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Dr. Azucena M. Dayanghirang is an experienced public health leader. For the past 29 years, she has been a facilitator and a trainer for various health programs particularly on Maternal Child Health and Nutrition. She has served the people of Davao as City Nutrition Action Officer from 1991-1995; Chief of the Technical Services Division and Medical Officer VI of Davao City Health Office from 1996 to 2005; as well as the Provincial Health Officer II and Provincial Nutrition Action Officer of Davao del Sur from 2008 to 2016.

During her stint in the local government, she led the City Nutrition Committee in the planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of health and nutrition programs. She initiated the β€œFresh Milk Supplemental Feeding Program,” which led to the reduction of protein-energy malnutrition among 0-6-year-old children. She also successfully lobbied for the regularization of 32 Nutritionist-Dietitians deployed in the 16 Districts of Davao City in 1996.

In 2016, she was elected as the National President of the Nutrition Action Officers' Association of the Philippines (NAOPA), Inc. Shortly after, she was appointed as Deputy Executive Director of the National Nutrition Council (NNC), an attached agency of the Department of Health, Philippines. In August 2019, Dr. Dayanghirang was appointed as the Executive Director of the NNC. Currently, she is designated as the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Philippines Government Focal Point and most recently, appointed as a member of the Executive Committee of the Global Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement representing Asia and Papua New Guinea.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte signed the appointment of Dr. Dayanghirang to Career Executive Service Officer (CESO) Rank III effective 3 December 2020. Recently, she was upgraded to Executive Director IV with the rank of Assistant Secretary as approved by President Duterte through Executive Secretary Salvador C. Medialdea on 21 July 2021.

TWG Rice

The Food Fortification Law (RA 8976) and the NNC GB Resolution No. 1, S. 2019 provide for different agencies and organizations to undertake various actions to implement and scale up the rice fortification program. On 4 May 2022, Assistant Secretary and Executive Director Dr. Azucena Dayanghirang convened these agencies and organizations, including the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA), Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Nutrition Foundation of the Philippines (NFP), Nutrition International (NI), University of the Philippines Los Banos (UPLB), and World Food Programme (WFP), via Zoom for an initial discussion with the National Nutrition Council (NNC) on the implementation of the rice fortification program.

WFP Head of Programme Mr. Giorgi Dolidze and Ms. Carleneth San Valentin presented the WFP Initiatives on Rice Fortification in the Philippines, while the WFP Study on Rice Fortification Capacities, Supply Chain, and Campaign Initiatives in the Philippines was presented by the project leader, Mr. Hector Maglalang from the Nutrition Foundation of the Philippines, for information as well as discussion by the group.

On the other hand, NNC presented what went well in the previous years, the various accomplishments of our national government agencies in implementing the rice fortification program, as well as the ways forward for rice fortification in the Philippines. In conclusion, Asec. Dayanghirang encouraged the development partners to continue to participate in the Sub-TWG and consultative meetings to further identify issues and concerns in the implementation of rice fortification, provide technical assistance, and identify possible funding support for the rice fortification program.

ASec. Dayanghirang was joined by OIC-NPPD Ms. Arlene Reario and Nutrition Officer Jaira Pedraja.



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