media caravanTACLOBAN CITY -- The Harmonized Initiatives of Media for the Spread of Good Nutrition in Region 8 (HIMSoG8), media arm of the National Nutrition Council (NNC) in the region, carried out another Media-Nutrition Caravan to three municipalities of Samar Province noted with high incidence of malnutrition before year 2016 ended.

Together with staff from NNC-8, the media group composed of 10 members coming from tri media outlets stormed the towns of Gandara and Sta. Margarita on the 24th, and the motorboat-only accessible Pagsanghan town on the 25th of November. The Media-Nutrition Caravan is among HIMSoG-8’s nutrition advocacy activities. A gauge to see how a certain locality is doing nutritionally, for example why it is lagging behind, 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. Aside from Promotion of Good Nutrition (PGN) through each members’ respective media outlets, the caravan is the favored group-activity of HIMSoG-8 due to its high impact in terms of advocacy, as well as in data gathering.

rnacTACLOBAN CITY -- The municipality of Caibiran in the island province of Biliran bagged the highest regional citation in nutrition, reaping the Green Banner Award as Regional Outstanding Municipality in tandem for its being Provincial Outstanding Municipality in Biliran Province. Likewise the municipality of Bobon won the distinction as Provincial Outstanding Municipality in Northern Samar and the Municipality of Tarangnan as Provincial Outstanding Municipality in Samar province.These were the top local government units (LGUs) in Eastern Visayas recognized  for their outstanding performance in implementation of nutrition action plan during the previous year, bestowed honours in a Regional Nutrition Awarding Ceremony held at Patio Victoria on November 4, 2016, this city.
Catalino P. Dotollo Jr., Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator of National Nutrition Council (NNC) Region 8, said the Green Banner Award is the highest honour given to an LGU (municipality, city or province) for its exemplary implementation and management of nutrition programs. The award is given to the first ranking municipality/city or province adjudged by the interagency Regional Nutrition  Evaluation Team (RNET)--in recognition of their efficient implementation of the Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition, he added.

mahaplag LNPMAHAPLAG, Leyte -- The local government unit (LGU) here, headed by Mayor Daisy Abuyabor Lleve, finally formalized the organization of its Municipal Nutrition Committee (MNC) and drafted a Municipal Nutrition Action Plan (MNAP) operational for three years, for approval of its Sanguniang Bayan (SB). Likewise, the LGU through the MNC pledged to maximise effort to have this MNAP included in the town’s Annual Investment Plan (AIP).

mahaplag moaMAHAPLAG, Leyte -- In culmination of a 4-day “Local Nutrition Planning Workshop” conducted here, the local government unit (LGU) of Mahaplag has entered a memorandum of agreement (MOA) of partnership with the National Nutrition Council (NNC) for the implementation of First 1000 Days (F1K) Program in this municipality.
Mahaplag Mayor Daisy Abuyabor Lleve and NNC-8 Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator Dr. Catalino P. Dotollo Jr. made the partnership between the LGU and NNC in a ceremonial signing of the MOA on October 13, this year.

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.


sun boronganBORONGAN CITY -- Prime movers of Good Nutrition in the region and in the Province of Eastern Samar have gathered here for the “Provincial Orientation and Advocacy on Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement - First 1000 Days of Life” on October 11, 2016.

Initiated by the Provincial Nutrition Office of the provincial government here, the one-day meeting was attended by municipal health officers (MHOs), Sangguniang Bayan chair on Health, Public Health Nurses, presidents of Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNSs), municipal nutrition action officers (MNAOs) from the different municipalities, and technical staff of the Provincial Health Office (PHO).

Ullasini J. Pangan, Nutrition Officer 1 of National Nutrition Council Region 8(NNC-8), educated the congregation on the SUN Movement; Felecita R. Borata, Department of Health (DOH) Regional Nutrition Program manager, the First 1000 Days; and Sallie Jabinal, PNAO-Eastern Samar, the Local Nutrition Situation. Dr. Jean Marie Egargo, DOH Development Management Officer welcomed the participants, and gave the closing message.

Comparative “Operation Timbang” (OPT) data for years 2015 and 2016 show malnutrition is still an unabated problem and even growing in the province. Albeit Pangan in a later interview explained that the OPT coverage may be inconclusive as the number of children subjected to weighing seldom reached the 85% threshold, but still the trend and numbers are glaringly worrisome.

SUN is a worldwide movement supporting numerous countries, wherein the Philippines just recently became a member. It is a movement grounded on principle that all people, no matter the race, have the right to food and good nutrition.

The SUN approach motivates countries and governments to lead in their national effort to scale up nutrition, through a SUN Focal Point, who shall bring the multi-stakeholder of Technical Community, United Nations, Government Partners, Civil Society, Donors, and Business together in a single platform.

The multi-stakeholder platform works to align and coordinate actions in regards to Health, Women’s Empowerment, Education, Social Protection, Agriculture, Development, and Poverty Reduction. With overall support and coordination provided by the SUN Secretariat and SUN Lead Group, the Global Networks of stakeholder’s shift resources and align actions to support the country efforts.

The Philippines commitment to the SUN Movement is to engage and scale up implementation of various intervention package focused on the First 1000 days of Life. It has been scientifically reasoned out that the “First 1000 Days of Life” is the unique period to give a child the Right Start of Life Forever!

A critical “Window of Opportunity” to make battle with the irreversible effects of under nutrition, of which data shows that in the Philippines 34,143 children die every year; or 95 children die each day due to undernutrition.

Ending the one-day event here was a “pledge of commitment” to Scale up Nutrition with focus on First 1000 Days in Life, where all the participants also inked their signatures on a tarpaulin board. (Jack C. Gadaingan)