Issue of May 14, 2017
Mt. Province

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NNC launches 5–year nutrition action plan

ILOILO CITY – The National Nutrition Council, along with stakeholders, launched the Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition (PPAN) 2017-2022 in Iloilo City on May 2.

Anchored on the Philippine Development Plan, the PPAN is the country’s contribution to the attainment of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations, particularly SDG 2 which is to end hunger, achieve food security and improve nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture.

Department of Health Asec. and NNC Executive Director Maria-Bernardita Flores who presented the PPAN 2017-2022 expressed hope that the new plan of action will be embraced not only by nutrition implementers but most especially by Filipinos.

“The new PPAN is a results-based plan designed to achieve significant reduction in different forms of malnutrition such as wasting, stunting, micronutrient deficiencies and overweight and obesity in the country. It was constructed based on a landscape situational analysis of nutrition in the Philippines which shows that the prevalence of malnutrition in various forms remains high.”

“Based on the national nutrition survey conducted by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI) in 2015, 3.8 million or 33.4 percent of children are stunted while 807,057 or 7.1 percent are wasted.

It also showed that overnutrition manifesting as overweight and obesity are emerging health concerns among children and a major problem among adults with 18 million Filipinos who are overweight and obese.”

Flores said the launch aimed to present to stakeholders involved in its implementation the targets for various forms of malnutrition and the corresponding programs needed to address these.

The PPAN’s strategic thrusts are the first 1,000 days of life, complementation of nutrition-specific and nutrition-sensitive programs, intensified mobilization of local government units and reaching Geographically Isolated and Disadvantaged Areas and communities of indigenous peoples.

The new PPAN features eight nutrition-specific programs devised to address the immediate causes of malnutrition such as inadequate food and nutrient intake, poor care giving and parenting practices, and the burden of infectious diseases.

This will be complemented by nutrition-sensitive programs which are already existing developmental programs that can be tweaked to produce nutritional outcomes.

The launch was also highlighted by an exhibit of the eight nutrition-specific and nutrition-sensitive programs of the PPAN. It was essentially an experiential activity that provided the participants with compelling exposure on various nutrition problems and the designs of different PPAN interventions.

Participants were members of the NNC-organized media groups to promote good nutrition, Regional Nutrition Commitee chairs, representatives from various NGOs involved in nutrition, and international development partners.

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