nnc logoThe National Nutrition Council – 8 participated in the Department of Health - Eastern Visayas (DOH-EV) Yolanda Commemoration Day last November 7, 2014 at the DOH Training Center with the theme “Rebuilding Together for Better”.

DOH-EV commemorated the Yolanda anniversary to give honor to all victims of the super typhoon and to give recognition to the International and Local Organizations, DOH from other regions, DOH-EV employees and Local Government Units who showed their infinite support through their immediate interventions during the emergency phase, and their efforts in working together towards recovery. Guests were from the DOH staff from the all the regional and provincial level and the City/Provincial Health Officers.

The event started with the Inauguration of the newly renovated DOH-EV Training Center, while DOH Regional Director Jose R. Llacuna Jr. and Assistant Regional Director Paula Paz M. Sydiongco graced the event as they welcome the guests and participants.

dost accreditation fda asin lawTACLOBAN CITY – It shall be of great advantage if the DOST in Region VIII would be accredited by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to conduct Iodine Analysis on Table Salt, because salt samples gathered from entry ports in Eastern Visayas can then be tested immediately--and the “10 day time frame after collection” can be achieved.

Region 8 Food and Drug Administration supervisor and Regional Bantay Asin Task Force (RBATF) chairperson (FDA) Dr. Sonia C. Cabahit said this in reference to preserving the integrity of salt samples collected at port of entries in the region if they could be tested for iodine content soonest, or within 10 days for accuracy.

Cabahit said that our DOST here in Region VIII is not yet accredited by the FDA, meaning whatever result that they will give will not substantiate the fact that it is not yet legal in terms of accreditation.

RNPC Dotollo during the ceremonial signing of pledge of commitmentThe office of the National Nutrition Council (NNC) in Region 8 headed by Dr. Catalino Dotollo, Jr. in coordination with ACF and UNICEF conducted a Nutrition Summit for nutrition stakeholders from the provinces of Leyte, Southern Leyte and Biliran.

The Summit, held on July 31, 2014 at the Leyte Park Resort Hotel, was part of the culminating program of the Nutrition Month celebration and advocated for Nutrition resiliency and disaster preparedness, consistent with the theme of the 2014 Nutrition Month, “Kalamidad Paghandaan; Gutom at Malnutrisyon Agapan”.

Over 300 registrants participated in the Nutrition Summit with representatives from municipalities in Leyte, Southern Leyte, and Biliran, including the Municipal Action Officers (MNAOs), Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNS) and their Federation Presidents, Municipal and City Council members. Aside from the participants from the government sector, the humanitarian community joined the summit. Different booths showcased nutrition advocacy in the participating municipalities.