HILONGOS, Leyte -- The local government unit of Hilongos will continue to intensify its mandated health activities as Operation Timbang (OPT), deworming of school children, supplementary feeding, provision of micronutrients to pregnant and lactating mothers, maternal and child health care (MCH), and other health and nutrition-related programs.

This was the gist of the talk of Mayor Albert R. Villahermosa on the state of nutrition of his town.

The occasion was the municipal orientation, launching and media caravan on Early Childhood Care and Development Intervention Package for the First 1000 Days (ECCD-IP) held at the function hall of a beach resort here on Sept. 9, 2016.

This was attended by the municipal mayor, municipal nutrition committee members, barangay captains, barangay nutrition scholars (BNSs), rural health nurses and midwives.

Main feedbacks during the open forum with HIMSoG-8 members as panellists disclosed the following:

Prevalence of malnourished children was uptrend for the past 2-3 years.

Lowland barangays had the most number of malnourished children.

Some barangay captains complained that the weighing scales they have been using are already defective and outmoded.

Asked by HIMSoG event moderator Nimfa Quirante which of the 51 barangays that composed this town have the lowest prevalence of malnutrition, Municipal Nutrition Action Officer Edward F. Lora called in for recognition the barangay captains and their respective BNSs and BHWs of the five barangays, namely: 1. Campina, 2. Bon-et, 3. Hitudpan, 4.Cacao, and 5. Imelda.


baybayBAYBAY CITY -- This city is predominantly an agri-fishery-based economy as 66 of its 92 barangays are productive uplands and 26 are fish-rich coastal areas. But despite its vast natural resources and fast emerging development, malnutrition is still a big problem of this 8-year-old city.

That is generally the nutrition situation of Baybay City which came to the fore during the orientation, launching and media caravan on Early Childhood Care and Development Intervention Package for the First 1000 Days (ECCD-IP) held Sept. 1, 2016 at the city gymnasium here.

The day-long activities was initiated by the regional office of the National Nutrition Council (NNC-8), together with its media partner HIMSOg-8 or the Harmonized Initiatives of Media for the Spread of Good Nutrition in Region 8, representatives from the Regional Nutrition Technical Working Group (RTWG) and attended by the local chief executive, city nutrition committee members, barangay captains, barangay nutrition scholars (BNSs), RHU Public Health nurses, midwives and other stakeholders in the city.

The situationer-report was presented by City Nutrition Action Officer (CNAO) Mitzie L. Ocañada, and supported by City Health Officer Dr. Cecillie B. Milan during the open forum that followed.

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abuyog2ABUYOG, Leyte -- Already engaged in an aggressive war against malnutrition, the local government of Abuyog town through its Rural Health Unit here has aimed to reduce its malnutrition problems by 10% year after year.

On this aspect it has scaled up some of its intervention programs particularly micronutrient supplementation to pregnant women and lactating mothers--as in iron, vitamin A, and iodine where deficiency makes the most common causes of malnutrition as in anemia, night blindness and goiter.

With the cooperation and assistance of Barangay Health Workers (BHWs) and Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNSs) deworming of children in this municipality is conducted every six months--during the months of January and July, to ensure that children get maximum benefit of the food they eat for their growth.

These program activities were revealed by Dr. Amelia Gacis, Municipal Health Officer of Abuyog, in lieu of Abuyog Mayor Lemuel Gin K Traya’s State of Nutrition Address, during the orientation, launching and media caravan of Early Childhood Care and Development - Intervention Package (ECCD-IP) for First 1000 Days in this municipality on August 31, this year.

sunCANDAHUG, Palo, Leyte -- Scaling-Up Nutrition (SUN)   in Eastern Visayas got a push in an “Orientation and Advocacy Meeting” conducted by the Family Health Unit of the Department of Health Region VIII (DoH-8) on July 21, 2016 at DOH regional office, here. The one-day event, which gave focus on the First 1000 Days of Life, was attended by staff and personnel of Family Health Unit and Health Promotion Unit of DOH-RO VIII , Provincial Health Officers, City Health Officers, Nutrition Program Coordinators, Health Education and Promotion Officers and Development and Management officers from various provinces and cities in the region. Speakers were Dr. Catalino P. Dotollo, Jr., Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator of National Nutrition Council Region 8 (NNC-8), who tackled the Local Nutrition Situation; and Felicita R. Borata, DOH Regional Nutrition Program Manager, who took up the SUN Movement and the First 1000 Days.

It was learned that SUN is a worldwide movement founded on the principle--that all people have a right to food and good nutrition. That it is supporting 55 countries, which the Philippines recently became a member.


mahaplagMAHAPLAG, Leyte -- A Geodetic Engineer by profession Mayor Daisy Abuyabor Lleve of this town understands nutrition proficiently, believing it is a good investment--that under-nutrition is not only a consequence but it is also a cause of poverty, passed-on in a vicious cycle to the next generations.

Mayor Lleve expressed this in a State of Nutrition Address during the orientation and launching of Early Childhood Care and Development - Intervention Package (ECCD-IP) for First 1000 Days held on August 30, 2016 at the town's gymnasium, here.