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Himsog meeting presided by President Antonio PueblosTACLOBAN CITY -- The “Harmonized Initiatives of Media for the Spread of Good Nutrition in Region 8” (HIMSoG-8), under the leadership of President Antonio C. Pueblos, DYOG – Calbayog manager, has set two Media-Nutrition Caravans for the remaining period of 2015.

Already into its 5th year, HIMSoG-8 which was given life by National Nutrition Council Region 8 (NNC -8) on August 27, 2010 is the media group partner of the nutrition agency in the fight against hunger and in Promotion of Good Nutrition (PGN) in the region, through media power.

The caravan is among HIMSoG’s nutrition advocacy activities --a measure to see how a certain locality is doing nutritionally, for example why it is lagging behind in health and nutrition, and to document its good practices if it is doing well, for other places to emulate. The activity seeks out the rationale for the Nutrition Situation of the target locality, and to learn how its leaders are managing the situation.

ro8 ngo forumTACLOBAN CITY – Strengthening collaboration with government and non-government organizations (NGOs) in speeding-up the momentum in achieving the targets of the Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition (PPAN) in the localities was the main rationale for the “Regional NGO Forum” conducted at Hotel Alejandro on July 31, 2015, this city.

Linking and working together with NGOs widens the door for partnership and for exploring, testing and scaling up innovations for nutrition improvement--a strategy in Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN), a worldwide movement where the Philippines is now a member.

Further NGOs play a vital role in shaping and implementing various nutrition programs at the community level, thereby there is need to activate, nurture, sustain and scale up collaboration with NGOs for nutrition improvement.

ro8 NM launchTo kick-off and celebrate the start of Nutrition Month, a Parade and Launching program was held in Tacloban City on July 1, 2014. This year’s Nutrition Month theme "Kalamidad Paghandaan: Gutom at Malnutrisyon agapan!" aims to increase awareness of the importance of Nutrition in Emergencies (NiE). Despite the rainy weather and the early hour, the parade was well attended by local organizations and the humanitarian community.

The Provincial Governor Hon. Leopoldo Dominico L. Petilla personally graced the event with him sharing his experiences growing up and how it has shaped his advocacy for a sustainable nutrition initiative in the province. Together with the office of the PNAO, the Province of Leyte emphasized its commitment to uphold and advocate for good health and nutrition in the province. The City of Tacloban through City Nutrition Action Officer (CNAO) Ms. Ma. Lumen Tabao welcomed the participants to the event and thanked the different organizations, which are providing nutrition services in the City. Ms. Briony Stevens, the Nutrition Cluster Coordinator of UNICEF, highlighted the importance of sustaining the momentum of nutrition activities post Yolanda.

Leyte Province Official SealTACLOBAN CITY -- Addressing the root cause of malnutrition problem is the strategy of Eliminating Malnutrition & Information Campaign (e-MiCproject) that was launched by the provincial government of Leyte prior to the advent of Typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan).

The project aims to eliminate the malnutrition problems in the Province of Leyte through effective and efficient way of feeding, nutrition awareness and nutrition sustainability in the community particularly the ages between 0-71 month’s old children.

So that if the problem is the lack of food our intervention is food production, if the cause is parasites we have deworming for children, on lack of nutrients we have supplementary feeding. We address the problem of malnutrition in regards to its cause; we have different interventions for every case—and we do this by the household level, Giovani Ed M. Napari, Provincial Nutrition Action Officer (PNAO) of Leyte, revealed this in an exclusive interview with the Nation Builder.

“We are aiming to maximise the reach of our resources, so that we have to be effective!” Napari said.

Implementation of e-MiCproject was started in the Municipality of Sta. Fe, Leyte on September 26, 2013 at Barangay San Isidro. Sta. Fe town was reported with the highest number of malnourished children in Leyte. The first beneficiaries in this town are 65 underweight children: 0-3 years old, 3-5 years old enrolled in day care centers, and 3-5 years old not enrolled in the day care centers.

Napari said that priority for the project implementation is 10 nutritionally deficient municipalities in Leyte needing outright interventions namely: Sta. Fe, Pastrana, San Miguel, Tabon-tabon, Kanangga, Alang-alang, Tabango, Mayorga, MacArthur, and Leyte-Leyte. These 11 towns topped in prevalence of underweight children in the 2012 Operation Timbang (OPT) result.

Kalamidad Paghandaan: Gutom at Malnutrisyon Agapan!TACLOBAN CITY, (PNA) -- The National Nutrition Council (NNC) in Eastern Visayas has lined up month-long activities for the nutrition month slated in July.

The month-long activities will kick off with a Healthy Walk in the morning of July 1 at the city’s major thoroughfares to be participated in by government and private agencies.

“We are expecting 300 participants from our partner agencies, the government and the private sectors, the Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNS), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and other international humanitarian organizations,” NNC region 8 nutrition program coordinator Dr. Catalino Dotollo, Jr.

It will be followed by a short program and ceremonial signing of pledge of commitment of this year’s theme key messages by representatives from LGU, national line agencies, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and other partner humanitarian agencies.

This 40th year, the celebration anchors on the theme “Kalamidad Paghandaan: Gutom at Malnutrisyon Agapan.”

Dotollo said that the theme is very timely with the more frequent and devastating disasters that struck the country and how the families can cope without sacrificing the good nutrition of each one in the communities especially the children.

Other activities include an agri-fair, symposium focusing on nutrition in emergency preparedness, government agency-hopping for nutrition counselling, cooking contest with recipe for cooking contest and Barangay Nutrition Scholars in Action, an audio-visual presentation on how the BNS responded in the aftermath of Yolanda.

It will culminate with a Nutrition Summit to be hosted by the UNICEF.

The observance of the National Nutrition Month is pursuant to Presidential Decree 49, the National Nutrition Act of the Philippines, signed on June 25, 1974. (PNA) LAM/PGL/VCARNAIZ