NNC Assistant Secretary and Executive Director IV Dr. Azucena M. Dayanghirang was invited by former Senator and DILG Secretary Joey Lina to present NNC’s initiatives during the lunch meeting held at The Manila Hotel Red Jade Restaurant last 6 October 2022. The said meeting was also attended by former Chief Justice Reynato Puno, DSWD Secretary Erwin Tulfo, DILG Undersecretary Margarita Gutierrez, and private sector representatives from the Rotary District of 3830, Kiwanis, Lions, and Junior Chamber International (JCI). The main purpose of the meeting was to discuss the current hunger and malnutrition situation of the country and come up with ways to address it.
A/Sec. Dayanghirang presented a brief overview of the prevailing hunger and malnutrition situation in our country and the current initiatives of NNC. A/Sec Dayanghirang highlighted that the country suffers from triple burden of malnutrition among under-five children based on the 2018-2019 results of the Expanded National Nutrition Survey of the DOST-FNRI. The country’s problem on malnutrition is heavily linked with hunger where 3.1 million Filipino families experienced involuntary hunger or being hungry and not having anything to eat at least once in the past three months based on the National Social Weather Station Survey of April 2022.
With these problems at hand, A/Sec. Dayanghirang laid down the country’s initiative on the formulation of the Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition (PPAN) as the blueprint of actions for nutrition improvement. The PPAN promotes a multisectoral approach from all key stakeholders from the government, civil society, academic institutions, development partners, and the private sector. A/Sec. Dayanghirang concluded her presentation by furthering the call for a coordinated and multisectoral approach in addressing the multifactorial problem of malnutrition.
The presentation was followed by a rich discussion and a fruitful exchange of views among the attendees on the innovative and aggressive interventions that must be urgently taken. All the private sector partners present committed to join forces with the NNC and to scale up their commitment and active involvement in advocating for nutrition especially in the crucial period of the First 1000 Days of Life. Further meetings and a national summit will be done to seal their commitments.
Nutrition Officer II - Enah Eunice R. Calanog