Officer (PHO) II and OIC-Provincial Nutrition Action Officer (PNAO) of the province of Eastern Samar, Dr. Efipania Marian Isiderio.

Both had a side conversation on the creation of additional nutrition permanent plantilla position in the province. RNPC Dr. Dotollo advocated Dr Isiderio to include in their Devolution Transition Plan (DTP) creation of nutrition office and creation of permanent nutrition plantilla position.

Dr. Isiderio vowed to upgrade instead the position of Nutritionist- Dietitian II (ND II) to ND IV. She will prioritize the upgrading this year with or without the DTP. She however said, that instead of creating a separate office, she will create a separate unit for nutrition service. She will augment additional staff to assist the PNAO. The Human Resources for Health-Nutrition Dietitian Deployment Program (HRH-NDDP) will also be assisting the nutrition office.