NUTRICOMNET organized in Region 3
By Gilda V. Llames
Bataan (6 November) -- The Nutrition Communication Network (NUTRICOMNET) had been organized in Central Luzon and Dr. Conrado C. Oliveros, regional director of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) had been chosen its chairman.
NUTRICOMNET is a network of provincial and regional mediamen as well as information officers of various agencies and institutions involved in food, nutrition and health promotion.
In its organizational launching at the DOST regional office in Maimpis, City of San Fernando, Pampanga, last October 21, Maria Vicenta C. Magpantay, chief of the National Nutrition Council (NNC) was chosen co-chair of the network.
Records show that the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI) initiated the creation of NUTRICOMNET in 1997 with the conduct of a series of media dialogues in the Western Visayan provinces of Aklan, Capiz and Negros Occidental.
The activities during that time were funded by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF).
Still with UNICEF support, the second wave of NUTRICOMNET's expansion came into being in Regions II (Cagayan Valley); IV-A ( Southern Tagalog); and Eastern Visayas or Region VIII.
Succeeding expansion of NUTRICOMNET's coverage was in collaboration with other sources such as DOST's Grants-in-Aid (GIA) program, San Miguel Foods Corporation, Micronutrient Operational Strategies and Technologies of the United States Agency for International Development (MOST-USAID) and Nestle' Philippines.
The network's organization in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), Bicol, Northern Mindanao, Southern Mindanao, CARAGA, Western Mindanao and in Cebu were made possible through the above-mentioned sponsors.
At present, according to Rosalie V. Ona, chief of the DOST in Bataan, NUTRICOMNET is set to cover all regions in the country and strengthen existing areas were the network had already been organized through the support of DOST's Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP).
Specifically, NUTRICOMNET aims to increase the availability of information materials on food and nutrition among members of the local media and information officers; and increase exposure of nutrition messages in the local media through provincial and regional newspapers, radio and television stations and other venues like seminars, trainings, interpersonal communication channels and other media formats. (PIA-Bataan) [top]