LNEWS MOA GandaraTACLOBAN CITY - The Municipal Nutrition Committee of Gandara, Samar on Thursday (Nov. 18) attended the reorientation on Local Nutrition Early Warning System (LNEWS).

LNEWS is a form of monitoring and analysis of relevant information that may foretell a possible crisis such as food shortage or health problem.

Gandara, being one of the areas in the region with high malnutrition incidence, was chosen as one of the pilot municipalities for LNEWS.

In his commitment message, Mayor Eufemio S. Oliva assured his utmost support to improve the towns nutrition situation, sharing he has never turned down any request from its newly-appointed municipal nutrition action officer, Androw Delector.

Meanwhile, Dr. Catalino P. Dotollo, Jr., assured the LGU in terms of technical assistance to capacitate its MNC members and Barangay Nutrition Scholars.

pkgPALO, Leyte - The province of Eastern Samar conducted a virtual launching of the Pilipinas Kontra Gutom (PKG) through its Mobile Kitchen Operation to achieve zero hunger and malnutrition.

PKG is the private sector’s contribution in the attainment of zero hunger and malnutrition in the barangays, municipalities, provinces and regions. The partner private sector in Eastern Samar is Gawad Kalinga (GK). While the partner LGUs is strategically located in San Julian, Hernani and Jipapad.

The launching was attended by Cabinet Secretary and Interagency TF on Zero Hunger and Scaling Up Nutrition Adviser for the Philippines, Hon. Karlo Alexei B. Nograles, GK Executive Director and field staff, NNC 8 Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator Dr. Catalino P. Dotollo, Jr.

On the part of LGUs it was attended by the 3 mayors of Hernani Hon. Amado Candido, Mayor Benjamin Ver of Jipapad and Mayor Dennis Estaron of San Julian. Likewise, office of the Provincial Governor and the Provincial Health Office headed by PHO II Epifania Marian Isiderio and PHO staff. #NPC-CPD
PALO, Leyte - The towns of Tunga and JaLeyte vaccinationvier in Leyte, topped the province's vaccination program against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) with 82.1 and 67.6 percent coverage, respectively.

Experts estimate that herd immunity would require around 80-90% of the population to have COVID-19 immunity, either through prior infection or vaccination. Minimum coverage for COVID 19 vaccination is at least 70%.

In an interview with Ms. Jane Abueva, supervising nurse and concurrent Municipal Nutrition Action Officer of Javier town, she said that contributory to the high vaccination coverage is the help of community volunteers such as Barangay Health Workers and Nutrition Scholars in doing the master listing of all eligible population and in the door to door vaccination.

Furthermore, all the barangays had a unified “bandilyo system” for information dissemination. Regular staff meeting was also conducted to track progress of the vaccination.

The health office also ask the technical assistance of the Provincial Health Service Office and Provincial DOH Office in terms of prompt vaccine delivery and Human Resources for Health to augment manpower compliment.

Close to the two in reaching the minimum herd immunity is Palo town and the city of Baybay in third and fourth ranks, respectively.

brgy nutritionTACLOBAN CITY - The municipalities of San Jose de Buan and Gandara in Samar province attended the 4-day Training of Trainers on Barangay Leadership for Nutrition and Development under the Barangay Nutrition Governance Program organized by the Zuellig Family Foundation (ZFF)
The training is founded on the six pillars.
Investing in nutrition reflects good governance. This means that by paying attention to the nutrition system, the leaders, policy makers, nutrition workers and the community will have political and development benefits. A well-nourished citizenry contributes more and better to the development of the community.
mahaplag MNAPINGPALO, Leyte - RNPC Dr. Catalino P. Dotollo, Jr. and Provincial Nutrition Focal Point for Leyte Ms. Annabel B. Limbagan goodness Monday morning went to Mahaplag, Leyte to conduct 2022 Municipal Nutrition Action Plan updating. The event went smoothly after a dialogue with lady Mayor Daisy A. Lleve for the NNC 8 to conduct such activity.

Highlights of the updating was the inclusion of 4 major actions for Mahaplag, Leyte to scale up such as First 1,000 Days to prevent stunting among 0-59 months old children; Philippine Integrated Management of Acute Malnutrition (PIMAM) to prevent and rehabilitate wasting among 0-59 months old children; Nutrition-sensitive interventions to ensure food security among househol such as nutrition-sensitive agriculture, livelihood and resource generation; and enabling program.

The LCE together with LGOO and the municipal core planning team vowed to include the four strategies in their 2022 MNAP and Annual Investment Program.

The LCE vowed to create a job order Brgy. Nutrition Action Officer in lieu but will serve as Brgy. Nutrition Schooars. She said she will cluster the barangays to at least 2 or 3 for every one 1 BNAO.

two day workshopTACLOBAN CITY - Seven more municipalities in Eastern Visayas has completed the two-day budgeting workshop on nutrition organized by the National Nutrition Council (NNC) Region 8.
These includes the towns of Tabontabon, Merida, Dulag, and Tanauan all in Leyte, Villareal and Calbiga both in Samar, and Dolores in Eastern Samar.
The participants are the Municipal Nutrition Action Officers, Municipal Budget Officers, and Municipal Planning and Development Officers of the respective LGUs.
The workshop aims to scale up nutrition interventions at the local level to combat childhood malnutrition.