NNC Assistant Secretary and Executive Director, Azucena M. Dayanghirang was one of the distinguished speakers in the currently concluded NEO- Orientation Course for Local Legislators: Primed Leaders for Renewed Local Governance for all Vice Governors of the Philippines on August 18, 2022 at the Manila Hotel.
In support of LGUs and their elected leaders , the Department of the Interior & Local Government through LGA has organized the Program for Newly Elected Officials. The program provides harmonized and holistic capacity development interventions to assist newly- ele11cted local officials in effectively transitioning from campaigning to governing their respective LGUs . It also aims to formulate First 100 Days Action Plan and Legislative Agenda to efficiently jumpstart the critical days of office and proactively plan to enhance leadership and management capacities of the Sanggunian towards excellent performance .
Asec. Dayanghirang was invited to share about Localizing the National Framework towards boosting Food Security and Achieving Zero Hunger Communities. The highlights of her talk were Current Hunger and Malnutrition Situation of the country ; Localizing the Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition ( PPAN) through Local Nutrition Planning; Critical Role of the LGUs in addressing food insecurity towards achieving zero-hunger communities and key steps in jump starting actions and prioritizing nutrition. “ Malnutrition when passed on to the next generations and throughout the life stages will result to an overall reduced productivity , stunted economic growth and exacerbated . This further highlights the importance of prioritizing nutrition early on, most especially and ideally when there are no complications yet , ” she pointed out.
The Assistant Secretary further encouraged the Vice -governors to organize their Local Nutrition Committee (LNC) , to achieve our desired nutrition outcomes . Thus , the Provincial Nutrition Committee is expected to perform their roles in preparing the Provincial Nutrition Action Plan and coordinate nutrition and nutrition -related activities of the member agencies. She urged the Vice-governors to be the Nutrition Champions and be the instrument toward achieving a better nutrition situation in the Philippines.