bns congPAWING, Palo, Leyte-around 4,000 Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNS) region-wide gathered at Leyte Academic Center (LAC) Gymnasium for the “3rd Eastern Visayas BNS’s Congress” on July 28, 2016.

The Summit’s theme: Abante BNSs suporta sa First 1000 Days of Life, TIYAKIN! is congruent with this year’s nutrition month theme: “First 1000 Days ni baby pahalagahan para sa malusog na kinabukasan”. It underscores the First 1000 Days of life as a critical “Window of Opportunity” to give the optimum care to children- which the baby is still in the womb-during the nine months of pregnancy (270 days), until two years old (+730 days) = 1000 DAYS.

ro-8 EWS-FNS GandaraThis year, the National Nutrition Council chose the municipality of Gandara to be among the project municipalities under Phase 2 of the establishment of Early Warning System for Food and Nutrition Security (EWS-FNS). The municipality of Gandara was chosen on the basis of having the highest malnutrition rate in the province of Samar.

The EWS-FNS is a strategy to capacitate the local government units along nutrition assessment toward achieving food and nutrition security. It further aims to strengthen their capacity for data collection, analysis and interpretation and the use of data for nutrition program planning and decision making. The system enables the communities to act early, based on early warning information available and to counter any threat, natural or human-induced that affects the ability of communities and households to obtain sufficient food.

Before the Household Data Collectors Training for EWS-FNS, a consultative conference was conducted at Hotel Alejandro in Tacloban City on October 22-23, 2015. It was attended by no less than the municipal mayor of Gandara, the Hon. Eufemio Oliva. With Mayor Oliva were selected municipal EWS-FNS core team which was composed of various heads or representative from the offices of Municipal Planning and Development, Social Welfare and Development, Agriculture, Disaster and Risk Reduction Management, Interior and Local Government, Rural Health Unit, Sangguniang Bayan represented by the SB on Health Hon. Beatriz Alvarez and the Nutrition Action Officer Ms. Rolina Oliva.

1000 days logoThe first 1000 days of life starts from conception and up to the second birthday of the child. This is a critical window of time that sets the stage for a person’s intellectual development and lifelong health. It is a period of enormous potential, but also of enormous vulnerability.

11202602 10205457334178910 1749797042163093277 nTACLOBAN CITY, Nov. 27 (PNA) - The National Nutrition Council (NNC) has recognized on Friday some local government units and individuals that contributed to the effort in lowering down the incidence of malnutrition in Eastern Visayas.
In an awarding ceremony at Patio Victoria, this city, the NNC honored three towns, one village and two local nutrition workers for their significant effort to save children from the effects of malnutrition.

Selected as recipients of 2014 Green Banner Awards are Tarangnan in Samar and Caibiran in Biliran. However, Bobon town in Northern Samar emerged as the outstanding municipality among the 136 towns in the region in terms of nutrition program implementation based on the result of the Regional Nutrition Evaluation Team (RNET), an inter-agency committee.

“I am grateful for this award in our town and this is adding up to the challenge. We’re not satisfied with what we have been doing in the past years for the welfare of our children,” said Bobon Mayor Reny Celespara in a phone interview.

Green Banner is given to the first ranking town in a province in the region that has been adjudged by the inter-agency regional nutrition evaluation team in recognition of efficient implementation of the Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition.

20160407 172101Giporlos, Eastern Samar – With the intent to decrease malnutirition in Giporlos and as part of its capacity building efforts, the Municipal Nutrition Committee through MNAO Lina S. Go conducted a Training on Basic Course for 20 new Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNSs) last April 5-8, 2016 at Pagtakhan Beach Resort, Balangiga, Eastern Samar.

The training aims to orient and educate the new BNSs on their roles and functions, core values, and skills they should possess in order for them to perform their tasks effectively and efficiently.

The four (4) day training utilized various learning processes such as role playing, games, table workshops, and group reporting to help them improve their communication, advocacy, presentation, organizing and coordinating skills, and enhance their capacity as a BNS.

Participants gained a lot of insights and knowledge from the speakers composed of Dr. Catalino P. Dotollo Jr., Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator (RNPC) NNC-8, Ms. Kenna Kirstie P. Paz, Nutrition Officer I NNC-8, Ms. Sally Jabinal, Provincial Nutrition Action Officer (PNAO) of Eastern Samar, and Ms. Lina S. Go, Municipal Nutrition Action Officer (MNAO) of Giporlos. – Angelique B. Tamayo