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PALO, LEYTE - A total of about 120 local government units in Eastern Visayas is now equipped with the knowledge and skills on how to effectively integrate nutrition of Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition (PPAN) programs and projects in the updating of Provincial Development and Physical Framework Plan (PDPFP), Comprehensive Development Plan (CDP) and the Local Development Investment Program (LDIP) Fiscal Year 2020-2022.

The planning workshop on integrating nutrition in the PDPFP, CDP and LDIPs was conceived primarily to: (1) increase the understanding of provincial/city/municipal teams on the alarming problem of malnutrition in the country and its impact on national and local development, and the need to scale up nutrition in their plans and budgets by effectively making the case of why and how to invest in nutrition; (2) effectively integrate PPAN programs and projects in the updating of PDPFPs, CDPs and LDIPs FY 2020-2022;(3) further strengthen the capacity for factoring nutrition in the overall preparation of PDPFPs, CDPs and LDIPs FY 2020-2022 among development stakeholders; and (4) In the process of integrating nutrition in the updating of PDPFPs, CDPs and LDIPs FY 2020-2022, formulate local nutrition action plans for these local government units.

The government have strengthened the implementation of nutrition related programs through its policy issuances in 2018and 2019. The DILG and DBM issued national policies supporting nutrition actions at the local level – DILG Memorandum Circular 2018-42 dated 26 March 2018: Adoption and Implementation of the Philippine Plan of Actionfor Nutrition (PPAN) 2017-2022. The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) issued two policies: (1) National Budget Memorandum No. 130 dated 13 April 2018: Budget Priorities Framework for the Preparation of the FY 2019 Budget Proposals under Tier 2, to guide departments and agencies in the crafting of their Tier 2 budget proposals and (2) Local Budget Memorandum No. 77 and 77a: FY2019 Internal Revenue Allotment and Guidelines on the Preparation of the FY 2019 Budgets of Local Government Units to prescribe guidelines in the preparation of the FY 2019 budgets of LGUs, identify priorities in the use of the IRA and other local resources. Republic Act 11037: “MasustansyangPagkain para sa Batang Pilipino Act”, provides for a comprehensive national feeding program for undernourished children in public day care, kindergarten and elementary schools. Republic Act 11148:“Kalusugan at Nutrisyon ng Mag-Nanay Act” instructs national government agencies and local governments to scale up health and nutrition actions to secure the health and nutritional well-being of mother and children in the first 1000 days.




Members and representatives of the PNHRS Research Utilization Committee from the 17 regional health research and development consortia participated in the 13th Philippine National Health Research System (PNHRS) Week pre-conference session, “Campaigning towards AIDS-free Society,” held last 13 August 2019 in Cagayan de Oro City.

Highlights of the morning session are discussions which aims to raise awareness on the growing HIV/AIDS concern in the country by developing effective information campaigns. Three notable speakers were invited to discuss HIV/AIDS research, share experiences in handling patients with HIV, and lecture on the skills and techniques in developing information campaigns.

Dr. Emmanuel Baja, a PCHRD Balik Scientist awardee from UP Manila, discussed his study on HIV Gaming, Engaging, and Testing. He shared that through his research, they were able to develop a mobile application, Battle in the Blood, which became a very powerful tool in advocating towards the elimination of stigma on HIV and encouraged people to get themselves tested for HIV. Dr. Baja emphasized that in campaigning towards a certain cause, people engagement is crucial to truly make them relate to the advocacy.

Dr. Bernadeth Gerodias, a psychologist at the Southern Philippines Medical Center, shared her experiences in handling patients suffering from HIV. She explained that professionals supporting patients living with HIV need to make space for their patients to process the emotional effect of their diagnosis, but not to make assumptions about what it means to them. Dr. Gerodias explained that because HIV’s psychological effects vary with every person, the approach into developing mental care and support for them also vary.



Palo, Leyte - A more strengthened nutrition program implementation and policy advocacy is seen to effect on the implementation of this new assessment tool, DMO Alma Bernardo of Eastern Samar expressed during the one day orientation of the Monitoring and Evaluation on Local Level Plan Implementation (MELLPI) Pro on May 7, 2019 at the COA Training Center, Government Center, Palo, Leyte.

The last batch of participants to be oriented with the new protocol are the Department of Health (DOH) Development Management Officers which function include lobbying of national nutrition and health-related policies and provide technical assistance to the local government units in terms of health planning, health program/project management, health facilities improvement, health emergency management and reporting. 

Nutrition Program Manager Ms. Felecita Borata together with Ms. Camelia Nemil, member of the Regional Nutrition Evaluation Team, and Nutrition Officer III Nino Archie Labordo of the National Nutrition Council served as facilitators and oriented the participants on the background of MELLPI Pro, its key features, guidelines and journey to nutrition awards, monitoring forms were presented and discussed. On the latter, desk review simulation workshop was participated by group.




The Department of Science and Technology-Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (DOST-PCAARRD) has again awarded the prestigious Tanglaw Award to the Visayas State University as the country’s Most Outstanding Research Institution for 2019.

VSU will be endowed a 2-million peso grant for ‘station development, capability building, and upgrading of facilities’ and a trophy.

President Edgardo E. Tulin will receive the award on June 19, 2019, at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City.

“I’m humbled and elated for this recognition given to our beloved VSU—the fruit of our collective effort. This solidifies our reputation as a globally competitive research university in the Philippines,” Dr. Tulin said in a Facebook post.

The award is presented to a research institution that has contributed significantly to the progress of agriculture, aquatic and natural resources R&D in the country. Tanglaw is a Filipino term for ‘light’.

PCAARRD Acting Executive Director Reynaldo Ebora, in a communication letter, congratulated VSU for winning the award.

“May this award inspire you to strive for further excellence and dedication as you continuously work for the betterment of R&D in this nation,” wrote Ebora.

This is the most recent Tanglaw award that VSU has received. Former president Fernando A. Bernardo received the first Tanglaw Award for ViSCA, now VSU, in 1977.



Palo, Leyte - Barangay Nutrition Scholar (BNS) Rosita Acsibar of Barangay Pansaan, Maasin City is one of the contenders for the Regional Search for the 2018 Outstanding Barangay Nutrition Scholar (OBNS).

BNS Acsibar was evaluated and validated on May 15-16, 2019 by NNC RNPC Dr. Catalino P. Dotollo, Jr., NOIII Nino Archie S. Labordo and Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Corresponder Erna Sy-Gorne.

BNS Acsibar has been serving Barangay Pansaan for about twelve years now with a challenging malnutrition situation to a well-informed and more nourished community. In the past 5 years Brgy. Pansaan, 20 kilometers away from the main city ranked first in terms of underweight and wasting. However, with the perseverance and dedication of BNS Acsibar in lobbying nutrition programs and its implementation to the Barangay Nutrition Committee (BNC), the barangay has recorded zero wasting, stunting, and obesity of children ages 0-59 months from 2016, 2017, and 2018.