RNET monitors nutrition implementation of Ozamiz City

The National Nutrition Council (NNC) Region 10 and the Regional Nutrition Evaluation Team (RNET) visited Ozamiz City for a two-day 2017 Regional Monitoring and Evaluation of Local Level Plan Implementation (MELLPI) of Nutrition Programs in the city.


Princess Christine Daliba Tababa, Nutrition Officer II of NNC 10 shared during the exit conference that the goal of the nutrition program of the government is to reduce the prevalence of lifestyle diseases.
She added that they are very happy because the local government of Ozamiz is improving and sustaining the gains in nutrition of the young people in Ozamiz City.

Barangays visited include Brgy. Pantaon which was awarded 2016 Outstanding Barangay Nutrition Scholar (BNS), Brgy. Sangay Daku – Outstanding Barangay, Brgy. Trigos – High Operation Timbang Plus (OPT) prevalence group, Brgy. Diguan – Medium OPT prevalence, Brgy. Baybay San Roque – Low OPT prevalence.

Among the recommendations of the RNET include to sustain city and barangay nutrition committee, expand partnership with non-government organisations for direct nutrition interventions, livelihood programs or assistance, continuing nutrition intervention and livelihood programs or assistance and scale up/expand proven effective and sustainable activities among others.

In 2013, Ozamiz City received the Nutrition Honor Award (NHA), Pabasa sa Nutrition (PSN) Diamond Awardee, Gawad Kalasag Awardee and Seal of Good Local Governance.

Linked to an incentive and award system, top performers will receive: Green Banner Awards (at Regional level), National Awards CROWN (Consistent Regional Outstanding Winner in Nutrition– 3 yrs. GB) – 500,000, CROWN Maintenance (Year 1 & 2) – 150,000, Nutrition Honor Award (NHA)- 1,000,000.


The National Nutrition Council, is mandated among others, to monitor and evaluate the implementation of the country’s food and nutrition program, the Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition (PPAN). Toward this mandate, the interagency NNC annually conducts the Monitoring and Evaluation of Local Level Plan Implementation.

It aims to assess the efficiency and effectiveness of local governments in planning and implementing local nutrition programs. Likewise, in conjunction with the MELLPI, the NNC also evaluates the performance of the Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNS).


The BNSs are the barangay-based volunteers tasked to coordinate the delivery of basic nutrition and related services in their respective area of assignments. Both the MELLPI and BNS evaluation are institutionalized activities since 1979 of the national and local nutrition committees.

The MELLPI and BNS Evaluation culminate with the recognition of LGUs and BNSs with exemplary performance in nutrition program management and delivery of nutrition services, respectively. Recognition comes in the form of incentives/awards such as the Green Banner Award (at Regional level), Consistent Regional Outstanding Winner in Nutrition (CROWN), Nutrition Honor Award (NHA) and the National Outstanding BNS. (Shaine Mae R. Nagtalon/PIA Misamis Occidental)


NNC urges shift to healthy lifestyle to avoid non-communicable diseases

The National Nutrition Council (NNC) region 10 through Talakayan sa PIA on 12 July 2017 urged the young ones and even adults to change from fast food habits to healthy home-cooked meals diet.


According to the World Health Organization (WHO), a healthy diet emphasizes vegetables, fruits, whole grains, root crops, fat-free or low fat milk, lean meats, poultry, fish, egg, beans and nuts. It is low in saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, sodium and added sugars.

Based on the national nutrition survey of FNRI-DOST, there has been a shift in the dietary pattern of Filipinos in terms of quality and quantity over the years. The typical diet consists mainly of cereals which are sources of carbohydrates. The consumption of meats, vegetables, milk and milk products and eggs has increased. However, there has been a decline in the consumption of starchy roots and tubers and fruits. Further, WHO recommends consumption of 400 grams of of fruits and vegetables per day. However, Filipinos only consume maximum of 249 grams of fruits and vegetables a day.


Meanwhile, in schools, Department of Education has issued Department Order No. 13 series of 2017 Policy and Guidelines on Healthy Food and Beverage Choices in schools and DepEd offices. This policy aims to make available healthier food and beverage choices among the learners and DepEd personnel and their stakeholders; provide guidance in evaluating and categorizing foods and drinks and provide guidance in the selling and marketing of foods and beverages in schools.


Sheila Rose Balbanida, nutrition dietitian of Department of Education (DepEd) region 10 said that they are currently holding trainings for health officers, canteen managers and public school personnel to identify which food or food groups to be sold in school cafeterias. Right now, they have identified foods that are categorized as healthy and unhealthy for consumption.

According to Marissa Navales, regional nutrition coordinator that they are campaigning to increase awareness on the importance of healthy diets which protect against both under and over nutrition and non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as hypertension, diabetes, cardio-vascular diseases and certain types of cancer.


Unhealthy diet is composed of foods that are energy-dense yet nutrient poor and are high in saturated fats, trans-fats, refined carbohydrates or sodium. A diet low in fruits and vegetables or fiber is also characteristic of unhealthy diet. Meanwhile, this leads to poor nutrition and is one of the major risk factors for a range of chronic diseases, including cardiovascular diseases, certain cancers, diabetes and other conditions linked to obesity.

NNC also encourages everyone to check the National Guidelines for Filipinos (NGF), Pinggang Pinoy and Nutritional Guide Pyramid to get a list of what to eat to become healthy through their website www.nnc.gov.ph.

The theme this year for national nutrition month is “Healthy diet, gawing habit – FOR LIFE!” (JMOR/PIA10)

First 1000 days of a child crucial—nutrition council


Campaigns on the awareness of good maternal nutrition, and proper infant and young child feeding practices during the baby’s first 1000 days were promoted during the ‘Talakayan sa PIA on July 5.




This is in line with the 42nd year celebration of Nutrition Month with the theme: “First 1000 Days ni baby pahalagahan para sa malusog na kinabukasan,” where the first 1000 days are considered as the golden window of opportunity for intervention so that children will grow healthy and reach their maximum potentials when they grow older.


National Nutrition Council (NNC) Northern Mindanao program coordinator Marissa DM Navales, during the press conference promoted to address nutrition and health related issues during the first 1000 days of a child.


“Gusto namin mag tulong-tulong lahat ng members of the community all over the Philippines to be able to help promote the first 1000 days (We want the members of communities all over the Philippines to help each other in promoting the first 1000 days),” she said.


She encouraged everyone to work together for the realization of the “One Region in One Nutrition Movement” sustaining the continuous reduction of malnutrition rate in the region through the proper care in the first 1000 days of the child.


The Department of Health (DOH) also has programs intended for infants and children to ensure their development. These include immunization, new born screening, and micronutrient supplementation, wherein they give vitamin A to infant and children under five years old, as well as other interventions for identified low birth weight and underweight children region wide.


Meanwhile, Nadine Angelica Casiño, nurse and founder of Modern Nanays of Mindanao, also stressed during the press conference the need to educate mothers on the importance of breastfeeding. She said that exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months and onwards plays a vital role in the child’s overall development.


Similarly, Navales also urged mothers to continue breastfeeding when the child starts taking in complementary foods on the sixth month, continuing it up to two years and beyond. (Hazel Mae T. Pacturan, PIA 10)

NNC-10 opens mobile photo contest for students

The National Nutrition Council (NNC) Region 10 is ready to accept entries for the “First 1000 Days ni baby pahalagahan para sa malusog na kinabukasan” mobile photo contest open to Grades six to 12 students in Northern Mindanao.


The mobile photo contest will run from July 6 to July 20, 2016. It is divided into two categories: Grades 6 to 10 and Grades 11 to 12. Interested students can download entry forms in NNC X webpage and facebook page.


Each participant can submit up to five photos, all should be relevant to the theme and taken using a mobile phone. Editing of photos must be done only in the phone and all of the photos should be in color, black and white, monochrome and sepia is not allowed.


Photos taken together with the entry form must be submitted on or before 20 July 2016, 5:00 p.m. through email tonnc_x@yahoo.com, with the subject: 2016 Nutrition Month Photo Contest.


Winners for each category will receive P6000 in cash, plaque of recognition and an article feature in selected dailies and in the NNC X website and facebook pages. Finalists will also be given special awards, certificate of recognition.


NNC said the contest is one of the highlights of this year’s nutrition month celebration in partnership with the Media Advocates for Nutrition in Governance Region 10 (MANGO DIEZ), aimed of increasing the awareness on the importance of proper nutrition and early childhood care and development. (Hazel Mae T. Pacturan, PIA 10)


Nutrition team sets evaluation in NorMin

The Regional Nutrition Evaluation Team (RNET) of region 10 set its schedule for Monitoring and Evaluation of Local Level Plan Implementation (MELLPI) and Search for the Regional Outstanding Barangay Nutrition Scholar (ROBNS) in the region during its first quarter meeting on 11 February 2016.

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Department of Health (DOH) Regional Director Dr. Nimfa Torrizo in her presence during the meeting said that these efforts are part of the nutrition millennium development goals of the government in its anti-hunger and anti-poverty alleviation.

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She said that the DOH is in full support to the National Nutrition Council (NNC). She stressed that NNC together with the Technical Working Group from the different national government agencies must work together in a holistic and team approach to attain its goal of better health outcome.


Shiella Rose D. Cuñada, nutrition officer II of the National Nutrition Council (NNC) region 10 explained the processes and tools to be used by the team in Monitoring and Evaluation of Local Level Plan Implementation (MELLPI) and Search for the Regional Outstanding Nutrition Scholar (ROBNS) set this year.

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One of the guidelines or score sheets for evaluation of provincial/city nutrition programs is program efficiency where the team will rate a province, municipality or barangay based on nutrition program efficiency. This includes planning and implementation such as involvement of agencies, local departments, organizations in the formulation of Nutrition Action Plan as well as provincial, city ordinances, resolutions supportive to the Nutrition Action Program passed.


Evaluators will review and analyse pertinent nutrition documents; validate sites where there are nutrition projects and/or interview of family beneficiaries; validate weighing of children; interview nutrition committee members or BNS; and oral feedback of the initial results of the evaluation to the nutrition committee.


Cuñada said that this validation visit also aims to advocate for the continued support of the local government units to the nutrition program such as the use of iodized salt or food with sangkap pinoy seal, among others.


In terms of selection of sample areas to be evaluated, the team considered prevalence of under nutrition in identified municipalities.


During the meeting, the team elected Eva Pacturan of the Department of Agriculture (DA) region 10 as chairperson and Sheryl N. Ave of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) region 10 as vice-chairperson.


RNET members are composed of Genemar Salvo of the National Commission of Indigenous Peoples (NCIP), Glenford Labial of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Jorie Valcorza of the Philippine Information Agency (PIA), Blanche Villamor of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Telesfora G. Madelo of the Department of Health (DOH), Engr. Junelyn Ruiz of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), and Nila Cajarte of the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA). (JMOR/PIA10)


Breast milk substitute donations discouraged in emergencies

Local breast milk advocates remind the public of the milk code provision which specifically prohibits donation of breast milk substitutes, including infant formula and milk supplements’ even during emergencies.


This was reiterated by the National Nutrition Council during the conduct of the Nutrition in Emergencies (NiE) training workshop held in Cagayan de Oro city on 19-23 October 2015.

DOH NiE manual cites infants and children as among the most vulnerable victims of natural or human-induced emergencies, and that interrupted breastfeeding, and inappropriate complementary feeding heighten the risk to malnutrition, illness and mortality.

To prevent this, the nutrition cluster is tasked to institute immediate intervention during emergencies by providing adequate breastfeeding supplements, support to malnourished mothers/children, and other appropriate health services.

The Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) local support group will likewise be deployed to establish lactation rooms/corners, ensuring easy and secure access for caregivers to water and sanitation facilities.

Basic support in stimulating breast to continue producing milk, expressing milk by hand, breastfeeding supplementation, as well as, breast milk stimulation technique for female volunteers will be extended.

Infants who have never been breastfed or stopped breastfeeding would always be considered to try breastfeeding or relactation especially when resources to safely managed artificial feeding are limited.

NNC noted that uncontrolled distribution of breast milk substitute in evacuation centers can lead to early and unnecessary cessation of breastfeeding.

Meanwhile, children aging six months above especially those identified as moderately and severely undernourished are given ready to use therapeutic foods (RUTF), Fortified Blended Foods (FBFs) and micronutrient powders. (JCV/PIA)

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Health Committee chairperson underscores importance of “iodine”

Chairperson of the City Council Committee on Health in Ozamiz City underscored the importance of the use of iodine.

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“Consumption of adequate amount of ‘Iodine’ is very important among pregnant women and in the prevention of malnutrition among children,” said Sangguniang Panglungsod Member Octavio O. Parojinog, Jr. during the Multi-Sectoral Forum on “Saktong Iodine sa Asin” held at the Royal Garden Hotel, this city, on September 18, 2015.

The forum was attended by barangay leaders and chairpersons of the Barangay Committee on Health from the city’s 51 barangays, as well as, market administrators and members of the different vendors’ associations in the city.

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Meanwhile, “Iodine” is a mineral that is an essential component of the thyroid hormones for the development of the brain and central nervous system, during fetal growth.

It also supports the stature and bone maturation processes, Marissa Dm. Navales, program coordinator of the National Nutrition Council (NNC), region 10, said.

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“The lack of iodine or iodine deficiency disorder (IDD) results in a variety of abnormalities, such as goiter, miscarriage and stillbirth, as well as, congenital anomalies, like deaf-mutism, squinted eyes, poor growth, and mental retardation,” Navales also said. (RCA/PIA10-Misamis Occidental)