SUN YouthPALO, Leyte - The Scaling Up Nutrition or SUN Movement was founded on principle that all people have a right to food and good nutrition and focuses on first 1000 days of life.

The SUN 3.0 Movement Strategy focuses on demonstrating that the individual and collective efforts from the academic, business, civil society, development partners and youth sectors will contribute to accelerating nutrition results.

RisePALO, Leyte - The Chief Operation Officer (COO) of Rise and Rebuild International Foundation Mr. Ray Goodson paid a courtesy visit to RNPC Dr. Catalino P.Dotollo, Jr. on February 9, 2023.

The COO was with his wife Debra Goodson, Mr. Benjamin D. Cinco, the local managing director and other nutrition staff.

The Rise and Rebuild Foundation is an international foundation committed to aiding the poor and the malnourished children and mothers in the Philippine Islands. The foundation has a local office located in Carigara, Leyte with nutrition support staff. The local office supported various LGUs in Leyte in its supplementary feeding programs for children for 180 feeding days.

The local nutrition office of the foundation also supports other nutrition component programs such as home or backyard and community gardening, livelihood projects and establishment of nutrition offices.

They coordinate with local nutrition offices through the respective Municipal Nutrition Action Officer (MNAO), Provincial Nutrition Office and the Regional Office of the National Nutrition Council 8.

The foundation’s initial program began with the building of communal bathrooms after the devastating Typhoon Haiyan in November of 2013. Soon after, the expanded their programs with nutrition specific and sensitive projects aligned with the Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition (PPAN).

The RNPC urged them to expand their assistance to other LGUs in the region.

During Mr. Goodson and wife’s visit, they told the RNPC that their funding for nutrition is “limitless”.

They are now coordinating with Vitamin Angels a local non-government organization (NGO) to support vitamin A supplementation.

Moreover, as a support to the feeding programs implemented in selected municipalities in Leyte, they will give deworming tablets. The RNPC told the visiting foreign COO to coordinate with local health officers and their respective mayors.

Mr. Goodson hopes to meet NNC Assistant Secretary Dr. Azucena M. Dayanghirang in one of their engagement meetings in Manila soon.

With the presence of an international foundation like the Rise and Rebuild Foundation, the region hopes to implement sustainable nutrition specific and sensitive programs and projects in the end view of reducing stunting and wasting is this part of the region. #RNPC-CPD.

NNC CoaPALO, Leyte - The National Nutrition Council Region 8 (NNC8) has wrapped up the month January with Comission on Audit (COA) and Annual Inventory of Property, Plant and Equipment (PPE) and Semi-expendables Property.

The Commission on Audit (COA) has conducted exit conference on transaction for the year 2022. Based on the random audit, the region got three Audit Observation Memorandum (AOM).

These included monthly bank reconciliation (BRS) for the line bank account of NNC 8 were not regularly prepared and submitted to COA 8, incorrect preparation of the monthly cash in bank registers (CIBRs) and the Special Disbursement Officer (SDO) did not prepare the Cash Disbursement Register (CDRegs) to monitor and control the granting and utilization of cash advance.

Before the regional management reply, they answered verbally with the auditors which they attentively listened.

Administrative Aide VI Ms. Clytie A. Sta Cruz responded to the first AOM by telling the auditors that the unit prepared BRS but was only submitted to NNC CO and did not copy furnished the local COA office.

NNC and DulagPALO, Leyte – The National Nutrition Council Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator in Eastern Visayas paid a courtesy visit to Mayor Mildred P. Que of Dulag, Leyte.

The visit was to duscuss salient feature of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between NNC and LGU on the implementation of Tutok Kainan: Dietary Supplementation Program (TK DSP) Phases 3 and 5.

Phase 3 targets 6-23 months old children while Phase 5 targets nutritionally-at-risk pregnant (NAR) women in targeted TK sites across the country.

TK DSP is a flagship program of the National Nutrition Council (NNC) funded by the agency and other sources such as Congressional Funds. The program will be implemented by selected targeted LGUs.

This time RNPC Catalino P. Dotollo, Jr., gets a coaching and mentoring on how to formulate a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) no less than from an expert LCE Mayor Mildred.

Mayor Mildred is a lawyer-CPA by professions before elected as mayor of Dulag, Leyte. Her previous government works include that of a presidential consultant in charge on government contracts, drafting of MOU/MOA and similar works during the time of then President Noynoy Aquino.

Baybay City kamotePALO, Leyte - Baybay City through its City Nutrition Office advances another food innovation, this time with the use of sweet potato and buffalo milk. Both food commodity will be use in their supplementary feeding programs for pregnant women and children 6-59 months old.

Sweet potatoes or “camote” is described by Dr. Julie D. Tan a retired professor of the Visayas State University (VSU) as “superfood”.

It contains complex carbohydrates and fiber essential for source of energy and dietary fiber that prevents constipation.

Meanwhile, milk coming from hybrid carabao or buffalo is a good source of calcium necessary for strong bones and teeth.

City Mayor Carlos Jerico L. Cari welcomed guests and participants specially pregnant and lactating mothers in the event. He stressed the need to support camote and its farmer-growers in the city and in the neighboring towns of the congressional district.

He vowed to support its production including support to technology development to be utilized as complementary food for nutritionally at-risk pregnant women and children 6 to 59 months old.

Meanwhile, Science and Technology Provincial Director for Leyte Province Dr. John Glenn Ocana also vowed to support the project in terms of technical assistance and technology transfer.

For his part, Dr. Catalino P. Dotollo, Jr., the Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator supports the utilization of camote as super food to be utilized as complementary food for nutritionally at risk pregnant women and children 6 to 59 months old.

The utilization of camote as complementary food will help lower down the malnutrition rate in the city.

Earlier in his message of support, congratulated the city of Baybay for bagging the 2021 Green Banner Seal of Compliance, Outstanding City Nutrition Action Officer, Outstanding City Nutrition Program Coordinator and a special citation on Best First 1000 Days Innovative Project through their Pre-recorded Video Nutrition Education Classes.

He also told the audience on the decreasing trend of malnutrition in the city. #RNPC-CPD

Nutrition Office Dulag LeytePALO, Leyte – The municipality of Dulag in Leyte has established its own nutrition office, Ace Cagara Sadiua Nutrition Officer I, informed Dr. Catalino P. Dotollo, Jr., the Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator.

Prior to the establishment of the office, the municipality created a permanent plantilla position of Nutrition Officer I. Sadiua was appointed to the position to assist the permanent designated MNAO in the technical aspects of nutrition program implementation.

Last year, Sadiua actively coordinated with the MNAO, NNC 8 and Leyte Provincial Nutrition Office in the conduct of various capability building activities such as Basic Training Course for Barangay Nutrition Scholars and the conduct of Barangay Nutrition Action Plan 2023-2025 Formulation workshop.