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NiEm san juan 4Introduction to basic concepts on Nutrition in Emergencies and planning workshop was conducted in the Municipality of San Juan, Southern Leyte on 4-6 April 2018 at the AVR, Southern Leyte State University-San Juan Campus.
Thirty-eight (38) participants completed the training implemented under the local government unit Bottom-Up Budgeting Health Emergencies Management System (BUB-HEMS). The training-workshop was aimed to come-up with a municipal nutrition plan which subsequently be incorporated in the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Plan. According to DRR-HEMS Coordinator through the Municipal Health Officer, Dr. Eliza R. Coraza, the training workshop is necessary as the municipality is one of the pacific coastal municipalities in the province. Likewise, terrorism and natural calamities may pose a threat in the municipality. Being ready to threats and disasters will reduce the casualty and will prepare the rural folks on the life line needed specifically food security.

women right and nutritionHuman’s rights are rights inherent to all human beings, regardless of race, sex, nationality, ethnicity, language, religion, or any other status as stated by United Nations. Whereas, Women’s Human Rights have always been a hot topic since time immemorial.

Nowadays, where does women’s rights stand? What are the differences of treatment and privileges for women before and today?

If we already have human rights for all, why is it important to talk about women’s rights? Women’s rights are significant because in the past, women were only limited to stay in the house, to serve and care for her family; she is not entitled to work and decide for her family. While today, the society and government has given women the right and privilege to make a living of her own; she can work and decide for her family including the right to have good nutrition and nutrition of her children.

cdcThis year’s observance of the World Birth Defects Day last 3 March 2018 highlights that thru collective action and compassion, each and every one of us can do something for the prevention and treatment of birth defects. Anchored on the theme: “Sa Sama-samang Pagkilos at Pagkalinga, Sa Birth Defects, Tayo ay may Magagawa,” the World Birth Defects Day is an annual campaign for birth defects awareness, prevention, research, surveillance and care. Let me give you a rundown on how each of us can contribute in addressing birth defects:

RKRadyo Kausbawan (RK), the only community radio station of Palompon, Leyte, launched its Nutrition School On the Air (NSOA) program during its 3rd Anniversary on March 12, 2018, Friday, at the Palompon Civic Center. RK Station Manager Rothelia Maria G. Ugsad introduced anchors DJ Sam (Visame Arellano, AB Com. faculty) and DJ Ams (Amed Cabugoy, HRM faculty) of the 12-session NSOA program which will start on April 11, 2018 every Wednesday, 10-11 am over DYNG-FM, 103.1 MHz. RK’s NSOA program will feature the 10 Kumainments of the National Nutrition Council (NNC). In fact, it has already started inviting its listeners through an enrolment through text, call, walk-in or social media. Prizes will be given to NSOA listeners during the quiz every after session and a certificate of completion will be given after the 12 sessions. Meantime, Palompon Mayor Ramon C. Onate commended RK for giving out truthful information per feedback from the barangays, creating eloquent RK DJs and emcees. “I wish RK 300 more birthdays to come,” he jokingly said.

npmt batoThe local government unit (LGU) of Bato, Leyte, a third class municipality in the province is now mobilizing the Municipal and Barangay Nutrition Committees through a series of trainings intended for the MNC members, barangay captains, councilors on health, midwives, nurses, barangay health workers (BHWs), barangay nutrition scholars (BNSs) and other stakeholders in the locality.

The series of activities was organized through the active LGU partnership with the MASIGLAHI, Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) Philippines which project focuses on reducing acute and chronic malnutrition in 0-23 month old children and women of reproductive age, particularly pregnant and lactating mothers in the municipality.

MELLPI orientationExcitement and enthusiasm was seen to the members of the Regional Nutrition Evaluation Team (RNET) as they gathered together for a Monitoring and Evaluation of Local Level Plan Implementation (MELLPI) Orientation conducted on 9 March 2018 at the PopCom Conference Room, PopCom Compound, Government Center, Candahug, Palo, Leyte.

The MELLPI which is conducted annually is geared towards (1) assessing the efficiency of local level plan implementation, (2) measuring the changes of the nutritional status among children, (3) determining the extent of local development plans and programs integration, and (4) advocating for the continuing support for the local nutrition program.

Items included during the RNET discussion are (1) MELLPI Guidelines; (2) Monitoring and Evaluation for the Outstanding Barangay Nutrition Scholar (OBNS); (3) Guidepost in the Conduct of MELLPI; (4) Review of the different MELLPI forms; and (5) Practical demonstration to selected barangays in Palo, Leyte.