rtwg meeting3qTACLOBAN CITY -- To assist in the implementation of the "Local Government Unit (LGU) Mobilization," a strategy aiming for a holistic approach to fast-track the improvement of nutrition situation in nutritionally depressed localities, four teams have been created by the Regional Technical Working Group (RTWG) on Nutrition.

This developed during the 3rd Quarter Meeting of the RTWG on Nutrition in Eastern Visayas held on September 15, 2017 at the Leyte Park Hotel, here. Dr. Catalino P. Dotollo Jr., National Nutrition Council (NNC) Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator (RNPC), presented the plan to the body for deliberation and endorsement to the Regional Nutrition Committee (RNC).

Each team composed of multi-agency, National Nutrition Council (NNC), Philippine Information Agency (PIA), Harmonized Initiatives of Media for the Spread of Good Nutrition in Region 8 (HIMSoG-8), and non-government organization membership will be assigned to a target province.

The team shall assist, mentor and demonstrate to LGU leaders and nutrition program managers  on how nutrition-specific and nutrition-sensitive interventions can be implemented for the sustained improvement in the nutrition situation of each locality.

NGO Forum 11TACLOBAN CITY --" Eastern Visayas contributes to the high prevalence of stunting, underweight and wasting, which means also that we have a lot to do that necessitates a comprehensive approach where  no actor can be excluded to help our vulnerable group mitigate hunger, become more productive and thereby improve their nutritional status and subsequently away from major diseases and illnesses."

Dr. Catalino P. Dotollo Jr., National Nutrition Council (NNC) Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator (RNPC), revealed this in his welcome message at the opening of the "Regional NGO Forum 2017" held on September 14, 2017 at the Leyte Park Hotel, this city.

In this forum we are inviting each and every organization to participate in setting our nutrition agenda and be included in negotiating various outcomes and targets we will comprehensively discuss in the contents of the Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition (PPAN) 2017-2022, Dotollo explained.

bns ormocDespite the 5.1 quake that jolted Ormoc City on 23 August, seventeen (17) more Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNSs) completed the five-day Training on Basic Course for Barangay Nutrition Scholars at Pongos Hotel, Ormoc City on 22-26 August 2017.
Evelyn Morata, 50, BNS of Limasawa, Southern Leyte expressed that she was pacified by her co- participants and the training activities provided in by the NNC facilitators. She claimed that she never felt earth shaking or experienced an earthquake in her entire life. RNPC Dr. Dotollo rushed in to do a psychosocial intervention after the earthquake occurred on Tuesday and assured of a very productive training-workshop ahead.

rnpc-sdcThe Regional Development Council (RDC) VIII- Social Development Committee during its 3rd Quarter 2017 meeting presided over by SDC VIII Chairperson, DOST VIII Regional Director Edgardo M. Esperancilla, adopted the Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition (PPAN) 2017-2022 on 6 September 2017 at the Felipina Hall, NEDA VIII Building, Government Center, Palo, Leyte.

The PPAN 2017-2022 was enthusiastically presented by the NNC VIII Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator (RNPC), Dr. Catalino P. Dotollo, Jr. In his preliminary statement he enjoined every agency and development partners to listen attentively and chunk a bite of the PPAN 2017-2022.

RNC meeting1The Regional Nutrition Committee (RNC) VIII convenes a meeting for the first time to tackle issues and concerns on nutrition program implementation in the region on 22 August 2017 at Hotel Alejandro in Tacloban City.

One of the main agenda of the meeting is the presentation of the Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition (PPAN) 2017-2022 which was discussed intensively by the NNC VIII RNPC Dr. Catalino P. Dotollo. This was subsequently endorsed by the Committee for adoption by the Regional Development Council-Social Development Committee (RDC-SDC) during its Third Quarter Meeting in September 2017.

RNC Chairperson and Department of Health (DOH) VIII Regional Director Minerva P. Molon said that the endorsement of the plan to the regional level will convey more stakeholders and agencies to support and implement the nutrition programs which aimed at reducing malnutrition and eventually contribute to the country’s commitment on sustainable development goals (SDG) particularly SDG number 2.

MELLPI allenTACLOBAN CITY -- The Regional Nutrition Evaluation Team (RNET) of Eastern Visayas visited four towns of Northern Samar province for Monitoring and Evaluation of Local Level Plan Implementation (MELLPI) on August 22 to 25, this year.

early the National Nutrition Council (NNC) spearheads the conduct of MELLPI to  target provinces, cities/municipalities and their barangays to: 1. Assess the progress of the Local Government Unit's (LGU) nutrition plan implementation; 2. Identify the strengths and weaknesses of the LGU in its implementation of local nutrition programs; 3. Institute appropriate corrective measures; and 4. Facilitate the achievement of local nutrition plan objectives .

The RNET team headed by Sharmie Nicole Tansingco and Ayra Mae Simborio of NNC Region 8, together with Eunice De Guia and Willyfredo Sales of the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA), and the media-group partner of NNC-8 Harmonized Initiatives of Media for the Spread of Good Nutrition in Region 8 (HIMSoG-8) represented by President Tony C. Pueblos, Vice President Jacob C. Gadaingan, and Cecelia Tibo conducted MELLPI first in the province's 1st district towns of Allen and Bobon on Aug. 22 to 23.

On the second leg of MELLPI to the second district  towns of Mapanas and Gamay that is only accessible by boat from the capital town of Catarman. The evaluation team was joined by National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) representative Resurrection Enage and Ullasini J. Pangan of NNC-8. This as the ADRA representations pulled-out for an scheduled activity in their base-town Bato, Leyte.