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World Eyesight DayPALO, Leyte - Every second Thursday of every year, World Sight Day is being celebrated.

World Sight Day is an annual day of awareness to focus global attention on vision impairment, including blindness.

This year, World Sight Day will take place on October 14, 2021 with the theme: Love Your Eyes.

Globally, at least 1 billion people have near or distance vision impairment that could be prevented or has yet to be addressed. Vision impairment affects people of all ages, with the majority being over the age of 50.

Vision impairment and blindness can have major and long-lasting effects on all aspects of life, including daily personal activities, interacting with the community, school and work opportunities and the ability to access public services, the World Health Organization (WHO) said.

Nutrition governanceTACLOBAN CITY - The municipality of Catarman in Northern Samar and the city of Calbayog in Samar takes their turn to attend training on Nutrition and Health Leadership (NutriHeaL for the First 1000 Days under Municipal Nutrition and Governance Program (MNGP).
Both LGUs are supported by KOICA, UNICEF and Zuellig Family Foundation (ZFF) in close coordination with the Department of Health and National Nutrition Council. ZFF takes the lead in nutrition leadership and governance.

Sun 3.0PALO, Leyte - The Scaling Up Nutrition Strategy 2021-2025 (SUN 3.0) prioritizes country leadership and focuses on supporting systemic change at the country level.

It seeks to capture the ambition of SUN countries and guide the work of all actors at all levels- National and sub- national, regional and and global- aligning concerted action behind and responding to commonly agreed national priorities set out by governments in SUN countries.

SUN aims to contribute toward achieving the goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Today nine (9) countries in the Southeast Asia participated in the Regional Launch: SUN 3.0 Strategy.

Philippine SUN focal person and National Nutrition Council Assistant Secretary and Executive Director Azucena M. Dayanghirang gave a brief background on the SUN strategy shift from 2.0 to 3.0.

Dr. Dayanghirang stressed out the four strategic objectives in the SUN 3.0 strategy framework: 1) strengthen and sustain policy and advocacy to position nutrition outcomes; 2) develop and align shared country priorities for action; 3) build and strengthen capacity with technical assistance and knowledge management; and 4) ensure SUN governance promotes country leadership and responsibilities, aligns resources and strengthen mutual accountabilities.

Consultation meetingPALO, Leyte - The DILG in close coordination with DOH and other national government agencies conduct the second leg of (Kasapatan at Ugnayan ng Mamamayan sa Akmang Pagkain at Nutrisyon or KUMAIN.

The second leg of KUMAIN Multi-stakeholder Consultation Meeting on the Philippine Multisectoral Nutrition Project (PMNP) for the Visayas cluster.
The PMNP, a World Bank assisted project would support the Government of the Philippines to adopt a bold, multi-sectoral nutrition approach to deliver a coordinated package of nutrition specific and nutrition sensitive interventions across the LGU platforms together with harmonized social behavior change and communication (SBCC) strategy.

The project development objective aims to increase the simultaneous utilization of a package of nutrition-specific and nutrition-sensitive interventions and improve key behaviors and practices known to reduce stunting in targeted local government units (PMNP Project Brief, 2021).

Maasin City mangrovePALO, Leyte - Maasin City records the longest mangroves stretch expanding from Barangay Manhilo to Barangay Combado.

Mangroves provide essential habitat for thousands of species and are the first line of defense for coastal communities. They also stabilize shorelines, preventing erosion and protecting the land and the people who live there from waves and storms.

Mangrove trees and shrubs grow in coastal intertidal zones. Mangrove forests grow at tropical and subtropical latitudes because they cannot withstand freezing temperatures.

Mangroves has many advantages and use: 1) it protect water quality by removing nutrients and pollutants from stormwater runoff before they reach seagrass habitats and coral reefs; 2) mangrove peat absorbs water during heavy rains and storm surge, reducing the chances of coastal flooding; 3) it provide nursery habitat for many commercial fish and shellfish, and thus contribute to the local abundance of seafood; 4) protect species that are the basis of a seafood industry, which provide employment and livelihood to people; 5) mangrove systems provide shelter to a range of wildlife species including birds, deer and honey bees; it serve as nesting areas for coastal birds.

Dar meetingPALO, Leyte - With the impending implementation of Tutok Kainan: Dietary Supplementation Program in selected municipalities of four (4) provinces in Eastern Visayas, NNC 8 officials and Provincial Nutrition Focal Points meet again with DAR 8 personnel in charge of the Agrarian Reform Beneficiary Organizations (ARBOs).
The ARBOs are community-based organizations being managed by groups of farmers, fisher folks and similar poor and disadvantage people.

They are being supervised and supported by the DAR in terms of technical assistance and micro financing towards a sustainable agriculture practices.

To this date, these ARBOs are being tapped by the National Nutrition Council to supply basic food commodities in the later’s dietary supplementation program dubbed “Tutok Kainan” for nutritionally at risk pregnant women and 6-23 months old children.