Activity4PALO, Leyte - As the first quarter of 2022 will end, the National Nutrition Council Region 8 has conducted three major regional activities.

These are the Pre-Deployment Orientation for Human Resources for Health- Nutritionist Dietitian Deployment Program (HRH-NDDP), Provincial/City/Municipal Nutrition Action Officer (P/C/MNAOs) meeting and District/City Nutrition Program Coordinators (P/CNPC) meeting.

RNPC Dr. Catalino P. Dotollo, Jr discussed the 2021 Regional Nutrition Situation, the Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition (PPAN) 2017-2022 and the First 1000 Days Program and Tutok Kainan: Dietary Supplementation (TK-DSP). RNPC emphasizes the role of the Nutritionist Dietitians (NDs) in the achievement of PPAN 2017-2022, likewise in the First 1000 Days and the Tutok Kainan.

Close to 28 NDs to be assigned in the various provinces, cities, and municipalities in Eastern Visayas attended the pre-deployment orientation.

ABL buntisBAYBAY CITY - Around 60 pregnant women including teenage mothers are gathered at the City Gymnasium of Baybay today, March 30, 2022, for the Buntis Congress.

As part of the intensified effort on information dissemination, the local government unit of City of Baybay through its City Heath Unit (CHU) conceptualized its own initiative to gather all pregnant women including teenage mothers all over the city.

The objectives of the said congress are to educate pregnant women and expecting mothers on family planning, safe pregnancy, nutrition in pregnancy, and reduce child mortality under five (5) years old.

IFD marabutMARABUT, Samar-- On March 24, MNAO Verly Jane Orden and Sir Lucky, former BHW turned Nutrition Staff were oriented on the use of the e-OPT 2022.

Part of the discussion of the meeting was regarding the mode of validation (MOVs) done by Marabut in order to validate the e-OPT results. According to Ms. Orden, the HRHs accompany the BNSs during the e-OPT to verify the collection of data through measurement of height/length and weight.

Moreover, for identified cases of malnutrition, verification and follow up visits are done.

The standard quality of anthropometric equipment used, correctness of taking weight, height or length, and proper reading and recording of measurements ensures the validity of data of the e-OPT.

NPM VillarealVILLAREAL, Samar - The municipality of Villareal in Samar funded a Nutrition Program Management (NPM) Training. The NPM training was squeezed to four days with overtime hours until 6:30 in the afternoon.

The LGU invited resource speakers and facilitators from the National Nutrition Council 8 and from the Provincial Nutrition Office.

The first 3 days tackle the basic concepts of Nutrition Program Management. The training team in its pre-training/workshop meeting agreed to include special sessions on the Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition (PPAN) 2017-2022 and LGU Mobilization for Scaled Up Nutrition Action, Early Childhood Care and Development in the First 1000 Days (ECCD-F1KD), Local Nutrition Functionality Checklist, Monitoring and Evaluation of Local Level Program Implementation (MELLPI) PRO, The Mandanas Garcia Supreme Court Ruling: Opportunities for Nutrition Support and the Nutrition PPAs Inclusion in the Devolution Transition Plan.

On the fourth day, the training-workshop. culminates with the Municipal Nutrition Action Program (MNAP) formulation for 2023-2025. Their MNAP will serve as the backbone for the management of nutrition programs in the LGU.

Joan RUTFPALO, Leyte - As part of the Regional Nutrition Cluster (RNCL) Response for Typhoon Odette, the National Nutrition Council has coordinated with UNICEF for the transfer of Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food from Catanduanes.

Ms. Joan Goanzales, Information Management Officer, accompanies members of the Provincial Health Office and Provincial Nutrition Committee in distributing the commodities in the towns of Matalom, Bato, Hilongos, Hindang, Inopacan, and Mahaplag on March 21, 2022.

In addition, the recipients were oriented on the PIMAM reporting system for the outpatient therapeutic care and management of moderately and severely wasted children aged 6-69 months.

ROB San miguelPALO, Leyte – The Tutok Kainan Dietary Supplementation Program (TK-DSP) orientation and consultative meeting were done together with San Miguel Municipal Nutrition Action Officer (MNAO) Ms. Maria Diosdevina A. Delmo, San Miguel Municipal Agrarian Reform Program Officer (MARPO) Ms. Leah B. Sacan, Barugo DARMO-ARPT Ms. Emilor G. Ido, DARMO-SARPT Mr. Apolonio Mendoza Jr., DA AT-HVCDP Mr. Nelson L. Colibao, RHU-Nutrition Office staff Ms. Mhadell C. Costello, also during the meeting were ARBO President- Samahan ng mga Magsasaka sa Capilihan (SAMACA) Ms. Remegia D. Labaclado, Farmers' Association President-Hacienda Vegetables Growers Association Mr. Benito S. Astorga.

During the meeting, PNFP Bandibas was able to orient partners in the Tutok Kainan Dietary Supplementation Program, especially on their roles in monitoring and implementation. Marketing agreement, Guidelines on the Engagement with Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries, TK: DSP weekly volume of products was also discussed and given the emphasis on the legal requirements that local partner organizations should possess.