San PolicarpioPALO, Leyte - The National Nutrition Council (NNC) Region 8 has conducted a simultaneous monitoring of Nutriskwela community radio stations across the region from June 1-2, 2022.

RNPC Catalino P. Dotollo, Jr. and PNFP for Leyte, Annabel Limbagan, inspected the Radyo Kausbawan at Palompon Institute of Technology in Palompon, Leyte; PNFP Gerico Sabalza visited Radyo Kabulig and Radyo Kauswagan in San Policarpio town and Borongan City, repectively, both in Eastern Samar; while PNFP Ramel O. Bandibas monitored Radyo Kabulig in Catubig, Northern Samar.

Though some of them reported minor damages due to the series of typhoon that hit the region last year and in the past months, they have continued serving the community through the airing of various nutrition and other development programs.

San MiguelPALO, Leyte - As the implementation of the National Nutrition Council’s (NNC) Tutok Kainan - Dietary Supplementation Program is set to begin, the Provincial Nutrition Focal Point (PNFP) of Northern Samar, Mr. Ramel Bandibas, has paid a courtesy visit to Mayor Norman Sabdao of San Miguel, Leyte.

Together with Ms. Maria Lorelie Brazil, its newly-appointed Municipal Nutrition Action Officer (MNAO), were able to discuss and revisit the signed Memorandum of Understanding between the NNC and the local government unit.

According to Mayor Sabdao, the LGU will give their full support to the TKDSP implementation and pledged to comply with the necessary funding for the purchase of needed materials in the food storage facility for raw commodities.

In addition, the Hon. Mayor extended his gratitude to the National Nutrition Council for looking up a wholistic supplementation program that covers 180 days for 6-23months old Children.

After the fruitful and meaningful discussion, Mayor Sabdao, Dr. Macario A. Felicen II, a DOH doctor to the barrio; MNAO Brazil; and PNFP Bandibas headed to Barangay Nutrition Scholars and Barangay Captains' meeting to discuss matters on Health and Nutrition.

CasandigPALO, Leyte - Casandig Farmers Association, an Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Organization (ARBO) based in the municipality of Gandara, Samar signs Marketing Agreement (MA) with the National Nutrition Council (NNC).

The MA signing signals the implementation of NNC’s Tutok Kainan: Dietary Supplementation Program(TK DSP) for the municipality of Matuguinao, Samar.

The target participants of the TK DSP are children 6-23 months old that will run for 180 feeding days.

The identified ARBO will supply raw food commodities for the target barangays of Matuguinao, Samar.

The MA signing was inked by Dr. Catalino P. Dotollo, Jr., Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator representing National Nutrition Council Region 8 and Casandig Farmers Association President, Tito C. Lejas.

WFPPALO, Leyte - The World Food Program (WFP) will implement Cash Based Transfers (CBT) among community- based volunteer workers (CBVWs) in Limasawa Island in Southern Leyte.

CBVWs included Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNSs) and Barangay Health Workers (BHWs) in the municipality.

A cash-based transfer is money given to vulnerable people who can use it to buy what they most need in their local markets. It is simply a payment from the government to help improve the lives of its citizens.

Cash transfer payments can be made in a lump sum or in many smaller installments.

It is a poverty reduction measure in which government subsidies and other benefits are given directly to the poor in cash rather than in the form of subsidies.

The impact of administering cash transfers shows that it can substantially improve the lives of the extreme poor.

RPEB meetingTACLOBAN CITY - As a member of the Regional Population Executive Board, the National Nutrition council actively participated its first quarter meeting on May 19, 2022.

Part of the updates from the previous meeting, the Commission on Population in Region 8 has already forwarded Memorandum of Agreement to NNC Region 8 for its partnership agreement on the implementation of Responsible Parenthood and Family Planning (RPFP) activities/strategies.

This was raised Dr. Catalino P. Dotollo Jr., Regional Program Coordinator to include NNC in the conduct of RPFP in the workplace for the integration of Nutrition Programs in the region.

Furthermore, RPEB Chairperson Ms. Elnora R. Pulma asked the commitment of all concerned agencies to fully support the implementation of the Regional Population and Development Plan of Action (RPD-PoA) for FY 2022-2028 through a Resolution and to be endorsed to the Social Development Council.

Other highlights of the activity are the Mapping of Health Service Facilities and Special Protection Program for Teenage Mothers and their Children (SPPTMC).

Guiuan TOTPALO, Leyte - A total of 13 personnel of the Rural Health Unit here has joined the 5-day Idol Ko Si Nanay Training of Trainers.

The activity kicked off on Monday, with the National Nutrition Council Region 8 providing technical assistance.

Idol Ko Si Nanay Facilitator's Guide is designed to be complementary material of Infant and Young Child Feeding Counseling cards (Gabay sa Pagpapasuso at Pagpapakain ng Sanggol at Bata developed by DOH, NNC, and UNICEF) used as conseling tool.

The training can also complement other materials, interventions, and activities in the community. ECCD Council National Early Learning Curriculum and learning resource packages. PopCom's Responsible Parenthood, DSWDs Family Development Sessions (FDS), Parent Effectiveness Service (PES), Nutrition Center of the Philippines, Pabasa sa Nutrisyon, and other materials from development partners.

Through this, health and nutrition workers will learn to empower participants in coming up vital decision for improvement of their children's nutritional status.