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ASEAN videocon article

Adopting to the new normal, the Philippines, as lead country for the ASEAN Strategic Framework and Action Plan for Nutrition 2018-2030, virtually convened the nutrition focal points of the (ten) 10 ASEAN Member States last 18 June 2020. The agenda of the video conference was to discuss the progress of the activities in the ASEAN Strategic Framework and Action Plan on Nutrition. In attendance were thirty-three (33) participants composed of the nutrition focal points from all ten ASEAN Member States, the ASEAN Secretariat Health Division of the Human Development Directorate and the Philippine delegation  from the Department of Health and National Nutrition Council led by NNC Executive Director and chair of the meeting, Dr. Azucena M. Dayanghirang.

In her opening remarks, the Chair of the meeting encouraged her fellow country nutrition focal points to carry on with the commitment to end all forms of malnutrition even amidst COVID-19 and take this as an opportunity for health and nutrition to generate the support and prioritization it deserves.

Sun Delegates

Right before the Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic grew to an alarming rate in the Philippines, 110 delegates representing 55 civil society organizations gathered last March 5, 2020 at Hive hotel, Quezon City. They tackled how to work together to improve the nutrition of Filipinos; a very timely discussion when there’s no antidote to the virus other than good personal hygiene and boosting our immunity through good health and nutrition.

image article on business networkThe National Nutrition Council (NNC) Executive Director Azucena M. Dayanghirang and Focal Point of the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Global here in the Philippines, with the assistance of the top honchos from the United Nations (UN) World Food Programme (WFP), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and Nutrition International (NI) led the first-ever Philippine SUN Business Network (SBN) Meeting held last 28 February in Makati City.

Congrats Doc Apet

The Executive Director of the National Nutrition Council (NNC), who is also the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Government Focal Point, has been appointed as a member of the SUN Executive Committee for the Asia and the Pacific Region for a period of two years, from March 2020 to February 2022.  The Executive Committee provides guidance and support to the SUN Coordinator’s focus on results for improving the nutritional status of mothers and children; oversees efforts to align support for all SUN countries to achieve results; and delivers the SUN's expected deliverables for approval by the Lead Group.