Baybay CIty RNATACLOBAN CITY - After the onslaught of Typhoon Agaton, Baybay City activated its Nutrition Cluster. The Nutrition Cluster aims to ensure that the nutritional status of affected population especially the most vulnerable groups, e.g. infants, children, pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers, older persons, persons with disabilities, and people with debilitating conditions, will not worsen or deteriorate due to the impact of emergency and disaster through the linking with other cluster groups and establishing capacities at all levels.

The Nutrition Cluster supports and does not replace existing national capacities. It contributes to coordination mechanisms on the ground. With this, various local governments throughout the country should establish nutrition cluster at the regional, provincial, municipal, city and barangay levels (NDRRMC, 2021).

The Baybay City Nutrition Cluster operationalizes the Nutrition in Emergencies (NiE) program under the Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition (PPAN) 2017-2022. Part of this operationalization is nutrition assessment particularly of the vulnerable population like pregnant and lactating women and children below 5 years old.

City Nutrition Program Coordinator (CNPC) Marjorie Balberino and City Nutrition Action Officer (CNAO) Kristine Shayne Castos led the MUAC Assessment with the help of health staff and BNSs of the identified barangays.

RBATFPALO, Leyte - Iodine deficiency occurs when the body lacks iodine. Iodine is necessary for metabolism and thyroid gland to function properly. When severe, iodine deficiency can lead to neurological problems and intellectual disability in babies. Thus, fortifying salt with iodine is a major method of preventing iodine deficiency, to address IDD (Iodine Deficiency Disorder).

Iodine is made available from seafood and iodized salt. Using iodized salt is considered the cheapest and best intervention for the prevention and control of IDD since it is mostly used in cooking and other food processes. Philippines has achieved an adequate iodine status. However, iodine deficiency in the country remains a serious public health problem.

The Regional Bantay Asin Task Force (RBATF) Region VIII team convene for its first all face-to-face meeting spearheaded by Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Department of Health (DOH), Department of Education (DepEd), Philippine Ports Authority (PPA), Business Permit and Licensing Office (BPLO) Tacloban City, City Nutrition Office (Tacloban City), and Philippine National Police (PNP ROVIII).

RNPC speaksPALO, Leyte - The 1st Quarter meeting of Municipal Nutrition Action Officers (MNAOs) was conducted at the MacArthur Viewdeck Park, candahug, Palo, Leyte on April 7, 2022.

Highlights of the meeting was their Constitution and By-laws (CBL) which is on its finalization stage. Most MNAOs asked regarding benefits of NAOs under the CBL. The CBL is silent on the provision of benefits among registered NAOs hence they have to review their CBL before its ratification.

Other agenda taken was the giving out of second quarter MNAOs and BNSs incentives from PHO. Likewise on the request for LNAP training for all LGUs and Nutrition in Emergencies + Information Management training and NIEM planning workshop.

RNPC Dr. Catalino P. Dotollo, Jr. attended and gave updates on nutrition programs and projects. He emphasized the start of the Phase III Tutok Kainan: Dietary Supplementation Program for 6-23 months.

EVA BNS meetingPALO, Leyte - The Eastern Visayas Association of Barangay Nutrition Scholars (EVA-BNS), in its first meeting for the year conducted election of new set of officers.

Gaspar Misagal from Capoocan, Leyte who served as BNS for 15 years just recently took his oath as the new EVA-BNS President. A new challenge begins with these vibrant officers to live up to the expectations and continuously grow as a dignified organization.

The new sets of officers are listed below:

President : Gaspar P. Misagal- Capoocan, Leyte
Vice President : Ceasar Cenera- Bobon, N. Samar
Secretary :Nilda Garado- Guiuan, Eastern Samar
Treasurer : Riza Garcia - Tacloban City
Auditor : Maribeth Norona- Catbalogan City
PRO: Marichu Bornillo - Almeria, Biliran

food MonthPursuant to Presidential Proclamation no. 469 signed in 2018, April of every year is declared as the Filipino Food Month or Buwan ng Kalutong Pilipino. The national celebration aims to appreciate, preserve, promote, and ensure the transmission of the vast Filipino culinary traditions and treasures to future generations and to support the various industries, farmers, and agri-communities. This year’s celebration carries the theme “Pagkaing Pilipino, Susi sa Pag-unlad at Pagbabago.”

BNAPS meridaTACLOBAN CITY - The barangays of Merida, Leyte had its initial Barangay Nutrition Action Planning (BNAP) workshop facilitated by Leyte Provincial Nutrition Office earlier in March of this year.

Through the initiative of Municipal Nutrition Action Officer Ernesto Pening, the 22 barangays of the municipality had a cleaning and polishing of their BNAP for 2 days. The workshop was held at Madison Hotel, Tacloban City.

The workshop was facilitated this time by National Nutrition Council 8 official and technical staff. It was attended by the Punong Barangays (PB), Barangay Secretary and Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNSs).

As a start, the technical staff, introduced all the forms to be used in the workshop. After which a step-by-step workshop starting from profile of the barangay up to the problem tree analysis.

The training team did a one-on-one problem tree and took them half of the day. It commenced with the presentation and critiquing of the problem tree. After polishing the problem tree, the participants were given homework to the problem tree and its narrative in the situational analysis section of the BNAP.