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San Isidro officePALO, Leyte – The local government unit of San Isidro, Leyte has recently created a new nutrition office with a permanent nutrition staff to be appointed in the next few days.

The permanent nutrition staff will be concurrently act as Municipal Population Worker.

Though she is still waiting for the formal announcement of her plantilla position, Ms. Grace Flores said this is a welcome development as she relayed the good news to Dr. Catalino P. Dotollo, Jr., the Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator.

MNAO Flores has been on a job order (JO) status and as MNAO for the last 11 years. Despite her being JO, devoid of benefits enjoyed by permanent employee, she effectively and efficiently run the nutrition office.

Hilongos Merida coachingPALO, Leyte – The National Nutrition Council Region 8 (NNC) has extended technical assistance to the Municipal Nutrition Committee (MNC) of Hilongos, Leyte in preparation for the upcoming Monitoring and Evaluation of Local Level Plan Implementation (MELLPI) by the Provincial Nutrition Evaluation Team (PNET).

RNPC Dr. Catalino P. Dotollo, Jr. together with Development Management Officer II for Early Childhood Care and Development, Ms. Annabel B. Limbagan, reviewed documents and how the MNC is compliant to the various set of indicators of the MELLPI.

Last year, the municipality of Hilongos bagged the Green Banner Seal of Compliance both at the provincial and the regional levels.

carPALO, Leyte – The National Nutrition Council 8 has conducted a general orientation on Nutrition in Emergencies (NIEm) to members of the Municipal Nutrition Committee and to the Barangay Nutrition Scholars of Carigara, Leye.

RNPC Dr. Catalino P. Dotollo, Jr. led the activity, with DMO II Ramel O. Bandibas and DMO II Annabel B. Limbagan.

The 2- day orientation include topics on the following: Common Terminologies, The Philippine Disaster and Risk Reduction Management Framework and Cluster Approach and the Nutrition Cluster, Nutrition in Emergencies Interventions, Nutrition during Pandemics, Importance of Nutrition in Emergencies, and Minimum Service Package in Nutrition.

BNS BarugoPALO, Leyte – Close to more than 20 Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNS) in Barugo town in Leyte have completed the five-day BNS training course on August 5, 2022.

The National Nutrition Council (NNC) extended technical assistance headed by Dr. Catalino P. Dotollo, Jr.  Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator, together with Development Officer II, Ramel O. Bandibas and Annabel B. Limbagan.

The training was welcomed and opened by Mayor Aron C. Balais. He told the BNSs who attended the training that his dispensation in the next 3 years will focus on health and nutrition. He said that part of his priority in the next 100 days is the improvement of health and nutrition services

Barugo MayorPALO, Leyte - The Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator (RNPC) of the National Nutrition Council (NNC) Region 8 paid courtesy visit to the newly elected Mayor of Barugo, Leyte, Dr. Aaron Cabanacan-Balais.

During the courtesy visit, RNPC Catalino P. Dotollo personally donned the PPAN advocacy jacket to Mayor Balais, a medical doctor by profession and specializes in emergency medicine.

The visit is an opportunity to advocate for increased investment for nutrition programs, projects and activities as the country transitioned from COVID-19 pandemic to endemic mode in the new normal.

Dr. Dotollo handed over NEOtrition (Newly Elected Officials Nutrition) Guide. He pointed to Dr. Balais how to improve nutrition outcomes in the municipality.

MNAOs 2nd Q meetingPALO, Leyte – The Leyte Provincial Association of Municipal Nutrition Action Officers conducted its second quarter meeting at the new Leyte Capitol in Palo town.

Dr. Catalino P. Dotollo, Jr., Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator, attended the meeting and shared updates on Monitoring and Evaluation of Local Level Plan Implementaion (MELLPI) Pro.

He shed light on the indicators of the different dimensions focussing on the means of verification in each of the indicators so that the Municipal Nutrition Committee members can better prepare documents that will support to get a score of either 4 or 5.

Dr. Dotollo challenged the Provincial Nutrition Evaluation Team (PNET) to conduct technical assistance by way MELLPI PRO mentoring and coaching at the beginning of the year so that MNCs can prepare needed documents and how they will comply to meet the indicators.