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Salcedo f1kSALCEDO, Eastern Samar -- “This project funded by our municipality focuses on pregnant women up to their childbirth and infants/children up to two years of age. We have a year-round program of activities for this target group considered within the window of opportunity to fight malnutrition.”

Mardonia D. Berongoy, Municipal Nutrition Action Officer (MNAO) of the town of Salcedo, Eastern Samar revealed this in an interview during the launching of the 1st 1000 Days Project in this coastal town on January 25, 2018.

The activity initiated by the local government unit (LGU) of Salcedo through its Municipal Health Office was graced by Dr. Catalino P. Dotollo Jr. and Mr. Niño Archie S. Labordo, Regional Nutrition Program coordinator (RNPC) and Nutrition Officer III, respectively of the National Nutrition Council Region VIII (NNC-8); and a representative of Plan Philippines that is implementing an intervention package in the locality, in the person of Provincial Supervisor Aida O. Loyola.

lgu mob1Recognizing the indispensable role of Local Government Units (LGUs) in combatting malnutrition in Eastern Visayas, the National Nutrition Council Region VIII (NNC VIII) conducted two batches of LGU Mobilization Workshops with the purpose of enhancing its Local Nutrition Action Plans (LNAPs) at Ace Francis Hotel in Tacloban City on November 27-30, 2017 and December 13-15, 2017 respectively and was attended in by participants from three (3) provinces, five (5) cities, and five (5) municipalities in  the region.

The LNAP provides the framework for addressing nutrition issues in the LGUs sequentially to develop strong and quality human capital that will propel socio-economic transformation. The goal of this plan is to improve the nutrition status of all of its constituents with emphasis on women of reproductive age, infants and young children. It is the local version of the Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition (PPAN), the Philippines’ directional framework for nutrition improvement.

ppan1BARAS, Palo, Leyte --"The distance between your dreams and reality is called ACTION!" Vice Mayor Maloney L. Samaco declared this as he shared Maasin City's best practices to combat malnutrition during the regional launching of the Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition 2017-2022 (PPAN 2017-2022) on December 5, 2017 at the Oriental Hotel, here.

The one-day activity initiated by National Nutrition Council Region 8 (NNC-8) was attended by representatives from local government units (LGUs), partner-agencies, nutrition program implementers, Harmonized Initiatives of Media for the Spread of Good Nutrition in Region 8 (HIMSoG-8) members, Non-Government Organizations (NGOs), and other nutrition stake holders around the region.

Dr. Catalino P. Dotollo, Jr., Regional Nutrition Program coordinator of NNC-8, during his presentation of PPAN 2017-2022 challenged the congregation to "bite a chunk", and contribute to the realization of its goals.

Media Caravan e.Samar 2017Media Caravan e.Samar 2017On December 19-20, 2017, after the ravaged of Tropical Storm Urduja, the Harmonized Initiatives of Media for the Spread of Good Nutrition in Region 8 (HIMSoG-8), flocked for a media caravan in the province of Eastern Samar. HIMSOG-8, an organization of media practitioners coming from various media outlets in different places of the region aims to fight hunger and malnutrition in Eastern Visayas through the power of media.

The media caravan was conducted in three (3) municipalities to wit, Salcedo, Mercedes, and Gen. Mac Arthur. Prior to its conduct, the members of HIMSOG-8 identified the three (3) municipalities based on the functionality and structure of the Municipal Nutrition Committees (MNC). The purpose of the media caravan is to advocate in the local government units the importance of nutrition specifically, to the local chief executives and its council and further to get possible action and contribution on how to reduce malnutrition in the region.

adra1BARAS, Palo, Leyte -- Seven non-government organizations (NGOs)  engaged in nutrition interventions in Eastern Visayas responded to the challenge of National Nutrition Council Region 8 (NNC-8) Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator Dr. Catalino P. Dotollo Jr. to "bite a chunk" of the Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition 2017-2022 (PPAN-2017-2022) and contribute to the realization of its objectives.

This developed during the regional launching of PPAN 2017-2022 conducted on December 5, 2017 at the Oriental Hotel, here.

The NGOs nutrition-engagement in the region were presented after a review of the State of Nutrition in the region and a Planning Workshop on the Regional Implementation of PPAN 2017-2022:

The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA), bared it is implementing a nutrition specific MASIGLAHI or Maayos na Nutrisyon para sa Masiglang Lahi covering 32 villages of Bato, Leyte with its target group of -- acute and malnourished children in first 1000 days;

himsog1BARAS, Palo, Leyte -- The Harmonized Initiatives of Media for the Spread of Good Nutrition in Region 8 (HIMSoG-8), the media-group partner of National Nutrition Council Region 8 (NNC-8 ), for the second time in-a-row has been cited as "Most Active Nutrition Organization" by the government's nutrition arm.

This turned out certain during a Regional Nutrition Awarding Ceremony when HIMSoG-8 President and DYOG-Calbayog Manager Antonio C. Pueblos stood in the limelight to receive a second plaque of Appreciation from NNC-8 Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator Dr. Catalino P. Dotollo on December 6, 2017 at the Oriental Hotel, here.

The plaque reads: for extending exceptional efforts, time, services and resources to scale up nutrition interventions and accelerate the rehabilitation and improvement of the nutritional status in different areas of the region through effective and optimum utilization of airtime, newspaper space and other communication  support in promotion of good nutrition--a vital contribution  in ensuring the nutritional  well-being of the people in Eastern Visayas.

The Eastern Visayas Association of Barangay Nutrition Scholars (EVA-BNS) headed by its President Lydia C. Nunez likewise received the same distinction, and for the second time as well. (JCG)