oic director piaPALO, Leyte - With the short stint and subsequent retirement of Philippine Information Agency (PIA) OIC RD Erna Gorne of Maasin City, the entire nutrition networks welcome a new but old nutrition ally in the person of OIC RD Ninfa Barcena Quirante.

Ninfa as she is fondly called spans more than three (3) decades of both private and government service. She started and was a teacher for 15 years in private schools, and then she join the government service as Information Officer (IO) at PIA in 1997. She was then promoted as Information Officer 2 until her last promotion as IO 3.

During her government service as Ifornation Officer, she was assigned to various radio and TV hostings. She was a staunched nutrition advocate.

Proof of it, is her being a Secretary of the Harmonized Initiative of Media for the Spread of Good Nutrition (HIMSOG) 8. HIMSOG 8 is the media arm of the National Nutrition Council 8 and a conglomerate of both public and private media practitioners.

**PIA being both a member of the Regional Nutrition Committee (RNC) and the Regional Technical Working Group (RTWG) for nutrition, Ninfa oftentimes represented the agency in various meetings and other NNC 8 engagements. On top of that she is also a member of the Regional Nutrition Evaluation Team (RNET) who validates and evaluate nutrition program implementation of local government units (LGUs).

southern leyte covid vaccinationPALO, Leyte - The municipalities of Padre Burgos and Limasawa Island in Southern Leyte topped among all the municipalities who accomplished 70% and above of its vaccination target.

Experts estimate that herd immunity would require around 80-90% of the population to have COVID-19 immunity, either through prior infection or vaccination.

Dr. Fretzie C. Tomimbang, the Municipal Health Officer and concurrent Municipal Nutrition Action Officer asked the support of the Local Chief Executive and SB members for all barangays of the municipality to support the COVID 19 vaccination. After which, a masterlisting of all eligible population based on prioritization was done community volunteers and Rural Health Midwives.

livelihood hindingPALO, LEYTE - The Barangay Council of Doos del Norte in Hindang, Leyte in close collaboration with the Municipal LGU through its Municipal Agriculture Office conducted a training for Backyard Gardening intended for the Persons With Disabilities (PWD).

The PWDs should be an active participants in any government’s sectoral projects and making them productive inspite limitations in terms of mobility, sight, hearing and similar physical disabilities.

Meanwhile, livelihood assistance were also extended to Association of Fish Vendors in the same municipality by its partner national government agency, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).

The above projects are the commitment of National Government Agencies (NGAj and LGUs to scale up nutrition interventions specially in a challenged municipalities.

childrens monthPALO, Leyte - In its efforts to uplift the plight of children in Eastern Visayas, NNC 8 conduct series of activities related to the children’s protection and welfare.

Series of 2022 Updating of Municipal Nutrition Action Plan (MNAP) and integrating it in Annual Investment Program.

There are four major activities in the NAPs that needs to be scale if only to protect the children against the ill effects of malnutrition. These are: 1) Early Childhood Care and Development in the First 1000 Days to prevent stunting among 0-59 months old children; 2) Philippine Integrated Managment of Acute Malnutrition (PIMAM) to prevent wasting among 0-59 months old children; 3) Nutrition Sensitive Interventions including agriculture, livelihood and resource generation to ensure food security among families; 4) Enabling Programs to strengthen governance, capacity and institutions for effective implementation of nutrition programs including nutrition in emergencies.

The activity started in Hilongos, Leyte and ECCD F1K area in Leyte. It was followed by the MNAP updating in Leyte with the province and city of Tacloban and 11 municipalities in the province including the municipality of Can-acid in Eastern Samar. Meanwhile , another batch of 2022 MNAP updating in the provinces of Samar and North Samar. Attending are two Provincial Nutrition Committees, 2 cities and 15 municipalities of both province.

vaccine supplyPALO, Leyte - Just as the country is implementing EO 151 placing the same in a standard Alert Level System (ALS), the NIATF issued on November 11, 2021 Resolution # 148B series of 2021.

The resolution has given the President the power to implement a whole-of-government solution to increase the demand for COVID 19 vaccination, regardless of brand, fir a healthier and resilient Philippines.

The salient features of the resolution are the following: 1) all establishments and employers both in the public and private sector shall require their eligible employees who are tasked to do on-site work to be VACCINATED against COVID19. Eligible employees who remain to be unvaccinated may not terminated solely by reason there of, provided they are required to undergo regular RT-PCR test at their own expense; 2) Public and private establishment to accommodate only fully vaccinated individuals and May nonetheless refuse entry and/or deny service to individuals who remain to be unvaccinated or are merely partially vaccinated despite being eligible for vaccination.

southern leyte pediatric vaccinationPALO, Leyte - The Department of Health (DOH), together with the Vaccine Cluster, will begin the nationwide rollout of COVID-19 vaccination among all children aged 12 to 17 starting November 3.

Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) said that there are around 12.7 million children aged 12 to 17 in 2021.

In the National Capital Region (NCR) at least 18,666 with co-morbidities minors received their first dose of vaccine during the initial phase of the pediatric vaccination as of October 26, 2021.