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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 - 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.



Dr. Van Philip Baton (w/ mic) of DOH-7 presenting the HIV incidence in the Philippines and in Region 7 during the press launch of LoveYourself White House Cebu on April 27. Records show that even though Philippines holds the lowers number of HIV cases in Asia, it has the fastest growing HIV epidemic which is seen to overtake the other countries in a few years' time. (PIA 7)

CEBU CITY, May 3 (PIA) -- A community-based center offering free HIV testing and treatment opened its doors in Cebu City, April 27.

The center called LoveYourself White House is equipped with laboratory diagnostic equipment that are crucial for clients living with HIV, says Ronivin Pagtakhan, LoveYourself founder and executive director.

The center, run by volunteers, seeks to offer a safe space not only for those who wish to have themselves tested for HIV but also those in need of counseling and life-coaching.

“We also provide HIV care services for clients in terms of prevention until treatment and we do activities that are focused on capacity building,” said Pagtakhan during the press launch.

The center here is the sixth facility of its kind opened by LoveYourself, a community of volunteers that started in 2011 that is implementing innovations and programs specific to HIV prevention and treatment.

In running the centers, Pagtakhan said they partnered with 12 other community-based organizations nationwide to help them reach people who need to be tested.

By 2018, the LoveYourself centers have tested a total of 28,000 persons, with 1,725 reactive clients currently enrolled in its treatment programs.

Forty percent of the HIV cases reported in the National Capital Region, which holds the highest number of HIV cases in the country, were reported by LoveYourself centers, added Pagtakhan.

By establishing a community center in Cebu, LoveYourself focuses its attention to the growing number of HIV cases in Central Visayas.

Top 4 in the Philippines 

According to Dr. Van Philip Baton, Medical Program Coordinator for Infectious Diseases of the Department of Health (DOH) in Region 8, Central Visayas has consistently ranked top 4 among the regions with the highest HIV cases in the country. “We are the first region outside of Luzon, far from the National Capital Region (which is number one), with the significant number of HIV cases,” said Baton.

In 2014, there were 615 cases reported in the region.

This jumped to 992 cases by 2018.

Since 1984, Central Visayas has been contributing to 9 percent of the total number of HIV infections in the country. “That’s around 1 in 10 coming from Region 7,” said Baton.

DOH records show that Cebu reported the highest number of cases in the region (92 percent), of which most are from Mandaue City, Cebu City, and LapuLapu City.

Of the total HIV cases in Central Visayas, 38 percent are people who inject drugs. “In Cebu, we have two problems- people who have sex unprotected and people who share infected needles,” the DOH official explained.

The rise in HIV cases in the region mirror the sharp increase of cases nationwide with an average of 32 new HIV cases reported per day in 2018.



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.



PALO, LEYTE – Fourteen Members of the Regional Nutrition Cluster (RNCl) in Eastern Visayas region attended a reorientation of functions during its 1st Quarter Regional Nutrition Cluster Meeting conducted on April 15, 2019 at the Department of Education- National Educators Academy of the Philippines (DepEd-NEAP) Training Center, Palo, Leyte.

Dr. Fidelita D. Dico, Health and Management Staff (HEMS) Manager of the Department of Health (DOH) shared and discussed the Department of Health Personnel Order No. 20017-249-A, entitled, Amendment to Department Personnel Order 2007-2492 dated 30 August 2007 regarding the “Creation of the Health Cluster with Sub-Clusters on Nutrition, WASH, and Health”. DOH Nutrition Manager Felecita Borata elaborated that in the order, the cluster shall coordinate with other development partners for food and non-food items, provision of nutritional requirements of the general population and vulnerable groups through nutrition assessment, infant and young child feeding, food assistance, management of acute malnutrition, and micronutrient supplementation. 

In 2014, right after the onslaught Super Typhoon Yolanda, a Regional Nutrition Committee (RNC) Resolution was approved for the creation of the Eastern Visayas Regional Nutrition Cluster (RNCl) and was amended in 2016 including now to twenty-two members of the Nutrition Cluster from government and non-governmental organization.