Trend of Malnutrition Declines from 2011 - 2015MIMAROPA achieves a declining trend of malnutrition based on the results of Operation Timbang (OPT) from 2011 to 2015. Malnutrition in the form of underweight declines from 10.98% in 2011 to 8.69% in 2015 or a 2.29% reduction for the past 4 years.

Operation Timbang is the mass weighing of all preschoolers aged 0-71 months. It is conducted annually from the beginning of the year up to June by a team composed of Barangay Nutrition Scholar (BNSs), Rural Health Midwife, Barangay Health Workers (BHW) barangay officials and other community members. Along with identifying the nutritional status of pre-school children, OPT is a valuable source of useful information for formulating nutrition action plans. 

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Aside from OPT, results from school weighing of Department of Education - MIMAROPA also show a decreasing trend of wasting or thinness among grade-schoolers from 17.37% in 2013 to 15.03% in 2015.

The reduction of malnutrition is achieved through the collaborative efforts of local government units (LGUs), government and non-government organizations and other nutrition advocates. Among the efforts done were planning and execution of sound nutrition programs in line with the Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition. Nutrition programs and activities implemented include promotion of 10 Kumainments and breastfeeding, Garantisadong Pambata, Infant and Young Child Feeding, Backyard Gardening, Livelihood Assistance and income generating projects.

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Good Nutrition is gaining grounds in the region and local government units need to intensify their efforts to address all forms of malnutrition in their localities. Although the prevalence of stunting in the region is 19.43% which is low public health significance based on WHO cut-off points, the OPT coverage on the other hand for length/height was 54.19% which is lower than the standard coverage of 80%. This might largely affect the data since a large percentage of preschool children population were not measured by height/length. The issue was raised in the recently held meeting of Provincial and City Nutrition Action Officers (P/CNAOs) of MIMAROPA and through the discussion, the P/CNAOs committed to boost the conduct of OPT in their respective provinces and cities. The implementation of OPT Plus started in 2013 and from this year onwards, all provinces and cities of MIMAROPA will fully implement the conduct of OPT Plus wherein length/height measurement will be included.