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Online Organization of the SUN Networks in Region I 127 October 2021--The National Nutrition Council Region 1 (NNC1) in close coordination with the Regional Nutrition Committee-1 (RNC1) successfully organized and convened the  Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Business, Civil Society and Academe Networks in Region 1 via zoom platform.

NNC1 pushed for the organization of the said networks to work collectively with RNC1 to further accelerate the realization of the Regional Plan of Action for Nutrition (RPAN) and  complying to RNC Resolution No. 4, s. 2021 entitled: “Adopting the Scaling-Up Nutrition (SUN) 3.0 Strategy in Region 1 for the Organization of SUN Movement Networks”.

Dr. Mar Wynn D. Bello, Assistant Regional Director of DOH-CHD1 on behalf of RNC1 Chairperson, Dir. Valeriano Jesus V. Lopez graced the event where he acknowledged that government efforts alone cannot be fully sufficient for the overall improvement of the nutrition situation in the region without the active participation of the private sectors and other stakeholders, thus he urged everyone to work collectively and collaboratively towards improved health and nutrition. 

Highlights of the activity are the discussions of the previous live pre-orientation activity on SUN held last 13 August 2021 reiterating the commitments of the participants for the SUN organization in the region presented by Ms. Wylibeth Lumpias, Nutrition Officer II of NNC Region 1.

Ms. April Jasmine May C. Ducusin, OIC-Nutrition Officer III of NNC-NPPD also presented the specific roles of the SUN Academe, CSO and Business Networks and emphasized that aligned nutrition action accelerates achievement of goals and that there is really a need for all private and public sectors to work together, citing to everyone, that a healthy and well-nourished community today is a healthy and well-nourished economy tomorrow.

Mr. Kendall Pilgrim A. Gatan, OIC-Nutrition Program Coordinator of NNC1 then presented the overview of the Regional Plan of Action for Nutrition 2017-2022 (RPAN 2017-2022) where he pointed out programs in the RPAN that the SUN networks can collaborate with their existing programs.

Afterwhich, participants were assigned into their designated SUN Network breakout rooms for the election of convenors and co-convenors.

The following are the elected convenors and co-convenors for SUN Academe, Business Network and CSO in region 1: Ms. Helen Viray and Ms. Geraldine Niñeza of Pangasinan State University; Mr. Racky Doctor of Nutridense and Ms. Tiffany Jane Cruz of Salinas Corp.; Ms. Dannadel Vilar of World Vision and Ms. Mercy Lenn Arzadon of NDAP-Ilocos Chapter, respectively.

A workshop followed facilitated by invited guests from Nutridense, Pangasinan State University (PSU) and World Vision to identify specific actions and areas of collaborations for the next days.

The SUN Academe identified health and nutrition programs targeting Health Nutrition Education to barangays with high rates of Malnutrition with the emphasis on child and infant feeding and the proper use and documentation of anthropometric measuring equipment.

On the other hand, Micronutrient Supplementation, Food Fortification, Assistance to Small-Scale Food Producers was raised by the SUN Business Network where they are planning to enhance micronutrient contents of their food produced and ensure access of the community to their products and production of iron-fortified rice.

Lastly, SUN CSO pledged to reduce the number of overweight and obese individuals to promote healthy lifestyle in the workplace and reduce MAM and SAM cases in Ilocos through their Weight Management Program and PIMAM training.

OIC Gatan wrapped-up the activity enjoining the SUN CSOs, business, and academe networks to SCALE UP nutrition through collective actions and continued future partnership. RJW/WNL