UNICEF activitiesPALO, Leyte – Dr. Catalino P. Dotollo, Jr., Regional Program Nutrition Coordinator of NNC-Region 8 joined two major UNICEF initiated activities last December in Manila.

The first activity was the Project Closing Ceremony of the UNICEF-KOICA funded Integrated Nutrition and Health Actions in the First 1000 Days for the year 2018-2022.

The Republic of Korea through the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and UNICEF implemented the above partnership program in the three focus provinces of Samar, Northern Samar, and Zamboanga del Norte (ZdN).

The activity was attended by Korean dignitaries, KOICA officials and staff, UNICEF officials and staff, DOH and NNC officials including Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator, Local Chief Executives of the 3 proponent areas. Importantly it was attended by local nutrition committees through their health and nutrition workers.

PMNP meetingPALO, Leyte - First hour on the second day of the Philippine Multi- sectoral Nutrition Project (PMNP) Regional Technical Session (RTS) was on Local Nutrition Action Plan LNAP) updates of the target municipalities.

One of the major and priority activity of the project is the formulation of LNAP among LGUs.

Dr. Catalino P. Dotollo, Jr., Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator (RNPC), oriented the participants of the RTS on the latest guidelines on 2023-2025 LNAP.

Said LNAP guidelines in anchored on the successor 2023-2028 Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition (PPAN).

World Childrens DayWorld Children's Day was first established in 1954 as Universal Children's Day and is celebrated on 20 November each year to promote international togetherness, awareness among children worldwide, and improving children's welfare. It was since then celebrated annually all over the world.

This year’s theme is Inclusion, For Every Child. On 20 November, kids will stand up for a more equal, inclusive world," says the UN website.

In the Philippines, it is a month-long celebration every November of each year. The celebration aims to give Filipino children access to a healthy environment, good education, and healthcare.

Samar PNAOPALO, Leyte – The National Evaluation Team (NET) on November 14-15, 2022 has evaluated the Regional Outstanding Provincial Nutrition Officer in Eastern Visayas, Ms. Cynthia Palileo of Samar via virtual platform..

During the NET validation, Dr. Catalino P. Dotollo, Jr., Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator of National Nutrition Council Region 8 warmly opened and welcomed the NET, PNC and development partners.

In his message, he already congratulated PNAO Palileo in her journey as one of the contenders in the search for National Outstanding Local Nutrition Focal Point (NOLNFP). He also thanked the support of the PNC, development partners and likewise the former governor and now Samar Representative Hon. Reynolds Michael Tan and was reaffirmed by the current governor Hon. Sharee Ann Tan.

PNAO Palileo spanned her career of 30 years and counting. After graduating Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics (BSND) in Manila and passed the licensure examination, she started working full time in a private organization.

Mellpi TarangnanPALO, Leyte - The National Evaluation Team lead by Mr. Daniel Salunga from the Nutrition Surveillance Division (NSD) of the National Nutrition Council Central Office (NNC CO), alongside Prof. Leila Africa, professor from UP Los Banos and UNICEF Information Management (IM) Consultant, Gabriel Tubigon evaluated the Regional 8 Contender Ms. Lanie Ancheta in Brgy. Cabunga-an, Tarangnan Samar.

Ms. Ancheta is a veteran Barangay Nutrition Scholar (BNS) with 11 years of experience. In her interview with the NET team, she talked about her experience as a BNS and how it has affected her deeply.

World Water DayEvery 19th of November, the World Toilet Day is celebrated. The celebration started on November 19, 2013. Since then, the date has been an annual United Nations observance.

This year’s theme is “Making the Invisible Visible”.

The above theme focuses on the impact of poor sanitation on groundwater, and how inadequate sanitation systems spread human waste into rivers, lakes, and soil, polluting underground water resources. Safely managed sanitation protects groundwater from human waste pollution.

The entire world faces a global sanitation crisis. There are around 3.6 billion people who are still living with poor quality toilets that ruin their health and pollute their environment. Inadequate sanitation systems spread human waste into rivers, lakes, and soil, contaminating the water resources under our feet. The link between sanitation and groundwater cannot be overlooked.

Everyone must have access to a toilet connected to a sanitation system that effectively removes and treats human waste.