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Anti-hunger pro-nutrition media group is born

March 26 2011

TACLOBAN CITY  –  A group of media practitioners from media outlets around Eastern Visayas has taken up cudgels in the fight against hunger and malnutrition in Region 8 through media power.

Calling itself “Harmonized Initiatives of Media for the Spread of Good Nutrition in Region 8” (HIMSoG-8) the organization has partnered with the National Nutrition Council Region 8 (NNC-8) and taken up an active role on Promotion of Good Nutrition.

Initially named “Region 8 Anti-Hunger Pro-Nutrition Media Group” the organization was given birth in Sabin Beach Resort in Ormoc City on August 27, 2010 during a regional media organizational and planning workshop sponsored by NNC-8.

Steering its course are HIMSoG officers: President Francis Batula (DYDW), Vice President for Print Sarwell Q. Meniano (Leyte Samar Daily Express); Vice President for Broadcast Jimmy Angay-angay (DYVL); Vice-President for Online Media Vicente Alejandro S. Labro (LSDE); Secretary Tito Acbo (TV5); Treasurer Ronnie C. Roa (GMA 7, Ormoc); Auditor Cecilia P. Tibo (DYOG-Radyo ng Bayan).

In addition to these seven elected officers, who also are Board of Directors, are Jack Gadaingan (Publisher, Nation Builder), Evelyn Batic (Owner, An Aton Channel), Tony Pueblos (Station Manager, DYOG Calbayog), Ray Gaspay (Publisher, Samar, and all six PIA Provincial Information Center Managers.

HIMSoG aims to: Provide overall communication support to the government on the Anti-Hunger Mitigation Program (AHMP) and on Promotion of Good Nutrition (PGN); Serve as a coordinating body that will orchestrate the formulation, monitoring and evaluation of a communication action plan in support of the AHMP and PGN, and the updating of such plan if and when necessary; Champion anti-hunger and pro-nutrition initiatives through the effective and optimum utilization of airtime and newspaper space; and Act as the regional conglomerate of communication talents and skills to be tapped for persuasive communication that will result to positive behavioral changes in people towards a hunger and malnutrition-free communities.

The group who are all principled and development oriented media practitioners, has drawn up its Communication Action Plan for the current year, and already conducted one of its major activities: two-day Media Caravan to the Province of Samar.