consumer protection“YES to licensing of Health Establishment and STOP the proliferation of unregistered health products in the market” was a resounding commitment expressed by participants during the Consumer Protection Advocacy Forum on FDA Licensing and Registration Requirements for Local Chief Executives and Partner Agencies cascaded on 24 May 2018 at the Hotel Estrella, Tacloban City by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

With the promise to do personal share to put an end to the problem of health establishments operating without a License To Operate (LTO) and the spread of unregistered/counterfeit health products in Eastern Visayas, FDA Director General Nela Charade G. Puno, asked to work hand in hand to ensure safe, efficient and quality health products to the public.

pcnaodcnpcPalo, Leyte – The Provincial/City Nutrition Action Officers and District/City Nutrition Program Coordinators in the region met to further strengthen nutrition program implementation at the PopCom Conference Room on May 17, 2018.

One of the items thoroughly discussed by the nutrition officers was on the status updates for the Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNS). BNSs assistance in the form of medical and survivorship assistance was shared. Though the two types of assistances were already provided in 2014, a revised and more specific guidelines was released in 2017. Aside from the assistance that BNSs received from NNC Central Office in the amount of PhP100.00 per month, a BNS can now receive PhP5,000.00 for one-time per year medical assistance and survivorship assistance for the BNS immediate member of the family in the amount of PhP20,000 for any cause of death. The said assistance is already a big help to the BNS and his/her immediate family according to DCNPC President Nilda Rich.

rtwg 2qmeeting 2018With the role of improving the nutrition situation in Eastern Visayas through a harmonized nutrition sensitive approach, the Regional Technical Working Group (RTWG) on Nutrition during its Second Quarter Meeting on 23 April 2018 welcomes its newest members of the group.

Ready to collaborate and provide social services, the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and Philippine National Police (PNP) commit actions to be in one way with the government in reducing malnutrition in the region.

flower plateFlowers have been part of the Filipino culture in festivals to courting and dating to home beautification to honoring of guests, but little did we know that there are flowers that are edible, nutritious, and medicinal.

Malnutrition in the Philippines is still a national problem. The 2015 FNRI survey reveals that the prevalence of underweight in the Philippines is 21.5%, stunting is 33.4% and wasting is 7.1%. The 2008 UNICEF framework for undernutrition shows that inadequate dietary intake/ household food insecurity is one of the immediate causes of malnutrition.

However, there are lots of food sources readily available around us that we usually waste away because we are unaware that they are edible and nutritious, like the flowers in your garden.

Here are the five (5) common flowers we grow in the Philippines with their nutritional value and common recipes:

summer tipsSummer is an exciting time of the year. Most of us are into planning of going to beaches, pools, tourist spots, and anywhere else that is “summer-worthy”. From kids to adults, we have our own reason to be hyped up: be it the places we want to go to and food we are craving to try.

Staying healthy this summer wherever you go is important. It’s not just about achieving that summer body! It’s making sure that when you come back from your trip, you’d still be in the condition to plan another one!

samar 18MCatbalogan City, Samar-The Provincial Government of Samar through the active leadership of Governor Sharee Ann T. Tan in collaboration with the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist, Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace Process (OPAPP) the Department of Education (DepEd) came up with a holistic approach in addressing malnutrition among school children in the Province of Samar.

The project is entitled Parent Teacher Community Association (PTCA) Sustainable Organic Vegetable Production and Processing in Sixteen (16) Selected Public Schools with High Incidence of Malnutrition in Samar. The project aims to improve the nutritional status of wasted and severely wasted school children through the PTCA sustainable organic vegetable production and food processing to complement the School-Based Feeding Program of DepEd. The establishment of organic vegetable gardens will serve as the main source of food to complement the school’s supplementary feeding program. Likewise, these schools will serve as learning site which will showcase small-scale production models in schools that can be replicated at the household level and which will eventually provide food security for the family. Further, to provide the community with livelihood project, the proposal included the establishment of four (4) processing centers for the production of “vege chips” as substitute of junk foods at school canteens and even at the barangay stores.