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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.

nnc8 certifies new trainers bnsAs part of its capacity development program, the National Nutrition Council Region 8 spearheaded a 5-day Training of Trainers on the Basic Course for Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNS) last October 6-10, 2014 at Pongos Hotel, Ormoc City.

The training aims to strengthen the capacity of supervisors and trainers of BNSs in mentoring, supervising, and training BNSs. As a result of the training, participants will be able to conduct trainings for the existing and new BNSs to be able to assist in the delivery of nutrition and related services as well as help in mobilizing the barangay nutrition committees to implement their respective barangay nutrition action plans to address malnutrition and hunger.

There were about 26 participants to this training composed of Nutrition Action Officers and District Nutrition Program Coordinators from the provinces of Biliran, Leyte, Southern Leyte, Northern Samar, Samar and Eastern Samar.

ro8 nm activitiesTACLOBAN CITY – Flying the 2015 nutrition month theme: “Timbang Iwasto sa Tamang Nutrisyon at Ehersisyo” in every participating sector-banner, nutrition stakeholders of Eastern Visayas region conducted the launching rites for this year’s Nutrition Month celebration activities on July 3, 2015 at the capitol grounds here.

Dr. Carmen Garado of the Department of Health (DOH), Dr. Bella Ponferrada of UNICEF, Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator Catalino P. Dotollo Jr. of National Nutrition Council (NNC) Region 8, City Nutrition Action Officer Ma. Lumen P. Tabao of Tacloban City and Provincial Nutrition Action Officer Giovani Ed M. Napari of Leyte spearheaded the kickoff activities.

In tone with this year’s theme translated into English “Achieve Normal Weight Through Proper Nutrition and Physical Activities,” which intends to increase awareness on the role of nutrition and physical activity in preventing overweight and obesity, the kickoff activities involved more physical movements to emphasize the theme’s objectives.

The traditional motorcade was changed to a Walkathon along this city’s main thoroughfares from the provincial capitol grounds and back. This was followed by two rounds of Zumba dance—each round lasting 30 minutes. And a short program that was graced by Leyte Governor Leopoldo Dominico “Mic” L. Petilla, and ended with a distribution of information, education and communication (IEC) materials, seeds from the Department of Agriculture, and services from the respective booths of participating line agencies.

nnc logoA CONCEPT by the National Nutrition Council (NNC) in enhancing mobilization of community support for Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) program is the development of a Model Barangay in every province of the country, which will serve as learning ground for other barangays to emulate. The strategy on this innovation is to concentrate focus in areas that will most likely succeed, rather than sooner spreading energies throughout all barangays.

The end objective in mobilizing community support for IYCF is predominantly to populate communities with as many peer counselors as possible—that could guide pregnant and lactating women in the locality on the recommended feeding practices for infants and young children.

Rina A. Ladrera, NNC-8 nutrition officer, revealed this during a Monitoring and Evaluation of Local Level Plans (MELLP) and on Promotion of Good Nutrition (PGN) by the Regional Evaluation Team (RNET) conducted on Southern Leyte towns on August 27-29, 2014.

nnc8 conducts training npmA training on Nutrition Program Management was organized by the National Nutrition Council (NNC) Region 8 in Kuting Reef, Macrohon Southern Leyte last October 13-17, 2014 with participants coming from Biliran,Northern Samar, Eastern Samar, Leyte and Southern Leyte. Participants of the training were newly-designated or appointed Nutrition Action Officers, and District/City Nutrition Program Coordinators in municipalities that did not have local nutrition action plans.

The Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator Dr. Catalino P. Dotollo, Jr., welcomed the participants to a five-day training with invited trainer-facilitators, Mr. Giovani Ed M. Napari - Provincial Nutrition Action Officer (Leyte), Ms. Alva Ma. A. Gadin - Provincial Nutrition Action Officer (Samar), Ms. Sallie C. Jabinal - Provincial Nutrition Action Officer (Eastern Samar), Ms. Felicita R. Borata District Nutrition Program Coordinator (Samar), and Guest Speaker, Dr. Feliciano John Matibag, Jr. – Provincial Health Officer II of Southern Leyte.