IE campaign on good nutrition

IE campaign on good nutrition

The Municipality of Jagna thru the Municipal Nutrition Council in observance of nutrition month conducted a week-long trainors training from July 11-15 held at the Capt. Goyo Casenas Hall.

This is to Promote Good Nutrition (PGN) which is a component of the Accelerated Hunger-Mitigation  Program.  The aim is to improve the food and nutrition knowledge, attitudes and practices of families in the barangays thru the Pabasa sa Nutrisyon, Promotion of Egg and Vegetables and Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF).

Barangay implementers on good nutrition were the recipients of the training. The trainees will become the facilitators for the Pabasa sa Nutrisyon in their respective barangays.

The focus of the 5-day training is the Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) which tackled the subjects on infant and young child feeding; the importance of breastfeeding; how breastfeeding works; and assessment of a breastfed.

There are 33 participants coming from 10 barangays in the town. Another batch will be trained this coming first week of August.

Mrs. Fe N. Virtudes and Mrs. Anita G. Ocmeja oversee the evaluation of the weeklong training.

Speakers were Mr. Abelard O. Anana, DOH representative; Mrs. Fe N. Virtudes, District Nutritionist; Mrs. Anita G. Ocmeja, MNAO and Ms. Elizabeth Sajulga, Municipal Nutrition Program coordinator.

Jagna, national awardee for nutrition program

Jagna, national awardee for nutrition program

The lone awardee in the province and in Region VII, LGU Jagna is a recipient of the 2011 Pabasa sa Nutrisyon Outstanding Award given by the Philippine Association of Nutrition (PAN).

Mayor Fortunato R. Abrenilla receive the Pabasa sa Nutrisyon (PSN) award given by the Philippine Association of Nutrition (PAN) president Dr. Juan Antonio A. Solon during the 64th PAN Annual Convention held in Laoag City, Ilocos Norte last July 7. There were only 10 municipalities awarded in the whole Philippines for the Pabasa sa Nutrisyon 2010 award. The Municipality of Jagna is the only municipality awarded in the whole of region 7 for the PSN.


Mayor Fortunato R. Abrenilla with Municipal Councilor Bonifacio Virtudes, Jr. (Chairperson, SB Committee on Health) and MNAO Anita Ocmeja received the award on July 7 in time for the annual Philippine Association of Nutrition Convention held at Laoag Convention Center in Ilocos Norte.

This award recognizes the outstanding achievement of local government units from provincial to municipal levels and non-government organizations (NGO) that have adapted the Pabasa sa Nutrisyon (PSN) project in the communities of their beneficiaries.

The Municipal Nutrition Council (MNC) is the implementing agency of the Pabasa sa Nutrisyon Program. This program was started in the municipality in the last quarter of 2009 and is continuously implemented with the continuous support and encouragement of Mayor Fortunato Abrenilla and the SB Committee on Health headed by Municipal Councilor Bonifacio Virtudes, Jr.

PSN is a nutrition education approach adapted in LGU Jagna which is targeted to parents of malnourished pre schoolers; pregnant women; and lactating women. This is a sustained educational campaign to instill in the minds of the participants the importance of breastfeeding; importance of eating a variety of nutritious food daily; prevention of malnutrition and micro-nutrient malnutrition; the importance of providing good nutrition for the family through proper food preparation; and responsible parenthood. 

Aimed at changing the attitude and outlook of the populace in general towards providing proper nutrition to the family especially the children, this program involves the sustained active participation of women and men in the barangay in the learning process, the leadership and support of municipal and barangay officials and local nutrition workers.

The strategy of the MNC in the implementation is proper coordination and ensuring cooperation of the barangay officials, BNS and BNC starting from the process of identifying and gathering targets to the actual conduct of the Pabasa sa Nutrisyon sessions.

The Pabasa sa Nutrisyon program, a two-day program, to date has already 300 graduates. Trained Barangay Nutrtion Schoalrs serve as facilitators of the program.

Thru the different nutrition programs implemented in the municipality – Pabasa sa Nutrisyon,  supplemental feeding with the manna pack, a nutrient-rich food for children given by the Philos Health a partner NGO of the municipality, other feeding programs in schools, LGU Jagna’s Municipal Health Office thru the Municipal Nutrition Office is working intensely towards eradicating malnutrition in the municipality.

de-clogging of rivers ongoing

de-clogging of rivers ongoing


The LGU thru the Municipal Engineering Office and the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council have made efforts to continuously dredge and de-clog the Pagina River in preparation for the rainy season. Residents near the river observed that since the river was cleaned the occurrence of flooding in their areas during heavy rains have been minimized.

Strong and healthy teeth for JCES pupils

Strong and healthy teeth for JCES pupils

Philos Health and DepEd Jagna District conducted a dental mission on July 6-7 to Jagna Central Elementary School pupils. Dr. Cecil Starlet Tan – Matunog from Philos Health and DepEd’s Dr. Romy Romero were the attending dentists.

Pupils falling in line after a brief interview and weighing wait for their turn while at right is Dr. Starlet Tan-Matunog performing a check-up.

The doctors performed check up and tooth extractions to the pupils.

Philos Health provided the medicines for the children.

The doctors were assisted in the interviews and weighing the children by Philos Health volunteers and staff: Lalaine April Tan, Abegail Cristina Tan – Caay and Sheila Sumampong. Ms. Maria Louella Tan-Jumawan of LGU Jagna and Philos Health coordinator, Mr. Antioco Lloren, JCES PTGA President, Mr. Marcelo Lloren, Jr.  spearheaded the dental mission.

Cooperative concerns tackled (July 2011)

The Sangguniang Bayan Committee on Cooperatives chaired by Municipal Councilor Bonifacio Virtudes, Jr. and Municipal Councilor and Vice Chair Nimfa Lloren spearheaded the conduct of a 1-day seminar tackling issues and updates on cooperatives. The seminar was held at the Justice Bernardo Salas Session Hall on July 5.

Representatives from the BIR Assessment Division Mr. Reynante Granada and Ms. Gina Repunte from the Cooperative Development Authority served as facilitators of the seminar. Both facilitators enlightened the participants on the issues confronting the cooperatives and answering each of their concerns. It became a forum of threshing out issues and holding of discussions on certain cooperative regulations.

Accredited Jagna cooperatives: BOHECO II Multi Purpose Cooperative, Jofemco MPC, Faraon MPC, Jagna Calamay Makers MPC, Jagna Multipurpose Cooperative, Inc., Jagna Porters MPC, Jagna Small Coconut Farmers MPC, Laca Jagna MPC, Pagina Women’s MPC were the participants as well as concerned government agencies: Municipal Agriculture Office, Municipal Agrarian Reform Office and some private agencies.

Celebrations by the sea

Celebrations by the sea


It’s not summer but almost all the people in Jagna were found along the beaches stretching the town on June 29. People coming from as far as Calabacita, an inner barangay bordering Sierra Bullones, came down and celebrated with other Jagnaanons.

June 29 is one of the most awaited and celebrated dates in the calendar by Jagnaanons. It is the feast day of St. Peter. A mass always opens St. Peter’s feast day in the town. People from all walks of life gather at the beaches in celebration of this event after the mass.

It has been an age old tradition to be at the beach at this date. Some bring their own baon. Some people from along the beach celebrate by preparing a feast and everyone invited as well as those “walk-in” may avail of the food served.  

In some coastal barangays, events like boat racing contests are done which may be participated by people from other barangays. Some have swimming contests while others conceptualize their own entertainment to enjoy the day.

St. Peter’s day is a fun-filled day not only for children but for adults as well. It is a time for celebrating unity and oneness among all the people – rich and poor.