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Awesome Opening Activities for Nutrition Month 2013!


Cebu get ready for an awesome month of wellness and life! 

Let's celebrate the Nutrition Month by dropping by at Ayala Center Cebu July 1, 2013 5PM for a Zumba Fitness Session sponsored by the National Nutrition Council Region VII! 


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Assuming A Greater Challenge: NNCRVII Appoints New Champions to Causes

I have always used my social media influence to promote awesome things: from great personal reflections, to events with a blast; but what I'm most notable for is my inclination towards anything for social good. 

So it comes as no surprise that I became part of one of the fastest emerging organization of media practitioners in Cebu assembled by the National Nutrition Council that would help sustain efforts for nutrition campaigns, advocacy and events.

Malnutrition is one of the effects of poverty that has been putting the country at bay in terms of human and economic advancement.

MEDIA INFORMATION NETWORK FOR NUTRITION AND DEVELOPMENT 7 (MIND 7) has been involved with projects and events that NNC Region 7 has been fighting for these past few years.

Yours truly, was just entrusted the position as Secretary and was blessed enough to land in a national daily via coverage by Ms. Cheryl Baldicantos of Manila Bulletin. As I assume a new responsibility, I promise to do everything in my power to help strengthen the flow of relevant information to the general public.

Soft copy of Manila Bulletin Nov. 29.
Photo taken by top photojournalist Ms Cheryl Baldicantos.

“The region recognizes the importance of effective information dissemination, and the influence you, members of the local media have in shaping the public’s opinion on food and nutrition.

"Though of different media used to hand-out nutrition information to the public, from radio, television, print and other social media, each of you have done us proud this past year.” NNC 7 Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator, Dr. Parolita A. Mission challenged the press for more stories and space on issues of nutrition.

The general assembly of the Media Information Network for Nutrition and Development was celebrated last November 26, 2012 at the Cebu Grand Hotel in Escario Street.

The event was coincided with the induction of officers and a Christmas Party.

Other officers for 2013-2014 are

  • President - 
    • Mr. Jun P. Tagalog, manager of DYLA 
  • VP for Print – 
    • Ms. Phoebe Jen D. Indino, correspondent of Manila Bulletin; 
  • VP for Radio - 
    • Ms.Annabel A. Lagrosas, BPA II of DYMR;
  • VP for Social Media - 
    • Mr. John Ciocon, Managing Director of John Ciocon Creative Agency; 
  • VP for NGA IOs - 
    • Ms. Marie A. Nillama, IO of DPWH. 
  • Elected new secretary is 
    • Mr. Jaysee Pingkian, Board of Trustee of Cebu Bloggers Society Inc.; 
  • Treasurer - 
    • Ms. Mitchelle Palaubsanon, Reporter of The Freeman and 
  • Auditor - 
    • Mr. Jose Marie C. Lanza, Sation Manager of Love Radio. 

The officers will serve the association for two years.


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Beyond Statistics: Award-Winning Ways of Battling Malnutrition in Negros Oriental

Much has been said about what the government has been doing in addressing issues the Filipino has been plagued all this time, poverty. 

One side effect poverty brings is the prevalence of malnutrition and, at times, untimely death of mothers and children in the far flung areas. A sad fact that not all of us in the city are affected on a daily basis. After seeing how the municipalities and the whole province of Bohol last year worked together to alleviate the lives of their constituents, this year was yet another exposure to the pride of the East, Negros Oriental.

It could never make me any happier to be able to reach out to the people whose lives changed because of the interventions placed by the public leaders, as I get to see the municipalities in Negros Oriental with so much hope.

Why should I care? You might ask. 

Simple. We are Filipinos. We are Christians. 
After God, we value lives especially of our own people more than anything else. We need to walk the talk. In addition, city professionals pay the biggest taxes in the region so it is good to read something positive rather than just generalizing the whole system and cry foul at corruption allegations all the time because, mind you, the most hardworking people work silently in the government or civic society.

Organized by the National Nutrition Council Region VII led by Dr. Parolita Mission and the Department of Agriculture, MIND 7 Cebu media practitioners were able to experience the extraordinary projects first-hand.

As a first-timer in the province, I was enviable to have the chance to explore the place for all its greatness; and with all their efforts in place, I was then able to understand why they bagged numerous awards for program effectiveness, sustainability and efficiency.

Danny Darong Farm

Like the poetic provincial setting for the next Star Cinema movie offering for February, the famous and multi-awarded farm boasts of master planned organic crop linings and freshest greens employing nothing but modern agricultural techniques. With the late afternoon minty cool air entering our nostrils, breathing in the scenic view was never that hard.


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It was my first time to see a Rambutan tree! I just thought you should know what it looks like.

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Dews adorn this carnation pink rose unmindful of the commotion we had caused arriving to the farm.



Governor Roel Degamo welcoming Cebu media and shares his views how he was able to generate really good nutrition numbers and promote firm and honest governance.

Having a forum with Zamboanguita Municipal Nutrition Committee and officials, seeing actual operations of their Community Radio, walking around their famed Maternity Lodge, meeting Dumaguete City Nutrition Council and officials, discussing issues with Negros Oriental Governor Roel Degamo and the Provincial Nutrition Committee, touring around the beautiful agricultural site in Valencia before retiring in Dumaguete and the stunning and seductive Apo Island, indeed we were able to go past the statistics that were published and saw the faces of real people behind the citations.



 Healthiest Fresh Milk


We enjoyed fresh milk treats in different flavors at the Norient Fresh Factory. The Negor Dairy Processing Plant is managed by The Dairy Farmers Association of Dumaguete City (DFADC). Land O' Lakes Foundation Philippines, Inc. and The National Dairy Authority are also stakeholders of the project.
We enjoyed fresh milk treats in different flavors at the Norient Fresh Factory. The Negor Dairy Processing Plant is managed by The Dairy Farmers Association of Dumaguete City (DFADC). Land O' Lakes Foundation Philippines, Inc. and The National Dairy Authority are also stakeholders of the project.

We enjoyed fresh milk treats in different flavors at the Norient Fresh Factory. The Negor Dairy Processing Plant is managed by The Dairy Farmers Association of Dumaguete City (DFADC). Land O' Lakes Foundation Philippines, Inc. and The National Dairy Authority are also stakeholders of the project.
Frothy milk with science in plant processing that retains as much nutrients and at the same delighting its drinkers with chilly sweet thick goodness in different flavors that your body will surely love.

Cebu media having a lively discussion with Governor Roel Degamo in his office where we got to witness how firm his type of leadership is.

The hardworking men behind the NUTRISKWELA Community Radio Station 98.5 RK Radyo Kaigsoonan


Background

The government’s Nutrition Program is aimed at uplifting health of the people who needs it the most by making sure that the intervention programs are executed properly at the local level. With the delegation of power awarded to them, the LGUs now have more control as to what programs and activities they would implement in their own localities to help stop undernourishment.



Although the degree of support and implementation varies from each LGU, the nutrition program is there to be seen in every LGU. Nutrition activities being implemented in the local level include:

  • Daily Supplementary Feeding Program (Hot Meals) for day care children; 
  • Nutrition Education where caregivers of children are taught nutritious meal preparation and importance of growth monitoring using the “Pabasa sa Nutrisyon” strategy where mothers gather in small groups and engage in fun learning activities from certified materials provided; 
  • Promotion of exclusive breastfeeding and complementary feeding for six months onwards among pregnant, lactating and soon to be expecting women; 
  • Establishing of gardens in communities, schools and even in homes to increase food availability; 
  • Micronutrient Supplementation and Food Fortification, among others.



The Maternity Lodge that could pass up as a Tiki resort in terms of comfort and design. This is used to house mothers who hail from mountainous barangays so that they are closer to real birth centers in the municipality below.
The Maternity Lodge that could pass up as a Tiki resort in terms of comfort and design. This is used to house mothers who hail from mountainous barangays so that they are closer to real birth centers in the municipality below.

Members of the MIND 7 explores the seat of governance in Zamboanguita.

How Bohol Takes Nutrition Up a Notch

The government’s Nutrition Programs are aimed at improving the health status of the whole citizenship, you included, by ensuring that the intervention programs are implemented properly at the local level.  
It is so easy to ignore good news regarding these but every time you complain about how corrupt and useless the government is, you are doing more harm to yourself and may I remind you that by doing so, you exclude yourself from the fact that you are accountable for your own country's affair as well. Paying taxes is not enough, if you defend your contributions. 
By being toxic, you undermine the efforts of thousands who work in the government and the civic society who do so much good for this world in a day than you what you could ever do in a lifetime.
Life and health is the most important aspect of all. In the midst of implementations, it would be worth looking at what the multi-awarded Bohol's Local Government Units are actually doing to help mitigate hunger and malnutrition.


You will learn:

  • What government uses in their feeding program to make your child healthier
  • Amazing benefits of what a mother's breast could do
  • How play and learn strategy helps these mothers create the perfect menu at home
  • Where Bohol is heading next

Trip Background

The National Nutrition Council coordinates with the Nutrition Committees of all government levels as a policy and coordinating body overseeing the management of the programs and maximizing available resources.

In line with this a team of media experts together with the National Nutrition Council in coordination with the Department of Social Welfare and Development regional staff will conduct a learning visit to selected areas of Bohol to understand and to get first hand information the program implementation from selected LGUs in Bohol Province.

These media experts are composed of representatives from the press, TV and radio who are members of Media and Information Network on Nutrition (MIND 7) Region VII:


     Anabelle C. Lagrosas - BPPA II, DYMR
     Jun P. Tagalog - Station Manager, DYLA
     Imee Vanessa Casona - Station Manager, Home Radio
     Marie Mignon A. Nillama - PRO II, DPWH 7
     Vernon Joseph M. Go - Cebu Bloggers Society Inc.
     Phoebe Jen Indino - Reporter, Manila Bulletin
     Cherie Gozon - Segment Producer, GMA 7
     Ferdinand Gonzales - Videojournalist, GMA 7
     Fe C. Oribia - DNPC, Provincial Health Office, Bohol Province
     Susan Y. Orpilla - Nutrition Officer III, NNC 7
     Melinda O. Cañares - ND III, DSWD
     Emmanuel Mongaya - SunStar Cebu
     Beatrice P. Rafols - ND I, PHO, Bohol Province
   
Through this visit the MIND7 members will have a better understanding on how government programs were being  translated into activities at the local level.

The two-day activity involves ocular visit to day care centers, breast feeding station, project sites on LGUs best practice and interviews to local chief executives, beneficiaries and other key players. It was sponsored by Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Region VII and was organized by Ms. Melinda D. Cañares of DSWD and Dr. Parolita A. Mission of NNC 7.



Bohol Media Learning Visit Objectives

  1. To obtain first-hand information from the implementers and beneficiaries on their experiences in implementing nutrition related programs
  2. Document good practices
We arrived in Tubigon, Bohol and made a courtesy call to Mayor Allen Ray Z. Piezas.
We arrived in Tubigon, Bohol and made a courtesy call to Mayor Allen Ray Z. Piezas.


We enjoyed our breakfast in his dining room before having our official media briefing. It was led by Ms. Mel and the NNC team. The Vice Mayor even gave a short message to us before heading out on our first visit.
We enjoyed our breakfast in his dining room before having our official media briefing. It was led by Ms. Mel and the NNC team. The Vice Mayor even gave a short message to us before heading out on our first visit.




We walked across the street to see the Breastfeeding Station in the market. It actually provides a private, safe, clean and comfortable place where mothers can breastfeed so they don't have to do it in public which, unfortunately, used to be the case.

The station is a small wood outbuilding installation in the Tubigon marketplace but nonetheless durable and clean enough to sustain. There were also Information, Education and Communication (IEC) materials available and it is actually manned by a Barangay Health Worker and the Barangay Nutrition Scholar of Barangay Centro who take turns every once in awhile to educate nursing mothers and for consultation purposes.




After learning how the local government promotes breastfeeding, we then met up with the Mayor of Calape, Bohol for a courtesy call. Mayor Sulpicio N. Yu, Jr. was very proud to announce that his town has over 5-6% decrease in malnutrition and 0% severely malnourished children. He then enumerated the mechanisms that lead them to become a Consistent Regional Outstanding Winner in Nutrition (CROWN) Maintenance Awardee for six years.

After learning how the local government promotes breastfeeding, we then met up with the Mayor of Calape, Bohol for a courtesy call. Mayor Sulpicio N. Yu, Jr. was very proud to announce that his town has over 5-6% decrease in malnutrition and 0% severely malnourished children. He then enumerated the mechanisms that lead them to become a Consistent Regional Outstanding Winner in Nutrition (CROWN) Maintenance Awardee for six years. 

As it turns out, they have an Adopt-a-Child program too. Food security, he says, is the very focus of his programs so he issued an order that every home should have a malunggay plant available and families of malnourished children can fish for free at the municipal-owned fishpen, which is very innovative. He is lucky, he says, that the programs were institutionalized even before he sat; so all he had to do is modify it for updating and implement it. He also asked every purok to have a community garden and employed a Barangay Nutrition Scholar for all his barangays.

What amused me though was that he had this ordinance that every engaged couple who underwent pre-wedding counseling shall plant a fruit tree for each of them. Now isn't that sweet?


Why Day Care Kids are now Healthier? 

Our wheels then rolled to the Tultugan Day Care Center to witness the actual feeding program being implemented in all day care centers every school day in the country. I didn't know that till I actually went there. They used iron fortified rice to the kids along with vegetables and meat. 

They even grow their own vegetables in the community garden and the parents take turns cooking the food according to the menu set by the national nutritionists which was very endearing. The participation of the parents is also an application of what they have learned through nutrition training which I will discuss later. After saying graces, the children enjoyed their nutritious brunch.

Our wheels then rolled to the Tultugan Day Care Center to witness the actual feeding program being implemented in all day care centers every school day in the country. I didn't know that till I actually went there. They used iron fortified rice to the kids along with vegetables and meat.

Our wheels then rolled to the Tultugan Day Care Center to witness the actual feeding program being implemented in all day care centers every school day in the country. I didn't know that till I actually went there. They used iron fortified rice to the kids along with vegetables and meat.
After having a hearty meal hosted by the Barangay Hall of Tultugan, we immediately found ourselves immersed in Lawis Fish Sanctuary for a quick visit, and delighted on the various sealife that is being propagated in the area before we went to see the governor himself.


Bohol Awarded as Most Outstanding Province in the Region


Gov. Edgar Chatto promised that monitoring of the programs will be more vigilant even with all the awards that they had. He intensified their projects in terms of food production.

Bohol Gov. Edgar Chatto promised that monitoring of the programs will be more vigilant even with all the awards that they had. He intensified their projects in terms of food production.


He also took the initiative to introduce us to his great new project which is the Bohol Milk Program that is set to be the biggest carabao and cow milk farm and community-based milk processing. Yep, carabao. The distribution of the milk products will have the cooperation of parents and teachers from all over the province. It is being partnered with the National Dairy Authority and Department of Agriculture. The Bohol Dairy Farm will showcase cows which are shipped all the way from the New Zealand.

Tourism, he says, needs no reinvention; we just have to strengthen our culture. He exclaims this in emphasizing how he is managing the booming tourism industry of Bohol. Eco-tourism, as his priority,  is a low-impact type of development unlike mass tourism where a lot of infrastructure has to be placed, he adds.

When one of the journalists asks him how was he able to bag home the Best Governed Province award, he has to say that he owes a lot to the "participation of the people and policy implementation."

"We are just doing what we have to do," he says.

He also told us that he has a great blueprint for progress which involved the three fold rule: government, civil society and the business sector. He also gives time to meet up with the local media regularly and most importantly, all his programs are directed on a single direction which is branded as HEAT Bohol. HEAT stands for Health, Education, Agriculture and Tourism.

He also made it to a point to call his initiatives as prosperity programs rather than poverty alleviation ones for more positivity. He even drops a few hints of the great things to come for their province such as preparing the necessary IT infrastructures to cultivate a BPO industry, a cruise port and an airport.

After the long fun and educational day it was, we retired at a resort in Panglao, Bohol for dinner, bed and breakfast.




Eco-agriculture: The Future of Bohol

The very next day, we headed on to see the Mayor of the land of the world-famous Chocolate Hills, Carmen, Bohol. Mayor Conchita delos Reyes greeted us to her very beautiful home that is just as to what a resort could be. After lunch, we gathered with her at the patio and talked about the municipality's combat against malnutrition:

"I can say that in more than a year of being in office, the malnutrition rate [have] gone down."

She says that he had all her hands on the Nutrition Projects and allocated as much as P100,000 for it.
 CHE Project which stands for Carmen Household Entrepreneurs was a flagship program of hers that brandishes agriculture where farms grow high value crops and promotes in-land fishing. Her demo site is already up and she aims to replicate this for the 29 barangays.
"My [administration] is gearing towards sustainable progress." 
But all her successes in life as family woman, a businesswoman and being the first lady mayor is all in honor of how she started early on. "I was once a very poor person," she says.

Carmen is now mechanizing efforts to make Carmen the country's leading eco-agriculture tourism destination. Her demo site has grown great vegetables, houses livestock and bullfrogs, cultured tilapias and features nipa huts where guests can be accommodated. She is doing this to complement the Chocolate Hills so that people will have more reasons to stay which is slowly being overturned by other local destinations. Should these community farms make it big on her municipality, you can just imagine what it could do to other places in the country who are struggling economically and in upscaling the nutrition status of their constituents.


Parents are now better nutritionists! Bohol moms show us how



After this, we found our way to the municipality's Action Center where a great nutrition program is taking place. The project is called Pabasa sa Nutrisyon which aims to educate parents about breastfeeding and basically learning more about food through a series of lectures and games. This is also implemented all over the country and is conducted by a trained volunteer.

Breastfeeding moms are heroes in the country! Introducing Lactation Stations


To be able to see the best practices of promoting breastfeeding even in the in the workplace, we were toured to the lactation station in BQ Mall where shoppers and employees can breastfeed their child in a private, comfortable place.

They it is also equipped with a refrigerator for employees who wishes to pump milk and feed it to their child when they get home. A TV is set up which educates about how breastfeeding can be both beneficial to the mother and the child. This project is being spearheaded by their HR department and is being benchmarked as best practice in supporting working mothers and providing quality customer service. The said station is being manned by the volunteers from Integrated Midwives Association of the Philippines (IMAP) Bohol which offers consultation services for free.



2011 Grand Nutrition Awards recognizes the Best Nutrition Practices in the Region

In its mission to give credit the best nutrition efforts to our unsung heroes, the barangay health workers, scholars, action planners, government officials and volunteers, The Regional Nutrition Evaluation Team just presented the winners of the Grand Nutrition Awards.

These programs are being implemented by various local government units last year. The evaluation covered four provinces, 15 cities, 16 municipalities and 102 barangays in Region VII.



The committee selected Bohol as the Most Outstanding Province.

Toledo City, Cebu, won the Most Outstanding City in the Region.

Jagna, Bohol, took home the Most Outstanding Municipality in the Region.

Tubigon, Bohol is this year's Consistent Regional Outstanding Winner in Nutrition (CROWN) Maintenance Award.

Dumaguete City is awarded as the Most Promising City.

But the Best Nutrition Practice or Project was given to Bais City for their Free Ozonized Water for Indigent People.

Ms. Lidia I. Gabaisen is this year's Most Outstanding Brgy. Nutrition Scholar for her exemplary volunteer efforts to eradicate malnutrition in Brgy. Celing, Antequera Bohol. I was blessed to ask her in the media interaction portion of the event as to what were the challenges that she faced in trying to address the issues in her barangay and she shared me the programs she implemented in their barangay which even stemmed into a livelihood program.

Cebu media officially assembles to fight malnutrition | 1st MIND 7 General Assembly

Finding champions to educate and promote proper nutrition in the country, MIND 7 was conceived through the efforts of the National Nutritional Council (NNC) Region 7.  

Our government has acknowledged the need for the media sector to empower their efforts in fighting the biggest wars we have been facing, poverty and malnutrition because a healthy nation is wealthy in many ways.  

And what better way to realize that vision than through gathering top stakeholders from every media organization to easily disseminate and organize different efforts to address these issues.  

MIND 7 has come a long way from the first meeting we had.

MIND 7 actually stands for Media Information Network for Nutrition and Development for Region 7.

The first meeting conceived was in Crown Regency where PIOs, journalists and media practioners including yours truly graced the first Consultative Meeting in finding out ways on how we can fight poverty through showcasing community health practices.

Read more about the first Consultative Meeting

From there, officers were elected to manage the different capabilities of the organization at the Rajah Park Hotel.

Read more about the induction of MIND 7 officers

Then another milestone was set as we just had our first general assembly at Harold's Hotel where the constitution and by-laws was presented to its members for approval.

Parolita Mission, NNC-7 director, discussed this year’s Nutrition Month showcasing the theme “Isulong ang breastfeeding. Tama. Sapat. Ekslusibo,” or in short “BF TSEk.”

DYLA station manager Jun Tagalog as the incumbent president of MIND 7 showed series of activities that include a region-wide information campaign to promote breastfeeding, appropriate feeding, improve hygienic practices including proper hand washing, establishment of home gardens and Ten Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos and the like activities.

“Mind 7 is more than just a press corps of NCC. We work beyond our duty. We don’t just report, but we also take part in taking action for proper nutrition, and in my case, as a part of our corporate social responsibility,” he says.

The wide ranging media organization covers different medium for mass education which includes print, television, radio and the social media. MIND 7 was designed to become a “vehicle to strengthen the flow of food and nutrition information” from the National Nutrition Council (NNC), the local government units and other government agencies and the nutrition network to the general public.

Yours truly along with the rest of the new members of the organization also took their oath of membership in order to show our commitment to help implement a more aggressive and sustained nutrition awareness drive on exclusive breastfeeding.

Yours truly with the MIND 7 officers, NNC stakeholders
and new members of the MIND 7


My membership oath to obey the constitution and by-laws and
doing everything I can for the organization to advance the cause of nutrition


Yours truly along with other new MIND 7 members taking their oath
to be champions against poverty and malnutrition


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Awesome MIND 7 Officers formally inducted to promote nutrition

Media and Information Network on Nutrition (MIND) Region 7 has just elected a set of officers last December. After the yours truly, Jaysee Blabs, attended the Consultative Meeting with Media and Public Information Officers, plans were drafted as to how we can address poverty and malnutrition in a region wide campaign. 

More about the formulation of program proposals can be read here:
http://jayseeblabs.blogspot.com/2010/12/national-nutritional-council-asks-media.html

We had a fellowship night last January 13, 2011 at the Rajah Park Hotel in Cebu City where the president Mr. Jun Tagalog said that the groups plan to help government combat the continuing problem of malnutrition among children.

The plan includes special plugs to be aired on television and radio on nutrition-related matters while print media is expected to come out with sketches and feature articles with the current actions of the NNC7.

There was an opening production number featuring the Sinulog dance followed by the invocation led by the newly elected VP for Social Media, Vernon Go of Cebu Bloggers Society Inc.

The Pambansang Awit was led by Ms. Mitchelle Palaubsanon, the newly elected VP for Print Media. Followed by a great audio visual presentation of the accomplishments of the NNC Region 7.


The new officers of MIND 7 presented their Communication Plan one by one followed by their formal induction to their positions led by Maria Bernadita Flores, the Executive Director. Production number by great ballroom dancers were presented in between the program.


The Acceptance Speech was delivered by Mr. Jun Tagalog, the MIND 7 President about the responsibilities that may come ahead and then expounded further by the Inspiration Message by Ma’am Flores.

The night ended with an open dance floor where professional dance instructors entertained the guests.

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