Amid pandemic, NCR’s barangay nutrition scholars virtually hold annual regional conference 

CALOOCAN CITY, Dec. 28 (PIA) – Some 502 Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNS) from the 17 local government units in Metro Manila recently attended the 2020 Barangay Nutrition Scholars' Regional Conference via Zoom and was livestreamed on NNC-NCR’s Facebook page.

Organized by the National Nutrition Council-NCR, the conference had for its theme: "BNS: Bayani ng Nutrisyon at Serbisyo sa Panahon ng Pandemya"

This year’s conference focused on continuing delivery of nutrition services in the context of COVID-19 Pandemic.

National Nutrition Council Executive Director Dr. Azucena M. Dayanghirang assured the BNSs that they are not alone in the battle against malnutrition. 

“The NNC is committed to support them in any way possible,” Dayanghirang said.

She extended the NNC’s deep appreciation of their service and heroism in making sure that families, especially those with pregnant and lactating women and children under 2 years old, receive the critical nutrition interventions to prevent stunting.

Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator, Ms. Milagros Elisa V. Federizo also expressed her gratitude to all BNSs who continue to deliver nutrition services despite the risk of COVID-19.

“You are considered Nutrition Heroes,” Federizo said.

She enjoined all BNSs to continue the fight against hunger and malnutrition amid the pandemic.

During the conference the following topics were discussed: Delivering Nutrition Services in the New Normal (NOIII Emerenciana L. Francia, NNC-NCR), OPT Plus and Growth Monitoring in the New Normal (NOII Leah M. Felismino, NNC-Nutrition Surveillance Division), and The BETTER Normal (Bro. Renato M. Si, Motivational Speaker). Good practices during the pandemic were also shared by selected BNSs: BNS sa Dietary Supplementation Program (BNS Liezl P. Casera, Malabon City), BNS sa Panahon ng Kalamidad (BNS Alicia A. Tanabe, Muntinlupa City), and BNS sa Pangangalaga at Pagsulong ng Infant and Young Children Feeding or IYCF (BNS Juliet T. Santos, Marikina City).

The Federation of BNSs of NCR conducts their yearly regional conference which has become a tradition for many years. However, despite the ongoing pandemic, the group were able to conduct the conference virtually.  (NNC-NCR/PIA-NCR)


Source: Philippines Information Agency (

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