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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:

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.

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.

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.

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)

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.