Borongan City BNS TrainingBORONGAN CITY - The National Nutrition Council Region 8 has started the five-day Barangay Nutrition Scholar (BNS) Training Course in Borongan City on May 16, 2022.

The activity, funded by the local government unit, will run until May 20.

Five technical staff from NNC8 headed by RNPC Catalino P. Dotollo, Jr, is leading the training, assisted by CNAO Jassie Acla-Alegre and her staff.

This activity aims to capacitate BNS with basic knowledge and skills, as well as core values and traits that are necessary for them to perform their roles and functions effectively.

The BNS Program is a human resource development strategy of the Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition, which involves the recruitment, training, deployment, and supervision of volunteer workers called the Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNS).

Dagami for postingPALO, Leyte – The National Nutrition Council (NNC) in Eastern Visayas has officially sealed its partnership with an Agrarian Reform Beneficiary Organization in Dagami, Leyte for the Dietary Supplementation Program dubbed “Tutok Kaninan”.

Mr. Ruth M. Borja, President of the Camono-an Agrarian Reform Community Farmer's Association (CARFA) signed the Marketing Agreement with NNC Region 8 represented by Ms. Annabel Limbagan and Mr. Ramel Bandibas, the Provincial Nutrition Focal Point for Leyte and Northern Samar, respectively.

Also present during the activity were Hon. Paquito M. Madalina, Barangay Captain and CARCFA Vice-President; Teresita S. Magallon association member; Mr. Din Jeruel M. Pagliawan, DARPO Leyte; and Ms. Cresil N. Balicot, the Municipal Nutrition Action Officer of Dagami.

PNFP Bandibas briefly also discussed the overview of the program prior to the ceremonial signing at Camono-an Barangay Hall.

As stipulated in the marketing agreement, CARFA will supply food commodities to eight municipalities in Leyte including the towns of Dagami, Pastrana, Tabon-tabon, Julita, Jaro, Tunga, Santa Fe, and Barugo. #PNFP-ABL

BNS MacrohonMACROHON, Southern Leyte – The National Nutrition Council has conducted a Basic Training Course for the Barangay Nutrition Scholars of Marcohon town in Southern Leyte on April 25-29, 2022.

NNC8 technical staff headed by RNPC Catalino P. Dotollo, Jr. led the five-day training organized and funded by the local government unit.

Ms. Romalyn Sacay, Municipal Nutrition Action Officer, initiated the training assisted by Rural Health Unit staff headed by Dr. Pilar Abaday, the Municipal Health Officer.

The training was initiated by the Municipal Nutrition Action Officer, Romalyn Sacay and the RHU staff headed by Dr. Pilar Abaday. The MNAO invited NNC 8 team to facilitate and serve as resource speakers to train and reorient both new and old 31 Barangay Nutrition Scholars.

RMS MalitbogPALO, Leyte - The Rural Health Unit of Malitbog in Southern Leyte has conducted a feedbacking session on Philippine Integrated Management of Acute Malnutrition (PIMAM) to all its nutrition and health staff on May 5, 2022.

This after, some selected personnel completed the live-in PIMAM training in Ormoc City from April 27-29, 2022.

It was organized and funded by UNICEF and Samaritan’s Purse, in coordination with the Provincial Health Office of Southern Leyte.

The feedbacking aims to increase the knowledge of service providers to capacitate them in properly managing and treating malnutrition and address the increasing prevalence of SAM (Severe Acute Malnutrition) and MAM (Moderate Acute Malnutrition).

During the activity, it was agreed that the RHU staff would manage the evaluation and comparison of data collected by BNS, BHW and other health service providers, follow the simplified PIMAM protocol in dispensing RUTF for SAM (2 RUTF) and MAM (1 RUTF).

When conducting counseling, it was emphasized that building rapport with the parents or guardians must be practiced to uncover the reason for the child’s nutritional status, including the non-disclosure of confidential information collected during the consultation or follow a confidentiality agreement.

eOPT MOPTACLOBAN CITY - The National Nutrition Council initiated a consultative workshop for the Development of the Operation Timbang Plus (OPT Plus) Manual of Operations (MOP) and Data Quality Check (DQC) for Integration in the Monitoring and Evaluation of Local Level Plan Implementation (MELLPI) Pro.

The workshop was commissioned to the University of the Philippines-Los Banos and funded by the UNICEF-KOICA.

The workshop was participated by the Provincial/City/Municipal Nutrition Action Officers, Rural Health Midwives (RHMs), Barangay Kagawad, Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) representative, Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNSs), and Barangay Health Workers (BHWs).

All the participants are coming from the UNICEF-KOICA assisted LGUs of Samar and North Samar provinces.

RHM, BNS and BHW from Tacloban City also participated in the local consultative workshop as preparation of the piloting of the MOP and revised Implement Guidelines (IG) in the city.

Cervical cancerThe month of May has been declared as Cervical Cancer Awareness Month, to spread the word and improve understanding on this illness.

Cervical Cancer is the second most common form of Cancer among women in the Philippines.

In 2020, an estimated 604, 000 women were diagnosed with cervical cancer worldwide and about 342, 000 women died from the disease. High incidence rates and high mortality rates of cervical cancer occur mainly (~90% for both) in low- and middle-income countries.

The main cause of cervical cancer is persistent infection with high-risk types of human papillomavirus (HPV), an extremely common family of viruses that are transmitted through sexual contact.