mellpi proTACLOBAN CITY – Thirty-six Nutrition Stakeholders from Eastern Visayas region actively involved in the yearly conduct of Monitoring and Evaluation of Local Level Plan Implementation (MELLPI) on nutrition programs and services gathered for a two-day roll-out training on the updated monitoring and evaluation protocol on nutrition dubbed “MELLPI Pro” on Mach 6-7, 2019 at the Commission on Audit (COA) Training Center, Palo, Leyte.

Attendees to the training were representatives from government agencies who are members of the Regional Nutrition Evaluation Team (RNET), Provincial Nutrition Action Officers (PNAO), District/City Nutrition Program Coordinators (D/CNPC), City and Municipal Nutrition Action Officers (C/MNAO), and some members of National Nutrition Council Region VIII (NNC-8) media-group partner Harmonized Initiatives of Media for the Spread of Good Nutrition in Region 8 (HIMSoG-8).

bffTacloban City-The first built human milk bank in the Visayas was inaugurated on February 28, 2019 at the Reproductive Health and Neonatal Center, Eastern Visayas Regional Medical Center (EVRMC), Tacloban City.

As part of the UNICEF’s commitment of building back better after Super Typhoon Yolanda, human breastmilk will now be available not only in usual time but also during and after disasters. UNICEF Chief of Health and Nutrition Dr. Wigdan Magdani said that in an area prone to disaster, high incidence of infant mortality is recorded.

With the state of measles outbreak, Department of Health, Assistant Regional Director Dr. Exuperia Sabalberino calls for a multi-sectoral campaign on breastfeeding. Breastfeeding is more than nutrition, it is a good life saving method, ARD Sabalberino added.

52883863 2164692213566450 7977848752423567360 nTaguig City- With the vision of actively engaging clients and partners to improve nutrition and health seeking behaviors through an efficient and effective web operations, the National Nutrition Council (NNC) convened a General Assembly of the NNC Web Team and Regional Publishers on 11-12 February 2019 at the NNC Board Room, NNC Central Office, Taguig City.

This year,important updates were shared particularly to evolving developments in website management to include topic on the National Government Portal (NGP) Transition which was discussed by the invited officers from the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT). Likewise, a short discussion on “Packaging information into a powerful presentation” was shared by the NNC Website Coordinator, Ms. GiggayGawifor the participant’s additional knowledge and skills in data presentation and dissemination.

himsogTACLOBAN CITY – Help the National Nutrition Council Region 8 (NNC-8) boost its webpage by contributing more nutrition-related articles, feature stories and pictures, net-engaging, liking, sharing and tagging, and inviting researchers to hunt nutrition information on the webpage.

This was the consensus of the Harmonized Initiatives of Media for the Spread of Good Nutrition in Region 8 (HIMSoG-8), NNC-8 media-group partner, after a brief Social Media Enhancement Workshop conducted during its 1st Quarter Meeting held at NNC-8 office on February 22, 2019.

Instead oflaunching its own social-media engagement on “Winning the 2019 Election in Nutrition through SocMed” as previously planned, workshop resource speaker and HIMSoG-8 member Sarwell Meniano suggested to strengthen in its place the already existing NNC-8 webpage.

Niño Archie S. Labordo, NNC-8 Nutrition Officer III, said while in the past years the NNC-8 webpage was almost in the bottom--as compared to similar webpages of nutrition offices of other regions, last year (2018) Eastern Visayas was already in the middle of the hierarchy based on internet analytics webpage views, with NCR, Regions 7 (Cebu) and 1 on the lead.

Happy VAdmit it, surely, we all want to have someone special to date with this Valentine’s Day may it be our parents, siblings, friends, relatives, or significant others. But what if we already have that someone special but the only thing that keeps us from having a romantic and memorable Valentine’s Day is our health? Find out in this article the DO’S of proper and healthy diets for you not to have a heart ailment or a broken heart.

  1. Consume more fruits and vegetables. Antioxidants in fruits & vegetables offer protection against heart disease.
  2. To avoid the occurrence of heart attack, have a diet low in salt and saturated fat. Avoid adding salt when preparing meals and limit eating in fast food restaurants.
  3. Choose healthier fats and oils for cooking (e.g. canola, sunflower, soybean, olive, sesame and peanut oils).
  4. Drink mainly water and avoid sugar sweetened drinks. Choose caffeinated drinks like coffee and tea in moderation.
  5. To lower the risk of coronary heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, and many other problems, lessen the intake of alcoholic beverages.

Following these easy-to-remember reminders and maintaining a healthy lifestyle will surely give you a fit and healthy heart. No need to worry about getting your heart broken on the Valentine’s since these tips ensure a happy heart for a lifetime.

Have a healthy-hearty-Valentine’s!


Palo, Leyte -The Eastern Visayas Association of Barangay Nutrition Scholars (EVA-BNS) successfully conducted their First Quarter Meeting last February 21, 2019 held at NNC Regional Office, Palo, Leyte. It was a complete attendance participated in by the EVA-BNS Officers from the different provinces and cities in the region.

During the review of the Revised BNS Program Implementing Guidelines, the body suggested that the Barangay Nutrition Scholars who are already over 65 years old in service but are still able & active should still be allowed to continue working as BNS. The committee also reviewed & discussed the plans & agreements made in the previous years and settled to make a new resolution for 2019 considering that there were only two (2) resolutions made in 2018.