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PALO, Leyte - PagsanghanAfter being trained on Early Childhood Care and Development First 1000 Days Reporting System (ECCD F1K RS) in July 9, 2021, the pool of trainers rolled out the training to at least 4 municipalities of the province.

The health and nutrition workers of the municipalities of Calbiga, Motiong, Marabut, and Matuguinao, all in Samar attended the said training.

The web-based ECCD F1K reporting system (no installation needed) enables multi-level program managers to easily track delivery of ECCD-related services, progress of individual pregnant women, lactating mothers and children 0-23 months as well as overall municipal/city-based program accomplishments versus the programmed results.

The system also allows reduced time in writing and preparing reports since workers can already encode and transmit reports real-time without printing.

The system allows off-line encoding and generates SMS-enabled notifications. Workers can therefore use the system using mobiles and tablets, with or without continuous internet connection.
Breast cancer awareness monthPALO, Leyte - Breast Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM) is celebrated on the month of October every year.

BCAM is an annual campaign to raise awareness about the impact of breast cancer. Routine mammography screening is one of the most important steps one can take to maintain health, prevent disease and live a healthy life.

The past year has posed a challenge to just about everything, and breast cancer prevention is no exception. Although we saw setbacks in screenings and early detection, we’re rising to the challenge together.

The chance a woman will be diagnosed with breast cancer is one in eight; that translates to more than 200,000 new cases each year.

Of these, 70 percent of diagnosed women have no known risk factors. While some women may feel their chance of developing cancer is small, they are taking a risk by not getting recommended screenings.

The Department of Health (DOH) emphasized the importance of regular self-breast exam and the critical role of screening in the early detection and treatment of breast cancer among women in observance of Breast Cancer Awareness Month with this year’s theme, “United We Fight.”

Virtual DialogueORMOC CITY - While attending to their second day of Barangay Nutrition Action Plan Updating and Budgeting Workshop for 2022, Punong Barangays, Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNSs) and other barangay officials had the opportunity to attend and listen to the Virtual Dialogue with Punong Barangays: Enabling Nutritiin Devolution via Facebook live.
 
The participants attentively listen to the input given by National Nutrition Council Assistant Secretary and Executive Director Dr. Azucena M. Dayanghirang on Usapang PPAN sa Barangay: Program PangNutrisyon, Gawing Mahusay.

She discussed on the concepts on the Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition (PPAN) and First 1,000 Days. The PPAN is the country’s blueprint on nutrition and the formulation of BNAP should be consistent with PPAN. The First 1000 days on the other hand aims to solve the daunting problem of stunting.

Moreover, Assistant Secretary Dayanghirang towards her presentation she highlighted the Barangay Nutrition Action Plan (BNAP) and their targets and their actions to reach the BNAP targets.

Alangalang mayor batch 2ORMOC CITY - Mayor Lovelle Ann Yu in close coordination with the Association of Barangay Captains (ABC) of Alang-alang, Leyte initiated the conduct 2022 Barangay Nutrition Action Plan (BNAP) Updating and integrating in the Annual Investment Program.
 
The planning-workshop is timely as starting 2022, the local government units (LGUs) will have increase in their National Tax Allocation (NTAs) formerly known as Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) by virtue of E.O 138 or the Mandanas-Garcia Ruling.
 
Mayor Yu challenges the participants to be cooperative in the activities that will be done during the workshop. “BNA Planning is crucial in tackling critical health and development of a child’s life, better nutrition of children entail more benefits for them,”said Mayor Yu.

She further said “good nutrition is good health and boost the immune system against most diseases including COVID 19. Better nutrition programs will yield better growth and development and subsequent higher learning capacity among children. Good nutrition makes a child more productive in later life and will contribute to economic growth of the barangays, society and national in general.”

Furthermore, Yu stressed that nutrition interventions need not be expensive but requires holistic and multi sectoral approach.

Alangalang AIPORMOC CITY - It was a Sunday and an impending typhoon is soon to arrive in the Philippine Area of Responsibility, but did not dampen the spirit of Punong Barangays, Brgy. Nutrition Scholars (BNSs), Kagawad on Health and other barangay officials to attend a very important activity, the Barangay Nutrition Action Planning (BNAP) and Budgeting Workshop.
 
The workshop is timely with the submission of barangay nutrition action plan to be incorporated in the Barangay Development Plan based on the provision of DBM Local Budget Circular 82.
 
Said DBM LBC 82 mandated all punong barangays to align their nutrition programs, projects and activities (PPAs) with the Philippine Planning of Action for Nutrition 2017-2022.

The BNAP is an accompanying document in the submission of the barangay budget for 2022 for it to be concurred or approved by the next higher legislators, in this case the Municipal Sanguniang Bayan.

The workshop is also an opportunity to enable the barangays to include nutrition PPAs in their Devolution Transition Plans (DTPs) consistent with EO 138 or otherwise known as the Mandanas-Garcia Supreme Court Ruling.

The activity of two batches is funded by the municipal government of Alang-alang with counterpart from the Association of Barangay Captains (ABC) of the same municipality.

Alangalang mayor first batchORMOC CITYAlangalang, Leyte Mayor Lovell Ann Yu inspires participants to the 2 batches, 3-day 2022 Barangay Nutrition Action Plan (BNAP) Updating and Budgeting Workshop held at Sabin Resort Hotel in Ormoc City from October 4 - 7, 2021.

She stressed the importance of inclusion of nutrition programs, project and activities (PPAs) in the Barangay Development Plans and Annual Investment Programs specially in the COVID 19 pandemic time.*

Good nutrition is the only weapon that the Barangays can fight the dreaded virus and other diseases. According to her this is mandated by national issuances, in the case of BNAP in the DBM Local Budget Circular 82.

Moreover, she told the barangay officials that the plans need not be expensive but should think of nutrition initiatives that are cost efficient and effective and that can be implemented at the barangay level.

Though in her message, she said there was slight increase in the number of stunted in some barangays of Alang-alang, Leyte and encourage all Punong Barangays to be partners and change agents in their respective barangay.