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Nutrition Month is an institutionalized campaign held every July to create greater awareness among Filipinos on the importance of nutrition as provided under Presidential Decree 491, or the Nutrition Act of the Philippines. The law also mandates the National Nutrition Council (NNC) to lead and coordinate the nationwide campaign.

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Hunger, food insecurity, and malnutrition remain a significant challenge in the Philippines as a developing country and are further worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic. The National Nutrition Council acknowledges the urgent need for local government units to invest, scale up, and sustain evidence-based and multi-sectoral nutrition interventions to achieve the outcome targets of the Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition (PPAN) 2017-2022. 

The passage of Executive Order 138 and Supreme Court Ruling on the Mandanas-Garcia petitions is a huge opportunity for this to happen. Thus, a virtual dialogue with local chief executives (LCEs) was spearheaded by the NNC together with the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and Union of Local Authorities of the Philippines (ULAP). The event hopes to serve as an opportunity for LCEs to recognize the dire state of malnutrition in the country, the need to focus on the first 1000 days of life, and adopt sound interventions used by high-performing LGUs on nutrition. The dialogue is also a sequel to the “Round Table Experience on Nutrition” convened by NNC last 29 May 2018, attended by Governors of 36 focus provinces of PPAN 2017-2022.

The National Nutrition Council, UNICEF and  the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) concluded the commemoration of the 47th Nutrition Month in the Philippines. The theme ‘Malnutrisyon patuloy na labanan, First 1000 days tutukan!’ highlights the significance of the first 1,000 days of a baby’s life, a golden window of opportunity for setting the foundations of optimum health, growth, and neurodevelopment with benefits that extend into adulthood.

The COVID-19 pandemic has aggravated hunger and food insecurities brought about by community quarantines, which disrupted employment and livelihoods, health and nutrition service delivery, and food supply chains.

The Philippines suffers from the triple burden of nutrition—undernutrition, hidden hunger or the lack of essential nutrients, and overweight. A third of Filipino children are stunted (low weight for age), placing the Philippines among the 10 countries with the highest number of stunted children worldwide. “Hidden hunger” conditions such as iron and iodine deficiency still affects babies and pregnant mothers. Childhood obesity is increasing, with nearly one in ten children aged 11-19 years currently suffering from overweight or obesity. The  rise in overweight and obesity is driven by marketing of highly processed products in the country.

dgs 2021 1st Quarter Q Webby Awards

The National Nutrition Council (NNC) held the 2021 1st Quarter awarding ceremony for the Q-Webby Awards on the second Management Conference on 24 June 2021 which also forms part of the NNC’s 47th Anniversary celebration. Q-Webby Awards is the periodic counterpart of the NNC’s Annual Webby Awards.

The Q-Webby Award is an established system for the quarterly recognition of outstanding web pages and social media accounts of NNC regional units through the conferment of awards. The recognition sets a standard of excellence in the content and overall management of the NNC Website and official social media accounts.