Twenty-twenty-two (2022), the year of implementation of the Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition 2017-2022 or PPAN, the country’s blueprint of integrated programs to address the persistent problem of malnutrition among Filipinos. Has PPAN been able to meet its goal of achieving and maintaining the nutritional well-being of Filipinos?
In the last 30 years, stunting and wasting, the two primary indicators of malnutrition, have remained practically unchanged. Millions of Filipino children who survive childhood malnutrition will endure the consequences of poor school performance and low productivity as adults unless immediate action is taken. Investing in high-impact nutrition initiatives is essential for a healthier population and stronger economy.
On 28 April 2022, the Philippine Association of Nutrition (PAN) and the Philippine Center for Population Development hosted a webinar on the state of nutrition in the country in which Assistant Secretary and Executive Director Azucena Dayanghirang presented the challenges in Nutrition Governance. She stressed that the massive amount of work required to complete nutrition-related tasks requires a well-coordinated multidisciplinary and multisectoral approach with strong top-level governance that is replicated down to local government units. As a step forward, she emphasized that the National Nutrition Council renewed its commitment to eliminate hunger and malnutrition in all forms by joining the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Network, ensuring that Filipinos have access to good food and nutrition.
Author: OED - Pam Pescador