NNC R2 conducted the 2022 Local Nutrition Action Plan Updating and Formulation Workshop last 18-20 August 2021. It was attended by seventy two (72) Municipal Nutrition Action Officers, Municipal Health Officers, Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officers, Municipal Agriculturists, Municipal Planning and Development Officers and other member of Local Nutrition Committees from 17 LGUs in the region. The activity aimed to provide technical assistance to some LGUs in the formulation of their 2022 LNAPs, and updating for others with 2020-2022 LNAPs with consideration to current nutrition program updates and the Mandanas Ruling to be implemented by 2022.
Ms. Maria Gisela M. Lonzaga, Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator of NNC Region 02 welcomed the participants and formally opened the 3-day workshop. She recognized the important roles of LGU planning team in formulating their respective LNAPs and ensuring that this will be integrated in the local development plans and annual investment programs for assured budget and implementation. She also thanked everyone for exerting efforts in continuing the implementation of nutrition programs, projects, and activities included in their current LNAPs amid the pandemic.
Day 1 covered the following topics: Session 1: Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition; Session 2: Why Invest in Nutrition; Session 3: Review of Existing Documents on Local Plans and Budgets; and Session 4: Formulating Situational Analysis. The topics highlighted the components and strategic thrusts of the PPAN 2017-2022 that the LGUs should consider including in their local nutrition action plans. Compelling social and economic reasons on why to invest in nutrition discussed the current nutrition situation and how it affects the growth and development of a country. The inclusion of LNAP in their respective Comprehensive Development Plans and Annual Investment Programs were also assessed before formulating the nutrition situational analysis of their municipalities.
Day 2 was allotted to discuss: Session 5: Inclusion of Nutrition in the Priority Development Challenges; Session 6: Crafting PPAN-Based Programs at Municipal Level; Session 6.1: Setting Outcome Targets; Session 6.2: Defining Programs and Projects to Achieve Outcome Targets. Acknowledging that malnutrition is an existing problem in LGUs is an important component of the planning process. Based on the situational analysis, outcome targets and defining the corresponding programs, projects and activities to achieve those targets were also formulated.
On the last day, Session 6.3: Estimating Budgets for Nutrition Programs and Session 7: Putting Together the 2020-2022 Local Nutrition Action Plan were discussed. Budget allocation and resource mobilization activities will ensure implementation of the identified programs, projects, and activities. With the completion of the topics, it was expected that LGUs had their draft updated or formulated their LNAP 2022.
It was agreed that the LGUs will be presenting their draft LNAPs in September for review and polishing. Local Nutrition Action Plans are considered the blueprint of LGUs in ending malnutrition in their respective LGUs as it adopts the PPAN 2017-2022. – Edzell M. Arcinue