NegOrenses urged to adopt active lifestyle

By Roi Lomotan


Negros Oriental Provincial Nutrition Action Officer Dr. Liland Estacion (with microphone) explaining the importance of complementing a well-balanced diet with an active livestyle during a Kapihan sa PIA forum held on July 3, 2019 at Bethel Guest House, Dumaguete City. With her in the panel are (l-r) PIA – Negros Oriental Proincial Coordinator Jenny Tilos, Charito Catarata of the Provincial Agriculturist Office, and DepEd – Division of Negros Oriental Officer Julie Sibul. (PIA7-NegOr)


This year’s observance of National Nutrition Month in Negros Oriental is a call for the public to complement healthy diet with an active lifestyle to avoid chronic diseases.

Dr. Liland Estacion, the Provincial Nutrition Action Officer, cited in a Kapihan sa PIA forum yesterday that chronic diseases can manifest in the younger age group of the population.

This, she said, can be avoided if they would practice an active lifestyle and eating the basic ‘go, grow, and glow’ foods in minimal amount.

“Kung kulang ta ug exercise, diha na magsugod ang mga chronic disease like hypertension, diabietes, ug kanang heart diseases. Karon bata pa gani naa nay mangayo nako ug Metformin, Losartan, ug Amlodipine. Kani sila tanan ‘go go away’ kung naa ta proper exercise every day (Chronic diseases like hypertension, diabetes, and heart diseases can happen if we don’t exercise regularly. Right now, even young people are asking for metformin, losartan, and amlodipine. These can be avoided if we exercise regularly),” Estacion said.

Amlodipine and Losartan are used to treat high blood pressure while metformin is used for treating high blood sugar.

“Kinahanglan gyud ta exercise every day (we need to exercise everyday) and we eat the three groups of food – go, grow, and glow in minimal amount,” she added.

Estacion also warned working professionals on the risks of prolonged sitting.

Dumaguete City Sports and Youth Development Officer Ike Villaflores, in the same forum, explained the risks of a sedentary activity.

Villaflores said the gluteal muscles which make up the buttocks hold the spine and if these muscles are not exercised, it would slowly waste away.

This would weaken the body’s posture and balance and would put more weight on the knees.

In effect, the knees will feel pain in the long run and it will be hard to do physical activities.

Villaflores said the City Government of Dumaguete through his office offers a physical fitness program for the youth and adults so they will be encouraged to adopt an active lifestyle.

“So ang atoang city government, naa mi gitawag namo na physical fitness program every afternoon. This is for everybody. Every afternoon from Monday to Saturday, naa tay after office healthy dancing program diha sa Quezon Park and Boulevard. Libre na. Walay bayad (We have a healthy dancing program every Monday to Saturday at Quezon Park and Boulevard. This is free of charge),” he said.

Aside from this, the City Sports and Youth Development Office also holds Play and Learn Activity every Saturday afternoon at Quezon Park which is a family-based sports program conducted in partnership with the Philippine Sports Commission.

“Encourage your office workers. Spend lang ta ug time. Exercise gamay (Encourage your office workers to spend time for exercise),” Villaflores said.

The 2019 Nutrition Month celebration banners the theme “Kumain ng wasto at maging aktibo… Push natin to!”

The National Nutrition Council (NNC), in its website, explained that this campaign seeks to reduce stunting and overweight and obesity among Filipinos and the incidence of non-communicable diseases in the country.

Apart from this, the campaign also encourages every Filipino to take the 1-2-3 challenge which is to have one hour or more of physical activity every day, reduce screen time to two hours or less each day, and eat the three food groups every day for variety.


5 NegOr towns register low malnutrition rate in 2018

By Roi Lomotan


Negros Oriental Provincial Nutrition Action Officer Dr. Liland Estacion (with microphone) gives a report on the province’s nutrition status during a Kapihan sa PIA forum held on July 3, 2019 at Bethel Guest House, Dumaguete City. (PIA7-NegOr)


Five municipalities in Negros Oriental recorded the lowest malnutrition rate in 2018.

Provincial Nutrition Action Officer, Dr. Liland Estacion disclosed this during the Kapihan sa PIA forum held recently.

Estacion said the municipality of Pamplona registered the lowest malnutrition rate in the province with .5 percent, followed by Dauin with 1.8 percent, Sibulan with 2.4 percent, La Libertad with 3.6 percent, and Siaton with 4.2 percent.

The Provincial Nutrition Action Officer lauded these municipalities especially Pamplona town for their efforts in minimizing the malnutrition rate in their areas.

Estacion said Pamplona has different local support groups and cooperatives that help provide nutrition interventions for children.

On the other hand, the top 10 municipalities with high malnutrition rates are Tayasan, Vallehermoso, Manjuyod, San Jose, Mabinay, Sta. Catalina, Basay, Bindoy, Ayungon, and Jimalalud.

For the component cities category, Canlaon City has the lowest malnutrition rate among the cities of the province with 2.1 percent, followed by Dumaguete City with 2.2 percent, and Tanjay City with 2.9 percent.

Meanwhile, Guihulngan City has the highest malnutrition rate with 9.5 percent, Bais City with 6.6 percent, and Bayawan City with 4.9 percent.

For 2018, the malnutrition rate in the province is 5.6 percent.

Estacion sees this as a huge improvement from the province’s malnutrition rate when Negros Oriental Gov. Roel Degamo stepped into office, which was then at 8.6 percent.

“For 2019, I hope na kaning atong malnutrition rate mo-lower down pa because bag-o man mandate ang atong newly elected, re-elected officials (I am hoping that the malnutrition rate would drop further this 2019 especially with the new mandate given to our newly elected and re-elected officials),” Estacion said.

For now, the PNC’s focus is addressing the problem in stunting.

Stunting occurs when a child’s height is lower than the standard set for a child’s age.

Estacion cited this nutrition concern starts at the conception of the child or in the womb of the mother.

She stressed the importance of providing nutrition interventions during the first 1,000 days of the infant.

“Mao na ron ang atong gi-focus. Sugod pa pagmapdos sa bata hangtod na ang bata mahimong 2 years old. It is part of the program of the government na ang pre-natal tapos manghatag ta ug vitamins. Manghatag ta ug calcium sa mga indigent na mama para matagaan nato ug proteksyon ang mga bata inig gawas nila (That’s what we are focusing on right now. It is part of the program of the government to provide pre-natal care including provision of vitamins and calcium to indigent mothers to protect the child starting from their conception until they reach two years old),” Estacion explained.

The World Health Organization (WHO), in its website also noted that impaired growth can also bring other negative effects in the development of a child.

These include poor cognition, lost productivity, and when accompanied by excessive weight gain later in childhood, an increased risk of nutrition-related chronic diseases in adult life.

“So gitagad gyud nato ang first 1, 000 days sa life sa bata kay didto nato makita ang iyan stunting. Stunting man gyud karon ang gi-focus sa atong national government. Sa tibuok Pilipinas daghan pod ang stunted (We are really focusing on the first 1,000 days of life because this is where we address stunting. Stunting is also a concern of our national government. There are a lot of stunted kids across the nation),” Estacion said.

This July, the province joins the nation in observing the National Nutrition Month with the theme “Kumain Nang Wasto at Maging Aktibo… Push Natin To!” which advocates for an active lifestyle complemented with a healthy and balanced diet.

With this, Estacion renewed calls for the different stakeholders to practice a healthy lifestyle.

“Each and every one can contribute to the better nutrition and physical activity for better health,” Estacion emphasized.

DOH gives tips to avoid diseases during dry season

By Roi Lomotan



DOH – Negros Oriental Provincial Officer Dr. Socrates Villamor discussing the diseases caused by hot weather condition and DOH’s surveillance program to reduce the health effects of El Niño during a Kapihan Forum held April 30, 2019, at Bethel Guest House, Dumaguete City. (PIA7-Negros Oriental)


The Department of Health (DOH)-Negros Oriental gave tips to avoid diseases that usually occur during the summer season.

The DOH provincial office intensified its information campaign to prevent common illnesses that arise during the dry season in view of the negative impact of the El Niño phenomenon.

DOH Provincial Officer Dr. Socrates Villamor reminded the public to practice proper food handling to avoid contamination which could lead to diarrhea, a common disease during the dry season.

Villamor explained that food preparation can be affected by the minimal water supply due to extreme hot weather conditions.

“Of course with the extreme heat, ang atong mga pagkaon dali ra gyud siya ma-spoil. So dapat naa tay proper food handling and preparation. Kung naa tay sobra i-refrigerate dayon. Kung kaunon man balik dapat initon usab before kaunon (With the extreme heat, our food gets spoiled easily. We should practice proper food handling and preparation. Refrigerate leftover food immediately and reheat it before eating it again),” Villamor said.

Another cause of diarrhea is drinking water from contaminated source or containers that are not cleaned properly.

Aside from this, Villamor also advised the public to avoid getting exposed under the heat of the sun for more than three hours and always keep hydrated to avoid the health risks associated with extremely hot weather like heat stroke.

Other common diseases during hot weather conditions are mosquito-borne diseases like dengue, skin diseases among children, and respiratory diseases manifested through coughs and colds.

The DOH official disclosed that the department is monitoring the manifestation of these conditions from the municipal up to the regional level.

“We have the epidemiologic surveillance unit in place from the municipal level up to the regional level. The surveillance officer of the certain municipality will report to the provincial level. The provincial level surveillance team will assist the Local Government Unit in mitigating the increase in the certain disease condition. If they still need the help of the regional office, that’s the time we come in. More or less that is the scenario of what the department is doing to mitigate the expected rise of diseases,” said Villamor.

In a Kapihan sa PIA forum held recently, Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) – Negros Oriental Chief Meteorologist Neptune Catarata announced that the province is experiencing below normal rainfall condition from March to May this year due to El Niño phenomenon.

Catarata said the weather condition is expected to last until August this year.