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caibiran1BARAS, Palo, Leyte -- The municipality of Caibiran in the island province of Biliran, for second year in-a-row has bagged the highest regional citation in nutrition, reaping the Green Banner Award as Regional Outstanding Municipality in tandem for its being Provincial Outstanding Municipality in Biliran Province. First Runner Up Regional Outstanding Municipality also in tandem for its being  Provincial Outstanding Municipality in the Province of Samar is the municipality of Taranganan.

Other Green Banner awardees for Provincial Outstanding Municipality are Allen for Northern Samar; Sulat for Eastern Samar; and Inopacan for Leyte.

IQATo ensure that the Quality Management System operates effectively and efficiently, the National Nutrition Council VIII completed its 4th cycle of the Internal Quality Audit (IQA) on November 2-4, 2017. The IQA team is composed of the audit team leader Mr. Serapio D. Camarines, Jr., audit team members Ms. Marivic S. Samson and Ms. Maybelle T. Aspeli, all from NNC-Central Office.

The team had a thorough examination on the seven (7) core processes and three (3) support services of the agency. The following are the objectives of the audit: (1) determine the adequacy and effectiveness of the QMS documentation and implementation of the 7 Core Processes: Nutrition Policy Analysis, Nutrition Policy Formulation, Nutrition Planning, Nutrition Program Formulation, Public Information and Communication, Nutrition Surveillance, Monitoring, and Evaluation, & Nutrition Capacity Development; (2) determine the adequacy and effectiveness of the QMS documentation and implementation of the Support Services covering Records and Documentation Management, Procurement of Goods and Services, and Financial Resources Management; (4) determine areas for improvement; and (5) determine readiness of the NNC Regional Office No. VIII for external audit.

PNAIn the 2017 National Annual Convention, 95th Foundation Anniversary, and 60th Nurses’ Week Celebration of the Philippine Nurses Association (PNA), a resolution prohibiting the serving of carbonated drinks during meetings, trainings, seminars and other similar activities of the PNA and other specialty nursing organizations was deliberated and accepted during the House of Delegates Meeting on 18 October 2017 at the Hotel Venezia, Legazpi City Albay.
World Health Organization (2015) said that sugar-sweetened food and beverages can increase overall energy intake and may reduce consumption of foods containing more nutritionally adequate calories which leads to unhealthy diet and weight gain. The 2013 Department of Science and Technology- Food and Nutrition Research Institute (DOST-FNRI) National Nutrition Survey shows that more and more Filipinos, especially among those 20 years and older, are getting obese each year.

ECCD DOSTBarangay Roll-Out on DOST Pinoy Modules for the Early Childhood Care Development (ECCD) First 1000 Days (F1K) Program were simultaneously held in the four ECCD Areas of Region VIII in the Municipality of Mahaplag, Abuyog, Hilongos and Baybay City on October 18-27, 2017. The conduct of the roll-out was headed by National Nutrition Council Team namely: Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator Dr. Catalino Dotollo, ECCD F1K Provincial Nutrition Coordinator Jennibeth Caῆete, Nutrition Officer I Sharmie Nicole Tansingco and supported by the pool of trained City/Municipal Nutrition Action Officers and technical staff from 4 ECCD areas. The roll-out in the barangay level is one of the three phases of ECCD F1K training design wherein DOST Pinoy Modules will be used for the purpose of nutrition education.  The primary objective of the activity is to empower and capacitate the Barangay Nutrition Scholars and Barangay Health Workers on the conduct of the regular nutrition education classes in the community.

PSNDNational Nutrition Council Regional Office VIII joined the launching of the 28th National Statistics Month Celebration of the region for the year 2017. The celebration kicked off with a motorcade and was immediately followed by the opening program held at Robinsons Place Tacloban on October 2, 2017. Participants from various government offices, local government units, academic institutions, and state universities and colleges actively took part and showed support to the Philippine Statistics Month Celebration. The opening of statistical exhibits was the highlight of the launching. Regional Director Wilma Perante of PSA VIII, Atty. Bonifacio G. Uy, Regional Director of NEDA VIII, and PDEA Regional Director Edgar T. Jubay conducted the ribbon-cutting which formally started the statistical exhibits.  

The theme “Facts and Figures for the Future: Statistics for Evidence-Based Decisions Towards Ambisyon Natin 2040” reflects the important role of reliable statistics and factual information in determining appropriate strategies for tracking the progress towards AmBisyon Natin 2040, where all Filipinos are envisioned to enjoy a matatag, maginhawa, at panatag na buhay. NNC shares the same vision by improving the nutrition situation of the country as a contribution to the achievement of Ambisyon Natin 2040. This, of course, is achieved through the various programs designed to stem the stagnating and worsening of wasting, stunting and micronutrient deficiencies, and overweight & obesity in the Philippines.

During the statistical exhibit, NNC VIII presented the 2016 Eastern Visayas Nutrition Situation and the Chronic Food Insecurity Situation in 4 Provinces of Region VIII wherein it showed the alarming rate of stunting with a high prevalence in the region. Some of the factors attributing to the region’s chronic food insecurity situation are shown such as low value livelihood strategies, landlessness, vulnerability to natural disasters, and poor physical capitals. With all these data being presented to the public, NNC is hoping for a faster action in order to achieve Ambisyon Natin 2040. (NDR)

Nutriskwela SPOn October 16, 2017, Radyo Kabulig 103.1 FM, the newest community radio station of the National Nutrition Council was established in the Municipality of San Policarpo, Eastern Samar. It is the 42nd community radio station created since 2008 and the 4th community radio station in the Eastern Visayas.

The Nutriskwela Community Radio Network Program of the National Nutrition Council aims to empower communities through the establishment of community radio stations that disseminate nutrition, health, and development-oriented information to community members. Since 2008, the program has established 35 Nutriskwela community radio stations. This year, the program is expanding by adding 10 new community radio stations.  Conducting trainings on Community Broadcasting is one of the activities included in the establishment of community radio stations. The training is divided into two phases. The first phase is focused on training the station personnel of the 10 new radio stations while the second phase is an area-based training for the creation of the Community Radio Council (CRC) members prior to the broadcast of the community radio station.