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)

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).

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.

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.


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.

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.